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stand up paddle boarding adventure fun tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central floridas space coast indian river lagoon (14)

stand up paddle boarding adventure fun tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central floridas space coast indian river lagoon (14)

My wife and I were on our honeymoon and found out about this through a brochure we found. We both had an amazing time! The staff were so friendly and you knew they really enjoy doing what they do. The Paddle boarding was the perfect amount of time to see some of the Florida wildlife. Stingrays, Dolphins, Manatees, turtles, and many fish. Anyone, and I mean anyone can do it. The water is calm and barely any current of any kind. It has a similar feeling to canoeing. The water is not too deep at most about 7 feet. Minimum about 3 feet. It’s just all around a great experience for anyone young and old! A great time!


Spring into SUP – Stand Up Paddleboard Cocoa Beach

stand up paddle boarding adventure fun tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central floridas space coast indian river lag (43)

stand up paddle boarding adventure fun tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central floridas space coast indian river lag (43)

Cocoa Beach is known for space shuttles, spring break, beaches, surfing, and now Stand Up Paddle boarding. Cocoa Beach is quickly becoming a hot spot for SUP with both locals and visitors alike. With many paddling options – ranging from the surf of the Atlantic ocean, to the mangrove lined Indian and Banana Rivers, it is a stand up paddleboarding paradise. Many tourists to Cocoa Beach have observed people “Walking on water” and are hoping to experience this fun new sport while vacationing in Florida. A great way to learn the basics, see amazing scenery, experience cool Florida wildlife (think dolphins and manatee!), and have some amazing photos to share when you return home is to take a tour with SUP Eco Adventures (www.supecoadventures.com). A beautiful drive south on A1A takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Cocoa Beach and brings you to a nature lover’s paradise. SUP Eco Adventures launches from a historic site that truly takes you back to old Florida. With few people and numerous wildlife, the calm waters of Mullet Creek in the Indian River Lagoon is a great place to experience stand up paddle boarding!


Florida’s Indian River Lagoon Dolphins

Dolphin fin seen while on a stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central floridas space coast

Dolphins seen while on a stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central florida east coast (41)

Dolphins seen while on a stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central florida east coast (41)

With the winter months here in Melbourne Beach, Cocoa Beach and the Central East coast of Florida, we have an abundance of our local host—the dolphin. Although we can’t guarantee seeing dolphins during our paddle boarding tours, we do tend to see these amazing creatures just about every day when we are out on the water. Although, SUP Eco Adventures post photos and discussions about these dolphins, but we thought we would post a few fun facts about our friends.
Our river dolphins are Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, but they spend their entire live in the Indian River Lagoon.

So, if you would like the opertunity to see these amazing creatures, give SUP Eco Adventures a call at 321-507-6058 or drop us an email at supecoadventures@gmail.com. All our tours are by resevation only, to ensure we keep our groups nice and small and limit our footprint when we visit our local wildlife.

They are adapted to swim, fish and survive in the different waters of the Indian River Lagoon. For example, the waters of the Indian River Lagoon average only 3 or 4 feet deep. The dolphins have adapted to the swallow waters and can easily maneuver in the area.

When baby dolphins are first born, they actually have a small amount of fur, which they lose as they grow older.

Dolphins are found in temperate, tropical and subtropical water

On average can swim 2-4 mph, but can reach speeds of up to 20 mph

Dolphin fin seen while on a stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central floridas space coast

Dolphin fin seen while on a stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central floridas space coast


Manatee facts

Manatee visit during one of our stand up paddle boarding tours

Manatee visit during one of our stand up paddle boarding tours

Manatee visit during one of our stand up paddle boarding tours

Everyone wants to see our local manatee, but most people to really know much about them. We are very lucky here at SUP Eco Adventures, because we get to start our day off by paddling in a beautiful area with these gentle creatures. But here are a few facts which might give you a little insight into our local icons. So, if you would like the opportunity to stand up paddle board in a beautiful area where manatee frequent, give us a call at SUP Eco Adventures.com to join us.
closest relative: no it’s not the cow, it’s the elephant. They are mammals, which mean they must breathe air, just like us.
Danger zone: When the water temperature drops below 68 degrees, the manatees are in real danger of going into shock.
Why 68 degrees: Although they look like they have huge layers of fat, they really don’t have the huge insulation layer of fat like a seal or whale. They have a ribcage which runs the length of their body and protects their vital organs such as lungs.
Biggest danger: Yep, boats. Not just boat propellers which will cut deep into the manatee, but also a boat strike which can easily break a rib and puncture a lung (very bad news for the manatee).
Manatee visit during one of our stand up paddle boarding tours

