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California Kiteboarding's Stand Up Paddle Adventures at Avila Bay


California Kiteboarding's Stand Up Paddle Adventures at Avila Bay

Another beautiful summer day in Avila Beach for a Stand Up Paddle lesson and tour. California Kiteboarding typically insists on doing our lessons and tours in the morning to avoid wind, but sometimes our clients like to start the lesson a little later. Our paddlers in this adventure at Avila were Ryan, Nick, Julie, Megan, Mary, Hannah, and the Harbor Patrol. Usually, an afternoon paddle can be fun, but in some cases the wind can pick up in Avila, making it difficult to paddle. Today, was no exception. We spotted a few small white caps, so we advised students to stay close to shore. White caps are formed on the water, small in size, and caused by wind. They are good for kiting, but difficult for paddleboarding. The shore at Avila is against a small mountain/large hill, so it provides excellent protection from the wind. If you stray far from shore you will come close to the wind line. For unexperienced paddlers this will cause you to lose control and you will be at the mercey of the wind. During this paddle adventure, the girls listened to my warnings, but the boys did not. Fortunately, the harbor patrol spotted Lee struggling to protect Ryan and Nick from the wind. Needless to say, we were relieved harbor patrol came to their rescue. The harbor and some of Avila is patrolled by the Port San Luis Harbor District and the Harbor Patrol. They were established in 1954. According to the Avila Beach Pier website, The San Luis Harbor District focuses on the environment, harbor, people, tourism, and camping. As Ryan and Nick were being helped, Julie, Megan, Mary, and Hannah were enjoying the warm paddling weather out of the wind. We even had the chance to stop at some secret beaches to snap group photos. In the end, California Kiteboarding had a successful stand up paddle adventure at Avila Bay. We hope to have another sometime soon. 

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