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<![CDATA[Summertime]]> https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/summertime https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/summertime Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT -

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<![CDATA[Bulletproof]]> https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/bulletproof https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/bulletproof Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Story By: Wil Beaucher

It's not everday that you meet a person who knows how to live as primitevly as possible, none the less, someone who dedicates their life to teaching others how to do so too. After hearing about an Ex-Navy Seal named Madison Parker, who’s not only a legendary master of primitive survival skills but also teaches them to platoons of active-duty seals and special forces in the middle of nowhere, I knew we’d found the subject of Bote’s next story. Eager to meet this man and learn everything about him, the BOTE team headed down to Marianna, Florida to spend a weekend with him. 

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The Chipola River had just crested, overflowing her banks. Passing stilt houses in the area told us this was not uncommon. The temperature was dropping and as we pulled down the long dirt drive, we all exchanged glances and wondered aloud what the hell we were doing there. We stepped out of the van at the base camp for Bulletproof Primitive Supply Company, located on the banks of the Chipola River in Marianna not really knowing what to expect. We heard the stories, but now we were there. Is this guy going to suddenly appear out of a wall of mud, exclaiming that WE drew first blood? Nothing could be further from the truth. 

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“Around here, boys!” It was the man we came to meet, Madison Parker, taking care of his dogs that we will learn later, are his tribe. A gentleman in every sense, Madison quickly offered us anything we needed while we were there to let us know we were welcome. 

It’s clear that Madison’s time in the military has instilled respect, not just for others, but for himself and everything around him. His personality is a combination of brash and easy going. He’s a man that’s figured out the best way to do things and has been doing them that way for many years, yet was totally willing to jump on the inflatable paddle board, and hunt around the flooded property with a hand-made sling shot. It was clearly time to immerse ourselves into Madison’s world. To learn the key to this man’s chosen lifestyle and complicated teachings about primitive survival. 

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Simplicity. This is paramount to everything in Madison’s mission, however, nothing he crafts or teaches is “simple”. A goal of accomplishing tasks in the same way primitive man accomplished them is, to say the least, not the easy way. But for Madison, utilizing only what can be found on his land, and using his honed ability to craft it into a tool, weapon or even another tool to make weapons, is the honest way. One based on skill and pride. The only way.

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Even with Madison’s decades of experience, it’s still a lot of work, and according to Madison, that’s okay, “We were made to make, we were created to create.” This is a story about something universal, something we’re losing over time, and is not only appropriate in these chaotic times, but necessary. A story based on humanity, pride, and nature. It’s about getting back to the basics of who we are and what we’re doing here. These are things that will surely resonate with just about everyone, and is very fitting for the human brand. 

To learn more about Madison Parker, click here.

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<![CDATA[Murphy]]> https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/murphy https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/murphy Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT -

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<![CDATA[Rodeo]]> https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/rodeo https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/rodeo Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT -

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<![CDATA[Ahimsa]]> https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/ahimsa https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/ahimsa Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT -

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<![CDATA[Anything but Mainstream - Apalachicola River]]> https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/anything-but-mainstream-apalachicola-river https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/anything-but-mainstream-apalachicola-river Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT -

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<![CDATA[Operation Phoenix]]> https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/operation-phoenix https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/operation-phoenix Mon, 01 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT -

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<![CDATA[Belize on the Fly]]> https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/belize-on-the-fly https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/belize-on-the-fly Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT -

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<![CDATA[Gatorville]]> https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/gatorville https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/gatorville Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT -

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<![CDATA[Operation Phoenix - Never Quit]]> https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/operation-phoenix-never-quit https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/operation-phoenix-never-quit Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT -

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<![CDATA[Paddling in the Lone Star state]]> https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/paddling-in-the-lone-star-state https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/paddling-in-the-lone-star-state Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT BOTE Ambassador Hunter Harlow depicts the best places to hit the water in the Lone Star state! 

Tejas, cowboy hats and horses, barbeque plates as big as your head, pick-up trucks, the longest state to drive through ever… If this is what comes to mind when you think about Texas, then chances are you learned it from either a spaghetti Western or you’ve never gotten off the highway. But no matter what you think of it, Texas is a paddle boarder’s paradise.