Manatee visit during one of our stand up paddle boarding tours


February Day on the Water

Dolphin swimming by while we were on our stand up paddle boards

Dolphin swimming by while we were on our stand up paddle boards

Dolphin swimming by while we were on our stand up paddle boards

A great way to spend a day in February! Out on the beautiful water in central Florida’s East Coast. Although, its winter, it’s been very warm, so we have been seeing lots of manatee in the area. But, we also see our local dolphin, so keep us company and put on some great shows. It’s amazing to sit back and watch.
SUP Eco Adventures, uses great stable boards to ride the waters of the Indian River Lagoon. This allows up to paddle in the channels without disturbing the wildlife. We get to sit back and watch the dolphin feed and swim in the local waters. If you need a great way to spend a day in February, give us a call at SUP Eco Adventures. We paddle every day except Tuesday (even we need a day off), and are always happy to introduce new folks to the great sport of paddle boarding


Dolphin Visit

stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central florida east coast (41)

stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central florida east coast (41)

stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central florida east coast (41)

Winter time in central Florida is a beautiful time of year on the East Coast. Although, our temperatures are very pleasant 75ish degrees, sometimes our water temps drop a little. This has two affects, one our local manatee population leave for a few months to find warmer water, but it also seems as though our local Indian River Lagoon Bottlenose dolphins become more active.
Although, we cannot guarantee dolphin on our stand up paddle board tour, we do tend to see dolphins on an almost daily basis. It is an amazing site to be able to sit or stand on a board only feet from dolphin swimming nearby. We here at SUP Eco Adventures also make it a priority never to disturb the local dolphins. We found we sit back and just watch, and many times the dolphins will get curious and decide to take a closer look at us. As I said, we sit back and watch, never chase our awesome local dolphins. We watch as mama’s with little ones, swim by us as she teaches them to swim. Take a look at some of our host, who let us join them in their beautiful amazing habitat.


Photo of the Day

stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach melbourne beach and vero beach in central floridas east coast (19)

stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach melbourne beach and vero beach in central floridas east coast

stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach melbourne beach and vero beach in central floridas east coast

Here is another great shot from one of our stand up paddle boarding Eco Tours.


Manatee in Our Area

stand up paddle boarding with the manatee

stand up paddle boarding with the manatee--sup eco adventures

The Mullet Creek area of the Indian River Lagoon has been teeming with Manatee this winter. With the warmer than average winter temperatures here in Central Florida, the water temperature in this area of the lagoon has stayed above 70 degrees, keeping a manatee population in the area to enjoy. Fernando Ontiveros, owner and guide for SUP Eco Adventures, the stand up paddle board company in Melbourne Beach, FL, says that seasoned stand up paddlers and first time guests on the eco tour have been thrilled with the abundance of both manatee and dolphin in the area. Stand Up Paddle boarding, is a great eco-friendly way to enjoy the natural environment that we have here on the Space Coast and allows visitors to experience manatee and dolphin in their natural state without disturbing the wildlife. Ontiveros states that many of the guests on his Eco tours are from Vero Beach and cocoa beach and are amazed at the relative solitude and unspoiled beauty of this area. Many visitors enjoy the nightlife and restaurants of Cocoa Beach, but are thrilled to find that just a short drive south allows them to paddle in an area that is much less congested than the tourist town. They are thrilled to be able to enjoy the manatee population without having to share the experience with dozens of others are without having to worry about boaters scaring them away. Dolphins swimming, jumping, and fishing alongside manatees nibbling on the mangroves is truly a reason to spend time on the waterways in sunny Central Florida. No need to wait for summer….it’s all here to enjoy right now this winter!


