Stand up paddle board dunedin

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Great board for beginner, comes with pump, carrying case and a graphite paddle. Overall, the Solstice is a decent SUP board for beginners. Located in the reception area at Unipol Recreation Centre, our outdoor rental and/or stand up paddle boarding (SUP) on the beautiful Otago Harbour. Caladesi Island State Park, off the coast of Dunedin, is a perfect kayak destination. Stand up paddleboards are $25 for one hour; $35 for two.

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For everything water sports Watercooled are the leading windsurf, sea kayak and stand up paddle board experts. With an extensive range of water sports gear and accessories, clothing and equipment - including the biggest Thule range of roofracks and accessorises to carry your gear around with. We have professionally qualified instructors in paddleboarding and windsurfing to get you started on the water. All our staff are seasoned water users who can give you professional advice and get you out on the water and loving it!

But we don’t stop there – Watercooled also offers ski, snowboard and tyre chain rentals and a full ski workshop for winter sports lovers too when the snow arrives.

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Stand-up guy prefers paddle board to surfboard

Hundreds of people surf the breaks off St Clair Beach - but not many do it like Douglas Booth. Alistair McMurran profiles the stand-up paddle boarder.


Douglas Booth has the magic touch. He can walk on water.

Well, it looks like that to those who travel along the shore by St Clair Beach.

Booth (53), the dean of the University of Otago School of Physical Education, is the only regular stand-up paddle board surfer in Dunedin.

"I started riding a stand-up paddle board late in in Dunedin as a way to survive the frustration of small summer swells," Booth said.

"Once the surf gets over 3m, I discard the paddle board and return to a short board. One exception is Karitane where I ride the paddle board when the bar is bigger because of the extraordinary length of wave which can extend to m."

Stand-up paddle board surfing is an emerging global sport with an Hawaiian heritage. In the early s the "beach boys of Waikiki" would stand on their long boards and paddle out with outrigger paddles to take pictures of tourists learning to surf.

Booth uses his regular paddle boarding around Dunedin waters as a strong core muscle workout and also swims at the St Clair Salt Water Pool in the summer months.

"The great thing about a stand-up paddle board is the ability to ride a swell or wave for long distances relative to both short and long boards," Booth said.

Booth grew up in Melbourne and started surfing at Torquay, on the west coast of Victoria, at the age of

His favourite surfing spot in the world is Raglan.

"It produces machine-quality waves," he said. "I lived in Hamilton for four years and surfed Raglan on a regular basis."

Booth has been surfing for 41 years and no longer has the devil-may-care attitude of a teenage stand up paddle board dunedin.

"At this stage stand up paddle board dunedin my surfing life my decisions are highly calculated and I usually avoid situations that will over-extend me," he said.

"Of course, the unpredictable can arise, such as being caught by a wave breaking in shallow water. Even a small wave breaking in 12cm of water doesn't leave a surfer many places to escape.

"Colliding with your own board is the most frequent hazard faced by any surfer. It it is a special winter hazard in Dunedin because the cold water can initially mask the extent of an injury."

Booth understands the nuances of the sport and has turned surfing into an academic subject.

"Surfing produces a multitude of cambria soup bowl which are hard to describe and perhaps even beyond language," he said.

"But the effects of a steep take-off, and sliding and gliding along a wall of moving water, are special sensations that become addictive."

Booth understands the dangers of extreme surfing from practical experience. He has received the occasional stitch from colliding with his board.

"A wall of white water caught me unawares at South Curl in Sydney and dragged me along an elevated shore platform," he said.

On another occasion a raging current swept him over m along the coast at Raglan.

"But these events did not threaten life or limb and fall outside the definition of extreme. Extreme is a realm where the forces of nature allow little room for errors in judgement or technique."

Booth is a prolific writer on the social history of sport and is the co-editor of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports with Holly Thorpe, of Waikato University.

The pair also co-edit the Californian-based Greenwood Press series on extreme sports.

Surfing: The Ultimate Guide, which launched the series this year.

Big wave rider Ross Clarke-Jones, of Australia, likened the preparations to surf Dangerous Banks in Tasmania in to a military operation.

A helicopter provided a visual overview of the surfers and the drivers on the jet skis that towed the riders into the waves. The jet skis were equipped with radios that enabled the drivers to keep in touch with each other and the helicopter pilot. The surfers and the jet ski drivers each carried a flare.

"The consequences of failure tend to be more severe in extreme sports than established sports," Booth said.

In writing his latest book, the University of Otago academic called on the expertise of local board maker Graham Carse, a tow-in surfer, to check important facts and details.

"He offered invaluable insights into the intricacies and dangers of towing-in to the large waves that break off the coast of Otago," Booth said.

Leading New Zealand surf photographer Mark Stevenson provided more than half the photographs used in the book.

Stevenson's photographs include internationally renowned extreme surfers Doug Young, a graduate of the University of Otago, and Clarke-Jones who won the prestigious Eddie Aikau Memorial contest insurfing at Papatowai.

Other photographs include Otago surfers Jamie Gordon and Kyle Davidson at a heavy break that is popular with tow-in riders in Dunedin.

Surfing: The Ultimate Guide is a multidisciplinary analysis of big-wave riding, stand up paddle board dunedin. The book examines the history, sociology, philosophy and culture of extreme surfing.

