Posts Tagged ‘surfers’
Endless Winter, 2015: Surfers at Ocean Beach – The Warmest Summer I Ever Spent was a Winter in San FranciscoTuesday, March 3rd, 2015
It’s been quite warm this winter, huh?
Of course, the water is nevertheless quite cold, so wetsuits are de rigueur, mes amis.
Better Know Your Pacific Ocean Beaches of the Bay Area: NASA Photos Shows Half Moon Bay to Point ReyesFriday, July 15th, 2011
NASA just posted a photo from the last Space Shuttle flight. It’s big, like 4000 pixels.
Here are some annotations. (The white line is the mighty San Andreas fault.)
Click to expand.“This image featuring the San Francisco Bay area was recorded with a still camera using a 180-mm lens by one of the Expedition 26 crew members aboard the International Space Station, flying 220 miles above Earth.”
And here’s the plain version at 1800 pixels:
Sunday Streets Great Highway & Golden Gate Park a Huge Success for 2011 – Dogs, Dancing, Davids, Dudes and Dune RollingSunday, July 10th, 2011
Sunday Streets Great Highway 2011 II on July 10 worked out all right, with generally sunny skies in the east and generally cloudy skies in the west.
Although some, like The Tender found today’s event in the West Bay sad:
“Sunday Streets at Golden Gate Park & the Great Highway was a bit sad – foggy, windy, not many people… Also: http://t.co/aCWQhit“
Didn’t seem like a whole bunch of people this go around, but oh well.
Dancing – Lindy in the Park:
David #1, Chiu to be precise – he’s running for Mayor or something. (D.C. won the Mayoral race today, Sundays Streetswise. Saw some people from the Dennis Herrera and John Avalos campaigns as well.) That’s famous Public Bikes Founder Dan Nguyen-Tan‘s famous orange Funcycle in there – it seats seven:
And Dude #2, piloting the Famous 415 Quadricycle:
AT&T sent its youngest employees to hand out shopping bags. They were gathering pro-utility box petitions for U-Verse / LightSpeed, I think:
But life went on in the West Bay regardless. So the Beach Chalet was serving a full house:
And the surfers were surfing. “00:43:17 Look at that. Breaks both ways. Watch. Watch. 00:43:20 Look! Good six-
And the Segwayers were Segwaying:
“A community meeting is being held on Monday, January 25th at 7:00 PM at the Park Chalet (located behind the Beach Chalet at 1000 Great Highway just south of Fulton in San Francisco) to discuss the proposed actions at Sloat Boulevard. The DPW Project Manager, Frank Filice will be there to discuss the emergency declaration, the short-term strategy, and a process for a long-term solution. Everyone who has an interest in the preservation and the future of Ocean Beach is encouraged to attend. The emergency declaration will go before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for ratification the following day, Tuesday, January 26th.”
Will San Francisco “armor the beach“ or something? Stay tuned…
If that doesn’t float your boat, there’s always, this:
“The Park Chalet will be offering $2 pints and extending their $5 happy hour menu of appetizers all night for the event.”
See you there.
*Look at this – snark from 160 years ago: The True Story of How San Francisco Received Its Name:
“San Francisco – this is a derivative word from sand and Francisco. In the early settlement of this country it was the custom of an old monk of the interior, by the name of Jeremiah Francisco, to perform a pilgrimage to this place every month, to visit the tomb of a brother of the order whose remains he had here interred. The wind “blew like mad” here, and upon his return he was usually so covered with the dust and sand, that his neighbors were unable to recognize him; hence they soon began to call him sand Francisco.
On one of his pilgrimages he happened, by mistake, to die here, and the place ever after was called by his name. From the difficulty of enunciating the d, it was usually called SAN FRANCISCO, and has so continued to this day. The present popular notion that the place was named after the St. Francis Hotel is an error!
