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 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!!

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!

VIDEO: Gator Belly Dragging Test!

A Short video of the guys at the shop doing a demolition test to one of the old Gator Belly Boards. We wanted to see how well a board with the Gator Belly would hold up while being dragged behind a truck! After the test, the board would have still been 100% usable. WARNING!!!! Don’t try this with any other paddle board.


Thanks to the writers at Florida Sportsman, particularly Sam Hudson,  for crafting such a nifty piece of journalism about BOTE Boards.  BOTE is featured in the March issue of Florida Sportsman

BOTE Paddleboards
Keeping it simple—a unique way to fish shallow waters.
By Sam Hudson

March 2011 WebXtra Coverage
Florida Sportsman staffers Jeff Weakley and Sam Hudson met with Magda Cooper, co- owner of BOTE Boards, to test out BOTE’s paddleboards made specifically for anglers. Paddleboards are new to the angling scene, and we jumped at the opportunity to test them.

Unique from others, BOTE’s PaddleBoard is a standup paddleboard (SUP) built for fishing. The 12-foot-long, 30-inch-wide, 5-inch-thick board is constructed from high-quality EPS foam core, skinned with fiberglass, and then covered with epoxy resin and paint shell. A 10-inch carbon-fiber fin keeps the board tracking straight when paddling with BOTE’s carbon-fiber paddle.

Read more:

as well as on their website xtras .

Many of the guys at Florida Sportsman got a chance experience a BOTE first hand and seemed to enjoy it!

DEMO: Join Us at Joe’s Bayou

BOTE and Destin Athletic Club

Beginning this Saturday and continuing the first Saturday of every month, Bote and Destin Athletic Club will be doing a joint Paddle Class/Demo at various locations around the Destin Area.  This Saturday we will be at Joe’s Bayou near the Joe’s Bayou boat ramp.  Two time slots are available, 9:00 and 10:00 am.

The demo will consist of a short introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding accompanied with a 40 minute paddle session.  Any one is welcome to join us, the experience level will consist of first timers all the way to advanced trainers.  Stop by Destin Athletic Club (DAC) www.dacfitness.comnext to Innerlight surf shop in Destin to sign up, or email

Product Spotlight: The BOTE SUP Skiff

Fishing from a BOTE

Magda gives a brief description showing our paddleboard converting to the SUP Skiff.  The SUP Skiff is simply our normal Bote Board with all of our accessories mounted on it.  The Bote Board is the only paddleboard in the world that can transform into a miniature Boat!  Sorry about the sound, you’ll need to turn up your speakers a bit.