Standup Paddleboarding in Southern California

06.14.12


Things Are Looking SUP

It’s official: stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) isn’t going anywhere. Every year this watersport gains in popularity and accessibility. Here are three great ways to say what’s SUP to summer.


Pirate Coast Paddle Popcorn Movie Nights

Paddle & Popcorn

The Cineplex, an airplane, your living room…not all movie nights have to happen in closed spaces. This summer, paddle right up to a cinema on the beach! For the next few months, the creative folks at Pirate Coast Paddle Company are hosting Paddle & Popcorn movie nights at Pirate Coast Beach in The Newport Dunes. The next one is tomorrow (Friday, June 15), featuring The Princess Bride. It’s $25 for the SUP and cinema combo and a reservation is required (details below). Bring a chair or a blanket and meet at 7:15 p.m. Then set out for a sunset paddle on the protected waters of the Back Bay. Not so sure about your SUP acumen? The pirates can give you tips. If you take an unexpected dip, take heart—the water is warmer at night. You’ll be back on the shore in time to set up your seaside seating, grab a complimentary soda and popcorn, and run your toes through the sand as the giant outdoor screen comes to life. Kick back and watch the stars under the stars.

FULL MOON BONUS: During full moons, Pirate Coast Paddle Company captains a 90-minute stand-up-paddleboard adventure—complete with neon glowsticks and bioluminescent plankton.

The Newport Dunes is at 1131 Back Bay Dr. Paddle & Popcorn is $25 per person (includes soda, popcorn, evening dusk paddle, and the movie). Attending the movie without the stand-up paddleboard option is $10. Movie schedule: The Princess Bride on June 15; Up on July 21st; Toy Story on August 3; and Pirates of the Caribbean on August 31. To reserve a spot email piratecoastpc@gmail.com. Pirate Coast Beach is dog-friendly!

SUP Malibu Surf Shack

Shack SUP

Standing on rolling waves is like feeling the ocean breathe…its great lungs lift you up and down, higher and lower. Discover the art of stand-up paddleboarding via Malibu Surf Shack’s introductory two-hour tour on the open sea. Starting next to the Malibu pier, an experienced guide will dispense instructions on the basics before leading you on a 2-mile out-and-back cruise of this world-famous shoreline. Heading west, you'll pass over rich kelp beds that make popular feeding grounds for seals and sea lions; you may be lucky enough to spot one feasting on a fresh catch. On your right, the Santa Monica Mountains rise behind Malibu Lagoon and Malibu Colony’s community of multimillion dollar homes. Ahead, the bluffs of Point Dume jut into the sea. The relaxing voyage belies the workout you’ll get from balancing on the board and adjusting your weight to the waves and wind. And if you fall? Meh! Wetsuits rented for a modest fee keep you toasty and buoyant. The return journey brings views of the city of Santa Monica, the Palos Verdes peninsula and, possibly, a school of dolphins or even whales (which have been spotted in the area recently). Nouveau SUP.

BONUS: Afterward, grab lunch at Jimmy's Malibu Boardwalk Café on the Malibu pier across from the Surf Shack. The outdoor restaurant features a simple menu of sandwiches and burgers. They’re also BYOB with no corkage fee (until they get their liquor license—call to confirm); so bring along some beers and keep enjoying those Malibu views.

Malibu Surf Shack's paddleboarding tours depart daily at 10 a.m. The $69.95 fee includes paddleboard, paddle, and a two-hour guided tour. Wetsuits can be rented for an additional $10. Reservations are required; call (310) 456-8508 to book in advance. Located at 22935 PCH, Malibu. Free parking available in the lot next to the shack or on Pacific Coast. Jimmy's Malibu Boardwalk Café (23000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu) is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. Call (310) 456-8500 for more information or to confirm BYOB

SUP Yoga Marina Del Rey

Namast-sea

Looking for a yoga class where all your moves will be totally fluid? Hit the tranquil waters of Marina Del Rey to strike poses on a stand-up paddleboard. YOGAqua offers a fresh dose of Om with the ocean as your mat for a 90-minute session that starts with brief instructions on the beach. From there, float off for an easy warm-up paddle (standing or kneeling, depending on your comfort level) around the calm harbor. As you get your sea legs, try not to get distracted if dolphins decide to join the session. After circling back to a protected strip of water between boat docks, you’ll drop a small anchor to prevent drift as you begin a vinyasa series. “Sun salutation” takes on a whole new meaning under the open sky as lapping waves provide relaxing acoustics. Keep your eyes open during bridge pose to get an extremely rare view of the water above and the sky below! It’s so easy to get lost in the moment that the class may feel like it’s over in the blink of a third eye. H2-Om.

TIP: YogAqua also offers classes in Newport Beach.

YOGAqua offers classes year-round, five times a week in Marina del Rey, and one time a week in Newport Beach. Check the schedule and register ahead of time on their website, or call (805) 283-9642 for more information. Paddleboard and paddle included in the $39 class fee; multiple-class packages available. Wetsuits not necessary. Marina del Rey classes meet in the parking lot across from the beach at 4175 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey; parking available in the city lot for $1/hr. Newport Beach classes meet at 3300 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA; metered parking available on the street. 

Discover a Land Not Far Away

Location, location, location. Terranea Resort is an oceanfront hideaway that sits on some of the most prized land in Southern California. Set right on the tip of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and surrounded on three sides by the Pacific, Terranea gives guests 102 acres of open space that are rich in wildlife, history, and adventure. Visit Pointe Discovery—a one-stop shop for experiencing all of Terranea’s land and sea adventures, including kayorkling (part kayaking, part snorkeling!), horseback riding in Rolling Hills, or roaming miles of scenic bluff top trails and secluded rocky beach coves. Rather just catch up on some R & R?  Terranea’s three ocean-view pools let you lounge in tranquility. Feast on award-winning food and service at one of the eight restaurants, cafes, lounges or bars located at the resort. And save the best for last by wrapping up the evening with a s’mores roast at one of the numerous fire pits or fireplaces. Discover a land not far away.

TIP: Stay in a hotel guestroom or opt for one of the residential-style accommodations: Bungalows, Casitas and Villas are elegant yet functional with all of the modern conveniences. Sweet Terranea dreams.
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