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Paddling and Surfing in Ponte Vedra, Florida

This winter here in the Mid Atlantic region sure could make your head spin.  Cold
snaps followed by spring time temps followed by snow and back into days of mild weather.  February would turn out to be warmest on record for some cities in the region.  A quick scan of social media revealed an overjoyed paddle board community, eager to SUP and share pics of scant attire while on the water mid winter.
The West Coast was getting a long awaited wet winter, delivering much needed rain and fresh powder.  Sometimes too much of a good thing as rivers crested and reservoirs strained to under the inundation.  The unseasonal warmth in the East, although a welcomed break from real winter temps, always seems like a tease.  I decided it was time for a sure thing.
Changes in Lattitude
During a quick trip down the coast to do a hot lap of Florida, I made my way to Ponte Vedra to say hi to a couple of friends. The beautiful beaches were on the rebound after taking a beating during Hurricane Matthew last October.  Some beach accesses remain closed from compromised structures and beach erosion.  But they still faired better than how hard St Augustine got hit, just about an hour south.
I caught a couple perfect days of sun and small surf.  The wind stayed down so conditions were great for just about any kind of paddling.  Ponte Vedra proper is mostly know for the super swanky Sawgrass Country Club and the amazing golf courses. But a couple of miles south down the A1A is the Guana River State Park, with 3 easy beach access parking lots.  The beaches are a protected research reserve so the there is nothing around but towering dunes and long beaches.  Just a great spot to go for a paddle down the beach and pick off waves as they come along.
The beaches back up around Sawgrass are pretty sweet too.  Tidal pools and gullies form at low tide making for fun little spots to paddle out with the tide.  The zone could also be called shark tooth beach apparently, as with a little bit of patience and a sharp eye, it’s not unusual to locate a shark tooth or two.
Winter is a great time to hit the beaches of Northern Florida before the summer heat explodes!
Best All Arounder Paddle Board: KM Hawaii ALOHA board
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KM Hawaii, Ponte Vedra, Florida, paddle, sup, paddle board
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KM Hawaii, Ponte Vedra, Florida, paddle, sup, paddle board

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