With a new option to rent standup paddle boards, kayaks and canoes at California Canoe & Kayak’s new location in Redwood City, Peninsula residents will have the opportunity to explore a variety of water sports in the calm Bay waters near Bair Island.
The Oakland-based paddle sport purveyor is set to open its doors mid-July at the Port of Redwood City’s marina after the Port Commission approved a long-term lease for California Canoe & Kayak at Arrivederci Italian Seafood restaurant’s former waterside location in April.
Mike Giari, the port’s executive director, said the addition of human-powered and hand-launched boats to the marina’s recreation activities is certain to draw a wider variety of residents to the port.
“This is the first major or significant operation like this [at the port],” he said.
Already home to the Sequoia Yacht Club, Spinnaker Sailing sail boat rental, a public fishing pier and public access boat launch, the Redwood City marina will add kayak, canoe and paddle board rentals and lessons to the range of recreation activities offered there.
Keith Miller, president of California Canoe & Kayak, said he hopes to capitalize on the beautiful water near the marina to create a club or community atmosphere at his company’s third waterfront rental and retail location. Along with the opportunity to purchase and rent kayaks, Miller’s customers can also store their own canoes and kayaks at the new location.
“We want to create an atmosphere where people can feel comfortable and just hang out,” he said.
Now in its 45th year, California Canoe & Kayak is best-suited for a waterfront location where customers can push right into the water, said Miller. He said he looks forward to opening a new location at the Redwood City marina after a location on Brittan Avenue near Highway 101 in San Carlos wasn’t as successful as he had hoped.
“For our business, the water’s essential,” he said.
Miller expects canoes and surf skis, which he said have been increasingly popular in the last three or four years, to be sought after in the calm, protected waters in and around Redwood Creek and the surrounding Bay. Since they can fit multiple people, canoes have been popular among families for short water adventures.
“The canoe’s the perfect vehicle for that,” he said.
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