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BOTE Presents // Surviving the Everglades

BOTE Presents //


Describing this adventure is not easy. There are so many layers. Can I just write a super long run on sentence? I don't consider myself a writer even a little bit. Come to think of it, I didn't think of myself as a paddle boarder either, but I just paddled a little under a hundred miles in the Everglades in four days.

The cast of characters consisted of myself, Corey Cooper (owner of Bote), Ethan Luppert (team racer), and the infamous Clinton Brown.

Within a couple of weeks, I witnessed and experienced so much cool shit. Corey made a paddle board that resembles a hybrid of a Columbian cocaine smuggling submarine and a cigar boat. Then we drove to the Everglades where in some respects we were prepared and some we were not. Shark infested waters, sand spurs the size of golf balls, fearless raccoons, alligators and crocodiles, and near hypothermia are just a few things we encountered along the way. The last day, which happened to be my Birthday, we paddled thirty five miles (mostly against the tide) surrounded by a lot of shit that wanted to eat us. My kids will never hear the end of it.

Special thanks to ENO for the rad hammocks, and Magda Cooper for helping us to get our shit together.

Corey working in BOTE darkroom on everglades board
corey cleaning everglades board
BOTE board in progress in darkroom
corey pouring resin on board in darkroom
corey testing everglades board
BOTE darkroom paddle board
mapping out everglades adventure
man wearing headlamp and neck gator
black and white beach horizon line
man in ENO hammock
BOTE darkroom custom paddle board
stars over the everglades
starting a fire
corey paddling darkroom custom board in everglades at dusk
wave washing over rocks and roots
black and white everglades BOTE paddle board
corey using binoculars
everglades alligator
three guys standing around campfire
socks covered in rockachaws
alligator in the everglades at night
shell on a branch
BOTE board paddle fleet in everglades
map of everglades
fresh fish fillets
corey paddling through the everglades