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Now I know what you’re thinking, if you’ve driven across Texas for your last spring break trip to Gulf Shores or to hit some powder in Colorado, you’ve never seen anything but dried up mud holes. Honestly, for the non-Texan, that’s probably a fair assessment of the Texas you’ve been exposed to. But for the rest of us, to quote my good friend Colonel Sanders: “Looks like mama’s wrong again!” From cypress swamps to hill country rivers, blue water to open lakes- we’ve got it all. Being some special kind of professional water bum, I’m here to divulge all such secrets…

trout fishing in texasDepending on which source you use, Texas has something like 10 distinct “eco-regions,” and each of these presents its own unique paddle boarding experience. The mecca of Texas paddle boarding is probably Central Texas, centered around Austin, our capital and an all around freakin’ sweet place to hang out. Daily you can find hundreds of folks out paddling on the 468-acre Lady Bird Lake reservoir on the Colorado River right through the middle of town. Take in the views of the skyline from the blue-green water, go ashore at Zilker Park for a game of frisbee, or take a detour up Barton Creek for some crystal clear glass. No motorized boats are allowed on the water, so it’s a great place to learn the basics of paddle boarding if you’re a beginner. Don’t limit yourself to just Lady Bird, though! Austin has a ton to offer in terms of paddling opportunities such as  Barton Creek, Pace Bend on Lake Travis, and all through the Greenbelt. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, head 30 minutes south to the Guadalupe River and hit a few miles on one of the coldest, clearest rivers Texas has to offer. Oh, and bring your fly rod, because there’s some decent sized rainbow trout. It’s actually the southernmost trout fishery in the U.S. I love the Guadalupe… Did I mention that Texas has trout?

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If Austin’s off your radar, let’s go about 4 hours eastward into the sticks. Cypress knees, the occasional alligator, and hanging Spanish moss are the name of the game out here. Caddo Lake and Brazos Bend State Parks cover the northeast through the southeast. Navigate through a maze of sloughs, bayous, and ponds and take it all in from the vantage of your board. Bring a dry bag and a camera, because the lighting through the cypress and the reflection of the water might just turn you into the next big postcard photographer. People say there’s only two seasons in Texas- “hot and less hot.” Now I’m not saying that isn’t completely accurate, but check out the colors of this place in October and tell me it’s not awesome. For the explorers out there, hit a couple-day expedition and pack a hammock to sling up between two bald cypresses. Spending the night over water on a SUP journey is a rad experience.

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For those that are about the salt life, worry not because Texas has over 300 miles of coastline for you to explore. It’s really hard to narrow down the Gulf Coast into one type of paddle boarding, because they’re all different. We’ve got surf to grass flats and everything in between. If paddleboard surfing is your thing, catch a good swell at Surfside, Matagorda, or the North Jetty. But the best place to surf in Texas is hands down South Padre- because of ocean-shelf dynamics, wave kinetics, science stuff. Waves here are good year round, and you commonly get breaks above your head. Yes, all you surf snobs out there, Texas has some excellent surfing. You just have to basically drive to Mexico to get to it… 

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For the flat-water paddlers, the list of places to explore is endless. Here is my best advice for finding cool places for a coastal paddle sesh: load up, drive till you first find water, get out and paddle. Some of the most fun coastal trips I have been on have followed that recipe. But if you want to find some really special places, check out The Lighthouse and Mustang Island paddling trails. These areas have up to 10 miles of managed trails through head-high black mangrove islands, so mark your path, pack a lunch, and bring plenty of water. If you’re a fly fishing nut like me, keep your eye open for redfish. Sight casting to tailing reds from a paddle board on a crystal clear grass flat will give you a rush that borderlines on illegal. Trust me, it’s awesome. And for the bird watching enthusiasts out there, these areas host about 400 different species. Yes, you’re heron me right- bring your binoculars. Ok that was a hawkward joke, I might egret that one…

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A great resource to check out is the Texas Paddling Trails website managed by Texas Parks and Wildlife. It has each region broken down with managed paddling routes and maps of the trails so you can see all of the best waters in the Wild West. My best advice for creating awesome Texas paddle boarding memories: just get out there and go. Happy paddling.

