at the water’s edge: boats and sea adventures await you at the port of Santa Barbara | Sports


[Noozhawk’s note: This is the latest in a series of articles on the myriad of recreational activities along the Santa Barbara waterfront. Click here for the complete series index.]

The Port of Santa Barbara is a busy place, bustling with tourists, commercial fishermen, the US Harbor Patrol and Coast Guard, boaters, seafood buffs, museum buffs and many more. .

It’s also a hub of recreational options involving just about anything you can do on or under ocean water.

Here you can rent kayaks, jet skis and sailboats; learn to navigate; obtain a diving certificate; explore the Channel Islands; harpoon; and take a variety of cruises or go on fishing trips.

The story of another popular ocean activity is on display in color at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, which overlooks the marina at 113 Harbor Way.

Entitled ‘Heritage, Craft & Evolution: Surfboard Design 1885-1959’, the exhibition combines historic photographs and replicas of historic surfboards shaped by Renny Yater, painted by Kevin Ancell and John Comer, with historic photographs from the early years. Sport.

Yater Surfboards first opened in Santa Barbara in 1958, and famous shaper Yater still does business with his son, Lauran, in the Beach House at 10 State St.

The exhibition runs until October 30 and is free with entry to the museum.

“The museum has a permanent surfboard display featuring signed boards shaped by Renny Yater and used by some of the area’s famous champions,” said Rita Serotkin, the museum’s marketing and social media coordinator. “But what makes this exhibit unique is the way it tells the story of surfing by telling the story through foam reproductions of historic boards shaped by Renny, then painted and decorated to resemble wooden boards.” originals by Kevin Ancell and Pierre St. Pierre.

Painted surfboards
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These surfboards, which are part of an exhibit at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, represent the famous Malibu Pier, at the top, and the Rincon. (photo from the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum)

“To complete the story, famous artist and surfer John Comer painted scenes of the surf spots where each board was used.”

The historical exhibit begins the story in 1885, when the three Kawānanakoa brothers, heirs to the royal Hawaiian throne, introduced surfing to Santa Cruz.

A 31-page book, Heritage, craftsmanship and evolution: surfboard design 1885-1959, featuring photos of the entire exhibit, is a takeout available from the museum store for $ 28.

Port companies involved with impounding or submerging include the Blue Water Hunter Dive Shop and Paddle Sports Center, off Harbor Way on the west side of the harbor, the Santa Barbara Sailing Center on the docks and Sea Landing on the east side of the harbor.

Sea Landing is a collection of six companies that share an office staff. Its docks include the two Stardust Sportfishing boats for daily fishing trips, the Condor Express for whale watching, and boats for Channel Islands expeditions including scuba diving and sea cave kayaking. .

James Tennant, partner of the Sea Landing Dive Center, said business is booming for the fishery.

“We actually had a really good year last year,” he said. “People didn’t have much to do outside. Fishing was one of those activities. We raced with full boats almost every day. The business is good, the fishing is good.

Face masks are currently required on fishing boats, according to the Stardust Sportfishing website, linked to the Sea Landing website.

Kayaking in the harbor
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There are several kayak rental options in the harbor, and kayaking is a healthy way to explore the area and see the boats up close. (Photo by Dennis Moran / Noozhawk)

A scuba course to earn PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) certification currently costs $ 895, Tennant said.

“After completing the course with us, they are certified to dive anywhere in the world for the rest of their life,” he said.

The Santa Barbara Sailing Center offers introductory sailing courses as well as a series of American Sailing Association courses that lead to certification. The company also offers a variety of rentals, including sailboats, and offers ocean cruises on the Double Dolphin.

“Four cruises a day,” said Sheldon Chu, employee of the Santa Barbara Sailing Center. “Most have been sold, especially on weekends. “

The port’s 1,100 boat records include modest ships, well-appointed cruisers, and elite racing yachts such as Warrior and Taxi Dancer.

The Santa Barbara Sailing Club and the Santa Barbara Yacht Club host regattas including, for the latter, the Wet Wednesday series from the beginning of April to the end of September.

And all of those sky-pointing masts provide a nice foreground for the view of the Santa Barbara foothills and the Santa Ynez mountains from the long breakwater that helps locals and tourists take their daily steps.

– Noozhawk correspondent Dennis Moran can be reached at . (JavaScript must be enabled to display this email address). Follow Noozhawk Sports on Twitter: @NoozhawkSports. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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