5 Extreme Water Sports in San Francisco

San Francisco’s coastal location makes it a top destination for cool water sports of all kinds. From kiteboarding to open water swimming, below is a list of 5 extreme water sports that will turn anyone into an ocean-loving enthusiast!

1. Kiteboarding

Also known as kitesurfing, kiteboarding is a surface water sport that essentially combines surfing with wakeboarding. Kiteboarders use their entire body as they use a kite to capture the power of the winder to propel them across the water on a surfboard. Check out the awesome video below!

Inspired yet? Next time you’re in San Francisco check out one of these top spots for kiteboarding:

  1. Bay Area Kiteboarding
  2. KGB Kiteboarding
  3. Kite 415
  4. Kite the Bay

2. Cage Diving

Interested in exploring the ocean and it’s inhabitants? The coast of California, specifically off the Farallon Islands, is a great location for cage diving. Check out the video and get your scuba gear on and check it out.

3. Windsurfing

Windsurfing is a popular sport in the San Francisco Bay Area. With great weather conditions and some of the top windsurfing shops around, the San Fran Bay Area is an excellent location for both learning and practicing your windsurfing skills.

4. Open Water Swimming

Open water swimming requires loads of strength and endurance making it one of the most difficult extreme water sports on the list. One seriously challenging event is the Bridge to Bridge Swim which is a 10 km swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge! Another very popular event for open water swimmers is the Escape from Alcatraz Swim, which is a 1.25 mile swim from Alcatraz to the Aquatic Park in the Bay of San Francisco.

5. Big Wave Surfing at Mavericks

It’s no question that California is known for its great waves and surfer culture. One specific location off the coast of Northern California known as Mavericks has garnered a reputation for waves that reach an enormous 25 feet high. Mavericks is a top winter surfing destination for some of the world’s best big wave surfers looking for an extreme thrill. Because this is such a dangerous location, very few surfers will actually attempt the waves, however this is a Mavericks Invitational that only the bravest attend, check it out!

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