It's been quite fun re-paddling many of the San Francisco Bay routes that I've done previously in sea kayaks. Planning for tides and currents is a bit more important on a board since I can't quite sprint as fast as I can in a kayak. On this paddle the crux move was paddling up current just north of the Bay Bridge where it hits the west side of Yerba Buena island. With a bit of swell crashing on the rocks at YB I couldn't quite stay in the eddy and was forced into the main current for a few minutes. Even though the flood was racing through, it was barely 2 kts and quite manageable.
As I look out across the bay today, it's whitecaps as usual. The typical scene that we get almost everyday. I'm still baffled that the one day I'm really hoping for strong wind, I get ignored and find glassy conditions at noontime.
|approaching the east side of treasure island|
|the gear: Naish Glide 17, Werner Grand Prix S1000|
|Bay Bridge construction from Clipper Cove|
|Coast Guard base on Yerba Buena Island|
|Rounding the southern tip of YB Island, SF in the background|
|Bay Bridge and San Fran|
|flat conditions on the return|
|Looking back to Treasure Island and Yerba Buena - unbelievably flat!|