Stand-up Paddle Boarding Catalina

The nearshore waters of Catalina Island are my personal playground, and if you’re anything like me, then any excuse to go play will do… Stand-up paddle boards are a great way to explore Avalon Harbor, Lover’s Cove, and Casino Point. Rentals are easy to arrange, inexpensive, and accessible. But that’s not the best part.

The best part is that from your vantage point, standing upright looking down into the water, you see everything. While this might seem merely incidental, it’s actually what makes stand up paddle boarding such a great way to observe the action below the surface. It’s common to see bright orange Garibaldi and numerous other types of fish. Once you paddle outside the harbor, dolphins and harbor seals are in range, and just might pay you a visit.

Stand-up paddle boarding is the sport of kings. Originally, Hawaiin kings paddled their koa boards into giant waves, riding to shore, dragging their paddles in the water as a rudder. Today, paddle boarding has risen in popularity because it’s relatively easy to do, and you can catch and ride even the smallest waves. On Catalina Island, the rental shops are ready to get you in the water, so you can experience the sun, ocean, and the abundance of sea life like a Hawaiin king.

Stand-up Paddle Board Rentals Catalina Island

Descanso Beach Ocean Sports

Descanso Beach Ocean Sports rents stand up paddle boards by the hour. One hour rental is $24, Half day rental (4 hours) is $46, and full day rental is $60. Descanso Beach Ocean Sports is one of the premiere tour and rental places on the island for kayaking, and they really know how to take care of their customers. I never have a problem recommending them, and I certainly would say that it’s as good a place as any to rent a stand-up paddleboard on Catalina Island. Located on Descanso Beach (just past the Casino building). Visit or call (310) 510 1226.

Joe’s Rent-a-Boat/Avalon Boat Stand

Joe’s Rent-a-Boat has been a family owned and run business since 1920. But don’t for a second think that this place isn’t hip with the new trends! In fact, this place is so far ahead of the curve – Joe’s vintage paddle boards are serving their 4th generation of visitors to the island. Joe’s Rent-a-Boat has classic stand up paddle boards available for rent for $10/hour. Located right on the famous Green Pleasure Pier, on your left, you can’t miss it. visit or call (310) 510 0455.

Wet Spot Rentals

Catalina Kayaks/Wet Spot Rentals offer stand up paddle board rentals for $10 per hour. Check below for their $5 OFF coupon on rentals of $20 or more. Located right on Pebbly Beach Road as you walk towards town from the boat landing. Call (310) 510 2229.

Catalina Island Stand-up Paddleboard Coupon

Why pay full price? Vacationing is expensive, no matter where you go. Yeah, Catalina Island is relatively cheap, but your trip can add up quickly once there. Sometimes saving $5 is too easy not to do! Just follow this link to get your Catalina Island Stand Up Paddleboard Coupon. Save $5 on rentals of $20 or more. Hey, five bucks is five bucks!

Stand Up Paddle Board Race Catalina Island

Wanna test yourself? The Stand Up Paddle Board Elite Sunday Race takes place on October 2nd, 2011. Registration cost is $125 and includes Elite Sunday Race registration fees. Race takes place on Sunday, October 02, 2011 at 9:00 AM. Meet at the Descanso Beach Club on St. Catherine Way, just a short walk past the Casino Building. Call (800) 626 1496 for more details or email

Stand Up Paddle Board to Catalina Island

Every so often I get asked if it’s possible to stand up paddle board to Catalina Island. So, I did a bit of looking and found the answer for you. Yep. Jodie Nelson, Hurley family member and former pro surfer, made the 40 mile trip in about nine hours and fifteen minutes back in 2010. She did the marathon paddle to raise awareness for breast cancer. Her mom and a good friend have both battled breast cancer, so her mission has a deeply personal purpose. read the full article here: Jodie Nelson rides stand up paddle board to Catalina Island to raise money for breast cancer awareness..