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Dan & Rochelle: Dan & Rochelle: Both are native Floridians and avid water lovers with a back ground in swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, SUP surfing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and fishing. They have a strong connection with the water and absolutely love to paddle-surf! Rochelle has a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Oceanography from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Rochelle and Dan are the proud parents of 3 great kids. Rochelle was a stay at home mom for 18 years before opening this business 8 years ago. Dan has been Stand up Paddling for 12 years and recently retired early from corporate life, to pursue this dream.
Our Start: It’s one of those “we started with a truck and a dream” type stories. Facts are, Coastal Paddle Boarding started as a mobile company that had a truck, trailer and 2 boards. We opened for business on March 27th, 2010. We spent our first 6 years in Martin County, FL. We met a lot of great people and grew our fleet. The wet summer of 2016 dealt a devastating blow. We had to close because of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee.
In December of 2016 we reopened in Cortez, FL. at the Seafood Shack, located on a peninsula on Anna Maria Sound with Sarasota Bay on one side and Palma Sola Bay on the other. The waters are emerald green and beautiful with bountiful seagrasses and mangrove areas. Wildlife is plentiful, with lots of birds and dolphins are a common sight. Situated right on the water, is our custom made multi slip dock, specially designed for safe and easy launching of paddle boards and kayaks, as well as a beach to launch from. We have ample parking and easy launching.
The Growth: In December 2016 we opened our launch beside The Seafood Shack Grill & Bar at the Seafood Shack Marina. We have fantastic places to explore with multiple mangrove trails and sand bars full of sand dollars too. There are nesting Great Blue Herons to watch and very often dolphins are frolicking along side us. We have the Living Sandbar Tour and the Cortez Village Tour that launch right from our dock. Many good things have happened since 2010, including the most current news. In August 2017 we opened Cortez Surf & Paddle just down the street from our launch. It is a surf shop with rentals, new and used paddle boards and accessories, surf boards and some long board skate boards. We rent bikes, paddle boards, kayaks, surf boards, body boards, coolers and beach chairs.
Rochelle Neumann, founding member of Coastal Paddle Boarding, states “Safety of our customers is ALWAYS our primary concern.” We have a weather policy in place. If the wind is higher than 15mph we do not rent paddle boards or kayaks. We will take people on guided tours in higher wind conditions. If lightening is within 20 miles or forecast during the time you are scheduled to be on the water we will postpone or cancel.