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Published on Mar 21, 2012
Matt and Haley Hudgens spend most of their time on the water, or helping others to get out there. As owners of Central Coast Stand Up Paddling in breathtaking Morro Bay, California, and within sight of the famous landmark Morro Rock, jutting almost 600 feet out of the Pacific Ocean, they are always, as Matt says, "within a stone's throw of the water." After 18 years of experience as a professional whitewater kayaker, Matt decided to introduce the booming sport of Stand Up Paddling to his small community. He also surfs and fishes along the central California shoreline, often with wife, Haley, and their two sons, Jace and Brighton. Brighton, 13, wasn't in town the day we interviewed the family, but son Jace, 6, told us great stories about local sea creatures and why he loves the ocean. Matt and Haley opened their Stand Up Paddle business because they saw an opportunity to bring adventure, family and community together on the water, and "wouldn't want to live anywhere else." http://www.centralcoastsup.com/