Welcome to BASK

Bay Area Sea Kayakers (BASK) is a group of several hundred sea kayakers who live throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Our interests include flat-water paddling, kayak-surfing, expeditions, and playing amongst the rocks, in conditions that range from mild to wild. Our club exists to bring paddlers together for companionship, safety, exploration, learning, and great food and drink!



BASK trips range from local to international, and are all member-initiated with shared responsibilities for safety. BASK does not supply boats or equipment, although some members are willing to share their equipment. You have to be a member or a guest of a member to participate in on-the-water BASK events and a signed activity waiver is required. Follow the links to learn more about the benefits of membership and to join BASK.


We invite you to attend one of our monthly meetings! They are free, open to the public, and include food (suggested donation $8-10), a featured speaker, club news, and information about upcoming events. It’s a great way to meet club members and learn about paddling opportunities.

For more information see the Events page!

Would you like to speak at a BASK meeting or have an idea for a speaker? Contact the Speaker Seeker. Interested in what type of speakers we’ve had in the past? See the list of previous general meeting topics.


Next General Meeting: Wednesday, July 29


Featured Presentation

  • Topic: The Race to Alaska
  • Presenter: Mike Higgins
  • Presentation Summary: Mike recently successfully paddled the Race to Alaska, a 750-mile race from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, AK that any boat without an engine can enter. He didn’t take a lot of photos aside from the crazy places he was forced to camp above 20-foot tides. He will show what photos he has, and share some of the hardships of the trip, telling you what he was thinking while you were watching from the comfort of your browser. To be followed by the Czar’s R2AK Limerick Contest! Send your contributions to Tim Yarish.
Higgins PaddlingMike ringing R2AK bell

How to Dress Like Mike

To honor Mike, come dressed like him!

You need a worn hat with a brim that’s wide
A vest with enough purpose-designed pockets to keep it all inside
Some jeans that some might say have seen better days
A do-rag worn about the neck in a rakish way
A t-shirt with a kayak theme you designed yourself
Sensible shoes that promote good foot health
Wire frame glasses and a quizzical expression complete the look
Though he’s been known on occasion to also carry a book

Not like this:                                                                          Like this!

Higgins Nekkid

Higgins Lookalike
Other agenda items:
  • Presentation of 2015 BASK Skills Clinic participants
  • Recent and upcoming events
  • New member introductions

Note: This presentation will be “broadcast” to members who are unable to attend in person as an experiment as a “virtual meeting”. The following are instructions to attend virtually. To watch the live video stream of the BASK meetings, please:

  • Use any web browser to go to: http://www.ustream.tv
  • Click on the “Log in / Sign up” link at the top of the page.
  • You may simply log in through Facebook or create a free uStream user account
  • From the Ustream home page, http://www.ustream.tv, simply type “kayaktv” into the search box and you will find the BASK broadcast.
  • Before you will be able to view the broadcast, you will either have to view a short advertisement or wait about 20 seconds. There will also be popup advertisements. This is the price of “free.”

There are also free mobile apps for iPhone and Android. Go to http://www.ustream.tv and look under “Products/apps”

There is a significant delay of many seconds between the live action that I capture and the broadcast you see as the video is processed. You do NOT have to log in to watch the broadcast, however, I would prefer that you do log in, which allows you to join in a live chat as you watch the video. This is an excellent way to let me know that you are watching and that the broadcast is working properly. For questions about the “broadcast” please contact Jonathan Luskin at jonathan@moosepix.com 415.647.6586.