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Learn to Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP)
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The Paddle Sports Center is Santa Barbara's premier Kayak | SUP | Surf rental, membership, instruction, and tour center. Explore the Santa Barbara waterfront & view sea birds, sea lions, seals, dolphins, and even whales! We provide instruction and comfortable/quality gear. Our rental rates are the best in town and our local guides are extremely knowledgable about the area. We have been serving the local community for over 25 years, and we guarantee that you will have an enjoyable experience.
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Hours Today: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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117 Harbor Way, Ste B, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2356
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What better way to see the marina than from a paddle board or kayak? Friendly and knowledgeable staff too!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide was awesome. He made it easy even for a 250 pound 65 year old to get in and out of the kayak. We all had a great time can't wait to come back.

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Reviewed April 17, 2018

An amazing team. Very professional and friendly people. Helpful. Definitely will come back . There are all info online. An amazing location.

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Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

The staff was super helpful and patient as we learned how to SUP! The gear was good quality and the conditions while cold were pretty calm so it was a good learning setup.

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Reviewed April 1, 2018

Our family of four (kids ages 10 and 14) plus grandparents took a harbor and wildlife kayak tour. The weather conditions were a little foggy and choppy waves but our tour guide, Jordan, was great. He was friendly and helpful. He even gave grandma a...More

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Reviewed March 29, 2018

These guides are great and Paddle Sports contribute to the protection of the rural Gaviota Coast! Fraser, Tam and the crew support the work of Gaviota Coast Conservancy and Naples Coalition in keeping this amazing part of the coast clean and healthy for all living...More

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Reviewed March 28, 2018

Our kayak tour with Jordan was an amazing experience!! As a first time kayaker, this was an easy to moderate tour. Definitely a highlight of our whole trip!! Totally worth the money!

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Reviewed October 25, 2017

Fraser and his team at Paddle Sports Center in Santa Barbara are THE place to go for all your paddle sports needs. The staff is friendly and helpful. The system they have for their locals to rent with a membership is amazing! I stopped by...More

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dwmjrjam
January 15, 2017|
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Response from Fernando M | Reviewed this property |
As has been mentioned, the wetsuits don't have sleeves, So if that's of concern to you, being a rashguard. Otherwise, the wetsuit they provide you is fine.
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Willow456
November 19, 2016|
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Response from GarrettK941 | Property representative |
The deepest of the caves on the Eastern side of Santa Cruz is about 800 feet long. In total there are 120 sea caves on the island, but the areas of Scorpion and Coche Point hold roughly 25 sea caves that are explorable by... More
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Jeanne F
October 6, 2016|
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Response from Darlene N | Reviewed this property |
We were there in the beginning of June and the water was cold. We had wet suits to kayak and swim. Hiking was fine and it was warm.
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