Thursday, January 16, 2014
Knowledgeable, nice, well-stocked! Sweetwater Kayaks, St. Petersburg, Florida
I don't know what to call the building Sweetwater Kayaks lives in besides awesome. It is too nice, unique, and perhaps historical to be called a store or a warehouse. It's Sweetwater Kayaks on 10000 Gandy Blvd. in St. Petersburg, Florida.
There is such a great choice of high-end kayaks, you get a bit of a rush walking into the store. It has a nice feel.
NDK (Nigel Dennis Kayaks). A good choice of the ever-popular Pilgrim.
Romany S a few years back on a Tampa Bay Florida trip paddling from Cockroach Bay with Don Thompson from Big D's Kayaking and I'm still hooked. A great kayak, and a knowledgeable, fun guide and instructor.
of the Valley's and my smaller girl frame, the Avocet fits and suits me best), and North Shore, more British designed kayaks. I've seen the North Shore kayaks popping up on Canadian waters and in Canadian kayaking stores too, but I've yet to try one.
On the way out of Sweetwater Kayaks, there was a video of Dubside (an expert and inspiring legend of Greenland rolling and rope gymnastics) playing and rolling in the the surf with a GP (Greenland paddle). It's so hard to leave the store. Temptations are everywhere.
Sweetwater Kayaks puts on an annual sea kayak symposium in February. This year it's February 22-March 1, 2015. If you can make it, enjoy!
I visited Sweetwater Kayaks in 2010 on my first Florida trip when they had moved into a smaller, waterfront location during recessionary times. A location they affectionately refer to now as "The Shack." Let's see if I can dredge up a photo of the old location? Here it is. It was a pretty nice little waterfront shack near Weedon Island Preserve.
Here's a link to that 2010 post.
Sweetwater Kayaks, St. Pete's, Florida, April 2010
That interesting and awesome shower curtain with the sea shells still lives in the Sweetwater Kayaks store.
Kayaking has a spirit of wonder and knowledge.