Kite for the Bay 2012

Kite for the Bay

Freestyle Photo Extravaganza

(Windsurfers Welcome!)

Unfortunately, the Kite for the Bay event scheduled for August 4 was cancelled due to unfavorable kiting conditions. We hope to have another exciting opportunity for kiters and windsurfers to support Baykeeper soon. Stay tuned!

Have you ever watched a beautiful windy day pass you by because the water quality was too poor to risk kiting?  Have you gotten sick because you dared to kiteboard after a storm flushed run-off and sewage into the bay? As kiteboarders we appreciate some of the best the Bay has to offer, but we also feel the direct effects of pollution. We have a stake in fighting to keep our water clean.

At the same time, have you been kiting for years and yet never had a good photo of yourself ripping it up on the water? Now’s your chance to change that!

San Francisco Baykeeper and Kite415 are pleased to present the second annual "Kite for the Bay", a noncompetitive kiteboarding event to benefit Baykeeper's successful work to protect the Bay. On Saturday, August 4th, we welcome you to join us for a freestyle photo extravaganza at 3rd Avenue where everybody is welcome and all participants—intermediate, advanced, or professional—will have the chance to get their picture taken on the water.


1pm +: Participants meet at 3rd Avenue South launch area for registration & to pick up a Baykeeper armband. This is what signals the photographers to capture amazing shots of you on the water.

2:30-4:30pm:  Freestyle photo extravaganza: kite by the boats with Baykeeper Flags and get your photo taken! (Jump only to the side or downwind of the boats). Boats will be located offshore from the south launch.

5pm – 8pm:  BBQ

After the event, your photos will be posted online for you to download free of charge.


By registering, you will reserve a Baykeeper armband to wear on the day of to signal photographers to grab that amazing shot of you on the water. You’ll also have dinner & drinks at the end of the day. 

The event is open to everyone with registration. A donation of $40 is recommended, but you may pick an amount that works for you.

Registration for this event is closed.


The kiteboarding community is already invested in the quality of the Bay, and we’d like to use the strength of our community to positively impact the water we love. We invite and encourage you to raise money for and awareness of San Francisco Baykeeper as a part of your participation in the event. It’s easy: pick a target that’s reasonable for you: $25, $50, $100, $500, $1,000 or more, send an email to friends / family / or organizations and as them to help you meet your fundraising goal! Their tax-deductible gifts will go directly to supporting Baykeeper’s work to protect San Francisco Bay from pollution. The kiter who raises the most for this event ($200+) will receive a Go Pro cam plus everlasting respect.

You may create a personal online fundraising page at:



Donate to Baykeeper in honor of a kiteboarder and help support a clean and healthy Bay! All donations are fully tax deductible and go directly toward Baykeeper's work to defend San Francisco Bay from pollution. Show your support for Kite for the Bay and make your gift today! Donate at:




San Francisco Baykeeper is the pollution watchdog for San Francisco Bay. Since 1989, Baykeeper has been holding polluters accountable and strengthening clean water laws for the benefit of the Bay's water quality, wildlife and recreational users. Baykeeper is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

KITE415 is the first IKO certified kiteboarding center in San Francisco. Their kiteboarding staff is trained and registered with both the International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) as well as the Professional Air Sports Association (PASA).


KITE415's objectives are to reduce the frustration level associated with learning how to kiteboard and to accelerate your proficiency. We achieve these goals by tailoring lessons to individual needs. We offer one-on-one instruction, jet ski assistance and coaching through radio helmets for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. As a result, KITE415 students become independent kiteboarders quickly and safely, and advanced students take their skills to an entirely new level.

Whether you want to pick up the fundamentals of kiteboarding, refine your kiteboarding performance, or learn to kitesurf big waves, KITE415 has the kiteboarding lesson for you! Our staff and instructors look forward to working with you to make this experience a safe and fun one. Discover your kiteboarding passion!

HELP WITH THE EVENT: Interested in doing more? Ideas about bringing more kiters or watersport enthusiasts on board for the cause? Please contact us at

Photos by Colin Campbell