Insider tips on tidal patterns and secret surf spots, borne of a lifetime in local waters, are part of the intangible edge offered by Singer Island Surf Camp Inc., in operation for the past 15 years and run by a born-and-raised native of Palm Beach. As a Palm Beach County native, camp founder and owner Paige Parker doesn’t remember a time she wasn’t closely tied to the water. When she and her neighborhood pals were kids, she recalls, “The ocean was our playground and our babysitter.” And though it's probably true that anyone with a lifeguard certification could lead snorkeling tours and sportfishing charters, Parker knows that her inborn understanding of the local tidal patterns makes a difference.
A staff of surf-seasoned EMTs and firefighters who are also certified in ocean rescue, lifeguard, CPR, and first aid help Parker lead private and group surfing lessons for all ages and experience levels as well as provide paddleboarding and kayaking instruction. And when school’s out, kids aged 6–16 years old can dive into summer camps and surf along Singer Island's reef-and-sandbar system or paddleboard to Peanut Island. A full rental shop, meanwhile, fills out its stock of standard surf gear with standup paddleboards, kayaks, water trampolines, and inflatable water wheels.
The certified professional mechanics of B & J Bicycle Shop, Inc., in business since 1985, put cyclists on the road, trail, or mountain atop bikes from names such as Giant, MirraCo, and Trek. Staffers assemble, tune, and test each steed onsite, and can custom-fit components for rider comfort. To keep up on cycling trends and tech, crew members train with factory service technicians several times per year, ensuring up-to-date knowledge guides all maintenance services and ride-smoothing tune-ups. The shop also stocks a selection of gear and accessories, preventing riders from having to craft protective gear out of bubble wrap.
Armed with certification from the United States Cycling Federation, the bike mechanics at Atlantic Bicycle keep two-wheeled roadsters running safely and efficiently with maintenance services and help customers to select new bikes or gear. The experienced crew can perform basic services such as tuning up bicycles for warm-weather riding or more complex work such as fitting wheels with hand-laced custom wheels built onsite. The shop also keeps an extensive inventory of bicycles to meet needs ranging from everyday commutes to grocery-store-aisle wheelies, including all-mountain, urban, and recumbent styles as well as adult tricycles.
There’s no wrong way to experience a city. That’s why the team at M. Cruz Bicycle Rentals & Segway Tours grants visitors a variety of ways to explore Fort Lauderdale and the scenic landscape of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Whether cruising around on a Segway HT during a guided tour, biking along the beach, or rollerblading down the sidewalk, clients can bask in the preserved beauty of the state park as they catch glimpses of houses and yachts owned by celebrities. The team can accommodate any beach adventure guests desire, whether by supplying canoes, attaching toddler-sized bikes to the back of parents’ rentals, or renting out beach chairs to contractors hired to see where the sun goes at night.
At each of Bike Tech's three locations, a staff of bike enthusiasts roams the floor, offering patrons recommendations for new two-wheeled transports and advice for repairs and upgrades on presently owned models. Each store's inventory spans the spectrum from apparel and accessories to new bicycles by top brands, such as Specialized, Scott and Cannondale. The team also offers services ranging from full custom builds down to basic washes, necessary when short on time or all of the local elephant trunks are out of order.
eBikes on Demand makes getting around Fort Lauderdale easier for out-of-town visitors and locals alike. Guests select and rent electric bicycles online, and one of eBikes' sparkling white vans delivers them to their hotel or another convenient location. The bikes include Prodeco Mariner 7s and A2B Metro bikes for petite and average sized riders. They can move at speeds up to 20 mph for 40 miles with two included batteries, making it easy to loop around joggers on the boardwalk from dawn until dusk.