Channel Islands Outfitters

Santa Barbara, California USA

Learn how to stand up paddle and have SUP lessons at Channel Islands Outfitters, an ASI accredited learn to stand up paddle school, located at Santa Barbara, California, approx. 1 hour 45 minute drive north of Los Angeles.

Channel Islands Outfitters (CIO) is owned and operated by Garrett Kababik, Fraser Kersey and Johnny Dresser.   All highly experienced in the outdoors, with 1000’s of hours of outdoors and SUP instruction experience between them.   

At an early age, Garrett stated training as a guide on the Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania. In 2004 he graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Recreation Management and a focus in Outdoor Education.

Fraser spent summers spent on the Gulf of Mexico and Winters in the North Atlantic, worked as a lifeguard for 5 seasons and has coached swimming, lacrosse, and CPR/First-Aid courses.  Holding a VP in Business, Fraser previously established own his consulting business focusing on sustainable development.

JD started attending Santa Barbara City College in 2002 in order to obtain a computer networking degree, but soon realized that his passion lay elsewhere.  He lives to paddle.

They hold ASI SUP Instructor qualifications Level 1 SUP Instructor Enclosed Flat Water, Beginner Surf to SUP Downwind and Paddling as well as holding water rescue, and first aid qualifications.

The school was started in 2010, with a mission of providing honest and quality services, and treating the earth and ocean with respect.   In July of 2013 CIO became a Certified Benefit Corporation and partnered with 1% For the Planet later that same year.  

Channel Islands Outfitters offers private and group SUP lessons and adventure tours and certificate courses for a range of paddling locations from enclosed flat water, surf to touring and downwinding,  for family groups, kids, adults, the more mature, parties, school groups and corporate groups.   

CIO also has Paddle Sports Center a full-service rental and membership center.  Offering wide variety of Stand-Up Paddle Boards (SUP’s), Kayaks, surfboards & gear.

CIO pride themselves on the quality of their gear, instructor expertise of the various Paddle Sports, and the general stoke of what spending time on the ocean can provide to our lives.  There is a huge range of quality equipment to fit every shape, size, and experience level.

The SUP school is based at Sterns Wharf in Santa Barbara and has ideal flat water supping conditions with smooth and protected waters against the backdrop of boats.  In the local areas is a large variety of whale species, sea lions, dolphin and many others.  Walking on Water over Giant Kelp forest is an exhilarating experience especially from an SUP.

To the south rests the Channel Islands National Park, known as the 'Northern Galapagos'.  These Islands, water and weather currents, provide one of the most geologically and biologically diverse regions in the entire world.

Channel Islands Outfitters offer a variety of paddling experiences and locations to suit your skills and ability.   From the very beginner to the more adventurous, you are in good hands with the CIO highly trained guides and instructors.


Ph: 805 899-4925
Outside USA:  +1 phn: 805-617-3425


Locations: California, USA
Santa Barbara

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