Ok, maybe we don't have killer waves like Hawaii, but you can have fun and feel like a surfer in Miami. Paddle Boarding is the new water sport in town! Paddle boarding actually has been around in ancient Hawaii, however started becoming a popular sport by the 20th century. Enough of HIStory and on to the FUNStory.
Basically you are propelling yourself with a surf board or a paddle board and a paddle. Surf Boards can be used but ideally a paddle board is used specifically for this sport. Paddle boards are much wider and longer. Paddle boarding gets you up close to nature, in fact the CLOSEST you can to the water! I've come across wildlife like manatees, dolphins, tarpons and other sea animals; it's also a great workout too!
Recently, my friend and captain Carlos Macias took me for a paddle and ever since then I've become a paddle fan! Below are some of my pics and videos. Carlos Macias is an experienced paddler competing around the world, he also is President of SUPAmericas. He has his own boards, lifevests and more and offers tours and trips all over South Florida. Carlos will teach you everything you need to know, I was afraid to get up on the board but I did it, you'll get the hang of it too! Please visit his site below for more info, reservations. etc.
"Captain" Carlos Macias
* Note *: I realized later I didn't need the ugly life jacket that I borrowed from a nearby boat. Please note however, that Carlos has many nicer lifevests if you need :).