By Pete Williams
Every time I watch a stand-up paddle board race, I can’t help but think I’m watching the beginning of something big. The sport is still in its infancy, especially here in Florida, where industry insiders believe the sport has its biggest upside because of our year-round warm weather (relatively speaking) and calm surf.
Last Saturday Brody Welte staged the second of his four-race “Yolo Board Winter Race Series” sponsored by the folks at Yolo Board, the Santa Rosa Beach manufacturer who quickly have become the board of choice among Floridians.
I’m on the IR with an injury, though I’m not sure I would have braved the wind. Thankfully, a few dozen more serious athletes than I did. Kudos to Bev Buysse and the folks at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center for supporting the race. What a perfect venue for SUP. Check it out: