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Old 05-29-2007   #1
Bedford, England, UK
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Store Recommendations in Florida


I'm going to visiting on a family holiday in late July, staying in Orlando then driving across to Tampa Bay. (Coming over from the UK)

Can anyone recommend and decent kayak shops in either of these two areas? I'm not after a boat, but cags/decks/helmets and maybe a paddle - be great to abuse the exchange rate!

Thanks in advance


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Old 05-29-2007   #2
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You'd probably have much better luck shopping for surfing gear. I lived in Cocoa Beach for a few years and I never saw one non-surfing outdoor gear shop in Flordia or met a single person who was into non-surfing outdoor activities that did not involve horsepower and/or guns. Oh, I take that back...I met two people who like sailing. Picture an airboat in the swamp or a guy jumping 2 ft. waves with a jetski at the beach. Mud-bogging motocross is a popular sport there.

Seriously, I never even met a Floridian who had ever been hiking or camping. I can't say that I blame them. Every body of water in that state is gator habitat.
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