Long Beach Water Sports

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    Having Fun on the Water in Long Beach

    Water Sports in Long Beach
    Water Sports in Long Beach. Photo © 2013 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Long Beach has four miles of beach facing the Pacific Ocean, but it's protected by a breakwater, so there are no waves, so unlike the rest of the Southern California Coast, it's no good for surfing. However, that same lack of surfable waves, and the inland waterways of Alamitos Bay make it great for all kinds of other water sports.

    The activities listed here are all active water sports. If you're looking for someone else to do all the work, take a look at LA Boat Tours.

    Check out all the fun you can have on the water >>>

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    Kayaking in Long Beach

    Kayaking Around Naples Island, Long Beach, CA
    Kayaking Around Naples Island, Long Beach, CA. Photo © 2013 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Since there are no significant waves, Long Beach is a great place to try your hand at ocean kayaking. For beginners, kayaking through the flat canal around Little Naples Island is even more popular. Stronger paddlers can traverse Alamitos Bay around the big island and over to the ecological reserve or to the Starbucks or restaurants at Marina Pacifica shopping center.

    Kayaks are available at Kayaks on the Water on the inland side of the Long Beach Peninsula at 54th Place and Bayshore. There is a little bit of free street parking on the south side of Ocean and on 54th Place, metered parking on the north side of the street and a beach pay lot nearby.

    On the ocean side, Alfredo's Beach Club rents kayaks at their Alamitos Beach and Belmont Pier Locations.

    Leeway Sailing Center is a Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine facility down the beach from Kayaks on the Water offering sailing, kayaking and canoeing classes. After you've taken a multi-week class, you can rent kayaks, canoes...MORE and sabot sailboats.

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    Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Long Beach

    Stand-Up Paddleboarding Around Naples Island, Long Beach, CA
    Stand-Up Paddleboarding Around Naples Island, Long Beach, CA. Photo © 2013 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The flat, wave-free water in Long Beach is perfect for stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Rental boards and lessons are available from Kayaks on the Water (Yelp Reviews) at 54th Place and Bayshore on the beach. You can also also rent equipment for delivery to the beach in Belmont Shore from Aloha SUP Rentals (Yelp Reviews).

    Alfredo's Beach Club (Yelp Reviews) rents equipment at their Alamitos Beach location, but does not offer lessons. Wheel Fun Rentals (Yelp Reviews) offers SUP equipment on Pier 10 at Rainbow Harbor near their Shoreline Village location.

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    Long Beach Hydrobikes

    Hydrobike in Long Beach
    Hydrobike in Long Beach. Photo by Christi Nielsen CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 via Flickr

    Long Beach Hydrobikes
    Located on the dock in front of Khoury’s restaurant:
    110 North Marina Drive
    Long Beach, Ca 90803
    (562) 546-2493
    lbhydrobikes.com

    Hydrobikes let your ride high above the water, pedaling like a bicycle, and staying pretty dry compares to other human-powered water vehicles. The rental location is on Alamitos Bay Marina, so you can pedal around Naples Island or stop for a beach picnic or waterfront restaurant meal.

    Check for Groupon or Living Social discounts

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    Kite Surfing in Long Beach

    Kitesurfing in Long Beach
    Kitesurfing in Long Beach. Photo © 2013 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Kite surfing, or kiteboarding, is basically surfing with a modified hang-gliding parachute. Since it's more dependent on manipulating the kite in the wind than having waves to surf on, the calm water inside the Long Beach breakwater is perfect for learning the sport. Although you'll see advance kitesurfers up and down the coast, the Kite Zone on Belmont Shore Beach is the only area in LA and Orange Counties approved for kite surfing lessons. On a busy weekend, you'll see dozens of colorful kites in the sky. A few companies offer equipment rental and lessons in the Belmont Kite Zone.

    So Cal Kitesurfing (800) 939-4640 (TripAdvisor Reviews, Yelp Reviews) Check Living Social for discount.

    Captain Kirks (877) 321-5475 (Yelp Reviews)

    Kitesurfari (714) 964-5483 (TripAdvisor Reviews)

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    Windsurfing in Long Beach

    Windsurfing in Long Beach
    Windsurfing in Long Beach. Photo © 2011 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Cabrillo Beach in nearby San Pedro is Windsurf Central, but you'll also find windsurfers on inland Alamitos Bay and on the sheltered ocean in Long Beach. Bring your own gear, or you can rent or take a lesson from Long Beach Windsurf Center, if you happen to find them open.

