Perfect in South Walton Awards 2016 – Vote for Rent Gear Here!

Perfect in South Walton Awards 2016 – Vote for Rent Gear Here!

Perfect in South Walton Awards 2016 – Vote for Rent Gear Here!

The 2016 Perfect in South Walton Awards have commenced! These awards are given to South Walton, Florida, businesses that have exemplified what it takes to be considered one of the area’s best. We can’t say how thankful we are to have been nominated in two categories for the 2016 Perfect in South Walton listings. Thanks to Visit South Walton for hosting these awards each year.

Rent Gear Here is honored to be in the running for Best Beach Service and Best Bicycle Service!

Pop Stop is also nominated in Best Bakery/Dessert Shop!

Thank you to all our customers who have kept Rent Gear Here in business and to those who nominated us for these awards! Please vote for Rent Gear Here and Pop Stop! The deadline to vote is August 31, 2015.

Perfect in South Walton Awards 2016

 

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#YouCanHelp: Rent Gear Here Partners with Food for Thought Outreach

#YouCanHelp: Rent Gear Here Partners with Food for Thought Outreach

#YouCanHelp: Rent Gear Here Partners with Food for Thought Outreach

It’s hard to believe that in our own community here in Northwest Florida’s Walton and Okaloosa Counties, hundreds of children are going hungry. Tiffanie Nelson, a concerned mom, founded Food for Thought Outreach in 2010. This nonprofit organization now provides backpacks with healthy meals and snacks for about 1,200 students throughout 15 area schools every week. The goal of Food for Thought’s program is to ensure that children are fed not only at school, but also at home and on the weekends. Reducing their stress about where their next meal will come from allows kids to focus on education, having fun, and just being kids!

Rent Gear Here is proud to partner with Food for Thought to help their cause. A portion of profits from all in-store sales at our Seagrove Beach and Crystal Beach stores is donated to Food for Thought. Additionally, every week we host Food for Thought Friday at the Pop Stop in Seagrove Beach, with 20 percent of sales going to aid the organization. Stop in this Friday, grab a gourmet popsicle from the Pop Stop, and help a local child.

2015 Stock the Pantry Party

Food for Thought FL Stock the Pantry 2015

The second annual Stock the Pantry Party benefiting Food for Thought is coming up soon, which is a chance to promote some healthy competition in the area while helping children fight food insecurity. The event takes place Thursday, August 20 at the Santa Rosa Beach Pantry at 132 Market Street off Hwy 393 North. There will be two categories for donations for the competition: Food Drive Sponsors will see who can collect the most food items, while Backpack Sponsorships are also available for those who aren’t competing in the food drive.

Guests are asked to bring five food items (suggested items include: plastic jars of peanut butter, plastic jars of jelly, granola bars, fruit cups, snack crackers, breakfast bars) or a donation of $5 for entry into the event. Pop Stop and Pizza by the Sea will provide food and there will be a raffle with the chance to win some cool prizes! Abrakadoodle will be on the scene doing their famous face painting, and there will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about Food For Thought.

“This event goes straight to the heart of our mission,” says Tiffanie Nelson. “We’re excited to continue to grow Food for Thought by involving so many different community organizations and individuals and build our reach even further to help more children in our community.”

Come out and have some fun for the whole family!

You Can Help!

Volunteers are always welcome to help pick up and bag donations, deliver backpacks, and assist with Food for Thought events. And of course, food, backpack, and monetary donations are always welcome and appreciated. Visit FFTFL.org to learn more.

If you’re only in town for a week or you don’t have a chance to volunteer, you can still help by telling people about Food for Thought! Follow Food for Thought (@foodforthoughtfl) and Rent Gear Here (@rentgearhere) on Instagram. Post a pic of your Pop or your Gear and use the hashtag #YouCanHelp to spread the word about our efforts!

Dive into the New South Walton Artificial Reef!

Dive into the New South Walton Artificial Reef!

Dive into the New South Walton Artificial Reef!

Photos by Blue Door Video

On July 10, 2015, the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) reached a milestone in its goal of creating a protective marine habitat in the Gulf of Mexico with the deployment of its first artificial reef system, Turtle Reef! The system currently comprises 58 reef modules located about 200 yards offshore at Grayton Beach State Park along Scenic Highway 30-A. Aptly named, the reef modules’ positions even create the shape of a sea turtle when viewed from above!

