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!





Space Coast Paddle Blast Race Recap!

This past weekend, BOTE Team Rider, Ethan Luppert, grabbed his 12’6″ Wraith SS and made his way down to Cocoa Beach, FL for the 1st Space Coast Paddle Blast, presented by Paddle Style What’s Yours?

This two day event was for both traditional and stand up paddleboards. The feature event was on Saturday and consisted of an 8.5 mile Elite division race (which was shortened to a 6.8 mile due to conditions) awarding $4,000 in prize money; $3,000 for SUP divisions and $1,000 for traditional divisions. There was also a 2 mile Short Course Race.

The Awards ceremony was held at Milliken’s Reef Restaurant, Port Canaveral, where Ethan accepted the 2nd place price for the Elite 12’6″ division.

Full results listed below:

In the Men’s traditional Unlimited:
1st place- Luke Turner  1:30::22
2nd place-Greg Shmidt  1:33::36
3rd place-Eric Dijon 1:37::59

4th overall and 1st  place in Women’s Stock Cynthia Aguilar 1:38::01
2nd place-Lindsey Shoop 1:55::17

In the SUP categories:
12’6” Men’s
1st place-Mark Athanacio-1:39::20
2nd place-Ethan Luppert- 1:47::49
3rd place – Jamie Twigg- 1:57::22

14 ft Men’s
1st place-Justin Cook 1:39::17
2nd place-Ian McFarland 1:42::31
3rd place-Chris Stephan 1:50::27

12’6” Women’s
1st place-Helga Goebel 2:03::08
2nd place-Bailey Rosen 2:15::35
3rd place-Kristen Apotsos 2:22::23

Thank you to Steve Luppert for the pictures!

BOTE congratulates Ethan on another awesome race, and we’ll see you at the next one!!

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BOTE is spicing things up this summer by hosting a monthly Taco Tuesday at our Gulf Breeze location! It will be held the second Tuesday of each month and will entail fun races, which lengthen throughout the summer, sprint relays, and TACOS!

Summer is here and listed is the remaining schedule:

Time: 6PM with Fun Race starting at 6:45 and sprint relays to follow!
Cost $5

July 10- 2 mile fun race, sprint relay, TACOS.
August 14- 3 mile fun race, sprint relay, TACOS.
September 11- 4 mile fun race, sprint relay, TACOS.

So head on over after work; paddle, mingle, and enjoy tacos from Tijuana Flats in Pensacola!

Click HERE for directions!

Don’t have a board, or have never tried stand up paddling before? We will have demo boards available!

Water will be provided by Kentwood Springs, and you are welcome to a cold beer from our in-store tap, otherwise it’s BYOB!

If you have any questions, you can contact Tiffany Clemons at or visit our Facebook event!

Check out some pictures from our first event! Thanks to various photographers for snapping them!

Thanks to everyone who came out, and thanks again to Tijuana Flats in Pensacola for the awesome food!

See y’all at the next one! In the meantime, find us on Facebook and Twitter!

Key West Paddleboard Classic Recap!

BOTE’s Magda Cooper, and a number of other Panhandle paddlers, made the trip down to Key West, for the 15th Annual Key West Paddleboard Classic! There were 2 races, a Fury Waters Adventure 12 mile Elite, and an Ocean Minded 4 mile.

Check out the Elite course!

Magda took 2nd place on her Matte Black 12’6″ Wraith SS! Way to go Magda!!

For full official results, click here!

Congrats to the other Panhandlers that placed, and to all of the other racers! Such a great event!

Thank you to various sources for the pictures!

See y’all at the next race!

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FREE DEMOS… Everyday!!

BOTE knows that not everyone has tried stand up paddling before and wants to encourage everyone to give it a shot! That is why BOTE offers FREE DEMOS everyday during business hours at both the Destin and Gulf Breeze location!

Since the Gulf Breeze location happens to be directly on the water, BOTE decided to have an impromptu Demo Day to bring friends, old and new, together with one thing in common… paddling!

Thank you to Paddle Destin for coming out to paddle, and for taking some photos!

It was a fun and beautiful day for paddling, and BOTE wants everyone to come and try out a board, so be sure to visit either location for a free demo!

BOTE Boards: Destin
383 Harbor Boulevard (HWY 98)
Destin, FL 32541

BOTE Boards: Gulf Breeze
47A Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561

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.

BOTE at The Mayor’s SUP Cup @New Smyrna Beach

BOTE headed over to New Smyrna beach for the Mayor’s SUP Cup on November 19, 2011.  The event was a 2 day event, Saturday there was a 6 mile Elite course and 2 mile Rec Course.  Sunday a SUP surf competition was held. 

Congrats to Magda Cooper for her 2nd Place finish in the Womens 12’6″ Elite Class, Magda was riding a WRAITH.

