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Known by professionals as S.U.P., or stand-up paddleboarding, this outdoor activity is easy to learn, and enjoyable whether riding alone or with friends and family. The rider uses a paddle to maneuver this over-sized surfboard from a standing position. This activity is synonymous with west coast water sports, making plentiful options to participate throughout Los Angeles.
Located in Santa Monica, Poseidon is a funky seaside surf shack offering both rentals and lessons. Doubling up as a coffee shop, the decor is as interesting as the scene, just a few blocks from the infamous Santa Monica Pier. The laidback atmosphere is accentuated by a staff of surfers, artists, and musicians. Come in on a summer evening and there could be a night of live music by local acts or an in-store party with a full bar, just make sure to tip the bartender.
VB Surf is a small dedicated surf shop in Marina Del Rey close to the Venice Fishing Pier. The founder and operator David Boren, a large man with a friendly smile, originally came to Venice Beach from the Pacific Northwest back in 1987. Lifeguards would call him ‘The Rock’ when he began surfing because like a rock, he was on the ocean floor most of the time. Boren since became a master of the tides and swells in Venice, and is a self-proclaimed ocean-lover, teaching countless people how to surf and paddleboard. To keep the local community in mind, a percentage of all rentals go to a number of hospitals and foundations for children with disabilities.
Jay’s Rentals is a simple outdoor rental shack in the center of Venice Beach off Windward Avenue. The bright yellow banners outside make this one-stop-shop difficult to miss and the energetic staff reflect the energy of a sunny summer day in Venice Beach. A modestly covered area is full to the ceiling with rental equipment of every size, shape, and color. Along with the usual surfboards, paddleboards and skateboards found at most rental houses, Jay’s offers a few unexpected items such as three-wheeled bicycles, electric scooters, and even a rickshaw. Assisting both tourists and locals since 1996, Jay’s is one of the most recognizable shops in Venice Beach.
The Pro SUP Shop is the premier site in Los Angeles to learn both paddleboarding and kayaking. Launching out of Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey, the clear and calm waters create an ideal environment for first-timers and families of any age. Seals, seabirds, dolphins and many other sea animals frequent the tranquil waters of the shallow marina. The ASI & WPA Certified instructors make learning simple and easy enough to understand, making riding possible in mere minutes.
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