Booth also examines the science of ocean waves and the physiology, psychology and training regimes of big-wave riders who dance with some of the most powerful, and violent, forces on earth.

In the book Booth describes the 11 top breaks used by extreme surfers: Cortes Bank (off San Diego in the United States), Cyclops (Western Australia), Dungeons (Hout Bay, Cape Town), Jaws (Maui, Hawaii), Mavericks (California), Outside Log Cabins (Oahu, Hawaii), Pipeline (Oahu), Shipstern Bluff (Tasmania), Teahupo'o (Tahiti), Todos Santos (Mexico), Waimea (Oahu).

He lists other notable extreme surf breaks in the world, including Papatowai in the Catlins.



Definitions

Tow-in surfing: A surfer is towed into waves that would otherwise be too steep, too big or too fast by a partner on a jet ski or in a helicopter.

Stand-up paddle board surfing: An emerging global stand up paddle board dunedin with a Hawaiian heritage.



At a glance
- Professor Douglas Booth

Age:
Family: Wife Gaye.
Occupation: Dean of University of Otago School of Physical Education.
Books: Berkshire Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports (with Holly Thorpe), ; Surfing: The Ultimate Guide (); The Race Game: Politics and Sport in South Africa (); One-Eyed: A view of Australian Sport (with Colin Tatz) ; Australian Beach Cultures (); The Field: Truth and Fiction in Sport History ().


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Outdoor Rental Centre

Located in the reception area at Unipol Recreation Centre, our outdoor rental options are available for your enjoyment all year round.

Snow Shed - Closes Friday 8th OctoberSnow Shed rental

Rent your snow gear today from the Snow Shed. Spend less time waiting in stand up paddle board dunedin and more time hitting the slopes by taking the stress out of the gear hiring process and paying a fraction of the cost. Our staff are professionally trained to fit you with the gear that will best suit your size and skill level, leaving you to get straight up that mountain without any hassle.

Snow shed is open Tuesday - Friday pm for fittings, and will close on Friday 8th October. All other gear can be rented from Unipol during opening hours.

Please note that public hires are available at twice the listed student rate.
Presentation of your current valid Otago tertiary ID card is required at time of hire.

Item2days3days4days5+days
Snowboard, boots & wrist guards$50$65$75+$10/day
Snowboard$35$50$65+$10/day
Skis, womens golf shoes with arch support and poles$50$65$75+$10/day
Skis & poles$35$50$65+$10/day
Boots$15$30$40+$10/day
Ski/board pants$15$20$25+$10/day
Jackets$15$20$25+$10/day
Helmets$15$20$25+ $5/day
Goggles$40 Yours to keep
Gloves$20 Yours to keep

We allow ½ a day either side of booking for collection and return stand up paddle board dunedin gear which can done anytime Unipol is open.

By hiring any equipment from Unipol Recreation Centre you are agreeing to the terms and conditions specified in the Acceptance of Responsibility Statement.

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Aquatic rentalsAquatics

Please note that public hires are available at twice the listed student rate.
Presentation of your current valid Otago tertiary ID card is required at time of hire.

Item

Price (per 24 hrs)

Student / Member Price (per 24 hrs)

Comment

Bodyboard$10$5Have fun in the waves
Fins$8$4Free with bodyboard hire
Surfboard$30$15Various lengths to suit your ability
Wetsuit$30$154/3 and 3/2 available
Wetsuit Booties$6$3Keep your feet warm
Wetsuit Hood$6$3Keep your head warm

Please note: Student and Unipol Members (Staff/Youth/Wh&#;nau) get 50% off full price.

Wetsuit Hoods are not rented under Level 2, 3 or 4.

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Outdoor rentalsTent photo

Please note that public hires are available at twice the listed student rate.
Presentation of your current valid Otago tertiary ID card is required at time of hire.

Item

Price (per 24 hours)

Student/Member Price (per 24 hours)

Comment

Tent - 1 person$24$12Lightweight and compact
Tent - 2 person$30$15Compact camping
Tent - 3 person$40$20Various styles and weights
Tent - 4 person$40$20Great for groups
Camp Billy$4$2Titanium and Stainless steel options
Camp Mat$4$2Free with camp hire
Pack$16$870, 75, 85 litres options
Sleeping Bag$20$10Different weights and temperature rating
Tramping Jacket$10$5Lightweight, wind/waterproof
Tramping Pants$10$5Lightweight, wind/waterproof
Tramping Stove$8$4Attaches to gas cylinder
Gas Cannister (g and g)$7 / $12$7 / $12Yours to keep
Pack Liner$6$6Yours to keep
Survival Bag $8$8 Yours to keep
Personal Locator Beacon$20/fortnight$/fortnightHighly recommended for outdoor activities

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Sport rentals

Please note that public hires are available at twice the listed student rate.
Presentation of your current valid Otago tertiary ID card is required at time of hire.

