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Keli’s Outrigger and Paddle Sports Honored as Dana Point Business of the Month for December

At the Dec. 1 Dana Point City Council meeting, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Heather Johnston (left) and then-mayor Carlos Olvera (right) presented  Keli’s Outrigger and Paddle Sports owner Kelly Stevens (second from right) and four of her six children, with recognition as Dana Point Business of the Month. Photo: Andrea Swayne
At the Dec. 1 Dana Point City Council meeting, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Heather Johnston (left) and then-mayor Carlos Olvera (right) presented Keli’s Outrigger and Paddle Sports owner Kelly Stevens (second from right) and four of her six children, with recognition as Dana Point Business of the Month. Photo: Andrea Swayne

Compiled by Rachel Johnson, Assistant Administrative Analyst, Dana Point Community Development

The city of Dana Point has chosen Keli’s Outrigger and Paddle Sports as the Business of the Month for December 2015.

Growing up in Laguna Beach, owner Kelly Stevens loved the water at a young age. She was 3 years old when she started surfing and fell in love with being out on the ocean.

In 2000, Stevens, mother to six children, found outrigging after searching for a new outlet for her love of the ocean and a way to balance her passion with caring for her family.

After getting into outrigger paddling, Stevens was shocked at the lack of stores related to the sport in Southern California and decided it was time to open her own.

Stevens opened her first shop on La Plaza in 2007. In 2012, as her business continued to grow, Keli’s began manufacturing stand-up paddleboards and paddles and the company moved to its new location on Del Prado Avenue in the Lantern District.

Keli’s carries everything you need for outrigging and SUP, from equipment to clothing and accessories, along with lessons, coaching and rental equipment for parties and other occasions.

With family being a big part of the reason Stevens started her business, she takes great care to ensure Keli’s offers a quality product at a great price so that it is affordable for anyone and any family that wants to get into paddle sports.

Still the only outrigger shop in Southern California, Keli’s has become a fixture in Dana Point.

Stevens is delighted to have been able to share the fun of paddle sports with so many families over the years, not only via sales and rentals, but also through lessons and coaching.

Because fostering a sense of community and growing paddle sports is a main focus of Keli’s, Stevens supports many local charities and volunteers for anything related to outrigging and paddle sports. At past Battle of the Paddle events, Keli’s sponsored and coordinated all of the kids’ races. Keli’s has also been involved in helping many nonprofits: Dana Outrigger, Stand up for the Cure, and Wounded Warrior Stand-up Paddleboarding, to name a few.

The City Council and staff congratulates Keli’s for being selected as the Business of the Month for December and wishes Stevens many years of continued success in Dana Point.

Keli’s Outrigger and Paddle Sports
24302 Del Prado Avenue
Dana Point
949.388.7722
www.kelispaddlesports.com

 

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