General Stand Up Paddle board

Riding a basilisk stand up paddle board

Riding a basilisk stand up paddle board

There are several types of stand up paddle boards (SUP) available to the public today, race boards, touring boards and general use boards. The general use board is what most people associate with stand up paddle boarding. The general SUP looks like an oversized surf board. Since SUP boards originated in the surf world, this is the oldest and most common type of SUP board. The key difference between a SUP board and a surf board is the volume. The SUP board is designed to provide the user with a platform which can float on the surface of the water without any momentum.
Most modern SUP boards come in a variety of sizes and shapes, all working to fill the users’ needs. Most boards range in length from 12 to 8 feet long. In addition to difference length, the width of the board can also vary, from 33 inches to as narrow as 27 inches. In addition to the difference in sizes, the general purpose boards also come in a vast array of shapes. Many boards offer an elevated rocker (nose), which allows the board to be used for greater surf performance. The different sizes are out there to give individuals a choice of boards which will fit their need, whether looking for a board which can be surfed with high performance or a great flat water board or a board which can be used for an all-around board, these general purpose boards are designed to fit your need.Most general purpose SUP boards come equipped with either a single fin or a three fin configuration. This difference in fin configuration is again designed to meet the users’ needs. If a user wants a board which has higher performance in the surf, then the three fin thruster configuration might be the way to go. Other users are looking for a board which will track straighter on flat-water, therefore a larger single fin configuration might be the way to go.

Most individuals who are looking to purchase their first stand up paddle board will get a general purpose board. This will allow them to experience the amazing sensation of walking on water and provide them a platform which they can use in the surf or the flat-water. Contact SUP Eco Adventures at www.supecoadventures.com or via email supecoadventures@gmail.com for more information on stand up paddle boards.


Stand Up Paddle Boards

Basilisk Stand up paddle board

Basilisk Stand Up Paddle Board

You’ve seen them on TV, in magazines and along the beaches. Celebrities and neighbors are all on the water. Why all this attention on stand up paddle boarding and why has it become such a phenomenon? For years people have kayaked and enjoyed the waterways all around the world, but now those kayaks are being replaced by stand up paddle boards (SUP). What exactly is a stand up paddle board and why have they become so prevalent? The stand-up paddle board has been described as a surf board on steroids or a cross between a surf board and a kayak. A stand up paddle board is designed to provide flotation due to its increased volume.

Most stand up paddle boards can be put into one of three classes, general, race and cruising boards. Most boards are designed to be utilized on either flat water or surf. Most individuals when they first start paddle boarding begin on a general SUP board. This is the board which most closely resembles a surf board. It normally has rounded rails, a stringer running down the center, elevated rocker and a deck pad. This type of board offers great stability and can be used in either flat-water or surf conditions.

Raceboard

Raceboard

The second type of SUP board is the race board. This type of board is a designed to be fast and cut through the waves. This board is generally not used to learn on since its design is narrow and its not normally as maneuverable as a general board. In addition, a race board is much more responsive making it tippier and more difficult to ride. This design leads to a board which is much faster through the water and is best utilized by someone who is experienced.
The final board design which is now starting to make its mark on the market is the cruising board. This board is longer than a general board but wider than a race board. This board tracks straighter and is stable. This board will allow you to travel greater distances while carrying additional loads without affecting its paddling characteristics.

When picking a board, this is just one of the questions you should ask yourself, “What am I going to be doing with the board?” This will go a long way in determining which type of board to purchase and what your overall SUP experience will be. So, whether you’re looking for a board to surf waves, explore the flat-water or do some flat-water exploration, there is a stand up paddle board made for you.


Manatee Meeting

This time of year the water on the Indian River Lagoon becomes very clear and warm, which draws in some of our special guests. The manatee come through our area to feed on the local sea grass and mangroves. While we were out on one of our recent paddle boarding tours we found ourselves surrounded by five manatees and one decided to be very friendly. As you can see from the video, it was very happy to see us and swam between a couple of boards just to investigate and say hi.

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Photo of the Day

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SUP Eco Adventures' first customer returns

First photo of the day for 2012– A great day out on the water with SUP Eco Adventures first and most supportive guest. Loved spending time with her again.


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Great time out stand up paddle boarding even with some rain

A great time out stand up paddle boarding, even with some rain coming in! We had a great time with Amanda and her family as we paddled around the Indian River Lagoon. We paddled out and got caught in a rain on the way back. Call us to join SUP Eco Adventures to book your adventure today.


