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Life is better when you paddle

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Flying Fish Paddle Sports
The Flying Fish Paddle Sports is officially online. What started as a conversation over a few margaritas back in December has turned into life changing experience. Just a few months later here we are with a completely dedicated SUP store in Stuart, FL and now on the world wide web. I started paddling about four years ago and I knew the moment I started that it was going to be another passion in my life. I have taken to all aspects of the sport, what started as leisurely paddles, turned to surfing, to fishing, and now to racing. The sport that changed my life both physically and mentally, has now become my life. Remember life is better when you paddle.

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Mark your race calendars!

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Flying Fish Paddle Sports

Yes, it is official! We will host our Flying Fish Spring Paddle Challenge on March 19, 2016 at the Flying Fish Paddle Sports, 4969 SE Dixie Hwy. Stuart, FL 34997. We are also excited to announce that our Summer Paddle Challenge will be on July 16th at River Palm Cottages,  2325 NE Indian River Dr, Jensen Beach, FL 34957. Mark your race calendars now you will not want to miss these awesome events. 

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Indian River SUP Rally Sept. 19

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Flying Fish Paddle Sports

We are excited to announce that we are hosting the 2015 Indian River SUP Rally. This paddle board event will be held at River Palm Cottages in Jensen Beach, FL. on Sept.19, 2015. We will have board demos, races for all levels, food, fun, beer, raffle prizes and more. The event is free to attend, including a kids race. To register for the short race, elite race, or relay race please go to register also for more information go to our event page on Facebook at 2015 Indian River SUP Rally. Hope to see as many people as possible, all proceeds will be given to the Children's Activities Fund for Suncoast Mental Health, a LOCAL charity. 

 

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Locals Tackle the 2015 Key West Paddleboard Classic

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Flying Fish Paddle Sports
Billy crossing the finish line on his new Darkroom custom 14' by Bote Boards.
It's always a challenge, 12 miles of wind, chop, strong currents, and top competition. This year's Key West Classic was no different and our local racers rocked it! Especially team Flying Fish riders Billy Swezey and Joey Huempfner. Billy finished 2nd place overall just 5 seconds behind the winner Kieran Grant in the 14' class. Joey also made the podium finishing 5th in the men's 12'6" class, and at only 17 years of age he finished 2nd in the 19 and under class. I could not be more proud of these outstanding young men! Thanks to intense training groups and local race leagues at both Blueline in Jupiter and our Thursday night race league here at Flying Fish, area paddlers are quickly becoming some of Florida's best. If you have any interest in SUP racing please stop by the shop or join us on Thursday nights for our race league. Thursday Night Throwdown (TNT) kicks off a new 10 week season on May 14th at 6:00pm.
Joey Finishing strong!
Me finishing not so strong! (no seriously, fighting major cramps due to challenging conditions)
I apologize in advance if there are any paddlers that I left out. Here are the ones I know from the Jupiter/Stuart crew. Great Job everyone!
Here are the locals that made the podium.
1.Billy Swezey (Team Flying Fish) 2nd place, men’s 14’  time 2:06:09 *only 5 seconds behind the winner!
2. Kim Barnes 2nd place, women’s 12’6” time 2:24:06
3. Joey Huempfner (Team Flying Fish) 5th place, men’s 12’6” time 2:25:02
** Joey is only 17 years old, finished 2nd for his age group 19U.
4. Alexandra Menk 1st place women's 14' time 2:25:08
5. Steve Barnes 1st place  men's prone time 2:27:16
Here are the other locals and their places
Rev Thom 9th place men’s 14’ time 2:13:50 *3rd in age 40-49
David Dean 16th place men’s 14’ time 2:22:22 *3rd in age 50-59
Steve Bernstein (Team Flying Fish) 7th place men’s 12’6” time 2:27:10 *2nd in age 40-49
Stephen Chase 20th place men’s 14’ time 2:27:44 *3rd in age 30-39
John Meskauskas (Team Flying Fish) 9th place men’s 12’6” time
2:28:36 *3rd in age 40-49
Travis Kindt 14th place men’s 12’6” time 2:31:35 *5th in age 20-29
Nessa Brunton 10th place women’s 12’6” time 2:47:59 *1st in age 50-59
Sierra Groth 15th place women’s 12’6 time 2:50:43 *2nd in age 20-29
Rachel Ferguson 19th place women’s 12’6” time 2:58:28 *3rd in age 20-29
Frank Marino 8th place SUP surfboard time 3:03:30 *4th in age 50-59
Mike Faulkner 35th place men’s 14’ time 3:04:37 *12th in age 40-49
Others who did the 4 mile open race
 Ryan Boettner 1st place men’s 12’6” time 53:06 
Kim Depasquale 5th place women’s 12’6” time 1:12:33
Danyella Lustosa 6th women’s 12’6” time 1:12:51
Alex Cotleur 7th place women’s 12’6” time 1:13:44
Debra Borger 1st place women’s SUP surf time 1:13:56

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Man the Bote Jackalope is fun

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Flying Fish Paddle Sports

I took the Jackalope out the other morning with my Gopro and made a quick video. Used the GoPro 3 black, suction cup mount and the GoPro studio to edit. All was super easy. We have the new GoPro 4 silver and black in stock at the shop, I may be due for an upgrade! ;)

Enjoy-John

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