Turtle Reef aerial concept shot in Grayton Beach, Florida – South Walton Artificial Reef AssociationAerial concept shot of Turtle Reef by South Walton Artificial Reef Association

This achievement marks the beginning of all-new opportunities never available in the South Walton area for locals and visitors alike to experience an underwater ecosystem teeming with wildlife! SWARA founder Andy McAlexander predicts that within six months, visitors to Turtle Reef will be able to encounter over 50 species of fish and other marine creatures such as sea turtles and dolphins. The deployment of the reef was conducted in partnership with Reefmaker of Walter Marine headquartered in Orange Beach, Alabama.

South Walton Artificial Reef Association deploys new reefs in Grayton Beach, Florida fall 2015

South Walton Artificial Reef Association deploys new reefs in Grayton Beach, Florida fall 2015 South Walton Artificial Reef Association deploys new reefs in Grayton Beach, Florida fall 2015

The SWARA and Reefmaker organizations’ goals include:

  • Creating a protective marine habitat where none previously existed
  • Providing beach-accessible ecoadventures for residents and visitors
  • Stimulating local economic opportunities
  • Bringing educational opportunities and awareness to reef visitors

The addition of South Walton Artificial Reef systems provides unique opportunities for Rent Gear Here customers to paddle out and take a peek at what’s swimming near our shores. Only a few days after Turtle Reef’s deployment in Grayton Beach, visitors encountered schools of juvenile red snapper seeking shelter among the reef modules! At about 12 feet deep, with the reef modules rising to 10 feet in some places, Turtle Reef has a shallow clearance level not conducive to boating—but it’s perfect for paddling! This shallow, warm saltwater reef is ideal for kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders to explore. Get your paddle on today with Rent Gear Here! We have a variety of paddling rentals for you to choose from for daily or weekly rentals.

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Or grab a line and a pole! Fishing is also permitted at Turtle Reef with proper licenses; however, no spearfishing is allowed, as the reef is located in a designated swimming area.

South Walton Artificial Reef Association deploys new reefs in Grayton Beach, Florida fall 2015

We are excited to continue following this story and to provide visitors and locals the opportunity to experience this new level of ecotourism in South Walton! Visit WaltonReefs.org or Facebook.com/SouthWaltonArtificialReefAssociation to see more pictures and learn more about SWARA.

Huge thanks go to the team at Blue Door Video for these amazing photos of Turtle Reef!

Rosemary Beach Bike Rentals: The Best Prices, Service, and Selection

Rosemary Beach Bike Rentals: The Best Prices, Service, and Selection

Rosemary Beach Bike Rentals: The Best Prices, Service, and Selection

Rosemary Beach Bike Rentals

Rosemary Beach Bike Rentals

Rent Gear Here has all the Rosemary Beach bike rentals, beach gear, baby gear and more to make your vacation fun and trouble-free. Our high-quality, well-mainted bicycles are the best on 30A. Call 888-750-7606 or book online for FREE DELIVERY of your bikes, kayaks, paddle boards, baby cribs, highchairs, and any of our other products!

Our Rosemary Beach bike rentals rates are competitive and we will match any advertised price. While you are in Rosemary, be sure to ride along the scenic bike trail that runs 19 miles along all of 30A. It is only 8 miles to Seaside and 9 miles to Watercolor, which makes for an easy bike ride. Please do not hesitate to call a member of our friendly staff to set up your reservation today! We have kids bikes, adult bikes, trikes, tandem bikes, kids bike trailers, tagalongs, and much much more.

Paddle Board Rental: The Unique Health Benefits of Paddle Boarding

Paddle Board Rental: The Unique Health Benefits of Paddle Boarding

Paddle Board Rental: The Unique Health Benefits of Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Board Rental

SUP paddle boarding offers unparalleled core training. The target of core training is the muscle groups in the mid-section of our bodies, those muscles that join lower body to upper body. Since paddle boarding (or SUP) has you balancing on the uneven surface of water, it is very efficient in training these muscle groups.

What you gain in core training from stand up paddle board rental rather than the traditional resistance training found in a gym is that paddle boarding requires strength and dexterity while you are ‘on the move.’ You are combining core strengthening with intelligent muscle exercise. (“The coordinated firing of neural pathways to cause your muscles to contract at exactly the right amount at the right time, with the opposing muscles resisting just the correct amount is the talent of body memory”)

Paddle boarding is unique because for all the challenges to all muscle groups, it is a sport that new users can advance in rapidly. You can generally begin to Paddle Board after an hour and a half lesson if your instructors are trained and experienced.