Item

Price (per 24 hours)

Student / Member Price (per 24 hours)

Comments

Outdoor BallsN/AFREE (Exchange your ID)Various types
Beach Cricket Set$10$5Wickets, bats and balls
Cone SetN/AFREE (Exchange alumni basketball shirts ID)Set of ten
Frisbee Golf Baskets$10$5Set up your own course
Frisbees / Frisbee Golf DiscsN/AFREE (Exchange your ID)Fun on Logan Park or with use with the golf baskets
Tennis Racquet$10$5Tennis balls (2) free with hire
Tug-Of-War Rope$10$5Perfect for friendly competition
Volleyball Set$20$10For the beach or park
Futsal Goals$10$5Light and easy to set up

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Summer special deals

Make the most of the summer weather with these deals for Otago tertiary students and members from the Outdoor Rental Centre until the end of Feb

  • 2 for 1 surf and body boards
  • $20 camping kit/night: Tent, Sleeping mat, Sleeping bag, Stove, Billy

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Outdoor adventures

Get in touch with your inner explorer, stand up paddle board dunedin, venture beyond campus and experience the natural beauty that Dunedin has to offer with a variety of outdoor adventures from local University approved recreation providers. Be sure to use your valid student ID card to get special student discounts!

Walks

A picutre of a student walking across swing bridge in a native forest on a Unipol Outdoor Adventure

A variety of walking excursions around Dunedin, the peninsula and surrounding coast lines. You will come across plenty of wildlife so bring your camera!

Untamed NZ Tour Company

Dunedin Adventures Ltd

Surfing

This mobile surf school based at The Esplanade, St Clair Beach, offer learn to surf sessions for beginners through to advanced lessons for those wanting to extend their local knowledge. Your wave is waiting!

Esplanade Surf School

Mountain biking

Love mountain biking? From sandy beaches to native forests Dunedin, and it's surround area, have some amazing tracks to be explored.

Offtrack MTB Tours

Skiing and snowboarding

Head away and experience Central Otago's amazing ski fields. Feel exhilarated as you cruise down the slopes on skis or board.

Untamed NZ Tour Company

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Windsurfing / Stand up paddle boarding (SUP)

Experience the exhilaration and fun of windsurfing and/or stand up paddle boarding (SUP) on the beautiful Otago Harbour. It's sure to blow your hair back!

Watercooled Sports

Ice hockey

Learn to play ice hockey, stand up paddle board dunedin on skating, puck handling, passing and shooting while having loads of fun.

Dunedin Ice Hockey

Sea kayaking

Picture yourself in a sea kayak cruising amongst Otago's coastal wildlife while paddling around the beautiful Otago Peninsula. Get ready to see the unexpected.

Wild Earth Adventures

Rock climbing

Take a break from your study with a rock climbing adventure. Choose between an introduction course or advance your skills with some lead climbing!

Dunedin Adventures Ltd

Horse treks

Spend some time riding the stunning hills and beaches surrounding the Otago Peninsula and observe the views and farm life along the way. Friendly horses available for all levels; beginners and beyond.

Horse Treks Hare Hill

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The first and only dedicated stand up paddleboard school in Dunedin. We cater for individuals or groups at whatever your level. Paddleboard Dunedin is the first and only dedicated stand up paddleboard school in Dunedin. We have professional ISA and Surfing NZ paddleboard certified instructor qualifications. We provide paddleboard instruction from beginners upwards, with group or private casinoextra.fr more We can also cater for school or corporate group. We supply all equipment needed such as paddleboards, paddles, life-jackets, and accessories for your ultimate paddleboard experience. Possessing a deep love and respect for the ocean; with us, safety always comes first. We are fully certified in CPR and first-aid. We know paddleboarding and we know our equipment. We love paddleboarding, it's what we do best! Let us introduce you to the fastest growing water sport in the world. It’ll change your life. Beginner group lessons are one hour and are $40 per person. Maximum group size is 5. We have a family special of 2 adults and 2 children, for $ 'Improver' and Intermediate lessons are $65 per person for up to two people for one hour. One on one tuition to take your paddling to the next level. We will focus on your paddling stroke and look at different turning techniques. We make extensive use of technology to analyse and improve your skills so you are soon paddling and looking like a pro. We can also arrange for our clients to try the next step up in boards such as the amazing Fanatic cruising or race boards. Update description
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Most folks will agree that Caladesi Island State Park is a beach paradise. In fact, the isolated Caladesi Island State Park beach, stand up paddle board dunedin, located off the urban coast of Clearwater Beach and Dunedin, was named the No. 7 beach in America in (It was named No. 1 by Dr. Beach in )

Where people will disagree, however, is whether it’s worth the $16 round-trip ferry ticket when, to reach the ferry, you first have to pay an $8 entry fee to Honeymoon Island State Park, itself home to a great beach. (There’s lots stand up paddle board dunedin griping on TripAdvisor and Yelp about pricey Caladesi Island.)

My answer: Don’t take the ferry. Kayak to Caladesi Island State Park, and you can experience not only the spectacular beach, but also the plentiful wildlife along the way. 

Caladesi Island State Park

That’s what we did on a sunny May morning, and I can’t decide what we liked better: Kayaking with dolphins nearby, magnificent frigate birds overhead and roseate spoonbills in the mangroves, or walking and swimming on the three miles of Caladesi Island State Park beach with soft, stand up paddle board dunedin, white sand, many shells and clear turquoise water.

We arrived at Caladesi Island without our own kayak, so we rented one from Sail Honeymoon.  (See rates below.)  Located on the south side of the causeway to Honeymoon Island, they rent sailboards and stand up paddleboards as well as a single and double kayaks.