By Hunter Harlow

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<![CDATA[Fatherly Adventure :: Happy Father's Day!]]> https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/fatherly-adventure-happy-fathers-day https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/fatherly-adventure-happy-fathers-day Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT michael gauthier with kids on rackham

BOTE ambassador Michael Gauthier explains how paddle boarding has offered him and his kids an awesome outlet to keep adventure alive! 

Adventure is a funny thing. When you're a child it seems like everything is an adventure: the woods behind your back yard, the house down the street that you are certain is haunted, even finding “treasure” on the beach. As we get older, it gets harder to capture that feeling, and for too many people, adventuring is something that is long forgotten as a part of childhood.

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Maybe the problem lies more though in what we decide should be classified as an adventure. The truth that I have learned from my children is that adventures can be had in your back yard and doesn’t require much more than each other's company. About five years ago I embarked on the most adventurous of adventures…fatherhood. My emotions ranged from “it can’t be that hard” to “I can’t be responsible for myself much less another human being." One of the most common things that you hear from people prior to having a child is about how your life will change. While this is completely true, it didn't happen quite the way I expected. I thought once my wife and I became parents, a switch would flip and we’d be adults...not exactly. Although I found myself growing up, I also found myself acting more like a kid. My son Holland and I climb trees and explore the woods. My daughter Cypress and I sing and dance in the kitchen and pretend I’m a dolphin in the pool as I take her for a ride. One of our new favorite activities to do together has been the catalyst for many of our adventures is paddle boarding.

A couple of years ago, I found my need to get on the water incessant and decided to take the plunge and purchase a board. Now, it has become somewhat of a routine to get out as often as possible. Paddle boarding has enabled not only myself, but also my children, to keep looking for those new waterways or finding a new secret spot. It serves as an awesome way for us to spend time together, yet still getting outside and enjoying nature. Our paddle boarding adventures can even be as simple as blowing up my kids Flow and throwing them in the pool to play on it and paddle around. I even find myself partaking in their games on the boards and acting like a pirate or some other storyline they have come up with. Growing up doesn’t mean you forget how to be a kid. Staying childlike in spite of growing up is the secret to adventure.

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Two great gifts you can give your children are the spirit of adventure and the urge to pursue their dreams. I try to teach my son and daughter about how to care for the world we live in, stand up for what is right, and always be brave, kind, and respectful. In turn my children teach me how there is wonder in even the smallest of things, and that adventures lie around every corner. May we always see the world through a child's eyes…on a paddle board hunting for a pirate’s buried treasure that’s being guarded by a sea monster…it’s more fun like that anyway…isn’t it?

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Click here to learn more about Michael Gauthier 

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<![CDATA[Traveller Feature :: Men's Journal :: The Toys of the Summer]]> https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/traveller-feature-mens-journal-gear-lab-special-the-toys-of-the-summer https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/traveller-feature-mens-journal-gear-lab-special-the-toys-of-the-summer Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT traveller summer list

 

One of BOTE's newest boards to their 2016 lineup has made it's way into the most recent issue of Men's Journal in the Toys of the Summer list! The Traveller is a board that through the DarkRoom research and development, was designed to be the go to board for the touring category, or what we like to call the "Travelling Class." The glide, stability, capacity and advanced dybamics are just a few highlights that make the 12'6" Traveller the board for every paddler.     

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Make sure to check out the issue in stands now! 

 

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<![CDATA[PADDLE DESTINATION: Florida's Space Coast]]> https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/paddle-destination-brevard-county https://www.boteboard.com/blog/post/paddle-destination-brevard-county Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT sean strahlo fishing brevard county

BOTE Ambassador Sean Strahlo gives us the ins and outs of paddle boarding in his home of Brevard County!

Located on the beautiful east coast of Florida, less than an hour drive from Orlando, lies Brevard County, a true standup paddle boarder's paradise. Brevard County is home to a wide array of unique paddling destinations. From the epic beaches to the peaceful backwaters, there is a paddling destination for every skill level and paddler. If you're looking to score some waves, winter swells can offer head high barrels at popular surf spots like Monster Hole, RC's, Spanish House, and many more. If you're looking for a tranquil, relaxing paddle with beautiful scenery, then Ballard Park, Thousand Islands, and Crane Creek can provide just that. Brevard County can also bestow SUP anglers with some of the most heart pounding, adrenaline pumping fishing one can experience.


