Have you tried Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) yet?!
The fast-growing sport of stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is a fun, easy way to go play on the water. With a minimum of equipment, you can explore coastal waters, like Newport Harbor, to ocean surf and lakes and rivers.
To see what it is like Stand Up Paddling at Island Paddleboard, click the link below to see HD quadcopter video of a group that paddled with us recently.
Paddleboarding offers an amazing full body workout and is becoming a favorite cross-training activity for all sorts of athletes. And since you’re standing at your full height, you’ll enjoy excellent views of everything from sea creatures to what’s on the horizon. It’s almost like walking on water!
The only Balboa Island SUP rentals are located at Island Paddle Board, where we are surrounded by calm water & easy beach access. Rent today or come take a lesson & you will have the chance to Stand up Paddle in Newport Beach’s beautiful Harbor!
Aloha! We are open today from 10 AM to 5 PM! Call us at 949-673-4280
Fall specials on gift cards!
We offer two internet specials:
1. Buy a $100 gift certificate for only $70!
2. Spend $100 and get a $150 a gift certificate!
Click the gift certificate below to get started!
*The fun print:
- Gift Certificates do not expire!
- While Gift certificates are available for purchase over the phone, online, and in person at our shop – the special can only be purchased online.
- We offer complimentary gift-wrapping and free shipping on gift certificates.
- When buying online, please let us know what name should go on the TO: line (who the gift certificate is for) & if you would like the certificate gift wrapped!
Our Dad is very tough to buy a gift for. We were excited to find a gift certificate from Island Paddleboard. We gave him a paddleboard lesson for his birthday and he loved it!
If you would like to purchase over the phone, please call our store at 949-673-4280 (Open 10-5 daily).
Our Address is 229 Marine Avenue, Balboa Island, CA 92662 – Call us at 949-673-4280!
Open 10 AM to 5 PM Every Day!
To get to our location from the Balboa Peninsula it’s 2 minutes across the ferry. We are a 5 minute drive from Corona Del Mar and Newport Coast is 7 minutes. To get to our stand up paddleboard rental shop, we are 10-15 minutes from Laguna Beach, 20 minutes from Irvine, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach.
A little further away are Orange County’s coastal Cities of Seal Beach, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, San Clemente, Monarch Beach, and Capistrano Beach. If you are in any of these cities, it is about a 30 minute drive to paddleboard rentals on Balboa Island!
Concierges from many of the local resorts send their guests to us for Stand Up Paddleboarding rentals, lessons, and tours. Some of the resorts’ guests that have paddled with us:
(These are some great places to stay in the area too!
Our Hourly Rates:
1 Hour: $25
1.5 Hours: $32 Pam’s Special
2 Hours: $37.5
3 Hours: $50
4+ Hours (until close): $65
For more information click here to go to our SUP rental page!
Of course! We have lots of Stand up Paddleboards, single kayaks, and double kayaks, so no matter how large your group is or how people want to get on the water they can do it at Island Paddleboard!
Many people begin stand up paddling without a lesson, although those people are usually the ones you see drifting out to sea on the outgoing tide… Just kidding! A lesson is definitely not necessary to learn how to stand up paddle. Many people have taught themselves the sport without instruction.
However, our expert instructors have taught thousands how to properly SUP in Newport Beach, and nearly every single person has reported being glad they took the lesson, and that they got more than they thought they would out of it! Lessons cover safety, conditions, SUP equipment, proper stance, maneuvering, water entry/exit, and of course paddling technique. At the end of a lesson, our students are more knowledgeable and have better technique than 90% of paddlers. By starting with a lesson, many of the bad habits that people pick up as they learn the sport themselves are avoided. Plus, you can avoid falling into the water! Which brings us to the next question…
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Long story short, want to be happy? Come down to Island Paddleboard and go for a paddle!
Parking for Island Paddleboard is FREE on the residential streets surrounding the shop. During summer, and on weekends with nice weather the Island is a busy place and parking can be a challenge. However, we will let you in on a couple of local secrets that offer virtually guaranteed parking even on the busiest days.
Secret #1, “Little Balboa Island”
Drive to the end of Marine Avenue (the street we are on), then take a left on Park Avenue. This will take you across a small bridge and over to Little Balboa Island. Parking is less congested on the “little Island” and it is still just a short walk over to the shop.
Address for mapping purposes to get you to the “Little Island”
198 Grand Canal, Newport Beach, CA 92662
Secret #2 “Bayside Drive”
The last cross street before you drive onto Balboa Island is called Bayside Drive. To the West of Jamboree Road, Bayside Drive has over a mile of wide open unrestricted free parking. Parking is always open and free here!
When you park on Bayside you will need to walk over the Big Island Bridge to get to our store. It is 6 blocks and will take around 8 minutes. If you have a group, you might want to drop everyone on the Island and then go back and park on Bayside. The walk itself is very scenic over the bridge and is a nice outing on it’s own. During the walk, you will get a good preview of the areas that you are about to paddle!
Address for mapping purposes to get you to “Bayside Drive”:
1200 Bayside Drive, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
For the answer to this question and many others go here.
If you decide to rent a Stand Up Paddleboard from Island Paddleboard for your first time without taking a lesson, we have created a special page just for you that gives some important basics to help you get the most from your experience
Our shop is on Balboa Island, inside of Newport Harbor. This means we are surrounded by calm, flat, protected water. The calmer the water, the easier it is to paddle. We are very close to the protected sanctuary of the North Bay Front of Balboa Island. The beach and water there are on the lee side of Balboa Island which means that it is protected from wind, waves, and boat traffic. It is an ideal spot for learning to paddle, a relaxing family paddle, or a fast flat-water workout.
We rent paddleboards from NSP and Surftech. Our boards are extra large and really stable. Our rental boards are 11 feet 6 inches long, 32 inches wide, and about 5 inches thick! What this means is they float really well and are super easy to balance on! We feature paddles from KIALOA and Quickblade. The paddles are light weight, ultra strong and adjust to fit anyone!
We rent the highest quality boards and paddles. But don’t just take our word for it. Look closely at the photo below. Cindy is paddling with a Surftech board and Quickblade paddle!
Cindy Crawford paddling with a Surftech board and Quickblade paddle
Our boards are great for families too! A family of four can rent two boards. Mom and dad can each paddle a board and the little one’s can sit on the front!
Yes, it is true. There is a crazy swan that lives in Newport Harbor. If you want to find out more about this swan go to our Tricks and Tips, FAQs page.