Caladesi Island State Park kayaking takes you through St. Joseph Sound, the body of water between Dunedin and Caladesi Island. (Photo: David Blasco)

You can paddle to the northern tip of Caladesi Island in 20 minutes from here, so you can have a great experience perception scout 12 kayak a two-hour rental. But to reach the central area of Caladesi Island, spend time on the beach and/or paddle on the three-mile mangrove trail within the island, you’ll need at least four hours.

The northern tip of Caladesi Island, where Honeymoon Island is just across Hurricane Pass, is a magical spot, with white sand, stand up paddle board dunedin, shallow tide pools full of tiny fish and natural vegetation that is off-limits in spring when shorebirds nest here.

Roseate spoonbills were among the plentiful wildlife on Caladesi Island State Park. (Photo: David Blasco)

Wildlife at Caladesi Island State Park

We saw mating horseshoe crabs in the shallow water, a ray, hermit crabs and live shells all within a few feet stand up paddle board dunedin each other. In the water, so many mullets jumped together that we suspected they were training for a circus act.

As we paddled along the mangroves in St. Joseph Sound, we saw many birds, including my favorites, four roseate spoonbills.  Coming from Fort Lauderdale, we think ospreys are special. We saw so many of them on Caladesi and Honeymoon islands that after an hour or two, we barely mentioned them.

The boardwalk leading to the main beach on Caladesi Island State Park. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

About a mile south of the Caldadesi Island’s tip you reach the entrance to the marina and concession area, a shady area with a snack bar, changing rooms, showers, a playground and picnic tables. A short walk through the woods leads you to the beach, which extends in glorious wildness for miles, stand up paddle board dunedin, lined with sea oats, dune sunflower and beach morning glories.

Birders should watch for American oystercatchers, black skimmers, royal and least terns and plovers.

Caladesi Island has a natural beach: The sea grass is allowed to stay on the sand. (If that’s not your style, then maybe Caladesi Island is not your style either.)

Dr. Beach, Dr. Stephen Leatherman, stand up paddle board dunedin, a coastal ecologist who studies and rates beaches each year, praises “the white beach composed of crystalline stand up paddle board dunedin sand which is soft and cushy at the water’s edge, inviting you to take a cip in the sparkling clear water.”

The northern tip of Caladesi Island State Park is a magical place. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

There’s a three-mile trail south through virgin pine flatwoods. You can take it through the woods  one way and then cut over to the beach for your return.  (Watch for Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes and gopher tortoises.) There is also a three-mile kayak trail through the mangroves.

We spent four hours paddling and exploring and ended up wishing we’d rented our kayak for the whole day.

Places this delightful, even in Florida, are rare.

Umbrellas can be rented at the main beach on Caladesi Island State Park. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Planning your Caladesi Island State Park kayaking adventure

Renting kayaks: Sail Honeymoon, 61 Causeway Blvd. Dunedin rents single kayaks for two hours for $35, four hours for $45 or all day for $ Doubles are $45, $60 and $ They don’t reserve kayaks, but they have a large supply, stand up paddle board dunedin. Stand up paddleboards are $25 for one hour; $35 for two.

Horseshoe crabs mating in the shallows at Caladesi Island State Park. (Photo: David Blasco)

Bringing your own kayaks. The causeway that leads to Honeymoon Island has beaches with parking on both sides. We parked near Stand up paddle board dunedin Honeymoon — parking is free! This is a good place to put in your kayak and there is also a restroom here. Kayakers should be aware of boat traffic as they cross Hurricane Pass.

There are plenty of other kayak trails in the area. Here’s a map of Pinellas County paddling trails.

Taking the ferry to Caladesi Island State Park:Caladesi Island Ferry, ()departs from Honeymoon Island beginning at 10 a.m. Trips run every half hour February to September and hourly the rest of the year. To make sure everyone doesn’t try to take the last boat back, your return ticket is for four hours after you arrive.  Print out a $1 off coupon here. Despite some grousing about price, many visitors love the ferry trip, which is scenic and often includes seeing dolphin.

Walking to Caladesi: This is a LONG way. If you just want to walk for a miles on a beautiful beach, another alternative to the ferry is exploring Caladesi Island by walking north on Clearwater Beach. While Caladesi was once a separate island, a few years ago sand deposits connected it to Clearwater Beach. There’s no public parking at the north end of Clearwater Beach, however, so you’ll need to either arrive by bicycle and lock up at a northern beach-access point or walk several miles on the beach. (If you start at Clearwater Beach Pier 60, stand up paddle board dunedin, it’s about three miles.) You cannot access the interior of the island from here.

Camping at Caladesi Chase mcdonald baseball State Park is limited to boat camping  at the slip marina equipped with water and electric for overnight boat stays. To access by boat from Marker 14 on the Dunedin Causeway Channel, which runs parallel to the causeway between Hurricane Pass and the Intracoastal Waterway, follow a compass heading of degrees for approximately one mile. Follow the channel markers into the Caladesi Island State Park marina, stand up paddle board dunedin. Reservations can be made by calling or first-come, first served in the marina, stand up paddle board dunedin. Fees are $24 per night, plus tax, or $1 per foot, plus tax, at the marina.