Seasons play a big role in deciding when to visit Brevard County. Depending on the desired paddling activity, the seasons and weather patterns will make or break a successful trip to Brevard. Generally speaking, April through September are the ideal months to enjoy Brevard's spectacular SUP fishing opportunities. The weather is warm, the winds are light, and the fishing is red hot as the bait and trophy game fish migrate through the county. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are almost a daily occurrence throughout the entire summer, so an early start for any paddling activity is key. The winds begin to pick up and the 90 degree temperatures begin to fade around late October. There is surf year round in Brevard, but the bigger swells are usually scattered throughout the winter months.

One of the more versatile paddle boarding destinations in Brevard County is Ballard Park. Located just off US 1 in Melbourne, Ballard Park is an amazing location for all types of paddle boarders. The park sits on the bank of the Eau Gallie River, which slowly feeds west into the Indian River Lagoon. There is little to no boat traffic and the park is sheltered from the wind, making it a great place for a leisurely paddle or to train. The park is home to large species of wildlife such as dolphin, manatees, and alligators. The shoreline is lined with marinas, beautiful residential homes, and untouched foliage. Tarpon, snook, trout, and redfish are common catches throughout the summer months. Dozens of manatees can be found stacked up next to the Eau Gallie River dam during cold winter days which allows paddlers to get a unique up close experience with these giant mammals.

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Another incredible spot to paddle is located just over Eau Gallie Causeway, on the beachside of A1A. Bicentennial Park in Satellite Beach is an excellent destination for SUP anglers. Giant tarpon up to 180lbs, bull redfish, over slot snook, and sharks up to 9ft in length are common catches throughout the summer. The world class fishing begins just beyond the breakers. Enormous schools of menhaden and threadfin herring collect here during the summer. Numerous types of game fish feed voraciously on these schools of bait, presenting SUP anglers a great opportunity to catch a fish of a lifetime. If the fishing is slow, Bicentennial also has a decent break year round for surfers. If SUP surfing is your main goal, venture down the road a few miles to a the local's favorite surf break, RC's, which produces head high plus barrels with the right swell.

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Further up the coast in Cocoa Beach, sits a much more well known paddling location, the Thousand Islands. The Thousands Islands are a 338 acre conservation site in the Indian River Lagoon, which consists of a series of naturally occurring islands that formed when waves punched through the Barrier Islands depositing large amounts of sediment . The banks of the islands are covered in mangroves and home to many species of wading birds, ospreys, eagles, and pelicans. There are two marked nature trails that run throughout the islands. Manatees, dolphin, and otters can be seen swimming through the waterways and canals. The Thousand Islands are protected from the wind and are an excellent spot for a relaxing paddle or even to target some of Florida's finest gamefish like snook and trout.   

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On the opposite end of the county lies the ever beautiful Sebastian Inlet State Park. Most known for its premier fishing, Sebastian Inlet State Park is a must see destination when visiting Brevard County. The park is open year round and hosts 43 campsites, boat ramps, two jetties, a tide pool, and nature trails. The lagoon side of the park is a wonderful area for a leisurely paddle amongst the mangroves and wildlife, such as dolphins, manatees, and aquatic birds. This area is also a superb place to target some of Florida's premier gamefish. For those looking to score some waves, the ocean/beach side of the park has phenomenal surf breaks like Monster Hole and First Peak. The surrounding beaches and waters are home to some incredibly beautiful reefs and sea life. Hundreds of sea turtles come to these beaches every year to nest, making for an unbelievable paddle boarding experience. Dive around the North Jetty during slack tide to swim with enormous goliath grouper, giant schools of snook, dense schools of baitfish, and many more species. The biodiversity at the inlet is astounding. Make note to be cautious of boat traffic and strong currents when paddling around the mouth of the inlet. Schedule a trip to Sebastian Inlet State Park on a week day to truly enjoy the state park crowd-free.

 

By Sean Strahlo

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