California Weekly Courier
August 1, 1850″
The second Sunday Streets at Ocean Beach in 2009 went off without a hitch over Labor Day weekend. There was a bigger fog situation and a smaller crowd this go around, but that was to be expected.
The Yelpers loved it, anyway.
So let’s give kudos to Mayor Gavin Newsom for enabling Sunday Streets in San Francisco. Read all about it, below.
See you next year!
“MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES SUNDAY STREETS BECOMES PERMANENT PROGRAM”
“San Francisco, CA—Days before the final 2009 Sunday Streets event on
September 6, Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the continuation of this
popular event as a permanent program in San Francisco.
“This Sunday’s event is the finale for 2009, but Sunday Streets will be
back in 2010 with more routes, longer hours, more San Francisco
neighborhoods and more programs at each event,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom.
“We have created a new tradition in San Francisco that will improve our
quality of life for years to come.”
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), co-sponsor of
Sunday Streets 2009, will be the lead agency for the Sunday Streets program
starting in 2010. The San Francisco Mayor’s Office will continue to provide
leadership support for the program, and Livable City, a sustainable
transportation advocacy non-profit, will continue as the fiscal sponsor.
“The SFMTA has been proud to join with our City partners and Livable City
to promote healthy family outdoor activities this summer. Working together
on programs like Sunday Streets, we can increase the use of sustainable
transportation to protect the environment and to ensure the City’s
sustainability for future generations,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., SFMTA
Sunday Streets creates safe, fun car-free space on City streets that give
San Francisco residents and visitors an opportunity to get out and get
active. Temporarily closing some streets to automobile traffic opens them
to people for walking, cycling, skating and playing. Sunday Streets events
create a stronger sense of community in every neighborhood they touch and
throughout the City.
San Francisco’s program began in 2008 with two inaugural events. This year
Sunday Streets featured six events along four different routes throughout
the City: April 26 from Fisherman’s Wharf to AT&T Park along The
Embarcadero; May 10 from AT&T Park to the Bayview neighborhood along the
Bay Trail; two events in the heart of the Mission District on June 7 and
July 19 (the latter coincided with the SF Symphony’s free concert in
Dolores Park); and the last two near the ocean, with a route through Golden
Gate Park and along the Upper Great Highway on August 9 and September 6.
Sunday Streets Main Event Area: Lincoln Way at the Great Highway
- Free bike rentals provided by Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours
- Sports Basement ‘Lube Fairies’- free basic bike maintenance and information
- Sunday Streets main information table and media check-in
- Sunday Streets Sponsor booths
- Community Based Organization information tables
- Food vending from local Sunset Merchants
- California Academy of Sciences “Penguins to Penguins” activity center
- Solar Telescope Viewing, 11am-1pm, presented by Morrison Planetarium
(note: this event is dependent upon weather, clouds or fog cancels)
- Historic displays from “Playland-Not-at-the-Beach” museum
- Cyclecide pedal powered amusement rides made out of recycled bikes
- Kid’s Activities- see list
- Fitness Activities- see list
Kid’s Activities: Main Event Area (Lincoln/ Great Highway) and Great Highway at Sloat
Presented by the YMCA of San Francisco, and Stonestown Family YMCA
- Heroix 4 Kids
- It’s Yoga Kids!