 We’d also like to congratulate all other racers (Rick Moore, Corey Cooper, Andrew Bowden, Joey McGeoy, and Terry Perkins) that were aboard a BOTE, for some it was their first race, all of these individuals have made improvements and are moving their way up the ladder quickly!

Thanks to Paddleboard New Smyrna Beach for putting together a great Race, we will be sure to put it on our calendars for next year!!!


Mens 14’ Elite

1.Packet Casey-1:11.00
2.Chris Stephan- 1:13.28
3.Brad Ward-1:15.16
4.Ty Miller-1:16.27
5.Chip Bock-1:18.24
6.Chris Taylor-1:19.52
7.Andrew White-1:21.08
8.Justin Cook-1:21.40
9.Brent Brown-1:23.33
10.Corey Cooper-1:23.41
11.Sandy Deeley-1:24.20
12.Adam Cain-1:27.41
13.Conrad Garcia-1:29.22
14.Rick Moore-1:30.03
15.Dave Meadows-1:30.45
16.Jay Boggess-1:32.02
17.Alex DeShazer-1:41.05
18.Charlie Mucciolo-1:42.28
19.Alan Mackenzie-1:45.24
Mens 12’6” Elite

1.Mark Athanacio-1:14.54
2.Reid Nelson-1:18.18
3.Matt Wise-1:20.00
4.Pete Buzzelli-1:21.51
5.Martin Burzyaski-1:22.23
6.Andrew Gaucho-1:23.12
7.Jim Higgins-1:23.22
8.Frankie Abbruzziuo-1:24.16
9.Tony Ferreri-1:24.24
10.Richard Schwartz-1:24.30
11.Brandon Rahe-1:25.56
12.Chuck Hardin-1:26.15
13.Jason Meehan-1:26.20
14.David Dean-1:27.57
15.Raymond “Chip” King-1:28.40
16Andrew Bowden-1:29.40
17.Rob Alfieri-1:31.55
18.Jim Ruggiero-1:32.40
19.Boram Thompson-1:33.04
20.Barry Josepher-1:41.08
21.Evan Magee-1:42.37
22.Joe McGeoy-1:43.25

Womens 12’6” Elite

1.Helga Goebel-1:20.05
2.Magda Coope-1:22.16
3.Mary Anne Boyer-1:23.15
4.Mini Cunha-1:24.40
5.Allison Shirley-1:30.00
6.Katie Holt-1:40.30

Womens Junior Elite

1.Bailey Rosen-1:32.50
2.Annette Garcia-1:43.20
Mens 50+ Elite

1.Pete Bruzzelli-1:21.51
2.Jim Higgins-1:23.22
3.Richard Schwartz-1:24.30
4.David Rush-1:36.23

Men’s Junior Elite

1.Matt Wise-1:20.00
2.Jack Archer-1:28.55

Mens Elite OC-1

1.Gary Wise-1:01.02

Mens Prone Elite

1.Ricky Gehris-1:21.50

Mens Rec Race Stock Board

Lance Deciur-39.08
Brian Frepor-41.00
Kevin Barber-43.00
Terry Perkins-44.36
Mark Dean-48.49
Ty Keen-50.28
Micah Barber-1:10.25

Mens Rec 12’6” Race Board

 Zach Roery-38.21
Frank Tranchilla-38.26
Jeff Tobin-42.07
Conrad Jr. Garcia-47.03

Womens Rec Stock Board

Heather Wilcox-41.35
Jen Hayes-43.55
Cheryl Baker-44.39
Jennifer Steff-45.25
Alystra Lockard-50.02
Candice Accola-56.53
Sherry Bechtel-59.51

Womens Rec 12’6” Race Board

Sarah Langdon-41.08
Lori Hurley-42.04
Ann Dean-43.49
Jessica Cichra-44.29
Heather Hill-46.33
Ana Garcia-48.51

BOTE and Brew for Wildlife: We Have a Winner

BOTE Paddleboards would like to congratulate Jason Martin on winning the custom SweetWater BOTE Board.

Contest winner Jason Martin with Deb Edwards of Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge and Jared Cramblet of BOTE

The drawing for the board was held Saturday, November 12, at the Greater Gulf Coast Beer Festival.  Deb Edwards, of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, drew the winning ticket live on-stage.  ”I’ve never won anything in my entire life,” Martin said.  ”This is amazing.”

The BOTE and Brew for Wildlife campaign was a huge success.  With all of your help, we raised thousands of dollars for the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge.  We would like to thank everyone that attended any of the events and purchased raffle tickets.  We would also like to thank our friends at SweetWater Brewing Company, Mellow Mushroom, Funky Blues Shack, Chan’s Wine World and most of all, The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge for all of the hard work they do and the continuation of their mission.

Thanks again and be sure to keep an eye out for future events and contests.  Chances are, there will be more chances to win a board that is just as SWEET!!