Stand Up Paddle Board Christmas

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stand up paddle boarding in Florida's December weather


Merry Christmas from SUP Eco Adventures
With the beautiful weather we are having in Central Florida, this is some awesome time to be out on the water. Stand Up Paddle boarding on the flat-water of the Indian River Lagoon this time of year is some of the most perfect weather. The air temperatures are in the high seventies and the winds are less than ten miles an hour. We’ve had some great days these last two weeks as we’ve taken our guest out on the water to follow wind protected mangrove lined channels. With the water temperatures now hovering around sixty-nine degrees, most of the manatee have moved to warmer water, but now our daily visitors are the dolphin pods.
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Mom’s stand up paddle boarding experience

Recent article in the Florida today
I am the type of woman who loves to accept a worthy, physical challenge.
It started when I was a kid, and figure skating was my fixation. I mastered a single axle, then moved on to the next challenge. I learned how to glide down a mountain, and most importantly how to stop. Several daredevil feats followed, and then my engines cooled for a time.
Soon after, came the kids. Challenges after that involved more than just me, and my body assumed the brunt of carrying two sacks of sugar and spice on my hips. I ended up with arms of steel, but I knew my core could use some strengthening.
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Stand Up Paddle Boarding in November

This is a short video of what our stand up paddle board area looks like in November. It’s a beautiful time to go for a paddle around our prestine area. A few minutes from Cocoa Beach, Vero Beach and Melbourne Beach, the flatwater allows beginner paddlers to learn how to SUP, without having to deal with the swells and waves of the Atlantic. Winter does bring bigger waves on the ocean, but the Space Coast has plenty of areas on the Indian River, which provide an awesome area to stand up paddle board. Contact www.supecoadventures.com to book your adventure today.

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding Made Easy

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Made Easy
As fall sets in on the Space Coast many are turning to the surf which is now kicking up in the Atlantic, but for those individuals who don’t want to head out through eight to ten foot swells, there is another way to get out on the water. Stand up paddle boarding is still a great way to get out on the water to see the sights, get exercise or just spend some time outdoors.
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Hand Stand on the stand up paddle board


Fall Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Central Florida

stand up paddle boarding on the indian river lagoon

A beautiful Fall morning of stand up paddling

Fall Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Central Florida
While the rest of the country is getting hit with early winter storms which are bringing huge amounts of snow, down power lines and long cold evenings, central Florida is having some amazing weather. Our mid-80’s temps and calm winds are the norm. Communities up and down the Florida coast are starting to come alive with surfers hitting the waves. But, along with the surf, Fall also the ideal time for Stand Up Paddlers to hit the water. The temperate weather makes for amazing trips through the mangroved lined waterways.
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stand up paddle boarding with the manatee

stand up paddle boarding with the manatee--sup eco adventures


An Awesome way to Observe Nature and Exercise

Learning to stand up paddle board

Learning to stand up paddle board

I was in Florida for 5 days and wanted to try Stand Up Paddling. I found Dina and Fernando’s sight on the internet. I loved the tour so much I did it a second time. Dina and Fernando have found the perfect spot to paddle board. The water is calm and a perfect place to paddle for newbies and experienced paddlers. Dina and Fernando go out of their way to make sure your trip is amazing….we wanted to see manatees and on the second trip Fernando spotted some and guided us to them. What an amazing experience. Stand Up Paddling is a great way to get some exercise while being able to enjoy the nature around you. I highly recommend this tour and will definitely be back!


Awesome Time

Dina and Fernando were awesome instructors and tour guides. It felt more like a morning with friends than a tour. They were knowledgable about the manatees, the wild life, and the surrounding area for restaurants. Not only did we get to see manatees (a first for both of us), Dina and Fernando took plenty of pictures and provided us with them. Will do this again the next time we are in Melbourne, Florida. Thank you Dina & Fernando, this expierence is by far one of our best vacation excursion.


Best in Melbourne

this was the best thing to try in melbourne! we were able to see manatee up close as well as other wildlife. check them out on facebook!


Hooked on SUP

I have always wanted to try SUP, and while vacationing in Melbourne my wife and I were anxious to learn. We discovered SUP Eco Adventures by seeing one of their brochures at the hotel, and called a booked a tour. The tour was led by Dina and Fernando, the owners of SUP Eco Adventures and they were wonderful.
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