Mike's Likes Paddle Board NSB

Published on August 6th, 2012 | by Michael Garofono


S.U.P. With Ya?

I recently had the opportunity to go on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) eco-tour with the East Coast Paddle (E.C.P.) out of J.B.’s Fish Camp in New Smyrna Beach. It was an amazing 2 hour trip I won’t soon forget.

Stillness, in the most ecologically diverse saltwater estuary of the Southeast United States, prods the adventurer within. The E.C.P. guides are aglow as they extend helping hands from aboard their custom built paddle board tour boat.  The salted creases of the guide’s faces form individualized treasure maps if properly viewed. Backed by over 100 years experience in these very waters, you can rest assure you are in safe hands.

Within minutes we arrived at our destination. After a brief instruction we embarked on our paddleboards. A touch timid off the bat, I quickly gained confidence in the equipment and myself, as the board’s stability is generous.

Time seems to tangle itself in the tide and wash away in the currents that sweep you along ancient paths. Accompanied by manatees, dolphins and countless other species, I found myself immersed in nature’s wonder.  The peace and solitude was uninterrupted.

After a lifetime of intrigue, and absorbing information about our local waters, I was left in awe and totally inspired by the facts I received.  I gained a better understanding of the vital role which our particular area plays.  This unique experience opened my eyes to a larger view of the world.


About the Author

Michael Garofono

I am a first generation Florida native, born at Bert Fish Medical Center in October 1982. Being surrounded by water my entire life, I have been inseparable from the surf and Intracoastal activities. Today, nearly 30 years later, my devotion remains. I look forward to sharing the many ways in which this amazing home continues to inspire me.

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