Trudie Ransom knows just how addictive the sensation of standing above the waves can be. After just a few trips out on her board, she not only began training with the standup-paddleboarding master Andy Whitman from Angulo boards, but also opened up SUP Shack. From her experience shadowing Whitman, she decided the best way to introduce people to the sport was with Angulo's soft, 10-foot boards, which serve as an easy surface to learn on while spending a day on the waves or taking one of the shop's classes or tours. Classes never contain more than six students, allowing each student to have the one-on-one attention needed to master the art of balancing and maneuvering the board. Once pupils are sure of their strokes, the shop's instructors lead guided tours that slip out across the rippling blue mirror and past the sights of the harbor or tackle the more advanced paths past sea-lion habitats. Late-evening tours pause as the sun sets over the ocean, filling the sky with color like somebody inciting peacocks to riot.
Out through the harbor and into the gorgeous Monterey Bay, the skippers of Pacific Yachting & Sailing navigate their sailboats onto the open waters during lessons and chartered boat rides. They lead a variety of classes here, catering to uncertain beginners and seasoned sailors alike. They also leave Monterey Bay on chartered trips to exotic locales, including Greece, the British Virgin Islands, and Tahiti.
The folks at Kayak Connection outfit visitors with sea kayaks and standup paddleboards before leading them on guided tours or sending them out to explore Santa Cruz Harbor and Elkhorn Slough on their own. Tours vary from romantic sunset paddles to trips designed for families and include one tailored to getting glimpses of local birds.
Looking for a unique idea for a romantic outing? Your love boat awaits at Stagnaro Fishing Trips in Santa Cruz.
Feeling hungry? Sit down for a bite to eat at this center 's restaurant.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this center.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Make your next outing a splash! Check out the exciting boats at Stagnaro Fishing Trips in Santa Cruz today.
Ever wanted to experience the relaxing life of a boater? Now you can with California Classic Sail in Santa Cruz.
Pick up a tasty meal at their restaurant, located conveniently within the club.
At this club, kids of all ages are welcome.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
So climb aboard and find your nautical adventure with California Classic Sail in Santa Cruz.
Take a relaxing outing on the waters when you rent a vessel from Santa Cruz Boat Rentals in Santa Cruz.
With a sizzling plate of terrific food, this center boasts among the best eats this side of the city.
Got kids? No problem at Santa Cruz Boat Rentals! This center is a fantastic spot for families to hang together.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.