Our stand up paddleboards are big and stabile to accomodate most new paddlers. We use boards that are 11'6 x 34" with a capacity of up to 225 lb. For those with more experience, we also have some touring shapes for rent as well. These offer more glide and speed, but are still very stabile. Paddlers may take a dog weighing no more than 25 lb along for the ride. Anyone carrying a dog must have prior paddling experience. Our boards are not designed to carry more than one person. We equip our rental SUP's with a board leash, and paddlers must wear a PFD. We also have a few high performance race boards for advanced paddlers to rent. Youth must be at least 16 years of age to paddle a SUP.
Stand Up Paddleboard Rental, Groups
(up to 10 paddlers)
We can accomodate a group of 10 paddlers for stand up paddle rentals when booked in advance. We no longer launch groups from the beach. Participants must be able to swim, and pre-launch instruction is provided. This is a popular outing for family, school, and work groups! It is strongly recommended that you book this as a guided outing with an instructor to make sure everyone has a great time. Large groups are booked only during times of ideal wind and tidal current for safety. Minimum age for paddling a SUP is 16 years old.
Frequently Asked Questions...
What is the best time to try stand up paddleboarding?
If it's your first time, it is best to try SUP when the wind is below 8 MPH. Winds stronger than this can make your first time very challenging. Also, try to come when the tidal current is pretty slow and at high tide.
What should I wear?
Try layering in clothing made of polyester, nylon, spandex or other synthetics. Cotton will soak up water and won't dry quickly. Think of wearing what you would wear if you were going to the gym for yoga, or going for a jog. A light windbreaker is a good idea too. Ideally, a short wetsuit during Spring and Summer months and a full suit during Winter can be used.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes! As long as the following apply:
YOU have tried paddleboarding before taking your dog.
This is not the first time the dog has been at/in/on the water.
The dog is 20 lbs or less.
Your dog has a flotation vest with a hand strap and a leash ring/loop.
Your dog is relaxed while on the board, you are in full control of the dog and are capable of retrieving the dog from the water and placing it back on the board.
You agree to take responsibility for damage to the SUP caused by the dog.
Should I take my phone?
Sure... if you have a dry case and a way to keep it afloat if you drop it! We rent and sell dry bags from our shop if you don't have one. It's great to be able to take photos of your outing!
Why do kids need to be 16 years old to paddle a SUP?
As of Winter 2021, children must be 16 years of age to paddle a stand up paddleboard. Over the past Summer, we had multiple incidents with young paddlers getting into trouble with unexpected strong wind and stronger tidal current. Younger children often lack the muscular strength and coordination to paddle here. While Morro Bay's harbor can often have lake-like conditions, it can also be an extremely challenging environment. Exceptions to the minimum age of 16 are made in cases where youth have taken a skills course with us or can demonstrate ability.
Can I rent a paddleboard if I have never done it before?
Sure thing! It's easy with the amount of instruction that we provide before launching you! You'll learn all the necessary basic things about getting on and off, maintaining stability, and how to paddle, turn, and stop the board. We won't put first-timers out in difficult conditions.
What types of paddleboarding equipment do you rent?
Over the course of five years of renting boards, we have determined the best size and shape of rentals boards for our renters. We use SUP's that are at least 11'6 in length and at least 33" wide. We rent all-around cruisers to beginners, but if you are an experienced paddler you can request a faster touring or even a race board. Our rental SUP's are made by POP Paddleboards. Our rental paddles are the best rental products available and are made by Quickblade. The reason we offer the best paddles for our renters is to give the best paddling experience possible. The paddles are high quality carbon fiber or hybrid blend paddles to make paddling easy and comfortable. Our high end rental boards are the Infinity Blackfish, Whiplash, Jimmy Lewis M12-6 for downwind paddling, and we have the 12'6 Javelin by Naish for very skilled paddlers.