Man paddles for love of Florida's waters

Published: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 04:37 PM.

On Jan. 1 he began a 365-day journey around Florida on a stand-up paddle board from Pensacola. He plans to spend six months paddling the peninsula, ending In Jacksonville on July 4. Then, he will spend six months on the inner waterways, ending Dec. 31 in Tallahassee. He has named this adventure Expedition Florida 500.

"It's a year-long project in celebration of Florida's waterways and communities, and the unique history and resources here," he said.

Along his journey Riney spends the night with friends, when he can, camps in state parks, speaks at schools if invited, attends events, blogs about his adventure, and paddles six out of seven days a week.

He spent about four days in South Walton last week and attended two events; one at The Red Bar and one at Camp Helen State Park.

While here, Riney learned about our area's history, our unique Coastal Dune Lakes, explored our state parks, and spent some time with members of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. The things he learned he shared on his daily blog, which will be seen by people throughout Florida.

"It will help bring awareness about this area," he said.

Riney's next stop is Port St. Joe, where he has an event scheduled highlighting Florida's oceans and waterways, then on to St. George Island.

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