These four local shops are prepared to help you kayak off into the sunset.

San Francisco: Kayak & Adventures

Knot-up your board shorts and double-check you've buried your iPhone deep in your water-resistant baggie before heading just south of AT&T Park toward San Francisco: Kayak & Adventures. The shop offers small, intimate tours, rarely consisting of more than ten people, so you'll have plenty of room to practice your form. For those who never want to leave work, they also offer team building adventures for the whole office. // Pier 52 (Embarcadero), sfkayak.com

Outdoor Adventure Club

Just the name has us lacing-up our sneakers and filling our water canteens to the brim. Located on Polk Street, Outdoor Adventure club strives to make every weekend count with a constantly updated list of bookable kayak adventures. Keep your eyes peeled for Humpback whales, sea lions and seagull sonnets. // 1819 Polk Street #222 (Nob Hill), outdooradventureclub.com

City Kayak

A local mecca for all things water-related, City Kayak is one of the best places in the Bay Area to try out kayaking. Make it a family outing with youth and beginner classes for every age and experience level. // Pier 40 N. (Embarcadero), citykayak.com

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Sea Trek Kayak And Stand Up Paddle Boarding Center

About a twenty-minute drive from the Golden Gate Bridge, Sea Trek Kayak & SUP is a sublime adventure. Rent your boat by the hour and immerse yourself in the tranquil waves of the San Francisco Bay. It's something no adjective can convey. // 2100 Bridgeway (Sausalito), seatrek.com


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This story was originally published by 7x7 in April 2016.