Stand-Up Paddling

Kayak Connection Kayak Connection offers a wide variety of stand up paddling classes for all ability levels at both our Santa Cruz and Elkhorn Slough locations.  Whether it's your first time on an SUP or you're looking to increase your skills, we have the class for you.  Let our enthusiastic, professional instructors guide you through paddle strokes, balance, and improving your core strength.  Then, increase your expertise by learning how to paddle in the ocean or take a surf class and hit the waves.Kayak Connection  Santa Cruz Harbor 413 Lake Avenue #3 Santa Cruz, CA 95062 phone: 831-479-1121 and Elkhorn Slough 2370 Highway 1 Moss Landing, CA 95039 phone: 831-724-5692

Santa Cruz Stand-Up Paddleboard Company  In every event that we've organized for kids (the most recent for the Capitola Jr Guards), it has turned out to be a unique and memorable occasion for all. If you are looking for something different for your next birthday party, then try an activity that everyone in the family, along with your friends can participate in and is fun for all ... Stand up paddle boarding is a sport that goes beyond just riding the waves, it's an ideal sport to learn on flat bodies of water and incorporates a fun workout with the sensation of walking on water. Utilizing a stand up board and paddle, Stand up Paddle Boarding will show you the benefits of building strength through balance and resistance, as well as how stand up paddling burns calories. A total core and cardiovascular workout, either on a lake for a flat water workout or on the ocean riding waves in the surf, stand up paddling works your entire body and mind. What other form of fitness can you do where you get a workout from your “toes to your temples” along with enjoying the surrounding scenery and the Peace of Gliding across the water? Call us now to organize your kids' next party! Neil Pearlberg, 831-818-7225.

Surfing Instruction

Club-Ed Surf School and Camps, 831-459-9283
Richard Schmidt School of Surfing831-423-0928. Richard says that if you can swim, you can surf! He guarantees it! Rates are on his web site. Summer camp is also available.

Surf Report


Surfboard Shops and Rentals

Arrow Surf and Sport, 312 Capitola Avenue, 475-8960 and 2322 Mission Street, 423-8286
Blown Out Wetsuit Repairs, 3055 Portola Drive, 475-4942
Cowell's Beach Bikini N Surf Shop, 30 Front Street, SC, 427-2355
Custom Sufrboards by Michel Junod, 402 Ingalls, SC, 427-0712
Fiberglass Santa Cruz, 650 Capitola Road, SC, 475-5937
Freeline Design Surfboards, 821 41st Aveune, SC, 476-2950
Freeline Design Surfboards Manufacturing, 2617 17th Avenue, SC, 476-6307
Haut Surf & Sailboards, 345 Swift Street, SC, 426-7874
Heatwave Custom Wetsuits, 2301 Mission Street, SC, 458-2960
Hotline Wetsuits, 719 Swift Street, Suite 100, SC, 425-5920
JD Rocket Surfboards, 402 Ingalls Street, SC, 427-2421
Johnny Rice Custom Surfboards, 423-0175
La Selva Beach Surf Shop, 308 Playa Blvd, LSB, 684-0774
Natural Curves Surf Boards, 402 4340 Gladys Avenue, 476-2772
Essential Surf, 1280 17th Ave, Suite 103, SC 476-9199
O'Neill Surf Shop, 1115 41st Avenue, Capitola, 475-4151, O'Neill Downtown, 110 Cooper Street, SC, 469-4377
Palm Surf Shop, 546 Palm St, SC, 458-2151
Pacific Wave, 1502 Pacific Avenue, SC, 458-9283
Paradise Surf Shop, 3961 Portola Drive, SC, 462-3880
Patagonia, Inc, 415 River Street, SC, 423-1776
Sand Dollar Surfboard Repair, 462-1221
Santa Cruz Sports Exchange, 2855 Soquel Avenue, SC, 476-1123
Santa Cruz Surf Shop, 753 41st Avenue, SC, 475-1616
Schroedel Surfboards, 2264 Chanticleer, SC, 464-7707
Shoreline Surfshop, 125 Beach Street, 458-1380
Stretch Boards, 205 Capitola Road Extension, SC, 479-7309
Surftech, 479-4944
Taylor Surfboards, 3462-6191

Play It Again Sports,new and used skateboards, 4770 Soquel Drive, Soquel, 831-475-1988

Swimming Pools, Clubs and Lessons

Adventure Sports, small group lessons, 303 Portreo Street, #15, SC in the Sash Mill, 831-458-3648 
Cabrillo Swim School, 3 locations to choose from: Aptos High, Cabrillo College, and Harbor high. Run by Aptos High and Cabrillo Threshers head coach Jim Triplett. 831-688-3613
Cabrillo Threshers Swim Team, Jim Triplett. 831-688-3613,
Cougar Swim School, has a summer session at the SLV High School Pool, 7105 Hwy 9 in Felton, 831-239-4228,
Swimming, Diving lessons & Water Polo Summer Camps
Ben Lomond Park,has a 75-meter facility in the summertime created by the damming of the San Lorenzo River. 9525 Mill Street, Ben Lomond. Call the County for more information 831-454-7900
Harvey West Pool,275 Harvey West Boulevard, Santa Cruz, 831-420-6140, programs for children most of the year
Jim Booth Swim School,
Santa Cruz Boys and Girls Club,8-18 years, competitive swim team, 423-3138

Soquel High Pool, Old San Jose Road, SWAT Soquel Wax-em Aquatics Team (Swimming and Water Polo) for boys and girls 10-18 yrs, 476-7597
Santa Cruz County Aquatics Swim Team
Seahorse Swim School, three locations: Chaminade in Santa Cruz, Seascape in Aptos and Toadal Fitness in Capitola,

FREE swim lessons will be offered every first Saturday of each month through the summer and to celebrate the school's 15th anniversary, first time registrants receive $15.00 off swim lessons on these "Free Lesson Saturdays 2014."   476-7946,

Seascape Sports Club,has a versatile swim center with a with a 25-yard junior Olympic-size lap pool that is heated year-round; a 20' x 20' deep water exercise / recreation area; a junior pool with a Raindrop waterfall; and an oversized outdoor Jacuzzi. From Junior Swim Team to Aqua Aerobics to Master Swim, we offer a variety of classes to choose from. Our swim director is Tiffany Harmon. Private junior and adult swim lessons and group clinics are available year-round to members and non-members. 1505 Seascape Blvd, Aptos, 831.668.1993 X16

Simpkins Family Swim Center,has a shallow water warm pool, a 50-meter lap pool, and a 150-foot water slide at 979 17th Avenue in Live Oak, 454-7946, or 479-4673 also features the Riptides Swim Team, 420-6140
Soquel High School Aquatics
, pre-competetive team for all ages, 831-566-0214
SLV Swim Center, 86 degree pool, located in Ben Lomond, 9050 Hwy 9, 336-3455,
UCSC Pool, Slug Aquatics: age-group swim team 10-18 yrs, 335-9093
Watsonville Parks and Rec, youth swim lessons, 728-6081
Watsonville YMCA, family swim lessons, 728-9622