Low Stress Fat Burning and Muscle Toning

Stand-up Paddle Boarding for 40minutes 3 times a week can build your strength while avoiding strains and injuries. It will help you keep excess weight off which also helps take the load off of your back and your knees. You can exercise in the cool of the day which makes stand up paddle board rental less taxing. Bays, bayous and lakes abound on the Emerald Coast, offering you knew waters to explore.

The best ways to take a break

“Tuning into the gentle movement of the water, watching the light dance on the surface moving in time with the rhythm of the water is a Zen like activity that can bring a calm awareness to other aspects of your life.”

Modern day life has grown complicated and hectic with high demands and sensory overloads. We have new terms for new problems, like Adult Attention Deficit Disorder, which is the inability to focus on something for a necessary amount of time. Taking time out and spending that time in nature lowers your base stress levels. Studies show that those who ‘unplug’ in natural surroundings for a few hours have lower pulse rates, blood preassure and cortisol rates than those who do not.

Opportunities for more health benefits

As you take in the beauty of the Emerald Coast waters and enjoy seeing the sea life beneath your board, you can easily increase your exercise and your health benefits while paddle boarding.
• Paddle in 360’s while you stand on the rear of the board
• Paddle in 360’s while you stand on the nose of the board–facing forwards or backwards.
• Stand with one foot as far back as you can in surfer stance and paddle until your back leg grows tired, then swap.
• Paddle into a strong current or practice doing sprints 40 seconds then rest and then repeat the repetition

Reserve your stand up paddle board rental today with Rent Gear Here!

Sandestin Bike Rental: Fall into Fun at The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Sandestin Bike Rental: Fall into Fun at The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Sandestin Bike Rental: Fall into Fun at The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Sandestin Bike Rental

Come to The Village of Baytowne Wharf and greet the fall season in with artistic flare and Live Music to do your heart good. Starting on Friday, August 30th and running through September 1st there is a lineup of local artists performing that will make your Labor Day Weekend memorable. On Sunday evening, September 1st, the finale will explode with a beautiful fireworks display.

Don’t stop marking your calendar though, because Dread Clampitt will be performing on Sept 4th to start off a new series of Wednesday night concerts that will run through October. Concerts are free and always open to the public at Baytowne Wharf. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and settle in for some fantastic music (leave your coolers at home please, they are prohibited).

Artwalk-Enjoy wandering a street lined with local artwork of every kind: folk art, jewelry, frames, fine art! Find that one of a kind piece to add to your collection or to that one spot in your house that has been waiting for such a creation.

Friday, August 30

5:00-7:30 Continuum, the Band

“Continuum is defined as a connected set of at least two elements, neither of which can be distinguished from the other.”This is what the band strives for and this is what the band succeeds at!

7:30- 10:00 Stephen Simmons

This “Tennessee native quietly maintains a steadfast presence in Americana music… Simmons exudes uncompromising everyman appeal.”

Saturday August 31

5:00-7:30 Chris Alvarado

Winner of the 2012 Florida GRAMMY showcase, singer songwriter Alvarado brings innovation and imagination to his music. Alvaradeo was also claimed the 2011 Best Singer/Songwriter on the Emerald Coast, at the 3rd annual Beachcomber Music Awards.

7:30- 10:00 Three Bean Soup

Three Beans Soup is a father and daughter duo with guitar and violin. Traveling the Gulf Coast, they are a cover band with an extensive variety. Their influences include-well, everything: 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, right up to current mainstream.  When they throw it all into the pot they cook up great entertainment! “Our goal is to put smiles on people’s faces, and get them to have as much fun as we do” –Three Bean Soup

Sunday, Sept. 1

5:00-7:30  Clay Evans and Dave Posey

Singer/Songwriter from Nashville, Clay Evan’s teamed up with Dave Posey, percussionist from the Local Band Heritage, will be performing. Tune-up your ear for “original music with soul and backbone.”

7:30- 10:00 Mick Wheeler

Enjoy Mick Wheeler and expect fireworks. Oh…and real fireworks after Mick at 9:15 PM

Wednesday, September 4

7-9PM Dread Clampitt

It seems that Dread Clampitt is a local legend wrapped up with local myth. One thing is for sure; Dread Clampitt draws all kinds of people to their music and gets everyone dancing…

“Balder Saunders, Kyle Ogle and Kenny Oliverio and John Reinlie-collectively known as Dread Clampitt tear through their set leaving the packed house dancing in their wake. Part legend, part tradition the magical combination has become a pilgrimage for people from every corner of the map and as well as locals alike who all with testify, there is nothing like a Dread Clampitt show.”

Reserve your Sandestin bike rental today with Rent Gear Here!