Along the waterfront: boats and marine adventures await in Santa Barbara Harbor | 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.]

Santa Barbara Harbor is a busy place bustling with tourists, professional fishermen, the Harbor Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard, recreational boating enthusiasts, fish enthusiasts, museum goers, and more.

It’s also a center for recreational opportunities that include pretty much anything you can do on or under the ocean.

Here you can rent kayaks, jet skis and sailboats; Learn to sail; Obtained diving certificate; explore the Channel Islands; Marlin; and take a variety of cruises or go fishing trips.

The story of another popular marine activity can be seen at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, which overlooks the marina at 113 Harbor Way.

The exhibition, titled Heritage, Craft & Evolution: Surfboard Design 1885-1959, combines historical photographs and historical surfboard replicas by Renny Yater, painted by Kevin Ancell and John Comer, with historical photographs from the early years of the sport.

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

The exhibition runs until October 30th and is free with museum admission.

“The museum has a permanent surfboard display with signed boards sculpted by Renny Yater and used by some of the region’s acclaimed 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, telling the story through foam reproductions of historical boards shaped by Renny, then painted and decorated to look like the original wooden boards by Kevin Ancell and Pierre St. Pierre to look like.

Lacquered surfboards
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Part of an exhibit at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, these surfboards feature the world famous Malibu Pier and the Rincon atop. (Photo from the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum)

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

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

A 31-page book Heritage, Craft & Evolution: Surfboard Design 1885-1959, including images of the entire exhibit, is a takeaway for $ 28 in the museum shop.

Port companies involved in getting people on or under the water include the Blue Water Hunter Dive Shop and Paddle Sports Center on 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 port.

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

James Tennant, a partner at Sea Landing Dive Center, said business was brisk for fishing.

“Actually, we had a really good year last year,” he said. “There was little for the people outside to do. Fishing was one of those activities. We travel with full boats almost every day. Business is good, the fishing is good. “

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

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

A Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) certification course currently costs $ 895, Tennant said.

“After completing the course with us, you will be certified to dive anywhere in the world for the rest of your life,” he said.

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

“Four cruises a day,” said Sheldon Chu, an employee at the Santa Barbara Sailing Center. “Most of it is sold out, especially on the weekend.”

The 1,100 boat docks in the harbor range from humble ships to well-equipped cruisers and elite racing yachts like Warrior and Taxi Dancer.

The Santa Barbara Sailing Club and Santa Barbara Yacht Club host regattas, including the Wet Wednesday series, from early April to late September.

And all of those skyward-facing masts provide a lovely foreground for views of the Santa Barbara foothills and the Santa Ynez Mountains from the long breakwater that helps locals and tourists alike take their daily steps.

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


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