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CLASSES AND TOURS
Intro to SUP
Dr. Helen's Eco-Tour
Join marine scientist Helen Cooper, Ph.D. for a Stand Up Paddling ecology tour of the Santa Cruz Harbor and kelp forests of the Monterey Bay! Learn about the Monterey Bay and its plant and animal inhabitants in the middle of a kelp forrest! See otters, seals, sea lions and, in season, whales and dolphins. Offered on a limited basis and open to paddlers of all ability. Tour route subject to paddler experience & prevailing conditions.
Custom Ecology Tours & Instruction Classes
Do you want to book a private group Stand Up Paddling ecology tour or instruction lesson? Whatever you have in mind, we’re happy to chat!
Do you prefer one-on-one instruction over group format? Are you an established paddler training for your first distance event, or just want to paddle more efficiently? We’re here to help you achieve your goal, whatever that may be, using your own gear or our fleet of high-end race boards and carbon fiber paddles (and you’ll still learn about the marine ecosystem) – Carpe diem!
WHY CHOOSE US
We use eco-friendly boards and paddles, teach you about local wildlife and ocean issues and lead local clean-ups.
We provide a full-service experience which includes water, snacks and a post paddle rinse station.
Small and custom trips
We specialize in small group classes and can acomodate special requests for our customers.
Fun & Safety
We prioritize your safety and fun. We’ll never take you somewhere you aren’t comfortable and our trained guides will put you at ease.
MEET THE TEAM
I’m proud of the work we do at Portside Paddle Co., and honored to share our passion for paddling and marine conservation with people from around the world. I look forward to meeting you!
I am a marine biologist and I love that my job combines research and ocean conservation with the outdoors, adventure, and travel. I am happiest when I’m exploring the ocean by boat, paddleboard or scuba tank.