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WhatSUP Destin, FL?

Stand Up Paddleboarding is what…

Super Model Cindy Crawford the Paddleboarder. Seems to prefer to stay active instead of lounging lazily

Super Model Cindy Crawford the Paddleboarder.

Stand Up Paddleboarding is the world’s fastest growing water sport! “SUP” offers a fun, relaxing way to play on the water. With minimum gear¬†you can paddle ocean, gulf, bay, lakes, even rivers – no waves required!

SUP delivers a full-body workout, thus has become a popular cross-training activity. And because you stand upright, at your full height, you can enjoy unique views of everything from marine life to the horizon. Eco tours on Paddleboards have become a great either romantic or family oriented way to experience a vacation. Take a picnic or a party cooler, paddle to an inviting area for a break and snack then hop back on and paddle and explore.

Destin, Florida has become a hub for several Paddleboard manufacturers. Steve Hill of www.GUSUpaddlesports.com (Get Up Stand Up Paddle Boards) quenched a thirst for the sport in early 2000 as an extra activity for his beach clients that rented from his now 25+ yr beach service business. The need grew and the paddle board company GUSU developed and the area has never been the same. Steve and one of the other partners, John Parks, are two of the friendliest, most knowledgeable men to ever promote the sport of Paddleboarding.

Very hard to mention Destin and Paddleboarding in the same paragraph and not say YOLO-boarding…YOLO (You Only Live Once) has been coined here in Destin. You will find many of the locals asking others if they are going “YOLO-boarding”… Jeff Archer, one of the creators of YOLO brand paddle boards, played a key roll in innovative and¬†eye-catching designs and through fun races and events became a somewhat household¬†name in the area. ¬†Jeff’s energy and friendliness keeps people coming back for more!

Paddleboarding is brought together by Paddle Destin. Originally developed as a paddle GROUP initiating afternoon, weekend, and even moonlight paddle “outings”. Anyone in Destin who owned a paddle board was welcome to join the club and paddle, party and meet up for dinner after or whatever they were in the mood for that day/week. Paddle Destin is now offering classes, tours, and Pd brand clothing and are partnered with GUSU and Legendary Yacht Club at the Legendary Marina next to Mid-Bay Bridge.

GUSU, Paddle Destin, and Destin Beach Yoga have joined together this week for a kick-off the season Paddle Fitness Demo party Tuesday, April 22, at 4:00pm.

Aerial Yoga Swing

Aerial Yoga Swing

“GUSU SUP Yoga Pilates Opening Party” will be a fun-filled event where anyone, with or without a board, can come to the beautiful, semi-private Legendary Yacht Club and enjoy an afternoon with like-minded adventurous friends curious to what paddleboarding and actually even performing fitness moves is all about. The demo will have land demonstrations also. The new Riviera Floating Yoga Mat, SurfSet (famously known from the Shark Tank TV show) and even a Yoga Aerial Swing will be avail for fun trial.

This is a must attend Destin event for anyone looking for adventure, fitness, Paddleboarding and meeting new friends! A cash bar for drinks and snacks will be open for those thirsty paddlers! No experience is necessary and you don’t even have to get wet if you choose to only view and watch.

imageFor more information on Local SUP events and races check www.iLoveDestin.com.event-calendar/ and also here’s a few numbers to call: GUSU at TheXperience Board Shop – (850) 460-7300, Paddle Destin – 850.333.6998, YOLO – 844.YOLOBOARD

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