Paddle boarding, kite surfing, slacklining and kayaking are just a few of the typical weekend activities of Tampa Bay area residents. With so much scenic waterfront space, and beautiful basins, bays and bodies of water to explore, it’s not hard to figure out why those in the city have well-seasoned sea legs.
Surf Without the Waves
Back in 2016, Kraken introduced their craft-brew fueled cycle boats to Tampa and Gulfport to wild acclaim. The latest water activity to arrive in the area is Jet Surfing. Jet Surfing Tampa Bay provides a tongue-in-cheek description of the activity: “[Jet surfing] is a sport for the victims of no-waves-in-the-gulf syndrome. Our boards pack the kick of 100 mighty seahorses from a 2 stroke, 90 CC engine.”
The boards have two foot pads to secure yourself in and a throttle at the front to control your speed — squeeze to go faster and release to slow down. First-time riders will have to learn their stance, whether they ride with their left or right foot forward, and begin to master their balance on the board before they take their first ride.
Launch From the Burg’s Waterfront Parks
These motorized surfboards are available in North Shore Park, along Gandy Boulevard, the Skyway and the St. Pete Beach area. A one hour rental runs $120 for a single rider, $100 per person for a couple, and $80 per person for a group of 4-6 people. All rates include an intro lesson. For an additional $20 your board can be outfitted with a Go Pro to capture your rise from novice to pro.
Jet Surfing Tampa Bay also offers packages that include anywhere from 5 sessions ($400) to 20 session ($1,200). Rental inquiries and questions should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 727.459.1090. Follow them on their website and Facebook page and Instagram for updates.