SUP Splash Series: Lake Lanier Race Recap!

The SUP Splash series is back with all of its original five venues from last year throughout the Southeast along with two new races. The race venues will include the Chattahoochee River, Lake Lanier, Savannah, Blue Ridge, Treasure Island, Fl, Chattanooga, St. Simons Island and the series finale in St. Pete as the Pacifico Paddle Challenge.

Saturday, June 23, the BOTE team headed up to Lake Lanier to take part in the second race of the series. There were 98 racers that competed in the Elite Division course which circumnavigated the Lake Lanier Islands for a distance of 7.75 miles, and the Recreational Division will be an out and back course of 3 miles.

BOTE Rider Ethan Luppert took first in the Men’s 12’6″ Elite on his 12’6″ Wraith SS, while newest team rider, Bernadette Leach took first in the Women’s 12’6″ Elite, also on a 12’6″ Wraith SS! Go team BOTE!!

Other placers on BOTE boards include, Pete Buzzelli taking 1st in his age category in the Men’s 14′ Elite on a 14′ Gonzo SS and Kim Moore taking 3rd in the Women’s 12’6″ Rec Race on a 12’6″ Wraith Tour! Y’all are awesome!

For complete results, click here! And for more information on the SUP Splash Series, you can visit their website at

Thank you to Paddle Destin, for all of the great pictures!

See y’all at the next race!! In the meantime, keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter!





Salty Shores Interview: Surf Expo 2012

Thanks to Sam Root ( and Leslie Kolovich ( for taking the time to interview BOTE at the Surf Expo Show in Orlando. 


Be sure to check often to get a glimpse of the latest and greatest in the industry. 

And tune in and listen to SUP Radio Show (www.supradioshow) where you can learn about the latest news in the SUP world.

Funky Blues Shack and Baytowne Beer Fest

Our friends at SweetWater Brewing Company and Funky Blues Shack are hosting a party this Friday night, October 21st,  at the Funky Blues Shack at Baytowne Warf.  Come hang out with us and make sure you get your raffle ticket for a chance to win a custom SweetWater BOTE Board.

Also, BOTE will be at the Beer Fest at Baytowne Warf all weekend.  Come find us at the SweetWater tent to register for your chance to win the board.

BOTE Welcomes New Dealer: Watersports West in Largo, FL

BOTE Paddleboards would like to welcome Watersports West to our elite list of BOTE dealers.  We met Watersports West at Surf Expo in Orlando, FL last week where they picked up a wide variety of BOTE products.

Watersports West is a store with 14,000 sq. ft. located close to the water and Indian Rocks Beach. They are active in the products they carry and are experts in all aspects of watersports.  They are open 6 days a week and closed on Sundays.
They were started in 2001 by Steve and Mary LeVine and their goal is to bring our customers the latest watersports equipment from the best manufacturers.

Free Stand Up Paddle Surf Demo Days
For those that have an interest in racing, they have a 1 mile course that you can run during demos at the site. It’s easy to run and should be a lot of fun.
The water has finally warmed up and daylight savings time is back so we will be hosting free Standup Paddleboard demos almost every Wednesday through October from 5pm until dark.
Demos will be at Keegan Clair park in Indian Rocks Beach.
Click here for details or call (727) 517-7000.

Watersports West will be continuously updating their inventory with the latests BOTE products as well as several other industry leaders products.  Be sure to check them out!

BOTE Paddleboards picked up several new dealers at Surf Expo, so keep checking back, as we will be adding new dealers daily.

JULY 30th: DEMO Day

 BOTE will be holding a Demo Day from 8 am until 1 pm on Saturday July 30th.  We will have the 12′ Bote, 12′ Gator Belly, 10’6 Flood, 12’6″ Wraith available for Demos (including the full fishing setup with Bote Rack and YETI cooler).   It is not necessary to have prior expierence in paddling to demo.  We will have staff available to teach basic paddling technique on site. 

The Demo will take place at the foot of the West End of the Marler Bridge in Destin.  Parking is available.

All ages are welcome, for any questions please call the BOTE Store in Destin @ 850-424-5010.  Also if you already own a paddleboard, please stop by for some tips on paddling technique.

***Demos will be available on a first come first serve basis, however if you call the BOTE store prior to Saturday and reserve a spot you will be given priority.



 From Destin, Head towards Ft Walton Beach, just after exiting off of Marler Bridge (Destin Bridge) take a left into parking located at the foot of the bridge.  From Ft. Walton Beach, just prior to entering Marler Bridge take a right into parking located at foot of bridge.

The New BOTE Retail Store is Now OPEN in Destin!!

BOTE has opened its new Retail Shop in Destin, FL.  The store is located at 383 Highway 98 in the heart of Destin.  Its hours are Monday- Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday and Saturday 10:00am-5:00 pm.

The Bote stores has a large selection of paddleboards, the 4 models carried are:  12′ BOTE, 12′ Gator Belly, 10’6″ Flood, and 12’6″ Wraith.

In addition to Bote Boards, the shop carries AXE Paddles, Thule Racks and acessories, YETI coolers, and much more.  Be sure to check the latest as we add a few select brands and products to the BOTE Retail Store.



Matt Lantrip takes 1st and Magda Cooper takes 2nd at local Race

The 1st Race of 4 of the GUSU Panhandle Stand Up Paddleboard Classic was held this past weekend (July 16th) at North Light Marina in Niceville, FL.
The Course was just shy of 4 miles, and while the weather was less than par, the BOTE 12’6″ Wraith riders had a great performance.

Matt Lantrip finished 1st in the Men’s 12’6″ Elite Division with a time of 40:45:00, while Magda Cooper placed 2nd in the Women’s 12’6″ Elite Division with a time of 46:25:00.

Thanks to GUSU for organizing a great race series.  Each Race series will have an Elite Division as well as a beginners division (1 mile Course).

The remainder Race Schedule is as follows:

August 20 @ Liza Jackson Park, Fort Walton Beach

September 17 in front of Pompano Joe’s on the Gulf, Miaramar Beach

 and October 8 on the harbor starting on the dock of Electric Cowboy, Destin





NEW Dealer: Strike Zone Fishing Jacksonville, Florida


Strike Zone, Jacksonville is the newest Bote Dealer.  In addition to Bote Paddleboards, Strike Zone offers everything that you need for your fishing needs.  Strike-Zone is Jacksonville’s premier outdoor store!!! 

If you have questions about their current stock, please call 1-855-253-ZONE.

Strike-Zone is located at:

11702 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

Precision Paddleboards: Ft. Lauderdale

Precision Paddleboards is South Florida’s SUP speciality store and they now carry BOTE boards. They have the Gator Belly Model and the SUP Skiff in stock. They are located right across from the water and have a large stock of SUP boards in stock and offer demos and lessons. You can contact Josh Vajda at if you have any questions.

They are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 AM to 6 PM. They available on Mondays and evenings by appt.

They are located at:
3305 N Ocean Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Phone: 877-954-4787

Precision Paddleboards has one of the best staffs on board to help you make the right choice when it comes to SUP, their staff is knowledgable and will be able to teach you the correct way to SUP (and SUP fish), you’ll be a pro in no time!