Kayak rentals for Caladesi Island State Park are on the causeway to Honeymoon Island. That's the shore of Caladesi Island is distance. (Photo: David Blasco)

Caladesi Island State Park 

Caladesi Island State Park website

Fees: $6 per boat; $2 per kayaker

Alcohol: Not stand up paddle board dunedin Caladesi is an island reachable only by boat. There is no access by car.

NOTE: Follow this link to learn status of red tide in the region.

Florida Rambler stories about the Tampa/St. Petersburg region:

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The information in this article was accurate when published but can change without notice. Please confirm details when planning your trip by following the links in this article.

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Bonnie Gross

Bonnie Gross

The author, Bonnie Gross, travels with her husband David Blasco, discovering off-the-beaten path places to hike, kayak, bike, swim and explore. Florida Rambler was founded in by Bonnie and fellow journalist Bob Rountree, two long-time Florida residents who have spent decades exploring the Florida outdoors. Their articles have been published in the Sun Sentinel, the Miami Herald, the Orlando Sentinel, The Guardian and Visit Florida.

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For everything water sports Watercooled are the leading windsurf, sea kayak and stand up paddle board experts. With an extensive range of water sports gear and accessories, clothing and equipment - including the biggest Thule range of roofracks and accessorises to carry your gear around with. We have professionally qualified instructors in paddleboarding and windsurfing to get you started on the water. All our staff are seasoned water users who can give you professional advice and get you out on the water and loving it!

But we don’t stop there – Watercooled also offers ski, snowboard and tyre chain rentals and a full ski workshop for winter sports lovers too when the snow arrives.

Additional Information

1. Payment via debit or credit card via our website.
2. Our delivery driver arrives at your premises and alerts you that they have arrived e.g. knock on your door.
3. Our delivery driver will stand about 2 meters away from you and ask for your name, then they will enter it and sign CV on your behalf (this will show in the tracking information).
4. They'll then place your parcel down in front of them to complete the delivery or in a more appropriate place you indicate e.g. the doorstep.

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Last updated on September 17th, at pm

Most folks will agree that Caladesi Island State Park is a beach paradise. In fact, the isolated Caladesi Island State Park beach, located off the urban coast of Clearwater Beach and Dunedin, was named the No. 7 beach in America in (It was named No. 1 by Dr. Beach in )

Where people will disagree, however, is whether it’s worth the $16 round-trip ferry ticket when, to reach the ferry, you first have to pay an $8 entry fee to Honeymoon Island State Park, itself home to a great beach. (There’s lots of griping on TripAdvisor and Yelp about pricey Caladesi Island.)

My answer: Don’t take the ferry. Kayak to Caladesi Island State Park, and you can experience not only the spectacular beach, but also the plentiful wildlife along the way. 

Caladesi Island State Park

That’s what we did on a sunny May morning, and I can’t decide what we liked better: Kayaking with dolphins nearby, magnificent frigate birds overhead and roseate spoonbills in the mangroves, or walking and swimming on the three miles of Caladesi Island State Park beach with soft, white sand, many shells and clear turquoise water.

We arrived at Caladesi Island without our own kayak, so we rented one from Sail Honeymoon.  (See rates below.)  Located on the south side of the causeway to Honeymoon Island, they rent sailboards and stand up paddleboards as well as a single and double kayaks.

Caladesi Island State Park kayaking takes you through St. Joseph Sound, the body of water between Dunedin and Caladesi Island. (Photo: David Blasco)

You can paddle to the northern tip of Caladesi Island in 20 minutes from here, so you can have a great experience with a two-hour rental. But to reach the central area of Caladesi Island, spend time on the beach and/or paddle on the three-mile mangrove trail within the island, you’ll need at least four hours.

The northern tip of Caladesi Island, where Honeymoon Island is just across Hurricane Pass, is a magical spot, with white sand, shallow tide pools full of tiny fish and natural vegetation that is off-limits in spring when shorebirds nest here.

Roseate spoonbills were among the plentiful wildlife on Caladesi Island State Park. (Photo: David Blasco)

Wildlife at Caladesi Island State Park

We saw mating horseshoe crabs in the shallow water, a ray, hermit crabs and live shells all within a few feet of each other. In the water, so many mullets jumped together that we suspected they were training for a circus act.

As we paddled along the mangroves in St. Joseph Sound, we saw many birds, including my favorites, four roseate spoonbills.  Coming from Fort Lauderdale, we think ospreys are special. We saw so many of them on Caladesi and Honeymoon islands that after an hour or two, we barely mentioned them.

The boardwalk leading to the main beach on Caladesi Island State Park. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

About a mile south of the Caldadesi Island’s tip you reach the entrance to the marina and concession area, a shady area with a snack bar, changing rooms, showers, a playground and picnic tables. A short walk through the woods leads you to the beach, which extends in glorious wildness for miles, lined with sea oats, dune sunflower and beach morning glories.

Birders should watch for American oystercatchers, black skimmers, royal and least terns and plovers.

Caladesi Island has a natural beach: The sea grass is allowed to stay on the sand. (If that’s not your style, then maybe Caladesi Island is not your style either.)

Dr. Beach, Dr. Stephen Leatherman, a coastal ecologist who studies and rates beaches each year, praises “the white beach composed of crystalline quartz sand which is soft and cushy at the water’s edge, inviting you to take a cip in the sparkling clear water.”

