Paddleboarding on Pensacola Beach

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PaddleboardingHave you considered paddleboarding? Lindy and I recently had the opportunity to meet up with John Griffin to get our feet wet. John Griffin is local to the area and takes groups on guided paddleboard tours. If you are looking for some great, clean fun you should try this.

It was a beautiful day to get out and try paddleboarding. We met up with John at Peg Legs on Pensacola Beach. John unloaded the boards and gave us a short intro to paddleboarding. He then put his board in and paddled around a bit. Following John getting in, Lindy gave her shot and quickly paddled out with no problem. Then, it was my turn to launch off. We paddled down the canal taking in the surroundings and getting used to balancing and paddling.

The boards are around 12 – 14 foot long and relatively stable when standing on them. They weren’t too difficult and yes you get your exercise while having fun. It felt great on our shoulders and core muscles.

Okay, so I have to admit… I’m (Shawn) the only one who fell in. Not sure what happened, but in I went. Good thing I decided to leave the camera behind.

John gives tours not only on the beach, but also in surrounding lakes and rivers. I think our next go will be down one of the local rivers. Come out and join us!

Lindy paddleboarding

Lindy paddleboarding

Shawn Paddleboarding

Shawn paddleboarding

John giving paddleboard instructions

John giving paddleboarding instructions

Lindy & I paddleboarding

Lindy & I paddleboarding

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4 Responses to “Paddleboarding on Pensacola Beach”

  1. Suwannee Refugee April 30, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    I’m glad to see that ya’ll are out in the open water. I was thinking about getting one to paddle around the mangroves in South Florida.

    • Shawn April 30, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

      They were a lot of fun. I bet that would be beautiful paddling around the mangroves.

  2. Debi April 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    We saw a ton of these in Hawaii on a recent vacation. Didn’t think it looked as easy as you make it sound. Maybe I should have given it a go! :)

    • Shawn May 1, 2010 at 7:57 am #

      Hi Debi, paddleboarding in Hawaii would have been cool. It was pretty easy…. but we also surf so I’m not sure if we would be the best to ask:).

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