Central Coast Kayaks at 1879 Shell Beach Road in Shell Beach is now operating under new ownership.
Paul Schiro sold the business to Tom Reilly of Nipomo, Schiro said. He did not disclose the price. Reilly is now operating it with business partner and avid kayak fisherman Eric Tebbets.
The long-standing full-service kayak shop offers rentals, sales, repairs, lessons and guided tours.
“I’ve worked with Paul for eight years as lead guide and instructor at the kayak shop, and when he said he wanted to retire, I just thought it worked out with the timing to maintain and grow the business as I envisioned it,” said Reilly, who worked at Central Coast Kayaks from 2001 to 2009.
Reilly, an environmental science teacher at Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School, is the managing partner and teaches most of the instructional lessons. Tebbets, a Cal Fire captain, handles most of the back-end administration and serves as one of the fishing guides.
Reilly and Tebbets operate the business as Momentum Paddle Sports Inc., which encompasses the Central Coast Kayaks retail location, Momentum Paddle Sports (an instructional company started by Reilly in 2009) and PRO Kayak Fishing, an online store.
“We love what we do, and we’re passionate about paddling,” Reilly said.
Changes at Central Coast Kayaks include a remodeled store, as well as new guided kayak fishing tours and all levels of kayak and standup paddleboard lessons.
The pair also are planning on starting a seasonal monthly lecture series on paddle sports and ocean-related topics. Donations from the lecture series will benefit the Cal Poly Adapted Paddle Program, which helps disabled community members kayak in protected waters.
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