East Coast Paddle in New Smyrna, Florida offers a wonderful way to try SUPing on tours, rentals and sales. They not only offer a great tour, but they build their SUPs, making them earth friendly, comfortable and built to last. If you’re looking for a tour, rentals, to buy your own SUP or want to find out more about the sport of SUPing (Standup Paddleboarding) check them out.
We share our day with East Coast Paddle here on Rori Travels Florida and Enjoy Florida’s Coast, but here are photos from our day to inspire you to get out and try it for yourself. All Photos are copyright Rori Travels Florida or East Coast Paddle, all rights reserved.
East Coast Paddle meets you at JB’s Fish Camp and Restaurant
on their purpose-built boat.You’ll meet the tour, add
people if you’re group isn’t large enough (there is only room for about 10
people on the boat, so its not too crowded) and launch.
The boat will take you to your launch point, which varies
based on the conditions of the day, but along the way you’ll spy wildlife
such as this dolphin…
He and his friend would show up along side Laura and I later.
Our tour went into the Canaveral National Seashore.
As we climbed this boardwalk for an amazing view, Todd readied the SUPs.
The SUPs are lined up and ready, Cheryl talks you through how to SUP
so even outright beginners feel comfortable.
And those, like us, who may have done it once or twice before
can feel at east as well.
You start out on your knees, get a light shove out, and you’re going to
rise to your feet. I admit it (begrudgingly) that I’m currenlty overweight.
But even I can feel comfortable on the SUP. These are
sturdy and steady, and while yes, you feel the water, you’re
at ease up there. Most anyone can learn this.
This is a beautiful place and SUPing is a wonderful, peaceful,
relaxing at at-one-with-nature way to enjoy. About the time of this
photo, two dolphin surfaced right next to Lara (she is
on the left/upper, me on the right/lower),
and blew us away.
What a moment!
I have a stress fracture in my foot which keeps me from
being in one position very long, and did hurt from what we were doing.
No worries: I sat and paddled and still enjoyed.
And eventually everyone sat for a little while to relax,
rest and enjoy.
As we re-boarded the boat, some of the ladies in the group
showed off another way many enjoy SUPs;
This is a growing aspect to the sport. We didn’t try, but
were impressed by those who did. And none fell in!
Check them out… and enjoy the beauty of Florida in this fun, easy and unique way!