Richmond paddleboard outfitter making a splash

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By Zach Chouteau

Everyone in Richmond seems to appreciate living by the beckoning San Francisco Bay, but how many of us actually take the opportunity to get out on the water?

Thanks to 510-Waterline, operating out of the Marina Bay Yacht Harbor, there’s a relatively fresh way to explore the bay—standup paddleboard rentals and courses overseen by business partners Jess Parker and Mara Stonefield. The two fitness buffs became fast friends a decade ago, bonding over their mutual interest in rock climbing, before launching 510-Waterline two years back.

“The Bay really isn’t ‘beginner’ water for paddleboarding,” Parker told this ‘rich life’ segment reporter during a recent meetup at the Marina Bay Yacht Harbor. “And that’s where we come in, helping people learn to paddleboard while navigating the tides and currents, and occasional freighters and ferries.”

In addition to the many courses now offered by 510-Waterline that include group and individual instruction for all skill levels and even yoga paddleboard sessions, the outfitter plans to soon unveil a new ‘dock membership’ that will allow members to show up on their own time and take to the water. Membership dues will also cover any and all instructional and fitness courses.

Parker, a mom to teenage twins, especially embraces the teaching aspects of operating 510-Waterline and seeing the impact of her instruction come to fruition.

“I especially love the moment of people going from learning to knowing,” she remarked to the Standard.

For anyone wanting to get their feet wet, pun intended, 510-Waterline will be offering complimentary paddleboard jaunts at the big Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show coming to the Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor April 19 through April 22.

Find out more about the positive power of paddleboarding at www.510waterline.com.

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