H-CENTRAL COAST

Sep 2, 2013 7:37 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Is the lack of waves putting a hold on business?

Thousands of people were at Central Coast beaches this Labor Day enjoying the sun and warm weather, but for the last few weeks, the ocean has been flat -- no waves.

"It's referred to as Lake Pacifica," said Stu Silvani, owner of Shell Beach Surf Shop.

He said this August has been one of the flattest in years. But for his surf shop, business has been steep.

"The lack of waves hasn't really done much to hurt business that way. There are quite a few surfers who are walking around bummed, but fall is almost here so things are going to be looking up," said Silvani.

Things are already looking up for Central Coast Kayaks, which is also in Shell Beach.

"Today we have 30 some people out there, yesterday we had 20, so it is just non-stop tourists," said Matthew Petrotta, who is a guide for Central Coast Kayaks.

Petrotta said kayak business is up 50% compared to other summer weekends.

"It has been really, really busy especially with the swell. We haven't had any swell. When we go out there, we want some waves, some action, but for the customers you can't beat it. They don't have to worry about too much stuff. They can go out there and feel confident," he said.

However, stand up paddle board rentals aren't so popular.

"There are so many rocks. It's better in Avila," said Petrotta.

And Avila Beach Paddle Sports would agree.

"We expanded our fleet of kayaks and SUPs this year, and we have a wait list of two hours," said Vincent Shay, owner of Avila Beach Paddle Sports.

Happy Labor Day!

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