The northern tip of Caladesi Island State Park is a magical place. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

There’s a three-mile trail south through virgin pine flatwoods. You can take it through the woods  one way and then cut over to the beach for your return.  (Watch for Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes and gopher tortoises.) There is also a three-mile kayak trail through the mangroves.

We spent four hours paddling and exploring and ended up wishing we’d rented our kayak for the whole day.

Places this delightful, even in Florida, are rare.

Umbrellas can be rented at the main beach on Caladesi Island State Park. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Planning your Caladesi Island State Park kayaking adventure

Renting kayaks: Sail Honeymoon, 61 Causeway Blvd. Dunedin rents single kayaks for two hours for $35, four hours for $45 or all day for $ Doubles are $45, $60 and $ They don’t reserve kayaks, but they have a large supply. Stand up paddleboards are $25 for one hour; $35 for two.

Horseshoe crabs mating in the shallows at Caladesi Island State Park. (Photo: David Blasco)

Bringing your own kayaks. The causeway that leads to Honeymoon Island has beaches with parking on both sides. We parked near Sail Honeymoon — parking is free! This is a good place to put in your kayak and there is also a restroom here. Kayakers should be aware of boat traffic as they cross Hurricane Pass.

There are plenty of other kayak trails in the area. Here’s a map of Pinellas County paddling trails.

Taking the ferry to Caladesi Island State Park:Caladesi Island Ferry, () , departs from Honeymoon Island beginning at 10 a.m. Trips run every half hour February to September and hourly the rest of the year. To make sure everyone doesn’t try to take the last boat back, your return ticket is for four hours after you arrive.  Print out a $1 off coupon here. Despite some grousing about price, many visitors love the ferry trip, which is scenic and often includes seeing dolphin.

Walking to Caladesi: This is a LONG way. If you just want to walk for a miles on a beautiful beach, another alternative to the ferry is exploring Caladesi Island by walking north on Clearwater Beach. While Caladesi was once a separate island, a few years ago sand deposits connected it to Clearwater Beach. There’s no public parking at the north end of Clearwater Beach, however, so you’ll need to either arrive by bicycle and lock up at a northern beach-access point or walk several miles on the beach. (If you start at Clearwater Beach Pier 60, it’s about three miles.) You cannot access the interior of the island from here.

Camping at Caladesi Island State Park is limited to boat camping  at the slip marina equipped with water and electric for overnight boat stays. To access by boat from Marker 14 on the Dunedin Causeway Channel, which runs parallel to the causeway between Hurricane Pass and the Intracoastal Waterway, follow a compass heading of degrees for approximately one mile. Follow the channel markers into the Caladesi Island State Park marina. Reservations can be made by calling or first-come, first served in the marina. Fees are $24 per night, plus tax, or $1 per foot, plus tax, at the marina.

Kayak rentals for Caladesi Island State Park are on the causeway to Honeymoon Island. That's the shore of Caladesi Island is distance. (Photo: David Blasco)

Caladesi Island State Park 

Caladesi Island State Park website

Fees: $6 per boat; $2 per kayaker

Alcohol: Not allowed.

Location: Caladesi is an island reachable only by boat. There is no access by car.

NOTE: Follow this link to learn status of red tide in the region.

Florida Rambler stories about the Tampa/St. Petersburg region:

A note from the editor:

The information in this article was accurate when published but can change without notice. Please confirm details when planning your trip by following the links in this article.

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Bonnie Gross

The author, Bonnie Gross, travels with her husband David Blasco, discovering off-the-beaten path places to hike, kayak, bike, swim and explore. Florida Rambler was founded in by Bonnie and fellow journalist Bob Rountree, two long-time Florida residents who have spent decades exploring the Florida outdoors. Their articles have been published in the Sun Sentinel, the Miami Herald, the Orlando Sentinel, The Guardian and Visit Florida.

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Stand-up guy prefers paddle board to surfboard

Hundreds of people surf the breaks off St Clair Beach - but not many do it like Douglas Booth. Alistair McMurran profiles the stand-up paddle boarder.


Douglas Booth has the magic touch. He can walk on water.

Well, it looks like that to those who travel along the shore by St Clair Beach.

Booth (53), the dean of the University of Otago School of Physical Education, is the only regular stand-up paddle board surfer in Dunedin.

"I started riding a stand-up paddle board late in in Dunedin as a way to survive the frustration of small summer swells," Booth said.

"Once the surf gets over 3m, I discard the paddle board and return to a short board. One exception is Karitane where I ride the paddle board when the bar is bigger because of the extraordinary length of wave which can extend to m."

Stand-up paddle board surfing is an emerging global sport with an Hawaiian heritage. In the early s the "beach boys of Waikiki" would stand on their long boards and paddle out with outrigger paddles to take pictures of tourists learning to surf.

Booth uses his regular paddle boarding around Dunedin waters as a strong core muscle workout and also swims at the St Clair Salt Water Pool in the summer months.

"The great thing about a stand-up paddle board is the ability to ride a swell or wave for long distances relative to both short and long boards," Booth said.

Booth grew up in Melbourne and started surfing at Torquay, on the west coast of Victoria, at the age of

His favourite surfing spot in the world is Raglan.

"It produces machine-quality waves," he said. "I lived in Hamilton for four years and surfed Raglan on a regular basis."

