Downwinders Water Sport Essentials
BARBARY GHOST BOAT
ADVENTURES:Barbary Ghost has
the Bay Area’s only charter boats
geared especially to boat-assisted
stand-up paddleboard tours,
which range from scenic flat-water
paddles to adrenaline-pumping
downwinders. Vessels are outfitted with custom SUP racks, a
bumper s wim deck and all other
amenities befitting a roaming base
station for paddle adventurers —
right down to the complimentary
power bars and guest towels.
Downwinding with a support boat
allows access to remote areas,
added safety, and the convenience
of skipping the dreaded car shuttle.
AREA: San Rafael
DOWNWIND PADDLE ON
TOMALES BAY Long known as a
very windy place in the summer,
Tomales Bay delivers some epic
conditions for downwind padding.
The Tomales downwinder run
starts at Nick’s Cove in Marshall
and finishes at Marconi Cove. It's
about a 5-mile downwind ride
that pumps out endless chop and
bump riding. Always paddle with
a buddy or a group: remember, you
need a ride back up the highway
after your downwind run, and
paddling with a buddy makes
car shuttling much easier.
SAFET Y Prior to attempting any of the recommended paddles, please heed
the following safety tips:
WHAT TO BRING
WHERE TO RENT
101 Surf Sports Located right on the San Rafael Canal/Creek. Extensive line of rent-
als available. Explore the calm waters of San Rafael Canal all the way to San Pablo Bay.
Bluerush Boardsports Visit Bluerush at its new location in downtown Sausalito next
door to Cibo, right across the street from the Turney Boat Ramp. Fun, easy-to-ride
stand-up paddleboards are available for rent right from the shop and, during weekends,
on the beach at nearby Bar Bocce. bluerushboardsports.com
Sea Trek In Sausalito at a new Bay Model location. Rent a stand-up paddleboard or a
kayak and take an easy paddle onto Richardson Bay. seatrek.com
SAN FRANCISCO BAY TIDES EXPLAINED
Flood Tide When the bay is filling up, also known as an incoming tide — low tide to high tide.
Ebb Tide When the bay has an outgoing tide — high tide to low tide.
Slack Tide/ Water Tidal Current has near zero movement.
Hi-Tide available for Apple and Android; tideApp available for Apple and Android.
NOAA Tides and Currents tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_
Tidelog by Pacific Publishers tidelog.com
On the Bay
• Wear a leash on your stand-up
• Wear or bring a personal flotation device
• Paddle with a partner
• Let someone know you are going
for a paddle, and check in on
• Know before you go; check
conditions, tides and intended route
• Sunscreen (apply liberally)
• Cellphone in waterproof case
• Water for after paddling
• Personal flotation device