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Where to Paddle Board in San Diego

San Diego has many fun places to SUP and SUP surf.  With the great weather nearly year-round there is always a reason to get out on the water.  We want you to get out there and have fun and be safe.  So, grab a sticky note, your phone, or an index card and save these San Diego emergency numbers below in case you or someone else needs help:


Police 911

Coast Guard 619-295-3122

Harbor Police 619-295-3121

Lifeguards 619-221-8899


Now that you are ready to head out check out some of the following spots:


La Jolla Shores (Paddle & Surf) – Paddle to the caves and see Garibaldi, Nurse Sharks, Sea Turtles and more.  Towards the end of summer, the sharks come to mate and this is a fun place to see all the activity with sharks that don’t want to bother you.  Make sure you do the “sting ray shuffle” (shuffle your feet while walking in the water) so you don’t get stung by a sting ray.  This is also a fun shore break for surfers.  There are a variety of breaks for both long and short boarders and it is a SUP surf friendly break.


Mission Bay (paddle) – There are various points of entry including: Ventura Cove (by the Bahia Hotel), Santa Clara Point, De Anza Cove, Ski Beach, Fiesta Island & many more.  You can paddle through boat harbors and check out the sail boats and yachts.  There are many areas where you can stop, pull your board up on shore, and grab some food at local restaurants too!


Tourmaline Surf Park – SUP Surf friendly!  Shore break and long board break with longer softer waves.  Get there early as the parking lot fills up.  You can surf “pump house” just south of the parking lot for a shore break or you can surf “Old Man’s” just north of the parking lot for a longer softer break great for long boards.  Watch out for “Grimace” the not so friendly rock that shows it head at “Old Man’s” during low tied.  “Grimace” likes to break fins.


Liberty Station (paddle) – Easy access with no boat traffic if you launch by the Courtyard Marriott Hotel.  If you have friends with you who don’t have boards check out our rental shop right next to the Courtyard Marriott.  The rental shop has SUPs, Kayaks and SUPs that can hold several people!  If you forget your water, leashrash guard, or just need a snack you can visit The SUP Shak in the parking lot between Courtyard Marriott and Oggi’s Pizza for any paddling needs.