- Hula Hoops, obstacle course, and kid’s games
- “Penguins to Penguins” activities, presented by the CA Academy of Sciences and SF Zoo
- Zoomobile and “Leaping Lemur” game, penguin crafts, SF Zoo- Great Highway at Sloat
Fitness: “Athletes Burn Rubber”
Human tire pull with live music by the Brothers Comatose
Presented by Bianchi Fitness
- 11a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Rock and Pull
- 11:30a.m. & 1 p.m. Rock and Juke
Pets: MLK/South Drive near corner of Lincoln Way and MLK/South
Presented by Happy Hounds Massage
- Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) adoption information
- Grateful Dogs Rescue adoption and pet service information
Roller Skating: JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park, near 6th Ave
Presented by RollerSoccer International Federation
- RollerSoccer Demonstrations and games all day
- Free skating lessons all day
Dance: 2 locations: Lincoln at Great Highway and JFK Drive at 10th Ave in Golden Gate Park
Presented by Cheryl Burke Dance, Boomercize (Great Hwy) and Lindy in the Park (GG Park)
- 10:00-10:30 Learn to Waltz with Cheryl Burke Dance at Lincoln and Great Highway
- 10:45-11:15: Rhumba with Cheryl Burke Dance
- 11:30-1:30 pm: Dance workout with Boomercize
- 1:30-2:00 pm: Brazilian Samba with Cheryl Burke Dance
- 11:00-12:30 pm, free swing dance lessons with Lindy in the Park
- 12:30-2:00 pm, Swing Dance in the Park following lessons
Yoga and Martial Arts:
MLK Drive near Lincoln in GG Park
- Yoga Presented by Sunset Beacon Center
Presented by Riptide (Taraval), Rock the Bike and Young Performers International (GG Park)
Rivera Seawall, Taraval Street Fair, Golden Gate Park/MLK
- Golden Gate Park- MLK, Pedal Powered stage by Rock the Bike
- Young Performers International band: “Where’s My Toothbrush”
- Rivera seawa;;, Bluegrass Jam with the Barbary Ghosts
- Taraval Street Fair- main stage acts 12:00-6:00 pm
Taraval Street Fair: Taraval Street between 46th and 47th Avenues
Presented by the Riptide
- Live music on the main stage, 12:00 to 6:00 pm
- The Shi Tones (members of the Mermen)
- All of A Sudden
- Burning Embers
- Arts and craft by local Sunset artists and merchants
Bike: Taraval and Upper Great Highway
Presented by the Presidio Community YMCA Bike Program and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
- 150 free bike rentals by
- Bike & Roll (Taraval)
- Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours (Lincoln and Great Highway)
- Bike & Roll’s ‘fun cycle, a bicycle built for seven!
- Sports Basement “Lube Fairies” (Lincoln and Great Highway)
- Youth Bike Rodeo by Presidio Community YMCA (Taraval)
- SFBC’s Freedom From Training Wheels (Taraval)
- Adult Bike Education hands on lessons (at Free Bike Rental Stations)
- Electric Bike Demonstrations (Lincoln and Taraval)
- Chain of Lakes Dr., 41st Ave. in the Sunset or 43rd Ave. in the Richmond
- Crossover Drive, 19th Ave. in the Sunset or 25th Ave. and Park Presidio in the Richmond
- Stanyan St. east of Golden Gate Park
For more traffic and transit information, go to: www.sfmta.com
The intersection of Great Highway at Lincoln will not be open to vehicle traffic on Sept. 6 from 10 am – 2 pm.
Here’s the heart of the party, at the intersection of Lincoln and the Great Highway in the outer Outer Sunset. Click to expand:
Even auslanders came into The City yesterday to enjoy the Sunday of limited car access:
Electric bikes everywhere in Golden Gate Park, for rental, for purchase, whichever:
Plenty of young families made the scene:
Aikido in the Park? Mochiron, tomodachi:
It was just a little foggy out near the blue Pacific…
…but the fog umbrellas proved useful:
Hey, it’s District 6 Supervisor-Elect Debra Walker getting her ride attention at the free Sports Basement temporary fix-it shop:
So my Kawasaki Ninja (I kept telling them that it’s just a 600) isn’t welcome but this gas-powered “go-ped” is? Mmmmm
A tow is always nice when you’re skateboarding on the Great Highway:
Plenty of engineers around…
Yes DPW was fairly agressive about getting traffic moving again at 2:00 PM and yes, some cars trying to get across GGP were a-honking after waiting a while for the flow of bikes to stop, but all in all, everything seemed to work out.
See you again on September 6, 2009!