All A-Board For Summer Fun – San Diego Watersports

When you’re on a tropical island surrounded by 3 square miles of water, and just a bike or water taxi ride away from the Pacific Ocean, taking to the water is your best best for unforgettable fun. As San Diego’s iconic island resort, Paradise Point offers a variety of board and watersports on and around the island to help stave off the boredom that can creep into summer’s long, sunny days. 

All of these San Diego watersports are not only the finest way to experience the Southern California culture and breathtaking scenery, but also a great way to stay fit while having fun.

Pick up one of San Diego’s favorite watersports and learn to shred the waves like a local at our brand new San Diego surf school, the Paradise Surf Academy, taught by highly experienced instructors.  Every 3-hour class starts with a quick boat ride from the resort over to Paradise Surf Academy headquarters  where our staff will teach you everything you need to learn to surf in San Diego.  They'll brief you on the "Creatures & Currents" of our beaches, show you basic moves on the sand, and then provide in-water instruction on the waves of Mission Beach until you're surfing like a pro.

Fast & furious fun. Developed from a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing techniques, wakeboarding involves a rider being towed behind a motorboat and riding in and out of the boat’s wake. Jumps and tricks can be performed by hitting the wake and launching into the air. Paradise Point’s marina offers a variety of speedboats, as well as drivers who are experienced professionals with wakeboard outings.  Experienced boat drivers may rent boats and take to the water themselves.  

For San Diego watersports beginners or those seeking something a little more tranquil, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a great option.  Sit, kneel, or stand on what appear to be oversized surfboards and make your way through the water using a large oar-like paddle.  All equipment and lessons are available at Paradise Point’s private marina. Paddle around Mission Bay and the Paradise Point island for a calm, quiet voyage, or take to the sea and paddle through the waves for added adventure.  For the ultimate challenge, try Downward Dog or Warrior I on the water in a SUP Yoga class.  

Also known as boogie boarding, bodyboarding is an easy way to ride a Southern California wave. Similar to but easier than surfing, bodyboarding involves catching waves on a square foam board, however there is no standing up involved.  Just kick those feet as the wave approaches and hold on! The power of the wave will propel you towards the shore.  Catch a big enough wave, and you may reach the sand.  Grab a bodyboard from Paradise Point’s Island Market before heading to the beach.

Glide across the water's surface in this boardsport that, unlike surfing, begins on the beach by dropping the board onto the thin wash of previous waves. However, be warned - if you don’t get both feet on the board at the right time or at the right angle, or you throw the board when there’s not the right amount of water present, this San Diego watersport will have you on your butt or back in the sand.  For those who are quick, precise, and can commit to the hop aboard, skimboarding offers a breezy slide along the seaside and the opportunity to do skateboard-like tricks similar in the ocean’s whitewash.  Skimboards are available for rental at Paradise Point’s Island Market.



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