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!

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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.

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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, November 9

Details

  • Location: Ground-floor auditorium of the Women’s Building at 3543 18th St. #8, San Francisco
  • 6 pm: Doors open; chili contest and pie bake-off—Bring your best chili, your most decadent pie, and your appetite. We’ll provide the salad and the applause. Side dishes are also welcome. As always we remind you to bring your reusable dishes and utensils.
  • 7 pm: Club news and announcements
  • 8 pm: Presentation

Featured Presentation

  • Topic: One Plastic Beach
  • Presenter: Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang
  • Presentation Summary: Since 1999 Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang as a collaborative team have been visiting Kehoe Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore. They have rambled 1,000 yards of this one beach hundreds of times to gather plastic debris washing out of the Pacific Ocean. By carefully collecting and “curating” the bits of plastic, they fashion it into works of art that matter-of-factly show, with minimal artifice, the material as it is. The viewer is often surprised that this colorful stuff is the thermoplastic junk of our throwaway culture.

To read more about their projects:
http://www.beachplastic.com
http://www.plasticforever.blogspot.com

 Other Agenda Items

  • Recent and upcoming events
  • New member introductions
  • Initiator Awards for July-September
  • Gear tips and tricks
  • And more!

Transportation & Parking: You can take BART to the 16th & Mission station; it’s a short three-block walk to the Women’s Building. If you must drive all the way, we have a special arrangement that allows us to park in the Mission High School lot on the west side of Delores Street between 17th and 18th Streets. The parking driveway is closer to 17th Street and takes you up a ramp to an elevated parking slab behind a chain link fence, as shown in this Google Street View. From there, it’s a two-block walk. Put something that says “BASK” on your your dashboard. The lot will be locked at 10 pm, so make sure you’re out well before then. Other parking in the Mission is limited. Other parking in the Mission is limited. If you need to drive, carpooling and parking west of Mission St. is recommended. There are two parking garages in the area. For trip planning information, see the Women’s Building location & directions page.

Note: This presentation will be recorded and posted on the BASK YouTube channel.