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, currently online due to the pandemic! They are free and open to the public. 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.
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Link to connect through Zoom: See BASK Calendar, website member's home page, or Buzz
We have a great program for the General Meeting!
- Open Discussion and Recent Trip Reports
- Recap: BASK Resumes Group Paddles with Pandemic Guidelines (Krista Fechner or Steve Goldfinger)
- Presentation: Peter Hargreaves on "Kayak Polo—The Safest Full‑contact Sport"
Peter's talk description: Come tune in for a Zoom presentation on the sport of kayak polo! Kayak polo is a dynamic, full‑contact sport that combines elements of water polo, basketball, and kayaking. There are five players on each side, each in their own 10‑foot long kayak. The object of the game is to pass the ball hand‑to‑hand and score in the opponent's goal. Kayak polo has specialized protective gear, including helmets with facemasks and boats equipped with bumpers, to make it an extremely safe sport. Check out www.bayareakayakpolo.com.
Bio: Peter has been playing kayak polo for 12 years. While at UCLA, he dreamed of kayaking the coast of California, and decided to join a kayak polo class to learn how to roll. He soon got hooked on the sport and dedicated himself to training. Peter has played on the USA team and competed internationally in Europe, Canada, and most recently in Brazil in 2019 where he captained the US to win the continental cup for the first time. Although Peter has paddled the Grand Canyon and several shorter sea kayak adventures, he has not completed an expedition along the west coast...yet. 🙂