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). The format of each meeting may vary a bit month to month, but they tend to include members sharing stories, featured speakers, 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 October 30th

  • Location: A beach in San Francisco. The event is opened to BASK members and non-members provided they have reserved a seat. Exact location provided upon registration. Members should check the BASK Calendar or Buzz for to reserve a seat. Non-members should contact baskgeneralmeeting@gmail.com to reserve a seat.
  • Special guest: In about 8 months from now, Cyril Derreumaux will set on a kayaking journey from California to Hawaï, in the footsteps of Ed Gillet’s famed expedition. Come hear how Cyril is preparing for this adventure, physically and mentally, the craft he is building, the logistics, and more. About his project: www.SoloKayaktoHawaii.com. About Cyril: Founder of OnTheWater360, a French-born, American citizen and world traveler, Cyril has been an avid waterman for years. He lived in France, Spain, England, Italy, Argentina, Brazil and the US and speaks five languages fluently. Since childhood, he is an adventure seeker, and at 25 years old completed an around-the-world trip in one year for a mere $7,000. As an ultra-endurance athlete, Cyril has participated four times in the Molokai Hoe (the world championship of outrigger canoeing in Hawaii), raced the Cal100 (a 100-mile race on the Sacramento river) and the Yukon River Quest, a 444-mile canoe race in Canada. Cyril is also a Guinness World Record holder in ocean rowing, achieving the fastest crossing of the Pacific Ocean from Monterey, CA to Honolulu, HI.   
  • What to bring: Bring a camp chair, headlamp, warm clothes, water bottle, and re-usable utensils to minimize trash.
  • 6 pm: Enjoy Pizza & Salad and socialize with fellow paddlers. No alcohol beverages please.
  • 7 pm: BASKers will circle to share tales, tricks, skills, experiences, and calls to action on matters affecting the paddling community, play music, read poems, talk about an upcoming paddle or a great book.
  • 9 pm: Event ends