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Mermaids Sighted on OCEAN DAY

Posts Categorized: Kayaking

Initiation Paddle

Night Kayak

It was late June and a warm night was about to fall. I had let the rest of the staff go home and I stood behind the counter, counting the sales for the day. I heard a group coming through the back door and looked up to see a gaggle of guides, mermaids and friends mosey through the back door. They shouted their hellos and set about socializing and putting on gear. I watched… Read more »

Paddling on Glass

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Picture yourself standing on the Sterns Wharf in Santa Barbara on an overcast day. It’s quiet and still; no waves crashing just the soft sound of the ripples lapping against the pylons. No one is around, and the water is one endless mirror reflecting the sky and boats. This is a day for paddling. Most folks wait until sunny days, when the waves are high and the winds are howling, but the best days are… Read more »

Which Channel Islands National Park Adventure to Choose?

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You want the most amazing experience your money can buy, and we understand. But what trip do you choose? CIO guides have over 250 years of combined experience, and we all have our favorites. Here’s the best way to decide which trip you should choose: Are you comfortable on boats (ie the ferry)? Yes: Painted Cave, or Caves and Coves, or Sea Caves of Coche Point, or Santa Barbara Island (SBI) Circumnavigation, or Arches… Read more »

Life on Scorpion Rock

As I approached the west end of Scorpion Rock, I could see the swift rippling current sweep down coast.  Then without warning a gray whale breached about 60 feet from me, its wake tipping my kayak back and forth, its mouth agape and flushed with seawater.  If that wasn’t enough, a second gray breached but without the ferocity of its counterpart.  They showed themselves a few times more leaving their footprints, the only smooth,… Read more »

Update: Meeting with SB County– GOLETA WILL BE OPEN THROUGH APRIL 31st 2013

Happy Saturday. Our meeting with the Santa Barbara County on Thursday went well and here are the updates. We will be OPEN starting Sept 13th from 11am to 4pm Thursday though Monday. Goleta will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Santa Barbara will be open 7 days a week 7am-7pm right now and from 8am-6pm starting the 17th of this month. We are finalizing a new storage location for the kayaks and SUPs on the… Read more »