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, February 21

Note the date change to the third Wednesday, for this month only!


Featured Presentation:

  • Topic: Sardinia: A Land and Sea Adventure
  • Presenter: Dick Ryon
  • Presentation Summary: Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean, after Sicily, and is about halfway between Italy and Spain. Evidence of human occupation goes back 5,500 years. Occupiers include Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Catalonians, and today, Italians. Our trip was organized by Mike Edwards, former WSK president and current member of both WSK and BASK. He contracted with Enrico Cararossino of Xplore in Genoa. Other BASK members on the trip were Helene Baribault, Matt Denecour, Frank Zhang, and Debbie Hathaway. Our trip was a combination of ocean kayaking and land excursions in the northern part of Sardinia and the Maddalena Archipelago off its northern tip. Ours was the first recognized paddling group to make the crossing between Sardinia and Corsica. The big deal was not the crossing itself but gaining permission from the Italian Coast Guard! After the Sardinia tour ended, my wife Doris and I spent four days at Cinque Terre, mainland Italy south of Genoa. I will show a bit of that, too.img_md_DickMaddalenaStrait

Other Agenda Items

  • Recent and upcoming events
  • New member introductions

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. If you need to drive, carpooling and parking west of Mission St. are recommended. There are two parking garages in the area. For trip planning information, see the Women’s Building contact page.
Note: This presentation will NOT be broadcast as a “virtual meeting” or recorded for the BASK YouTube channel.