Archive for Water Sports

Surf’s Up! Learn to Surf

If you are visiting the beautiful town of St Augustine, you might want to take the opportunity to learn to surf by taking surf lessons or having your kids attend a surf camp. After all, you are in one of the most beautiful towns in America that has been voted as a Top Ten Beach by Trip Adviser. So when in Rome….do as the Roman and get out there and try surfing. You know you have always wanted to try and “Hang 10″ and now is your chance. Don”t sit on that beach any longer thinking “I could do that”  as you watch the surfers out on the ocean. Get of your beach chair and give it a try.the pit  If you are staying in St Augustine beach, we recommend you stop by “The Pit Surf Shop” located on A Street next to Mango Mangos and check out their surf lessons. General information on the Pit Surf Shop lessons are:

Surf lessons are available 7 days a week between 10 am and 5 pm. All lessons are private, meaning you won’t be thrown into a group of people you don’t know. Group lessons of 5 or more are available. All surf lessons take place right  on St. Augustine Beach. You can  call the Pit Surf Shop at  904-471-4700 for pricing on large group lessons or more information.



Pricing  – Two hours – Board and wetsuit included

1 PERSON LESSON 2 Hours One-on-one instruction with your own instructor.





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If a summer surf camp is of interest, The Pit Surf Shop also runs camps as well.

Summer Surf Camp runs weekly, Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. 2017 SUMMER SURF CAMP DATES ARE MAY 22ND – AUGUST 17TH. Surf camp is an amazing experience for boys and girls of all experience levels. Students have  the option of Fiberglass, Epoxy, or Soft Top Surfboards. HEALTHY SNACKS AND DRINKS are provided each day. Every surf camper gets a  Pit T-Shirt and more at the beginning of the week! PLUS, in-store discounts for the whole family during the week of camp.

For more information on surf lessons and surf camp in St Augustine visit The Pit Surf Shop website. You can also check out their  surf cam and the local surf report  here

Fun in the Sun on a Hobie Cat- Anastasia Watersports

There is nothing I love more than being out on the water. Ever since I was a child, I loved water sports of all kinds. About five years ago, I was at an all-inclusive Sandals resort in St. Lucia. They had every water sport you could imagine. So what did I do, I tried them all and I fell in love with a Hobie Cat, we ended up taking it out every day we were there. I was reminiscing about that trip recently and decided my husband and I needed to rent a Hobie cat.


Anastasia WaterSports is a great place to rent a Hobie Cat, kayak, windsurfer, pedal boat, Sunfish or stand up paddle board. it’s located in salt run within  Anastasia State Park. We rented a Hobie Cat for two hours at the cost of $55.00


It was a beautiful 86° day with a wonderful breeze and clear blue sky. We couldn’t have asked for a better day to sail up and down  Salt Run.  The scenery there is spectacular, you can sail up to the lighthouse and back down Salt Run with a view of pure white sand dunes and lush green marsh speckled with magnificent wading birds. the day I was there, there were several species of Egret and Herons.  The warm water, gentle breezes and beautiful scenery transported me back to the day of my first Hobie cat ride in St. Lucia.  Sailing out of Anastasia Watersports in the state Park makes you feel like you’re on a tropical island. 

The staff at Anastasia water sports is friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating.  If you’ve never sailed or kayaked before or used a paddleboard for that matter,  they will give you a lesson and get you comfortable  before sending you out with all the gear you need.  Their mission is that everyone has a good time and a great experience and they certainly accomplished that for me.

You do need to pay to get into the State Park, it’s eight dollars per car. I personally feel it’s well worth it (see my review of the park)  The Park has beautiful unspoiled beaches and gorgeous sand dunes.  It has public restrooms, showers and a place to buy food and snacks. It has beautiful, covered picnic areas including a hilltop picnic area under a gazebo that’s very private  and grills. there are  plenty of old cedar trees to provide you with shade and gentle breezes to keep you cool.


All in all I think no matter what you decide to rent at Anastasia Watersports you will be glad you did. We can’t wait to go back and jump on a couple of stand up paddle boards.