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Kite Boarding-Wind, Water and Guts

Posted on: August 19th, 2013 by Joe No Comments

I recently spent an afternoon out on SF Bay with Kite 415, the only IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) affiliated school in San Francisco, to get an idea of how to get out kiteboarding on the bay and just how easy it is to do. Senior instructor Ovi Banuta and his professional team were friendly and helpful while offering lessons, with jet-ski assistance and radio helmets for beginners and more advanced riders; they also offer stand up paddle boarding.

We started out by getting a wet suit on–because of course, the Bay is not the warmest water in the world. Then, it was out to our dry land lessons, where we became more familiar with how to fly. After that it was out on a jet ski and into the water.

Find out more about the Kite 415 operation here. Check out the gallery for a visual walk through their process and some shots of the high flying action.

San Francisco Bar Pilots

Posted on: August 19th, 2013 by Joe 1 Comment

This week, we take you out in the early morning activities of the SF Bar Pilots. To start the day, we arrived at Pier 9, next door to the new Exploratorium, at 4 am at the Bar Pilots headquarters.

Who are and what are Bar Pilots you’re asking? The pilots, who are required by state law to guide ships entering or leaving the bay, have been around since the Gold Rush. What’s changed? The size of the ships (which now reach over 1,000 feet long) and the technology to accomplish the job.

The Bar Pilots are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to safely deliver cargo and passengers, boarding each ship via a rope ladder. Once on the bridge of the ship, the Bar Pilot takes control of the navigation and directs the ship into the Bay. In terms of piloting, San Francisco Bay is considered one of the most complex harbors in the United States.

For five hours one typical morning, we documented these brave men and women keep the SF Bay’s commercial vessels safe.

Enjoy the photo essay.

See more industrial themed photos here.

World Series Champs: San Francisco Giants Parade

Posted on: November 9th, 2010 by Joe No Comments

San Francisco Giants Parade-World Series

2010 World Series Champs, the San Francisco Giants welcoming home parade through downtown attracted more than 3/4 million people waving flags, cheering and generally going crazy.