with 3 excellent shops I've worked with in the SF Bay and Monterey Area. Someone already mentioned CCK (there is one in Sacramento as well), but I'll add Sea Trek (Sausalito) and Monterey Bay Kayaks (I think you can figure out where MBK might be) to the list.
MBK is where I started kayaking in 1985, back when sea kayaking was pretty much unknown. Jeff and Cass ran a really nice shop and she has continued the same standards after Jeff's (RIP) illness. It is still my favorite shop.
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