    Long Beach Windsurf Center
    3850 E Ocean Blvd
    Long Beach, CA 90803
    (562) 433-1014     
    windsurfcenter.com

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    Waverunners in Long Beach

    Waverunner on the Beach in Long Beach
    Waverunner on the Beach in Long Beach. Photo © 2014 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Waverunners, also known by the brand names of Jet Ski, SeaDoo and others, are a fun (although loud) way to enjoy being out on the water. They can get you farther, faster than a kayak or pedal vehicle, and require less strength and stamina. You can rent single or double waverunners from Long Beach Boat Rentals in Shoreline Village. 

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    Pedal Boats on Rainbow Lagoon

    Pedal Boats on Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach
    Pedal Boats on Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Alfredo's Beach Club rents pedal boats for puttering around Rainbow Lagoon, a large pond next to the Hyatt along Shoreline Drive across from the Shoreline Marina and behind the Long Beach Convention Center.

    Rainbow Lagoon is a popular location for music festivals and food festivals.

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    Fly Jet Water-Powered Jet Board Flight

    Jet Boarding
    Jet Boarding. Photo Justin Lewis/Getty

    Like a superhero with a jet pack, you can soar over the ocean propelled by jets of water under your feet. The water jets, powered by a hose attached to a waverunner, allow you to maneuver almost 30 feet in the air. Expert jet-boarders also learn the dolphin dive, using the jets to propel themselves in and out of the water like a dolphin leaping. Fly Jet on Alamitos Bay in Long Beach will teach you how it's done, with test runs starting at 15 minutes.

    www.flyjetsports.com

    Check for Groupon Discounts

    Note: this is similar to Jetpack or Jetlev, but the water jets are under your feet instead of shooting from a backpack.

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    Scuba Diving Long Beach

    Scuba Diving near Catalina Island
    Scuba Diving near Catalina Island. Photo Joe Dovala/WaterFrame/Getty

    Long beach is a departure point for dive boats diving sites from local ship wrecks to Catalina Island. You can join a scheduled dive or book a private charter for your group.

    Sundiver Charters
    182 N. Marina Dr.
    Long Beach, CA 90803
    (800) 555-9446
    sundiverinternational.com
    Yelp Reviews

    Cee Ray Dive Boat/Southern California Dive Adventures
    555 Pico Ave
    Long Beach, CA 90802
    (562) 505-6505
    ceeraydiveboat.com
    Yelp Reviews

    Deep Blue Scuba & Swim Center (PADI Training)
    11 39th Place
    Long Beach, CA 90803
    (562) 434-1604
    deepbluelongbeach.com
    Yelp Reviews

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    Sailing in Long Beach

    Sailboats in Alamitos Bay, Long Beach, CA
    Sailboats in Alamitos Bay. Long Beach, CA. Photo © 2011 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    If you already know how to sail, boat rentals are available, or if you're a beginner, you can schedule lessons at locations at Rainbow Harbor, Alamitos Bay  and Harborlight Yacht Club near the Queen Mary.

    Pacific Sailing & Catalina Charters
    419 Shoreline Drive
    Long Beach, CA 90802
    (562) 273 7133
    pacificsailing.net
    Yelp Reviews

    Marina Sailing
    429 Shoreline Village Dr, Ste M
    Long Beach, CA 90802
    (562) 432-4672  
    marinasailing.com  
    Yelp Reviews

    Alamitos Bay Sailing
    197 Marina Drive
    Long Beach, CA 90803
    (562) 430-5514
    www.longbeachsailing.com
    Check for Groupon discounts.

    Harborlight Yacht Club
    700 Queensway Drive
    Long Beach, CA 90802
    (619) 291-7245
    www.harboryc.com
    Check for Living Social discount

    Leeway Sailing Center - Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine facility offering sailing, kayaking and canoeing lessons
    5437 E. Ocean Blvd.
    Long Beach, CA
    (562) 570-1719
    Official Website

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    Sport Fishing in Long Beach

    Sport fishing in Long Beach
    Sport fishing on the Victory from Pierpoint Landing at Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, CA. Photo © 2011 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Sport fishing excursions are available from multiple companies at Alamitos Bay Marina, Rainbow Harbor and on the Inner Harbor at the Port of Long Beach at the south end of the 710 freeway. 

    Pierpoint Landing
    200 Aquarium Way
    Long Beach, CA 90802
    (562) 983-9300
    www.pierpoint.net
    Yelp Reviews

    Long Beach Marina Sport Fishing
    180 N. Marina Dr.
    Long Beach, CA 90803
    (562) 598-6649
    www.pierpoint.net/longbeachmarina.htm
    Yelp Reviews

    Long Beach Sport Fishing
    555 Pico Ave,
    Long Beach, CA 90802
    (562) 432-8993
    longbeachsportfishing.net
    Yelp Reviews
    Check Groupon for discounts on Long Beach Sport Fishing

    Where to Buy a Fishing License in Long Beach