Kids of all ages can learn to hang ten. Photo courtesy of Freedom Surf Camp
Kids of all ages can learn to hang ten. Photo courtesy of Freedom Surf Camp

Paddle Board, Surf, Kayak, and More in LA: Rentals and Lessons for the Whole Family

Most people think of surfing or paddle boarding as summer activities, but for lucky Angelenos these outdoor adventures are year-round possibilities. While hiking and playground visits are great ways to get active outside, sometimes kids want a little more excitement. Plus, long boats and boards are natural social distancing enforcers! So we rounded up the best places in and around Los Angeles where the whole family can rent SUP boards, surf boards, and kayaks—or even take part in more unique water sports (water biking anyone?).

First timers can take lessons, while old hands can simply rent the boats and gear. Ocean breezes in your face, sea lions barking from the rocks; any time is the perfect time to don a wetsuit and hit the waves for some water sport fun in LA.

While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded try using the see all locations in this article or “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do. 

If your child needs to get more comfortable in the water before taking part in water sports, we've got a list of the best private swim lessons in LA that might be just the ticket.


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