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Morrison Springs renovation complete

Popular park reopens PONCE DE LEON – A newly renovated Morrison Springs is now open to the public. The 161-acre park is well known in the area, and popular with divers and nature enthusiasts across the south. The project started in 2007 and includes a new separate boat launch area and parking. This separate launching area provides a safer environment for divers and boaters. There is approximately 575 linear ft. of boardwalks meandering through the ancient cypress trees, and span...

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic returns June 16-21

Popular tournament enters 7th year at Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Timed to coincide with the peak of the Gulf Coast’s blue marlin season, and located at the South’s number-one ranked resort destination, the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic has set the new precedent for world-class sportfishing tournaments along the Gulf Coast. The three heaviest weighed blue marlin, dolphin, tuna and wahoo are eligible for cash awards, as are the top three teams entered in the All...

Nature girl’s weekend picks

Sunday Fla. Trail Hike/Camp Pine Log State Forest/Ecnonfina Creek 8:00 am Join the Florida Trail Association for camping at Pine Log State Forest with day hikes on Econfina Creek and other trails. Details: (850) 492-8258 Date range For more info:http://choctaw.floridatrail.org Zap Pro/Am Skim Jam Skimboarding Contest Location: Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort, Panama City Beach 08:30 am Other activities at the Contest: Stand-up Paddleboard Demo & Regatta, Panama Jack’s Lil’Sandiggers Treasure Hunt for kids, Sunday morning Church on the Beach...

Rough Surf / Rip Current Advisory

South Walton Fire District issues warning The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) urges residents, visitors, and in particular Spring break beachgoers to use caution as east winds (15 to 20 knots with higher gusts) will result in 4 to 6 ft. seas, presenting a high risk of strong rip currents along Florida’s Panhandle beaches this weekend through Tuesday. In addition to the rip current risk, rough surf and higher waves could result in minor beach erosion during high tide.  By...

Pura Vida – Surfing on the Gulf Coast

What a week of surf! Tuesday I surfed at Ed Walline.  Paddled out by myself and found a group of younger guys in the water heading out to the second sand bar. Keep in mind we are just now starting to see it break out there since we lost it in Hurricane Opal.  Growing up, we use to love to surf the “outside.”  Today proved to bring back many of those old memories.  The biggest memory is what a long...

Balmy weather brings locals out and about

Locals out enjoying the spring-like temps With the local temps up into the highs of 70 degrees, locals in Walton have been enjoying the weather. Santa Rosa Beach resident Mike Ragsdale took the opportunity today to enjoy the weather by purchasing a new YOLO board. The YOLO stand up paddleboards are popular among locals in the area and the home base for the company as well. For more information about YOLO boards go to YOLOboard.com....

Pura Vida – Surfing on the Gulf Coast

Sometimes it’s just what you need it to be I surfed by myself today in Miramar.  I just needed to get away.  It was kind of funky at first but around dark the wind let up and the tides got right.  It was a blast.  About chest to head high with long swell intervals which can be good if you have a lot on your mind. Sometimes surfing is not just about the surf as it is about clearing my...

YOLO Yak makes its debut

Adventure board takes a paddle in Hogtown Bayou The creative genius of Jeff Archer and Tom Losee, of local YOLO Board fame have just come up with a new toy to paddle – the YOLO Yak. The YOLO YAK is the first of its kind hybrid stand-up paddleboard/kayak. Tapping into a new facet of their already popular line of boards, the YOLO Yak now offers an experience even the novice paddler can enjoy. The Yak’s stability in the water provides...

Pura Vida – Surfing on the Gulf Coast

It’s Monday… and it’s up It is finally up.  Looks to be running in the waist to chest range.  Clean surfaces right now but we expect winds to go onshore later this afternoon.  This will help increase the swell size and make for a fun week or so of surf.  I will post some photos once I get out of the water later this evening.  Hope to see you in the water! Pura Vida! Pura Vida is a column by...

Pura Vida – Surfing on the Gulf Coast

Catching head-high glassy bombs I finally made it into the water today. It has been flat since my last post.  I guess this is as good thing since my back has been out from a training program I am doing.  This whole getting old thing is a real pain.  I don’t think I am adapting very well. Anyway, a good friend and I worked our way from Blue Mountain west looking at the various breaks. The wind began to shift...

Pura Vida – Surfing on the Gulf Coast

Getting in the ‘Zone’ Our true surfing period begins in November and can last through March if we are lucky.  This period of time I like to refer to as “surf season.” Hurricane Season is fun but luckily not as consistent as Surf Season.  I guess we can be thankful for that although in 2005 one began to wonder. What makes Surf season so special is the continuing change of weather. Right now we have a cold front so the...

YOLO boarding photo goes international

Local photographer’s pic featured in Standup Surf & Sail Journal A photo taken by local graphic designer and photographer Jake Meyer during last year’s YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Series at Oyster Lake, is featured in the current Winter 2009 issue of Standup Surf & Sail Journal. “Standup surf & sail Journal is probably ‘the’ most notable SUP magazine in the industry today so needless to say we feel honored to be a part of this issue,” said Tom Losee, co-founder...