Booth has been surfing for 41 years and no longer has the devil-may-care attitude of a teenage surfer.

"At this stage in my surfing life my decisions are highly calculated and I usually avoid situations that will over-extend me," he said.

"Of course, the unpredictable can arise, such as being caught by a wave breaking in shallow water. Even a small wave breaking in 12cm of water doesn't leave a surfer many places to escape.

"Colliding with your own board is the most frequent hazard faced by any surfer. It it is a special winter hazard in Dunedin because the cold water can initially mask the extent of an injury."

Booth understands the nuances of the sport and has turned surfing into an academic subject.

"Surfing produces a multitude of affects which are hard to describe and perhaps even beyond language," he said.

"But the effects of a steep take-off, and sliding and gliding along a wall of moving water, are special sensations that become addictive."

Booth understands the dangers of extreme surfing from practical experience. He has received the occasional stitch from colliding with his board.

"A wall of white water caught me unawares at South Curl in Sydney and dragged me along an elevated shore platform," he said.

On another occasion a raging current swept him over m along the coast at Raglan.

"But these events did not threaten life or limb and fall outside the definition of extreme. Extreme is a realm where the forces of nature allow little room for errors in judgement or technique."

Booth is a prolific writer on the social history of sport and is the co-editor of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports with Holly Thorpe, of Waikato University.

The pair also co-edit the Californian-based Greenwood Press series on extreme sports.

Surfing: The Ultimate Guide, which launched the series this year.

Big wave rider Ross Clarke-Jones, of Australia, likened the preparations to surf Dangerous Banks in Tasmania in to a military operation.

A helicopter provided a visual overview of the surfers and the drivers on the jet skis that towed the riders into the waves. The jet skis were equipped with radios that enabled the drivers to keep in touch with each other and the helicopter pilot. The surfers and the jet ski drivers each carried a flare.

"The consequences of failure tend to be more severe in extreme sports than established sports," Booth said.

In writing his latest book, the University of Otago academic called on the expertise of local board maker Graham Carse, a tow-in surfer, to check important facts and details.

"He offered invaluable insights into the intricacies and dangers of towing-in to the large waves that break off the coast of Otago," Booth said.

Leading New Zealand surf photographer Mark Stevenson provided more than half the photographs used in the book.

Stevenson's photographs include internationally renowned extreme surfers Doug Young, a graduate of the University of Otago, and Clarke-Jones who won the prestigious Eddie Aikau Memorial contest in , surfing at Papatowai.

Other photographs include Otago surfers Jamie Gordon and Kyle Davidson at a heavy break that is popular with tow-in riders in Dunedin.

Surfing: The Ultimate Guide is a multidisciplinary analysis of big-wave riding. The book examines the history, sociology, philosophy and culture of extreme surfing.

Booth also examines the science of ocean waves and the physiology, psychology and training regimes of big-wave riders who dance with some of the most powerful, and violent, forces on earth.

In the book Booth describes the 11 top breaks used by extreme surfers: Cortes Bank (off San Diego in the United States), Cyclops (Western Australia), Dungeons (Hout Bay, Cape Town), Jaws (Maui, Hawaii), Mavericks (California), Outside Log Cabins (Oahu, Hawaii), Pipeline (Oahu), Shipstern Bluff (Tasmania), Teahupo'o (Tahiti), Todos Santos (Mexico), Waimea (Oahu).

He lists other notable extreme surf breaks in the world, including Papatowai in the Catlins.



Definitions

Tow-in surfing: A surfer is towed into waves that would otherwise be too steep, too big or too fast by a partner on a jet ski or in a helicopter.

Stand-up paddle board surfing: An emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage.



At a glance
- Professor Douglas Booth

Age:
Family: Wife Gaye.
Occupation: Dean of University of Otago School of Physical Education.
Books: Berkshire Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports (with Holly Thorpe), ; Surfing: The Ultimate Guide (); The Race Game: Politics and Sport in South Africa (); One-Eyed: A view of Australian Sport (with Colin Tatz) ; Australian Beach Cultures (); The Field: Truth and Fiction in Sport History ().


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Outdoor Rental Centre

Located in the reception area at Unipol Recreation Centre, our outdoor rental options are available for your enjoyment all year round.

Snow Shed - Closes Friday 8th OctoberSnow Shed rental

Rent your snow gear today from the Snow Shed. Spend less time waiting in lines and more time hitting the slopes by taking the stress out of the gear hiring process and paying a fraction of the cost. Our staff are professionally trained to fit you with the gear that will best suit your size and skill level, leaving you to get straight up that mountain without any hassle.

Snow shed is open Tuesday - Friday pm for fittings, and will close on Friday 8th October. All other gear can be rented from Unipol during opening hours.

Please note that public hires are available at twice the listed student rate.
Presentation of your current valid Otago tertiary ID card is required at time of hire.

Item2days3days4days5+days
Snowboard, boots & wrist guards$50$65$75+$10/day
Snowboard$35$50$65+$10/day
Skis, boots and poles$50$65$75+$10/day
Skis & poles$35$50$65+$10/day
Boots$15$30$40+$10/day
Ski/board pants$15$20$25+$10/day
Jackets$15$20$25+$10/day
Helmets$15$20$25+ $5/day
Goggles$40 Yours to keep
Gloves$20 Yours to keep

We allow ½ a day either side of booking for collection and return of gear which can done anytime Unipol is open.

