Florida Windsurfing Road Trip, Jan 2009 - by Barrett & Peggy

January was a great time to windsurf and tour Florida. We left Atlanta and headed for Merritt Isaland where we rendezvoused with David Wade, Jim Crooks and Pat Park. Then we continued down the East Coast to the Keys, cut across the state on the Tamiami

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First stop - Calema Windsurfing at Kelly Park on Merritt Island
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Calema has a fleet of rental boards on the water
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Barrett & Pat sailing the Indian River, route of the Intra-coastal waterway.
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Barrett & Pat sailing flat-water conditions on the Indian River at Merritt Island Viewed: 3...
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David, Pat & Barrett meet up
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Atlanta windsurfers Barrett, Jim and David join Pat Park who moved from Atlanta to windsurf and...
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Pat's ultimate windsurf van loaded with gear.
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Apré windsurf seafood dinner at Rusty's
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Beach tunes
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Barrett & Peggy stop at the nearby Kennedy Space Center, then head to Virginia Key, while David...
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Peggy reading menu at windsurfer-friendly Harrietts's restaurant.
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Beach scene at Virginia Key just off shore the city of Miami. This is Mike Galeancu's favorite...
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Virginia Key has calm, shallow water near shore and a sand bar a half mile out that creates nice...
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Heading out from the beach at Rock Reef Resort on Key Largo. The first day the wind was West at 15...
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Here I am taking a tour of the luxurious water-front homes on Key Largo. Across FL Bay are...
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The wind here was very steady and the water in the low 70's, but you need a weed fin to avoid...
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Day two at Key Largo. The cold front that froze N. Florida dropped the temp. in the Keys into the...
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Our cozy little cabin on the water at Rock Reef Resort. The recession has cut room prices in half...
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Crossing S. Florida on the Tamiami Trail. Here we are stopping to photograph a 14 ft. alligator...
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Fourteen foot alligator basking in the sun within 20 ft. of the road in Big Cypress National...
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Anhinga perched in a cypress tree ready to dive for fish. The show of waterbirds in Cypress...
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Peggy admiring shells on Bonita Beach near Naples. Two days of heavy surf washed up a trove of...
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With the temp. in the mid 50s, I was the only person "crazy" enough to go in the water at...
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Peggy finds a warm spot to sun shielded from the cool breeze. We had a great time touring and...
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Jim launching near windsurf shop with temperature in the low 60s.
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Boardwalk in wildlife-rich Big Cypress National Preserve.