Kayaking is our kind of exercise. First of all, you?re seated the entire time. Secondly, you?re surrounded by sheer marine beauty--especially around here.
So we nearly tripped over our metaphorical paddles when we spotted the Oru Kayak. A sleek white wisp of a boat, it folds down into a 25-pound case you can sling over your shoulder. (Pre-order one now through July 31 for $850.)
Tote it to your favorite kayaking spot or, for those who need a little more guidance, set out on one of these local seafaring adventures:
A twilight paddle around the city Set out with one of City Kayak?s veteran guides, who will lead you through the waters around the Bay Bridge and McCovey Cove as the sun sets. ($78; select evenings, 6:30 to 9 p.m.)
A morning paddle on Tomales Bay Go on one of two a.m. tours with Blue Waters Kayaking--cruise the west shore in Inverness or the east in Marshall. You'll likely spot an osprey, seal or sea lion. ($68; Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to noon)
A coastal paddle around Pillar Point A slightly more challenging course, Half Moon Bay Kayak Co.?s four- to six-hour trek starts from Linda Mar State Beach and traverses the whole Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. ($150; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wed. - Mon.)