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Meet Jon Conradi of SD Livinit in La Jolla, Mission Bay, Pacific Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jon Conradi.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Hi there, Started by growing up in Nor Cal and falling in love with sports, games, recreation, being active and anything having to do with the ocean. Went to UCSD for Psychology and Sociology. When I graduated I was a supervisor at a mental health facility for dual diagnosis youth for about 7 years. Very crazy job, sometimes very dangerous and always chaotic. Met my best friend and wife, Arleen, there at about year 2, but we didn’t start dating her until almost 3 years later.

After 7 years in that environment I knew I was absorbing too much stress and I needed a change. I finally started to follow my passions and to do what I loved. Had always been in the ocean, riding waves, kayaking, surfing and I loved to bring people together to have fun out on the water with water sport gear like kayaks and SUPS, games, good music, the sunset bonfire, BBQ. Paddle Parties with sometimes 15-30 people all exploring and sharing a fun, healthy activity in a beautiful place with great people. All about the experience. Convenience- no big crowds no lines and no time limits on rentals, as all of our rentals are all day rentals. We also can deliver to most local launch areas.

Just this past month we just started a school and community based kayak and SUP program called Mission Bay Adventures in and around Mission Bay Park. This program focuses on promoting physical fitness, paddle instruction, learning about the eco system, as well as on building confidence, skills training and focuses on how to help with conservation efforts on the beaches and bays. Right now I’m also in the end of my first year in a MBA program at Point Loma Nazarene University.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The weather- May Grey, June Gloom, etc…you can plan a pretty picnic but you can’t predict the weather – Outkast

Definitely affects people interest in going out. Some people brave it or like the colder weather and smaller crowds but most people come out for fun in the sun.

On the flipside- Being way too busy over a few months in the peak of the season and not being able to find enough good help during high season. Too many booking requests, not always being able to keep up with the sheer volume of calls and rental requests.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with SD Livinit – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Known for: Friendly, flexible service, extremely dog friendly, delivery available, all day rentals, lowest prices, big group paddle parties, focus on every guests experience for no crowds or typical inconvenient rental atmosphere with lines and slow service, 24 hour rentals (can keep gear overnight), knowledgeable of the best local kayaking and SUP’ing spots. Have games and other beach equipment for guests to use while they’re renting with us.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Finish MBA program, continue to grow SD Livinit’s rentals and the Mission Bay Adventure . looking into a storefront if the right location was available.

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West Playas Photos

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