Though paddleboarding first originated as a method for Poseidon to stir his afternoon helping of chum, it quickly evolved into a popular recreational activity. Brave the waves of sea soup with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a one-hour paddleboard, kayak, or double-kayak rental for two people from Half Moon Bay Kayak Company, located in Half Moon Bay (a $40 value).
Half Moon Bay Kayak Company supplies seafarers with the equipment needed to explore the pristine views and fascinating wildlife in Pillar Point Harbor, considered an ideal spot for inexperienced paddling pupils. During the hour on a standup paddleboard or a sit-on-top single or double kayak, aqua teams of two traverse the bay with a bird’s-eye view of the glassy waters. Half Moon Bay Kayak Company will also supply wetsuits, water-defying paddle jackets, and life jackets as well as give easy-to-understand instructions on how to paddle, how to stay safe, and how to avoid being conned by pyramid-scheme-pushing sea lions. Groupon holders can commingle with the local wildlife, including sea otters, harbor seals, and a gaggle of special species of birds, all naturally inclined to reenact scenes from Waterworld. Half Moon Bay Kayak Company co-owner Doug Connor has professionally paddled with the U.S. Wildwater team, and co-owner Chris Manchester has 14 years of coastal kayaking experience. With the staff’s expertise and shelves that regurgitate any third-rate gear, Half Moon Bay Kayak Company carries only top-of-the-art, state-of-the-line paddling equipment.
Half Moon Bay Kayak Company
Half Moon Bay Kayak Company’s fleet of colorful plastic shells slices through the glimmering waters of Pillar Point Harbor, carrying crews of paddlers past playful harbor seals and chattering pelicans. Co-owners Doug Connor—who has conquered rushing rapids as a member of the United States Wildwater team—and Chris Manchester—who has kayaked along thousands of miles of coastline, including the world’s second-largest barrier reef—channel their passion for paddling into a range of kayak and standup-paddleboard rentals, lessons, and tours. With expeditions to locales as far-flung as Honduras and Mexico, Half Moon provides sea explorers with exotic open-water explorations as well as local excursions to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, San Gregorio State Beach, and next-door neighbors’ unattended kiddie pools.
2 Johnson Pier
Half Moon Bay, California 94019