SAN FRANCISCO– San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) is inspired by the Rip Curl Pro Search and wants San Franciscans to get out and surf with us. Unlike RPD’s aquatics team which deals with indoor aquatic facilities and swimming, the Department’s waterfront sports team focuses on outdoor water activities such as surfing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, scuba diving, skim boarding, stand-up paddle boarding, and more.
“SF Rec and Park is thrilled that Rip Curl Pro Search is taking place at our waterfront and wants to take this opportunity to encourage our communities to get out and surf,” said Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager. “Our waterfront sports programs offer safe and fun outdoor adventures for everyone to enjoy.”
Waterfront sports, part of RPD’s Leisure Services will take members out surfing Northern California. Members will learn the fundamentals of surfing which covers learning to surf, types of boards, waves, and surf etiquette. While members must provide their own wet suits, RPD provides surfboards, boogie boards and transportation to the surf. The surf program offers to both youth and adults.
In addition, RPD also offers kayak program, which is truly an activity that everyone can enjoy. There are many types of kayaking: recreational, day touring, or open coast paddling. RPD’s one day class will help anyone discover what’s right for them. In calm protected waters members will learn about kayak features and selection, paddling strokes, safety, and equipment. This class is great for beginners and those interested in paddling a full range of kayaks while learning the differences between the many choices. RPD provides the equipment. The program is offered at great locations such asIndianBasin,MarinaBayand more.
San Franciscois surrounded by water on three sides. The north being Fort point & theMarina, the west consisting of Ocean beach, and the east consisting of all the piers, embarcadero, and all the waterfront space that runs south to Candlestick point. With all the waterfront space, RPD makes waterfront sports possible for the diverse communities inSan Francisco.