By hiring any equipment from Unipol Recreation Centre you are agreeing to the terms and conditions specified in the Acceptance of Responsibility Statement.

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Aquatic rentalsAquatics

Please note that public hires are available at twice the listed student rate.
Presentation of your current valid Otago tertiary ID card is required at time of hire.

Item

Price (per 24 hrs)

Student / Member Price (per 24 hrs)

Comment

Bodyboard$10$5Have fun in the waves
Fins$8$4Free with bodyboard hire
Surfboard$30$15Various lengths to suit your ability
Wetsuit$30$154/3 and 3/2 available
Wetsuit Booties$6$3Keep your feet warm
Wetsuit Hood$6$3Keep your head warm

Please note: Student and Unipol Members (Staff/Youth/Wh&#;nau) get 50% off full price.

Wetsuit Hoods are not rented under Level 2, 3 or 4.

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Outdoor rentalsTent photo

Please note that public hires are available at twice the listed student rate.
Presentation of your current valid Otago tertiary ID card is required at time of hire.

Item

Price (per 24 hours)

Student/Member Price (per 24 hours)

Comment

Tent - 1 person$24$12Lightweight and compact
Tent - 2 person$30$15Compact camping
Tent - 3 person$40$20Various styles and weights
Tent - 4 person$40$20Great for groups
Camp Billy$4$2Titanium and Stainless steel options
Camp Mat$4$2Free with camp hire
Pack$16$870, 75, 85 litres options
Sleeping Bag$20$10Different weights and temperature rating
Tramping Jacket$10$5Lightweight, wind/waterproof
Tramping Pants$10$5Lightweight, wind/waterproof
Tramping Stove$8$4Attaches to gas cylinder
Gas Cannister (g and g)$7 / $12$7 / $12Yours to keep
Pack Liner$6$6Yours to keep
Survival Bag $8$8 Yours to keep
Personal Locator Beacon$20/fortnight$/fortnightHighly recommended for outdoor activities

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Sport rentals

Please note that public hires are available at twice the listed student rate.
Presentation of your current valid Otago tertiary ID card is required at time of hire.

Item

Price (per 24 hours)

Student / Member Price (per 24 hours)

Comments

Outdoor BallsN/AFREE (Exchange your ID)Various types
Beach Cricket Set$10$5Wickets, bats and balls
Cone SetN/AFREE (Exchange your ID)Set of ten
Frisbee Golf Baskets$10$5Set up your own course
Frisbees / Frisbee Golf DiscsN/AFREE (Exchange your ID)Fun on Logan Park or with use with the golf baskets
Tennis Racquet$10$5Tennis balls (2) free with hire
Tug-Of-War Rope$10$5Perfect for friendly competition
Volleyball Set$20$10For the beach or park
Futsal Goals$10$5Light and easy to set up

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Summer special deals

Make the most of the summer weather with these deals for Otago tertiary students and members from the Outdoor Rental Centre until the end of Feb

  • 2 for 1 surf and body boards
  • $20 camping kit/night: Tent, Sleeping mat, Sleeping bag, Stove, Billy

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Outdoor adventures

Get in touch with your inner explorer, venture beyond campus and experience the natural beauty that Dunedin has to offer with a variety of outdoor adventures from local University approved recreation providers. Be sure to use your valid student ID card to get special student discounts!

Walks

A picutre of a student walking across swing bridge in a native forest on a Unipol Outdoor Adventure

A variety of walking excursions around Dunedin, the peninsula and surrounding coast lines. You will come across plenty of wildlife so bring your camera!

Untamed NZ Tour Company

Dunedin Adventures Ltd

Surfing

This mobile surf school based at The Esplanade, St Clair Beach, offer learn to surf sessions for beginners through to advanced lessons for those wanting to extend their local knowledge. Your wave is waiting!

Esplanade Surf School

Mountain biking

Love mountain biking? From sandy beaches to native forests Dunedin, and it's surround area, have some amazing tracks to be explored.

Offtrack MTB Tours

Skiing and snowboarding

Head away and experience Central Otago's amazing ski fields. Feel exhilarated as you cruise down the slopes on skis or board.

Untamed NZ Tour Company

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Windsurfing / Stand up paddle boarding (SUP)

Experience the exhilaration and fun of windsurfing and/or stand up paddle boarding (SUP) on the beautiful Otago Harbour. It's sure to blow your hair back!

Watercooled Sports

Ice hockey

Learn to play ice hockey, focusing on skating, puck handling, passing and shooting while having loads of fun.

Dunedin Ice Hockey

Sea kayaking

Picture yourself in a sea kayak cruising amongst Otago's coastal wildlife while paddling around the beautiful Otago Peninsula. Get ready to see the unexpected.

Wild Earth Adventures

Rock climbing

Take a break from your study with a rock climbing adventure. Choose between an introduction course or advance your skills with some lead climbing!

Dunedin Adventures Ltd

Horse treks

Spend some time riding the stunning hills and beaches surrounding the Otago Peninsula and observe the views and farm life along the way. Friendly horses available for all levels; beginners and beyond.

Horse Treks Hare Hill

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