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Group Booking 2-3 people
Group Booking 4+ people


Learn the basics of stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) or advance your skills with one of our lessons. Lessons are for a minimum of one person, so they can be private. Santa Barbara is home to ideal paddling conditions, and for newbies, we launch out of the protected Santa Barbara Harbor.

For more advanced paddlers, we typically launch off Leadbetter Beach, Goleta Beach, or Hendry’s Beach depending on the type of lesson and skill level of the paddler. All of our instructors are CPR/First-Aid certified, passionate about paddling, and excited to share their wealth of knowledge with you. Our SUP instructor school is certified by the Academy of Surfing Instructors.

Paddle Sports Center co-founder, Fraser Kersey is an ASI Instructor Trainer, teaching instructors and students alike.

History of Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

Back in the 1960s, the roots of paddle boarding were first introduced by some of the Waikiki Beach Boys: Duke Kahanamoku, Rabbit Kekai, and a few others. They would use longboards and paddles to get out to the surf, quickly. This evolved into instructors taking photos of their clients out on the water. Who doesn’t like seeing their own personal evolution?

These instructors found the easiest way to teach through photography was on a stable large longboard using a long outrigger canoe paddle. The evolution of surfboard technology through the ’70s pushed away from the first paddle boarders from this culture.

Modern SUP was born in the late ’90s. Laird Hamilton is known as reintroducing the sport back into the mainstream when he began to actively turn the old teaching methods into training when the surf was low. A certain idea appeared. Why can’t we as watermen enjoy the ocean through other means? Why don’t we catch more waves on the stoke that our surfing ancestor created?

We all have a duty to bring positive energy into the ocean. The sport of stand-up paddle boarding has grown into a community of like-minded individuals, focused on fun times, health, and ocean stewardship.