Segway Fort Lauderdale specializes in tours of South Florida, with locations in three cities: Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood Beach, and Boca Raton. In each sunny spot, the tours take place on Segways, which company owner Johnathan Rosen views as about as simple to get the hang of as walking (he's seen clients ages 5 to 92 master them).
On these Segway jaunts, groups roll through scenic areas like the Hollywood "Broadwalk," visit piers, and take optional jaunts down back alleys. There, they can try out their Segways' top speed?roughly 12.5 mph, about as fast as a cheetah wearing substantial ankle weights. As participants roll along, guides can share tidbits about the comings and goings of area celebrities in the area and the Segway's history. There's also plenty of time for participants to talk amongst themselves while a company photographer snaps complimentary action shots.
Wind-leashed high-flier and Skybanditz founder Francisco Escudero has blown spectators away at such competitions as the Velocity Games and the Bahamas kite race. He is the North Miami Beach area coordinator of the Florida Kitesurfing Association and founder of Skybanditz, where he and his trained staff conduct all manner of surf- and sky-borne expeditions. They outfit maritime adventurers with all the proper kiteboarding, kayaking, and paddleboarding gear, as well as lead kayak tours through Marine Stadium and several small islands. They also give guests the option to explore the high seas on their own or with friends. Instructors, meanwhile, cover safety and proper techniques during kitesurfing programs that range from beginner level to Level X, an echelon they reserve for students who are ultra-advanced or genetically related to flying squirrels.
At Sunrise Paddleboards, experienced guides take paddlers of all ages across the Atlantic coast and inland waterways during standup paddleboard tours. Guides give helpful tips on maintaining balance so that sightseers can confidently admire coral reefs and challenge dolphins’ alleged intelligence with the most difficult Trivial Pursuit questions. Experienced boarders can rent a board and chart their own course through the waters with all the necessary gear provided by the center, including a fin, deck pad, handle, leash plug, carbon-fiber paddle, and personal flotation device. In addition to thrilling days on the high seas, paddlers get a core workout as they glide through the water. Along with tours, Sunrise Paddleboards maintains a large selection of boards for sale, including the popular SUP ATX paddleboards.
Skimming Florida’s blue water atop rental standup paddleboards inspired the founders of Precision Paddleboards to open their own shop. Hoping to make the sport accessible to everyone, they stock up on retail boards and paddles and also offer their customers rentals and lessons. Their boards come from brands such as Boga and Fanatic, which are each easy to navigate and designed for a range of activities from sightseeing to on-water yoga to tickling Poseidon's back.
Because it specializes exclusively in paddleboards, Precision Paddleboards feels uniquely qualified to address its customers' needs and questions. During lessons along Florida's rivers, canals, and coastal waters staff members instruct proper paddling techniques that paddlers can then test out during group tours.
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Family Fun Week's planners fill their weeklong celebration with dozens of activities designed to delight all members of the family. The sound of live music soars over parklands during free concerts, local artists teach watercolor techniques, and scavenger hunts take families on brain-teasing adventures. Out on the ocean, scuba lessons plunge into ocean depths and fisherman feel the tug of a deep-sea catch on the end of the line. The weeklong celebration also boasts more laid-back possibilities, such as shopping, spa treatments, and mouthwatering food from local eateries. Despite their diversity, all activities have one thing in common: they pay tribute to their hometown. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and intercoastal waterways, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea fuses the atmosphere of a small town with a beachside resort. The city's laws limit building heights, allowing for unencumbered views of warm ocean sunrises and the Man in The Moon's ever-changing facial expressions.
For ten years, a mechanical-engineering career left Christien Petit with little time to enjoy his beloved Miami beachfront. So in 2008, he quit his desk job and established Blufin Beach Club, a short crab walk from the waves next to Miami Beach Resort and Spa. There he now spends his days outfitting beachcombers with Yamaha jet skis, tasteful blue beach umbrellas, and other rental gear, all while enjoying the warm sun and crashing waves. Blufin keeps food and drink on hand as well, letting customers sip cocktails as they recline on blue-cushioned lounge chairs or trade sandwich crusts with seagulls in exchange for a nap-ending wakeup call.