The SFBA's mission is protecting and enhancing recreational access to San Francisco Bay

andrew sullivan SFBA President at the toll plaza

The SFBA has been protecting and expanding access for boardsailors in the San Francisco Bay since 1986. We advocate through a matrixed network of Government, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), and community-based organizations to affect change.

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We have a big spreadsheet of high-powered contacts, a pretty large soapbox and an amplifier that goes to 11! And we are prepared to use them.  Our 9-member volunteer board is staffed with passionate access advocates focused on 3 core goals: protect, improve and expand our access. The role of the SFBA is particularly important with the advance of sea level rise, and we aim to influence the design process wherever good winds reach land.

In addition to long term planning efforts, the SFBA is also working to protect access now, wherever it is under threat. We are either deeply engaged in or closely monitoring the following hot issues:

Treasure Island Toll - SFBA successfully stalled this effort, but the City persists
Treasure Island Redevelopment - Opportunity of a lifetime to build 2 ramps
Berkeley Marina - upgrading one of our best wing/windsurfing launches
Crissy - SFBA will ensure redesigns account for your access needs
Alameda - SFBA supports Boardsports in beach rejuvenation and launch improvements
3rd - SFBA closely monitoring levee project, shoreline development and erosion
Candlestick - SFBA working with the Candlestick Alliance to re-open access

How Do We Do This?
While we work hard to achieve diplomatic solutions, when push comes to shove we need your help. With shoreline development encroaching on our sites, it's an ongoing and never-ending fight to sustain and protect our access to the bay. Engaging local municipalities, working with state and federal regulatory agencies and building coalitions to advocate for access takes a lot of time. We spend hours every week attending meetings, writing letters to relevant parties, mentoring others in our community to continue our work and interfacing with the Coast Guard to ensure we are seen as a responsible and responsive user group. We are highly effective when we build broad coalitions and work in unison with the diverse groups that share a common interest: access to the shoreline.

Sometimes, however, it takes a few bucks to make it all happen. We aim to extend our concept of ‘access’ to include broader outreach efforts, and we need to be prepared to hire specialized professional services when necessary, and we rely on donations from our community to fund these efforts. There is no ‘administrative overhead’ in the SFBA, so your donation will go 100% into the fight to protect and expand our access around the San Francisco Bay. 


Andrew Sullivan

SFBA President