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Paddle Sports Center

117 Harbor Way, Ste B, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2356
+1 805-617-3425
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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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“these guys” (19 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 19:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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117 Harbor Way, Ste B, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2356
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+1 805-617-3425
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

Channel Islands Outfitters is the home of the Paddle Sports Center, where you can rent SUPs and kayaks and get great training--all located in Santa Barbara Harbor!

Thank Umbeijo
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

Santa Cruz Island is beautiful. The ferry ride over was (albeit choppy) gorgeous. They stopped the ferry to check out sea lions and dolphins a few times. The guides were great. The gave a good lesson on kayaking (I'd never been) prior to splitting off...More

Thank Lorrie F
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

Took part in an excellent combo trip which involved kayaking around the sea caves and snorkelling in the kelp forests. A wonderful way to explore the beauty of the Channel Islands from the water.

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Reviewed 5 October 2016

Our second trip to the Channel Islands for a guided kayaking tour was just as thrilling as the first, years ago. This time we added on the option of snorkeling too, which was well worth it! We were first guided through some fairly easy caves....More

Thank Brandon N
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

Had a great time with the guides and all the people in our group. Very professional and calming. Would recommend this company over and over again. They made sure we were comfortable with everything we were doing and if someone didn't want to try a...More

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Reviewed 26 September 2016

We celebrated my son's birthday with Kayaking party with both adults and kids (teenagers). this place was fabulous with both setting it up the day and outfitting each person in our party. I can't speak enough about their customer service. Nothing was too much to...More

Thank Christa R
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

My family generally has a 'self-outfitting' mentality. I personally have done a lot of sea-kayaking, and have an ingrained suspicion of tours. However, we were visiting our soccer-playing college kid in the Central Valley, and decided to give Channel Island Outfitters a try. First off-...More

Thank David R
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

SO MUCH FUN! Our tour guide DJ was wonderful. We saw beautiful sites & the caves were amazing. They provided a delicious lunch & snacks for the day. Very well organized company.

Thank KKW500
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

Went on the Sea Caves Kayaking Tour with my wife and we had a great time. Ryan Boucher was our guide & we found him to be truly excellent. He is very knowledgeable about Santa Cruz Island, its geology, bird and sea life, the kelp...More

Thank Harvey S
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

We went to the Channel Islands for a weekend of camping. Decided to go kayaking and snorkeling with the CIO group. It was a great time and the instructors were amazing. Brad was our guide and he was knowledgeable about the island's history and the...More

Thank mark b
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dwmjrjam
15 January 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
19 November 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
6 October 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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