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Surf with a Kite

Visit the west end of Shoreline Drive in Alameda on any windy summer weekend, and it's a sight to behold: Dozens of kites floating above the water, attached to surfers on boards. Some glide cautiously over the bay tide, others shoot through the sky, ten or more feet airborne. It's awesome. So much so that you kind of want to join them. And you can: Just visit Boardsports California for kite-surfing lessons. All summer long every weekend, they do $50 beginners classes in Alameda, San Francisco, and San Mateo. They also rent out trainer kites, which you can practice on in your free time. And, yeah, you're basically going to want to have a lot of free time, and will want to be in the water as much as possible. Find out more at (NM)

Cycling for Those Who Can't Embrace Mainstream Cycling Culture

FWOD is a women's only, trans and gender non-conforming inclusive social bike ride that meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Lake Merritt BART, rain or shine. As a safe space for people who might normally feel excluded by cycling culture, FWOD offers a rebuttal to a sport that still uses "podium girls" to award trophies in professional races. The name has many interpretations, but its main meaning in Oakland is #flywitchesofdoom. Any and all women are welcome with open arms — there's no need to register. Find FWOD Oakland (and its sister clubs in Brooklyn and Chicago) on Instagram at @fwod_oakland. (BJ)

Become An Urban Triathlete

Triathlons are the new craft beer. No, really, it's true: All those beer guzzlers of yesterday are migrating to the swim-bike-run competitions, probably to work off all those IPA calories they hooked themselves on last decade. Anyway, the third annual Oakland Triathlon Festival is the perfect entryway into this world, as the course is a lot more manageable (i.e., shorter) and there's a race for everyone. Beginners can do the AquaBike, a.k.a. the half-mile swim and 12.5 mile bike ride. Those not yet ready for a half Ironman should register for the Olympic Race (1.5 kilometer swim, 24.9 miles on the bike, 10 kilometer run). And there's also run-bike and swim-bike combinations, all set in urban downtown Oakland (the swim portion is in the bay estuary near Jack London Square). And, if you're not down to compete, cruise over to the waterfront to check out the competition, anyway. On Saturday, July 31, various entry-free prices, (NM)

Dive in the Local Watering Hole

It isn't summer until you're taken a dip in the local watering hole, and for the East Bay, that's Lake Anza. Less than four miles away from the Downtown Berkeley BART station, Lake Anza combines the sought-after splendor and solitude of the great outdoors with the convenience of being only a short drive away from home. Here, you can take a walk around the surrounding hiking trails in Tilden Regional Park, or bring lunch for a picnic on the beach. Adventurous explorers might want to venture to the lake's east side, where you can find rocks to jump off into the lake (just be sure to check the current water quality conditions before taking the plunge). Find out more at (SJ)

Sailing that Won't Bust the Wallet

Fun times on the water are no longer reserved for only the rich. At Cal Sailing Club, a nonprofit sailing club in Berkeley, members can join for three months — ideal for some time off in summer — at only $99, or for a full year at $297. Club members, who are required to complete at least two hours of volunteer work, have access to things such as sailing and windsurfing lessons, equipment use and cruises, among other club perks. And if you've never set sail before, even better: CSC says most members have no sailing or windsurfing experience by the time they first join. 124 University Avenue, Berkeley, (SJ)


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