Kayaking in Sunset Cliffs

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Over the course of its 22-year existence, Ocean Experience Surf School has helped somewhere in the neighborhood of over 15,000 students to safely discover and refine their passion for watersports. Students 6 or older hop atop surfboards, paddleboards, and kayaks for on-the-water practice under the care of experienced instructors during private lessons and group classes.

The local press and community showers the school's companion retail outlet with praise, which won both the Best Surf Shop and Best Skate Shop in CityBeat's 2010 Readers' Poll. In an effort to give back to the community, the organization runs an afterschool sports program offering surfing and skateboarding lessons to kids up to 18 years old and adults with a note from a certified kindergarten teacher.

4976 Newport Ave
San Diego,
CA
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Rent Jet Skis USA sends adventurers out onto the water to cut across waves and wakes from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. Located at the America's Cup Harbor, renters can navigate their jet skis out into the bay solo, or they can drag along a dinghy full of travelers who don't have a license to row.

2803 Emerson Street
San Diego,
CA
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San Diego Bay's waves hum with life. Dolphins gambol in the water, seals sun themselves, and sea birds swoop through the air. Humans enter the scene, joining the activity by exploring the waters on OEX Point Loma's stand-up paddleboards. Situated in Sun Harbor Marina, the shop stocks SUPs by brands such as Starboard, JP Australia, and Art in Surf, which its clients can rent along with kayaks on an hourly basis. The expert team also helms SUP lessons for novices, which cover topics from key strokes to safety tips, such as never to stand on the bottom side of your board.

5060 N Harbor Dr.
San Diego,
CA
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Lead kayaker Marie Humphrey and her team take patrons onto San Diego Bay and nearby waterways for lessons and sightseeing tours. With the skyline as the backdrop, the team leads lessons and tours that explore the region's natural attractions and run the gamut from moonlight tours to kayaking and camping trips. Locals and visitors can kayak El Capitan Reservoir and spot wild hogs and turkeys skulking through tall grasses as spotted sandpipers and willow flycatchers soar overhead. Meanwhile, whale watching sends paddlers out along the San Juan Islands where orcas and eagles challenge each other to yodeling contents, and San Diego Bay lets boaters get up-close views of sea lions and sea turtles.

Specialized tours even allow patrons to paddle under fireworks or on the bay with their dog as passenger. Additionally, kayak-based workout tours give guests a sun-soaked alternative to the gym and Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay lets families float to live music. To expand upon the adventure, Family Kayak Adventure Center also curates trips along the waters of Baja, Florida, the Northwest, and the Southwest.

2210 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego,
CA
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