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An ocean of choices awaits water sports enthusiasts at Mission Bay Aquatic Center – pbmonthly.net

Whether it’s on a board or boat, water sports are a big part of life for many residents Pacific Beach. So for the past 50 years, the Mission Bay Aquatic Center has strived to help make such activities accessible to all.

Sailing, wakeboarding, surfing, stand up paddling, kayaking, windsurfing and much more are just some of the sports available at MBAC.

“The center is open to the public. Even without owning a boat or surfboard or other supplies, the community can have access to water sports rentals, classes and programs,” said Kevin Waldick, assistant director.

While enjoying some time on the water is simply the goal for many who participate in the center’s programs, learning advanced skills and gaining confidence in one’s own abilities has become life-changing for others.

Andrew Fineman describes his hours spent there as “the most fun you can have while getting paid.”

Fineman first attended the center in 2004 as a 6-year-old camper.

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Mission Bay Aquatic Center

Address: 1001 Santa Clara Place, Mission Beach

Phone: 858-488-1000

Website: mbaquaticcenter.com

Hours: daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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“Literally every camp they offered, I did,” he said. “Of the 11 to 12 weeks we had for summer break, I’d spend 10 weeks at the center.”

He explained that although his family had a boat, it was mostly to hang out on; “it never really left the dock.”

By the time he was in high school, Fineman was learning the other side of camp through its counselor-in-training program, which prepares students to become camp counselors.

“I would be in camp all day, leave to go to my actual job, get home at 11 p.m. at night exhausted and get right back up at 6 a.m. to do it all over again the next day,” he said.

Andrew Fineman poses with a board in front of the Mission Bay Aquatic Center.

(Courtesy – Andrew Fineman)

Fineman was hired as a sailing instructor right out of high school. He still teaches wakeboarding and sailing classes, 18 years later.

“MBAC is one of the few constants I’ve had in my life,” he said. “I’m now an engineer in Carlsbad, but I still hang out with my friends at the center and work the camps when I’m available. The money isn’t important; it’s the element of homeyness from being there so much and the element of family — some of the staff has been there my whole life, and they’ve watched me grow up.”

Wind surfing is enjoyed by adults of all ages.

(Courtesy – MBAC)

The center started in 1970, when San Diego State University student Glen Brandenburg signed up to take a sailing class at the dilapidated city-run sailing center, which he said the instructor promptly ghosted.

Brandenburg not only took over instructing the class, but brought together SDSU and nearby UC San Diego. In 1973, they entered a lease with the City of San Diego for the building and the Mission Bay Aquatic Center was born.

MBAC is a nonprofit, jointly-owned …….

Source: https://www.pbmonthly.net/news/story/2022-07-07/an-ocean-of-choices-awaits-water-sports-enthusiasts-at-mission-bay-aquatic-center

Whether it’s on a board or boat, water sports are a big part of life for many residents Pacific Beach. So for the past 50 years, the Mission Bay Aquatic Center has strived to help make such activities accessible to all.

Sailing, wakeboarding, surfing, stand up paddling, kayaking, windsurfing and much more are just some of the sports available at MBAC.

“The center is open to the public. Even without owning a boat or surfboard or other supplies, the community can have access to water sports rentals, classes and programs,” said Kevin Waldick, assistant director.

While enjoying some time on the water is simply the goal for many who participate in the center’s program…….

Whether it’s on a board or boat, water sports are a big part of life for many residents Pacific Beach. So for the past 50 years, the Mission Bay Aquatic Center has strived to help make such activities accessible to all.

Sailing, wakeboarding, surfing, stand up paddling, kayaking, windsurfing and much more are just some of the sports available at MBAC.

“The center is open to the public. Even without owning a boat or surfboard or other supplies, the community can have access to water sports rentals, classes and programs,” said Kevin Waldick, assistant director.

While enjoying some time on the water is simply the goal for many who participate in the center’s program…….

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