What’s SUP FLA?
3 Paddleboard Outfitters in 3 Different Ecosystems
BLACK CREEK GUIDES
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
A SILENT SPORTS OUTFITTER
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
LAZY DOG OUTFITTERS
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.