New fleet of Nautiques is on the way to MBAC

MBAC is proud to continue our partnership with Nautique wakeboard and waterski boats to offer instruction behind the finest tow boats available in the world. As we write this article, a fleet of five brand new Nautiques are currently on their way to San Diego that will help push the capabilities of wakeboarding at MBAC to the next level.

Complete the first step of your sailing adventure in just one weekend

We understand how busy your schedule can get so we are now offering classes in Basic Sailing and Basic Keelboat Sailing that you can complete in just one weekend! Designed as an introduction to small boat sailing and keelboat sailing (larger boats) respectively, both classes are now offered as a Saturday/Sunday- 9am-4pm option.

Save 50% with our Spring Break Surf Special

We want to make sure you get the most out of your spring break this year. While we’re sure you've been hitting the books hard, we want to see you spend your spring break out in the surf, which is why we’re offering a Spring Break Surf Special March 16-April 5. Show your current college student ID for 50% off a full-day surfboard and wetsuit rental.

2015 Summer Camp registration is now open!

t’s here, it’s here, it’s really here! Registration for 2015 season of The Watersports Camp is now OPEN and taking off!


Screaming deals on used wakeboarding equipment at MBAC December 11

Wakeboard under the tree

If Black Friday and Cyber Monday didn’t satisfy your hunger for deep discounts then be sure to come to our Used Wakeboarding Equipment sale on December 11 where you can save 50-75% or more on 2011 wakeboarding equipment.

We will be selling all of our 2011 wakeboards, complete with bindings, to make room for our shipment of 2012 gear. The boards from Liquid Force and O’Brien are a perfect gift at a huge discount for the wakeboarder in your life, or even a well deserved gift for yourself! In addition to the wakeboard/binding combos we will also be selling Liquid Force neoprene life jackets.

The sale is scheduled from 1pm-5pm while supplies last so be sure to get there early for the widest selection.

Give the gift of MBAC this holiday and get a free gift

Holiday tree at the beach

Looking for a creative gift for someone this holiday season? A gift certificate to Mission Bay Aquatic Center is a great way to get someone out for some fun on the water. Now through December 11, for every gift certificate that you purchase you will get an extra certificate for a 2 ½ hour kayak or stand up paddleboard rental. The additional gift certificates make a great stocking stuffer or keep it for yourself to take advantage of this great deal!

With an MBAC gift certificate you can give someone the opportunity to learn a new sport or the chance to get more practice. MBAC gift certificates are available for all of our classes and the recipient can choose the date of the class after they receive their gift. We are also able to do gift certificates for any dollar amount which can be used for rentals, classes, or private lessons. So what are you waiting for? Call us at 858-488-1000 or stop by MBAC to grab a unique gift certificate this holiday season.

Virtual tours give the world a look inside MBAC

Preview of the MBAC Tour Wrist app

Over the weekend more than 4,500 people around the world took the opportunity to visit MBAC and take a little look around our lobby thanks to virtual tour technology offered by The site offers virtual tours of interesting locations via the web or via their free mobile app.

You can view the MBAC tours at

Using a wide angle lens and a special tripod mount, former MBAC Instructor Paul Lang ( submitted several VR tours of MBAC including the MBAC lobby, patio area, boat house and solar array. Once the photos are submitted and run through special software users can virtually tour the center. That is, they can actively look 360 degrees around the room, as well as up and down, and as if they were standing there in person. iPhone and iPad users who download the free Tourwrist app can actually hold their devices out in front of them, and rotate them around and up and down to have a virtual window to the tour.

“When I first looked at the tour in my iPhone I was shocked,” said Rachel Nelson after downloading the app. “It was amazing to see the room like I was there.”

The MBAC lobby tour was featured as a “Tour of the Day” on the site, which is what led to the high number of visitors from all corners of the world.

MBAC Instructor wins 1st place at La Jolla Invitational

Pamela Strom racing stand up paddle board

Pamela Strom article ad in SUP Magazine
MBAC Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Instructor, Pamela Strom, won 1st place in the 12’6” category of the La Jolla Invitational, a paddling race that is part of the Southern California Ocean Racing Series.  The 5 mile race held at La Jolla Shores hosted over 200 participants consisting of SUPers, kayakers, and outrigger canoe paddlers.

Before becoming a stand up paddler, Pamela was a state champion in the outrigger canoe. She's a veteran paddler who has been competing in paddling races since 2006 and has an impressive resume of finishing in the top of her categories. She has also been featured in several paddling publications.

Pamela Strom showing her many medals on her arm
The race at La Jolla presented some real challenges, even an experienced paddler like Pamela, due to rough water produced by an offshore storm.   Part of the strategy of SUP racing is to read the water and take advantage of the swells.  Finding opportunities to ride sideswell, or using the waves to push you along the race course, is an important factor to do well in competition.  With swell, wind and chop coming from all directions, reading the water can be a real challenge, even for veteran racers.

“My paddling skills were really tested during the race,” Pamela lamented.  “Due to the rough conditions it was a really fun and technical race.”

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King's Paddlesports will be at MBAC this Sunday from 9am-12pm for anyone who would like to demo their boards and paddles.
Pamela is a team ambassador for King’s Paddlesports, who will be at MBAC this Sunday, December 4th, from 9am-12pm  for anyone who would like to demo their equipment or learn more about stand up paddling.

King's Paddlesports will be at MBAC this Sunday from 9am-12pm for anyone who would like to demo their boards and paddles.