The crew at Kayak Valet has one mission: to get more people out and enjoying the local waterways and scenery via kayaks or paddleboards. Since storing, hauling, unloading, reloading, and potty training their own kayaks can deter people from boating, the team sets up shop to cancel out such deterrents. They take care of nearly every task, bringing all equipment necessary for a leisurely paddle on puddles of all sizes right to the launch site. The crew will pick up and deliver equipment to popular launch sites within Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Manatee Counties. To keep the aquatic adventure accessible, the shop rents only kayaks and standup paddleboards that can be piloted by anyone, experienced or not. Additionally, they give visitors tips on paddling and safety techniques and sell new kayaks, paddleboards, and accessories.
Taking it’s cue from the hit television show The Amazing Race, the Gorilla Challenge pits teams of urban scavengers in a two-to-four hour race against time, scouring the city for illuminating clues that lead to valuable cash prizes. Partnering with the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis, this heart-pounding, madcap puzzledrome fills the home of the Cowboys with amateur sleuths and merry pranksters madly dashing to win cash prizes of $500 for first place, $250 for second place, $100 for third place, and $50 for best costume. The challenge begins when your team receives a clue-filled card outlining 12 of the day's challenges; complete 10 correct challenges and race back to the start to claim your cash bounty or consolation water pick. As proof of challenge completions, teams take photographic evidence along this 3 to 5 mile radius of mystery, as the next challenge could include puzzle solving, musical numbers, making silly-faces, or recreating American Gothic. Special mini prizes line the path, with successful sleuths winning swag such as iPods and gift certificates to local restaurants and retailers. Following the brouhaha, every racer is invited to partake in swinging post-event entertainment, where exhilarated Sherlocks and sun-kissed Watsons bask in the completion of their good deeds and FDA–recommended daily puzzle race requirement with live music and food and drink specials.
The Tampa Bay Derby Darlins' teams bash up all comers and one another in intense, low-friction combat. Spectators catch the action at the Skateplex in Temple Terrace, where they may choose between safely sequestered viewing space or front-row "suicide seats," (18 and older only), which quicken pulses and energize parent-teacher conferences thanks to the possibility a crashing skater colliding into you. Root for a favorite team or skater nickname before settling into the high-velocity excitement of each bout where, in two 30-minute periods, jammers infiltrate the pack, blockers strive to keep rivals at bay, and both sides rush to the oft-occupied penalty box to share victory haikus.
Arena football brings the bone-crunching hits, aerial assaults, and sprinter speed of non-arena football to a 50-yard, indoor field with padded walls and field goals surrounded by rebound nets for even more fast-paced, high-scoring action. Watch this year's Storm squad, led by the AFL's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Marcum, conquer the close quarters and hopefully add a sixth championship trophy. As the passion for passing rises and the scoring works up a fever of fervor, cool off with a soda or beer and refuel by inhaling a hot dog without using your hands.
Unveiling the TAMPA BAY FOOD & WINE EXPERIENCE From the creative genius behind the Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival, the newest and hottest Food & Wine phenomenon hits Downtown Tampa this Fall! You think that you have sampled Grand, but you have never EXPERIENCED it like this!