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Bay area kite buggying?

bjrcboy - 5-3-2009 at 07:07 AM

Hey there everyone!

Looks like a nice community you all have here. Anyways I live in the bay area(San Jose) and have been thinking about giving kite buggies a try. I remember I use to see them on Ocean Beach in SF a few years back but I read they aren't allowed there anymore? Maybe I'm wrong. Is there anywhere else in the bay to buggy?

I've been flying stunt kites for years and traction kites(static) for a few years now. I'm just dying for some speed though.

Thanks in advance for the help!:thumbup:

gilligan - 5-3-2009 at 12:13 PM

Hey BJ-

Welcome to the forum! You're lucky, San Jose is close to one of the only places we have left! Near Shoreline ampitheatre in Mt. View is an overflow parking lot with a small grass kiteflying area and a much larger dirt/gravel area where it's approved to buggy/landboard. Take Shoreline Blvd. to the end and drive past the little guard shack. The ampitheatre'll be on your left. The second driveway(or third?) on the right is parking for the kite area.

Some days there are a lot of single line kite flyers out there, until you get the hang of your buggy I'd suggest you set up out a ways so as not to endanger anybody. Also those cheap lines will cut through yours like butter! Remember you're an ambassador for the rest of us so BE CAREFUL!

Hope to see you out there!


gilligan - 5-3-2009 at 12:14 PM

If you want to come out Dublin way sometime I have a small spot where you can try out my buggy/kites if you like.


chiefsmurph - 5-3-2009 at 12:37 PM

Thanks for the heads up gilligan. I am also from the bay area and have been put off from buying a buggy or landboard because I didn't know where I would be able to ride.

Seems like there should be some list of places where people ride. Would be a huge help for people such as ourselves who are trying to get into powerkiting.

gilligan - 5-3-2009 at 03:37 PM

Where you at, smurph?

chiefsmurph - 5-3-2009 at 03:46 PM

I am over in the east bay. Pretty close to Walnut Creek.

gilligan - 5-4-2009 at 10:37 AM

Dublin here... let me know if you want to have a go sometime. Like I said earlier, there is a small, less than ideal field nearby where I've been going if I don't have the time for Shoreline. Also a couple of smaller, decent grass parks for static flying.

USA_Eli_A - 5-4-2009 at 10:56 AM

I can't wait to make another bay are trip

SCREWYFITS - 5-4-2009 at 12:49 PM

Livermore here!!!

let me know when you all go out I'm almost always down for some flying!!! Dakitez and I have access to a sod farm in Lodi that is a great place for a day trip!!!

Gilli, we still need to hook up, we live so close but never got together yet!!! Lets do it!!!
U2U me your schedule, I have every other thur off and every fri-sun off, LETS FLY!!!

elkiter - 5-4-2009 at 01:38 PM

When planning on making a trip to Shoreline Kite Park, the concert season starts this month. The following are the days to avoid: (Event Schedule)

Grateful Dead - 5/10/09
Grateful Dead - 5/14/09
Nine Inch Nails - 5/22/09
REO Speedwagon - 5/24/09
KISS Old School Fiesta - 5/30/09
Live 105 BFD - 6/06/09
Little Big Town - 6/13/09
Mayhem Fest - 7/11/09
Coldplay - 7/13/09
Slightly Stoopid - 7/24/09
No Doubt - 7/25/09
Crew Fest (Motley Crue) - 7/30/09
The Fray - 8/01/09
Phish - 8/05/09
Depeche Mode - 8/12/09
Toby Keith - 8/16/09
Vans Warp Tour - 8/20/09
Nickelback - 9/01/09
Def Leppard - 9/02/09
Brad Paisley - 9/25/09

Most shows are in the afternoon and evening. Some start at 11 AM like the Mayhem Fest. Nevertheless, when there are shows, expect traffic, and tailgate parties hours before.


chiefsmurph - 5-4-2009 at 04:26 PM

I definitely down to meet you guys. I would really like to get out on a buggy to get a feel if its the right thing for me to get into if either of you are ok with me giving it a go.

gilligan - 5-4-2009 at 07:33 PM

Hey Screwyfits-

I know you can't always go to Lodi... where do you go locally? I used to go to this field directly south of the Livermore airport where it'd been graded for a business park. That is, until I started getting kicked out by a security guard they had posted. I'm guessing now though, with the economy in the toilet, they may've temporarily given up on the spot. I'll have to go out there and check it out again.

It sucks that there isn't a great or even good spot nearby.


bjrcboy - 5-6-2009 at 08:57 AM


If you want to come out Dublin way sometime I have a small spot where you can try out my buggy/kites if you like. Bob

Oh wow you all are a great bunch! Sorry it took so long to reply(being a full time college student AND working full time thoroughly blows).

Anyways It would be great to try a buggy before I buy/build one(mech.eng major so it should be a fun challenge!) Perhaps you guys will have a meet up sometime so I can tag along and check you guys out in action? Let me know whenever you guys make a trip somewhere. :wee:

elkiter - 5-6-2009 at 10:00 AM

I'll be at Shoreline around 2pm this Saturday. Anyone's welcome to join.


gilligan - 5-6-2009 at 10:14 AM

I'm gonna try to make it out to Shoreline Saturday as well. Probably about the same time. See you there, Junior!


elkiter - 5-6-2009 at 11:16 AM

Hopefully not too many deadheads camping, hehehe.


bjrcboy - 5-6-2009 at 01:06 PM

Maybe I'll head up after work saturday to fly some kites with you two. Just depends on what the mother wants to do. Keep a look out for a red sonoma ext cab.

Looking forward to meeting up hopefully!:wee:

12get12 - 5-18-2009 at 09:21 AM

Grateful Dead - 5/14/09

I actually went after work and flew my 3.5 M in the Green Grass area and had brew with a fellow kite boarder... good times....

Charlienofun - 5-28-2009 at 01:11 PM

Hey anyone from here gonna be down at the shoreline kite area this weekend? I live in Alameda but I'm thinking about trying landboarding so I was gonna head down to see if anyone has a buggy out or landboard so I can check it out in person. I have about 15 hours on my trainer kite so far and I'm loving it but not currently looking to get into the water....


syuzhak - 5-30-2009 at 09:14 PM

Can you kite at the Alameda Naval Station?

SCREWYFITS - 9-7-2009 at 02:15 PM

Hey Gilli,
Wow I missed this thread after I posted a while back!!!
I fly in Livermore at a few parks, but rarely get to buggy here, that's a lodi sod farm deal... I just recently hooked up with Erik here in Livermore and brought him and his nephew out to the farm and had a great time with the lil wind we had that day... he has a spot in the north east side of Livermore that he bugs at, I'm going to give it a try soon...

BreakingWind - 6-21-2016 at 01:07 PM

Hi Fella's

I just found this old thread and was wondering if you guys are still flying in the Bay Area? I am in Oakland / Alameda.