by Nancy Klingener | June 3, 2017

What’s SUP FLA?

3 Paddleboard Outfitters in 3 Different Ecosystems

Gabriel Gray in Keys' mangroves searching for sawfish; All research activities were conducted under ESA permit 17787 & ENP permit EVER-2017-SCI-0022. Photography by Desirée Gardner

Gabriel Gray in Keys’ mangroves searching for sawfish; All research activities were conducted under ESA permit 17787 & ENP permit EVER-2017-SCI-0022. Photography by Desirée Gardner


NORTH


BLACK CREEK GUIDES

Jacksonville

This company is associated with Black Creek Outfitters—with access to the family-owned shop’s 22-acre training lake for newcomers as well as more than 100 years of experience navigating North Florida’s vast network of rivers and waterways. They offer stand-up paddleboard yoga classes for the well-balanced and kayak trips. blackcreekguides.com


CENTRAL


A SILENT SPORTS OUTFITTER

NOKOMISA

With a couple decades dedicated to the “silent sports” of their name—kayaking and canoeing—this Gulf Coast outfitter was in the perfect position to add SUP to its options for gliding onto the water. They offer sales, rentals and lessons, along with a very helpful map of launch sites for exploring the area between Bradenton and Port Charlotte. silentsportsoutfitters.com


SOUTH


LAZY DOG OUTFITTERS

KEY WEST

Lazy Dog can show you parts of Key West that have nothing to do with cocktailing or looking at old houses—the areas locals call the “backcountry.” Paddle the shallow flats and mangrove islands on the Gulf side
of the Keys, where busy tourist town suddenly gives way to watery wilderness. lazydog.com


Meet Gabriel Gray, an SUP adventurer, outdoorsman, rescue worker, entrepreneur and philosopher, in Gabriel Gray: Saving Florida’s Rivers.

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