All-new event, Camp SUP East, invades Florida

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St. Augustine, Florida welcomed paddlers of all stripes at Camp SUP presented by Salt Life this weekend. Photo: Panas/SUP magazine

Camp SUP, presented by Salt Life, beckoned paddlers from far and wide to St. Augustine Beach, Florida, for a fun day of board demos, open racing, clinics and entertainment on Saturday.

Standup enthusiasts from as far as Charleston, South Carolina and Jupiter, Florida made the trek to St. Augustine to hang out with pros like Colin McPhillips and emcee Ken Hoeve, as well as participate in the myriad events offered.

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Small, manageable waves were on hand for first-time ocean paddlers. Photo: Panas/SUP magazine

“Everyone was super stoked,” said event director Scott Desiderio. “It was a fun time and everyone was excited to have SUP magazine in their town.”

Brands such as Riviera Paddlesurf, Hobie, Coreban, Mistral, Ocean Extreme Sports, Starboard, Bote, Kaenon, Boga Paddleboards, North Guana Outpost, Ocean Lineage, offered demos to eager enthusiasts, ranging from newbies looking for their first board to experienced paddlers looking to ride the next big thing.

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Shade and shelter from the Floridian elements at the Salt Life trailer. Photo: Panas/SUP magazine

Budding racers took on the small surf to race past St. John’s County Pier, yoga luminary Jess Amendola had a crowd of eager yogis in her clinic and later, during a mid-afternoon thunderstorm, everyone gathered to listen to band I-Vibes in the pavilion while enjoying beverages from Kona Brewing Co. All beer donations went to Keepers of the Coast.

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Jessica Amendola gives her yoga students a firm lesson on land before heading out to sea. Photo: Panas/SUP magazine
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After party lights at the Salt Life Food Shack. A great way to end the day. Photo: Panas/SUP magazine

Look for updates on Camp SUP West, coming soon.

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