Avila Beach Paddlesports
When Vince and Emily decided to start Avila Beach Paddlesports, their goal was to create a friendly neighborhood paddling shop that was warm and welcoming to the public. Avila Beach and Port San Luis Harbor is a unique area because it is naturally sheltered from the large ocean swells and strong winds that are common on the rest of the Central Coast. There are plenty of opportunities for experienced paddlers to be challenged, but there are also sheltered routes that are perfect for beginners and families with kids. Wildlife is abundant, the weather is sunny and warm, and there is even a public beach access for the Point San Luis Lighthouse. This is why Vince and Em knew Port San Luis would be the perfect spot in San Luis Obispo County to open Avila Beach Paddlesports.
Avila Beach Paddlesports is a favorite of locals and visitors who return year after year. Being involved with the community and promoting responsible eco tourism is at the heart of operations. Vince, Emily, and their staff go above and beyond to teach customers about safer kayaking and paddleboarding, coastal stewardship, and responsible wildlife viewing. Avila Beach Paddlesports works closely with local harbor patrol to make sure guests stay safe. They also work with wildlife management and rescue agencies to make sure wildlife stays healthy and protected.
Avila Beach Paddlesports started off with only 8 kayaks and 5 paddleboards and 2 employees: Vince and Em. Today, it is one of the biggest outfitters on the Central Coast with enough kayaks and SUPs for over 120 people. During the busy season, Avila Beach Paddlesports employs between 10-15 crew members (AKA the SuperCrew). The SuperCrew consists of highly-trained watermen and waterwomen. They are ocean ambassadors who love sharing their “stoke” with customers. Whether it is helping customers with kayak and SUP rentals or guiding customers on an adventure tour, the SuperCrew makes sure all customers get the attention they need to have the best experience ever.