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||Posted: Nov. 22 2012,11:49
Yet another shameless plug...
A lil history is in order. In the last eight or ten years I've gone through a few phases, leading to four websites: two on kayaks and kayak fishing, and two on rum and rum appreciation. Both earned a national following, but proved the point that there's only so much you can write about anything before it becomes a useless pile of steaming, me-too monkey droppings.
It's not nuclear science - ####, it's not science at all as per young Senator Rubio who sits on the science committee but claims he knows nothing about science and refuses to even speculate on the age of the earth (or suffer burning at the stake by his Tea Party peons). But I digress.
While I remain a lifelong kayak(fisher), and rum (and single malt) afficianado, you have to grow. Use it or lose it. As I reached real retirement age, I still have at least two (and more) items on my bucket list. The first - or second - is for me to get back on the bandstand and play percussion as I used to, and the second -or first - is to learn to surf. That's right!
I mean prone paddling a real longboard out to the line, and carving a series of graceful, class turns back to the beach. Now as far as this goes, this is not easy, so at a point I decided the way in was to learn to stand-up paddleboard (SUP), as this is done on larger, more stable boards, and you are already in the standing position. Many of the leading beachboys and madman (and women) surfers are now taking to these boards as they work in even the smallest surf, and can still be used in massive surf (unlike even longboards that can't catch everything).
You learn to paddle on flat water, and once you're ready, transition to the big lake - the Atlantic - and learn to surf the small breaks. I've pretty much accomplished the former (flat water), so now it's time to try the ocean.
Gold Coast Aquatic Adventures
Gold Coast operates under the guidance of Sean and Roland, found most days on A1A, at the north end of the beach, north of Sunrise Blvd. You'll see their canopy, no worries. Now let's examine two reasons I'd like to plug these guy...
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First are the broads, er boards. Gold Coast has some pretty surfable standup boards (like Starboard, NSP, et al). Note the easy standing, extra wide Starboard, and the more classicly shaped NSP. There are many others. These are quality boards designed more for the surf, with plenty of rocker and just the right size to learn. Now for the second reason...
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That's Roland (unfortunately I couldn't find a pic of his partner in surf crime, Sean). Typical beachboys who'd have the usual surfer dude six-packs except for one too many Longboard Lagers. Although I don't know Sean all that well, I can tell you that Roland was friendly, helpful and full of great advice - even before he knew who he was taling to, lol...
These guys will provide a free surf lesson and one hour rental for a measly $15! Trust me, that is a real deal that's hard to beat. What they count on is that you'll try it, you'll like it, and you'll end up buying a decent board from them. From what I saw, this must work.
Who: Gold Coast Aquatic Adventures
What: $15 surf lesson with a 1 hour rental
Where: A1A, about 3/4 mile north of Sunrise Blvd., in Ft. Lauderdale
Contact: Roland or Sean, 754-366-7504
Enough! Stay tuned for my first surf lesson...
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