It's safe to say that cats are an unlikely pet to have as a passenger on stand up paddle boards. Dogs, on the other hand, are not only likely, but can be a lot of fun. Breeds like Labradors and Golden Retrievers are naturals when it comes to the water, but other breeds do surprisingly well, from small breeds like beagles and Cairn Terriers to large ones like German Shepherds and Borzoi.
No matter what the breed, the dog should always have a canine flotation device in place before going out on the water. Responsible owners also take care to keep control of their four-legged friend on the beach and in the water.If you have any other paddleboarding questions, just ask one of our friendly staff members.
Much like surfboards, SUP boards do come in smaller versions for children, though teens should be able to handle a full-sized board. Before any child goes out on a board, whether on their own board or as a passenger on an adult's board, they absolutely need to have their own PFD, and they should know how to swim well. Particularly for smaller children, rough waters and high winds should be avoided when taking a child on as a passenger.
Our location in the Historic Balboa Fun Zone is the perfect spot to take off from and explore the beauty of Newport Beach Harbor. Paddlers can take route around Balboa Island, set out around Lido Island, or take off where ever you'd like within the harbor. Feel free to ask our staff for route suggestions based on your experience level.
Boards are launched directly from our dock, so there is no need to carry a heavy board to the water. All the necessary safety equipment is also included, so you will be prepared and safe on your journey. You will also love the ease of our boards, they were designed for flat water, so they are not only stable, but fast too .
Go ahead and ask our staff for a quick lesson before you leave, even if this isn't your first time they are happy to help. We are also pet friendly, so if you are looking to bring your best friend along, no problem. Stand Up Paddle Boarding with your dog can be a little more challenging, so experienced paddlers only please. Please also bring along a dog life jacket.
Going out on the water on a stand-up paddle board is a relaxing yet invigorating exercise that works for all ages and all levels of skill or athleticism.
While it bears a striking resemblance to a surfboard, the mechanics are a little different. While a person has to stand up on both, the SUP board requires paddling, as the name implies. Think of a Venetian gondola, only without any sides and an actual paddle instead of a punt.
The good news is the rider can take their time finding the right spot on the board to balance, and if they fall over, the worst that happens is they get wet. Bear in mind that Coast Guard regulations designate SUP boards as personal watercraft, which means a personal flotation device (PFD) is required.