Ventura County residents and vacationers need to look no further than the Channel Islands Harbor to quench their parasailing thirst.
Channel Islands Parasail just opened for business at Marine Emporium Landing at the Harbor, making it the only parasailing option for customers between Ventura County and Lake Tahoe. The nearest parasailing business from the Channel Islands Harbor is located 70 miles south in Marina del Rey.
We sat down with Channel Islands Parasail owner Dave Vogt and asked him a few questions about this exciting new addition to the Harbor.
Tell us a little bit about how you got into the parasailing business?
Being born and raised in Hawaii, I've been involved in towed watersports my entire life. From the time I was in diapers, the family would spend large amounts of time at our waterski club, next to one of Hawaii's original parasail and jet ski operations. Since that time I've worked aboard everything from large ships to little dive boats but I eventually ended up on a parasail boat back in Hawaii. There, I was fortunate to work with people who have been doing it for a very long time and they were willing to show me the ropes.
Why did you pick the Channel Islands Harbor and Ventura County as your business location?
When I decided to open a parasail operation I looked at many locales. Having done dives in the Channel Islands in the past I was familiar with this area's incredible beauty and well-managed natural environment. So I decided this was the place. And judging by how it's gone so far with the warm welcome and support we've received from the Ventura County community, it seems like it was a great decision!
For people considering parasailing for the first time, what can they expect?
Wow. You gotta try it! It's exhilarating to get up in the air and it's so easy to do. A person need not have any experience, it doesn't matter what age you are, and you don't even have to get wet. Many of our guests are only familiar with the way it's typically been done - take off from the beach and land in the water. And in places like the Caribbean and Mexico that's still the way it is. In the U.S., however, take off and landing occur gracefully off the back of the boat. Your captain takes care of everything for you.
For parasailing fanatics, what will separate their experience apart from other locations?
Channel Islands Harbor and coastline views are a sight to behold. And our great location at the Marine Emporium Landing offers easy parking and a stress-free experience. We know you're here to have a good time. People who parasail regularly will appreciate our top-notch, professional customer service and experienced staff.
Is there anything else you would like people to know?
If you want to get up and out in the clear blue skies, during the winter months it's a good idea to book as far in advance as your schedule permits. We're working with varying weather conditions and booking demands. Also, we love helping out with special occasions (surprise marriage proposals, weddings, you name it), so give us a call and we can help you plan a memorable experience.
For more information about parasailing or to book your excursion, please CLICK HERE.
Editor's Note: This story was originally published on Nov. 15, 2018.