Cove Paddle Fitness

Best Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson, August 2015

A choppy ocean can be intimidating, but Tyler Lennon of Malibu-based Cove Paddle Fitness instills confidence with a combination of unwavering attention and skillful teaching (he’s certified through the Academy of Stand Up Paddle Instruction). For $110, Lennon takes newbies through 20 minutes of equipment dos and technique don’ts on land before diving into a private two-hour jaunt in one of three locales: Malibu, Santa Monica, or Marina del Rey. While keeping an eye on his students’ strokes, he’s also quick to point out a celebrity home or the occasional whale.