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<strong>BEWARE STILL WATER: </strong> If a morning of adventure and an afternoon of exploring sound like your idea of a good time, then a daylong kayak trip to Santa Cruz Island is just what the outdoor doctor ordered. But even on calm days, beware. “It can be very challenging out there in the open Pacific,” warns Michael Cohen, whose Santa Barbara Adventure Company has been running trips to the island’s popular Scorpion Anchorage since 2008.

Paul Wellman

BEWARE STILL WATER: If a morning of adventure and an afternoon of exploring sound like your idea of a good time, then a daylong kayak trip to Santa Cruz Island is just what the outdoor doctor ordered. But even on calm days, beware. “It can be very challenging out there in the open Pacific,” warns Michael Cohen, whose Santa Barbara Adventure Company has been running trips to the island’s popular Scorpion Anchorage since 2008.


Adventure for Hire 2013


A-FRAME SURF: Surfboard and boogie board rentals. 3785 Santa Claus Ln., Carpinteria; 684-8803; aframesurf.com.

BEACH HOUSE: Surfboards, boogie boards, stand-up paddleboards, and wetsuits for rent. 10 State St.; 963-1281; surfnwear.com.

BLUELINE STAND UP PADDLE SURF: Stand-up paddleboard sales and rentals. 24 E. Mason St.; 450-9490; bluelinepaddlesurf.com.

CALICO HUNTER CHARTERS: Sea bass fishing and more. 484-2041; calicohuntercharters.com.

CHANNEL ISLANDS AVIATION: Fly to the islands for day hikes, surf fishing, or camping. Camarillo Airport; 987-1301; flycia.com.

CHANNEL ISLANDS OUTFITTERS: Kayak the coastline or the Channel Islands. 117 B Harbor Wy.; 899-4925; channelislandso.com.

CIRCLE BAR B STABLES: Guided canyon horse rides, solo rentals, and accommodations. 1800 Refugio Rd., Goleta; 968-3901; circlebarb.com.

CLOUD CLIMBERS JEEP TOURS: Backcountry wine tasting and guided mountain adventures; 646-3200; ccjeeps.com.

CONDOR EXPRESS: Fast, 75-foot vessel for whale watching, dinner cruises, and more. 301 W. Cabrillo Blvd.; 882-0088; condorexpress.com.

EAGLE PARAGLIDING: Paragliding instruction by Rob Sporrer. 968-0980; eagleparagliding.com.

El CAPITAN CANYON AND RANCH: Camp in comfort or take a trail ride. 11560 Calle Real, Gaviota Coast; 685-8522 or 685-1147; elcapitancanyon.com.

FLY AWAY HANG GLIDING: Hang gliding lessons. 403-8487; flyawayhanggliding.com.

HARMONY HORSE TRAINING: Full equestrian facility, including two jumping arenas and trails. Private lessons available for adults and children, as well as Summer Horse Camp for kids. 451-9909; harmonyhorsetraining@gmail.com.

HEARTS THERAPEUTIC EQUESTRIAN CENTER: Riding instruction for disabled kids and adults. 964-1519; heartsriding.org.

HIDDEN OAKS CLUBHOUSE SWIM CLUB: Seasonal, monthly, and daily rates. Kids’ birthday parties; pool toys welcome. Open through Nov. 1. 4760 Calle Camarada; 967-5574; hiddenoaksclubhouse.com.

ISLAND PACKERS: Transportation to Channel Islands National Park. 1691 Spinnaker Dr., #105B, Ventura; 642-1393; islandpackers.com.

ISLA VISTA BICYCLE: Cruiser, mountain bike, and electric bike sales, rentals, and repairs. 880 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista; 968-FEET (3338).

KA NAI’A OUTRIGGER CANOE CLUB: Ocean paddling club open to all. 969-5595; kanaia.com.

MOUNTAIN AIR SPORTS: Rent a tent, backpack, and other camping gear. 14 State St.; 962-0049; mountainairsports.com.

MULLER AQUATIC CENTER: Swimming, physical therapy, water aerobics, and more. 22 Anacapa St.; 963-8917.

PLAY IT AGAIN SPORTS: Secondhand and new gear of all sorts. 4850 B Hollister Ave.; 967-9889; playitagainsports.com.

REI: Outdoor gear for every activity. 321 Anacapa St.; 560-1938; rei.com/stores/134.

SANTA BARBARA ADVENTURE COMPANY: Kayak the coast or islands, bike, climb, surf, wine taste, do ropes courses, and more. 720 Bond Ave.; 884-9283; sbadventureco.com.

SANTA BARBARA AQUATICS: Scuba lessons, equipment, and more. 5822 Hollister Ave., Goleta; 967-4456.

SANTA BARBARA ROCK GYM: More than 8,500 square feet of climbing terrain and certified instructors. Perfect for beginners and pros. 322 State St.; 770-3225; sbrockgym.com.

SANTA BARBARA SAILING CENTER: Sail along in the Double Dolphin, rent a sailboat or kayak, or learn to sail at any age, with camps for kids. 133 Harbor Wy.; 962-2826; sbsail.com.

SANTA BARBARA SEA CHARTERS: Fishing trips and private charters. 896-0541; sbseacharters.com.

SANTA BARBARA SWIM CLUB: Make swimming a daily routine. 401 Shoreline Dr.; 966-9757; sbswim.org.

SEA LANDING: Jet ski and kayak rentals, fishing charters, Channel Island trips, and all things ocean. 301 W. Cabrillo Blvd.; 963-3564; sealanding.net.

SEGWAY TOURS OF SANTA BARBARA: Choose from several tours around S.B. 16 Helena Ave., Ste. A; 963-7672; segwayofsb.com.

STAND UP PADDLE SPORTS: Lessons and rentals on stand-up paddleboards. 121 Santa Barbara St.; 962-SUPS (7877); paddlesurfing.com.

SUNSET KIDD: Sunset sails, morning excursions, island trips, whale watching, private parties, and weddings. 125 Harbor Wy.; 962-8222; sunsetkidd.com.

SURF HAPPENS: Surf lessons and camps for all ages. 966-3613; surfhappens.com.

TRUTH AQUATICS: Boat fleet takes divers and fishers to all Channel Islands. 301 W. Cabrillo Blvd.; 962-1127; truthaquatics.com.

VELO PRO CYCLERY: Mountain bike rentals include a lock, tire pump, and the ever-important helmet. 633 State St., 963-7775; and 5887 Hollister Ave., Goleta, 964-8355; velopro.com.

WAVEWALKER CHARTERS: Private fishing and whale-watching trips. 964-2046; wavewalker.com.

WHEEL FUN RENTALS: Inline skates, bikes, strollers, and other vehicles to rent. 23 E. Cabrillo Blvd.; 22 State St.; Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd.; Hyatt of S.B., 1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd.; 966-2282; wheelfunrentalssb.com.

WINDHAVEN GLIDER RIDES: Bird’s-eye views above the Santa Ynez Mountains in an ultra-light glider. Santa Ynez Airport; 688-2517; gliderrides.com.

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