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Wa-ter Mon-key: one who lives an active lifestyle in and around the water; may be male, female, young, or not so young; not defined by the style with which he/she rides, but by the passion he/she has for living a water life.

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Water Monkey is the original stand up paddle board lesson and rental company in the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay area. Since 2009, Water Monkey has helped thousands of people get into the sport of stand up paddle boarding. We pride ourselves on safety and professionalism.

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First Friday: St. Pete Beach Stand Up Paddle Rentals & Tour

July 7, 2017 | Chase Kosterlitz

Join us this weekend in beautiful St. Pete Beach for a stand up paddle board rental, tour or lesson. The sun is warm, the water is cool and it’s a perfect weekend to get on the water. Schedule online or call us to book your fun day on the water. See you soon!

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Stand Up Paddleboard in St. Pete this Memorial Day

May 22, 2017 | Chase Kosterlitz

The long anticipated kick-off to summer is just around the corner! There is no better way to enjoy the holiday weekend than with a stand up paddleboard lesson, rental or tour in St. Pete Beach. The weather has been great most of spring and summer will usher in our busy SUP rental season.

Water Monkey offers stand up paddle rentals, lesson and tours in the downtown St. Pete, St. Pete Beach and Tampa Bay areas. Many of our customers are first-time
paddle boarders so don’t be intimidated! Stand up paddle boarding is fun and easy for the entire family. Our professional stand up paddle board instructors will guide you every step of the way to enjoying your SUP experience on the beautiful waters of the St. Pete Beach area.

Don’t wait until the day you want to paddle. Call, email or book online to reserve your stand up paddle lesson, rental or tour today. St. Pete Beach and the surrounding areas offer some of the best conditions in the world for stand up paddling. Our Ft. Desoto Nature Tour is a popular option to experience the best of what the St. Pete area has to offer.

Your stand up paddle nature tour will allow you to glide past the mangroves where you may see all kinds of fish, sea birds, dolphin and even some manatee.

Our Ft. Desoto stand up paddle rental and tour launch area is just 15 minutes from St. Pete Beach, downtown St. Pete and 30 minutes from Tampa.

The area where we do our stand up paddle lessons, rentals and tours is calm, flat and protected. This allows our customers to have the best possible stand up paddle experience. If you’ve never paddled before than we suggest participating in our intro to stand up paddle boarding lesson or our Ft. Desoto stand up paddle nature tour. Both option include professional SUP instruction to get you up and doing in no time at all.

If you are an experienced paddler then we offer stand up paddle rentals for the St. Pete Beach areas. Our stand up paddle board fleet include all of the best equipment available. Book your rental and we’ll deliver straight to your house or hotel so you can stand up paddle anywhere.

We look forward to helping you get out on the water’s of St. Pete for a stand up paddle experience you’ll never forget!

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Warm Weather for Paddleboarding in St. Pete

April 27, 2017 | Chase Kosterlitz

Winter is far behind us and the warm paddle boarding weather is here to stay in St. Pete. Water Monkey stand up paddle board rentals, lessons and tours are in full swing and we are cruising into summer. Our stand up paddle board nature tours have been encountering a variety of wildlife each trip. Stand up paddle boarders are seeing dolphins, fish, rays, sea birds and more on our stand up paddle nature tours in beautiful Ft. Desoto Park.

Ft. Desoto is only 30 minutes from Tampa and 15 minutes from downtown St. Pete or St. Pete Beach. The flat water and shallow grass flats are protected by mangrove islands. This provides ideal conditions for stand up paddling. We believe that our launch location is the gateway to the best stand up paddle boarding in St. Pete, Tampa and the entire state of Florida! Book a stand up paddle lesson, rental or tour with Water Monkey to see for yourself.

When you book a stand up paddle nature tour with Water Monkey you will see what makes Ft. Desoto Park so special. Our head instructor, Jason, will meet you with your boards at the waters edge before your SUP tour. If you’ve never paddled before, Jason will guide you through the basics of getting up and paddling for the first time. The beauty of stand up paddling is that it is fun and easy for people of all abilities and backgrounds. Our professional
instruction will help ensure you have a great time on the water.

After a brief introduction on land, we will head to the water where you will start in a shallow and friendly atmosphere. As I said earlier, I believe this location provides some of the most scenic and beginner friendly paddling in all of the St. Pete/Tampa areas. Not too mention it’s one of the prettiest places to paddle in all of Florida!

Once on the water you will head north toward a protected bird sanctuary called Shell Key. Shell Key is a leisurely 20 minute paddle from our launch location. Along the way you will be able to spot a variety of wildlife that may include dolphin, manatee, fish, rays and sea birds. All of the wildlife is easy to spot from your upright position on your stand up paddle board.

Once you arrive to Sand Key you will be able to dismount your paddleboard and explore the island. We are often the only people out at the secluded beach, adding to a special experience. In the distance you will be able to see most of St. Pete Beach. Our stand up paddle nature tour is one of the most popular stand up paddle options that we offer. It’s sure to be a memorable experience during your stay in the St. Pete Beach or Tampa areas. Call or book online to reserve your spot in our stand up paddle nature tour today!

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