Surfing may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the Florida panhandle but the Emerald Coast does have a healthy surfing community. Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach is one of the local surfing hot spots where surfers and stand-up paddle boarders can be found most days testing their skills on the waves. Paddleboarders in particular can take full advantage of small swell days and enjoy a relaxing time of just observing the sea life.
I don’t have a paddle board of my own yet, so for now I just park my butt on the sand and take photos of my surfing & paddling buddies and long for the day when I can join them. Perhaps a SUPing Santa will put a paddle board under the tree for me this year?