Island Water Sports
North Miami Beach
Scott Payne (Owner)
What got you into the SUP business?
We’re a surf and skate shop that has been in business for 30+ years. About 8 years ago we tried stand-up paddleboarding, had a great time and was immediately interested. Less then a year later we began carrying SUP board, paddles and accessories.
What is your most memorable moment in SUP?
Our most memorable experience was selling Matt Damen boards for his family. We delivered the boards and spent time with Matt paddling around the Miami Beach area.
How does SUP complement your business?
SUP’s fit right in with our hard goods mix of surf, skate and accessories. It’s a natural fit for us. In addition, South Florida not only has excellent access to the ocean we have an amazing system on inland waterways.
Where do you like to paddle?
We paddle mostly in the ocean off Miami and North Miami Beach. I also take advantage of our inland waterways, which include the Oleta River as they offer great scenery and are easy to access.
What is your favorite local restaurant for an after paddle meal?
Favorite local spots after a paddle are Duffy’s and Yako San in North Miami Beach.
What is your favorite local SUP event?
The Orange Bowl Classic SUP race has become our favorite local event. Great to meet and interact with paddlers from all over the world.