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    BOTE does Black's Island

    Black's Island is located in the Florida Panhandle about one mile of the shore off Port St. Joe in St. Joseph Bay. It is the ONLY island in the bay that has any building, people or power on it. The island, owned and operated by Jeff Bowman, has 25 "bungalows" that resemble something from Figi or Bora bora. It is spectacular. Surrounding the island is miles of grass bottom teaming with sea life, from huge sharks to tiny sea scallops. The scallops are what bring people here. Via snorkel and goggles, people can harvest these delicious creatures from the grass beds. It may take a minute or two to acclimate your eyes to spot them on the bottom, but once you do get it, it's like a giant underwater Easter egg hunt.

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    Made for the Young 'Uns

    BOTE®, a leader in standup paddle board innovations, announces a new product to their line-up of stand up paddle boards. The Flow is a new inflatable paddle board that is destined to be a hit among kids and families.

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    Paddleboarding with Kids

    When I started paddle boarding my son was just over a year old, and he loved being on the water with me from the beginning. As time went on he became braver. Initially when I started paddling with my son Tristan, he would sit in between my legs without moving an inch, then gradually he started dipping his hands in the water, then he moved on to moving all over the board and having a blast. By the end of his first summer on a paddleboard, he would walk all over my board and made me work a little harder on stability.

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