We had a little time in-between adventures this weekend and decided we couldn't miss the Paddlepalooza going on in downtown Swansboro in and around Pogie's Fishing Center. Pogie's opened on the downtown edge of the super-quaint seaside town of Swansboro, North Carolina, and they have been upping the kayak/SUP rental game ever since.
First of all, just an F.Y.I. - Swansboro is awesome - it's one of our favorite towns in Eastern North Carolina. Restaurants, shopping, public boat docks, town kayak launches, and more. They have festivals all of the time and they're right on the water. It's a great place to hang out any day.
While we're not in the market for a new kayak at the moment, Pogie's is ready when we are. I was most interested in the Hobie Mirage Tandem Island (two seater kayak-with-a-sail), and the LIVE paddleboards (I don't get paid for these links, like, I really want these boats lol). The Palooza had lots of other vendors - fishing gear, exotic animals (yikes), food, clothing, and more.
The Paddlepalooza had boat rides, free guided paddles, a fishing tournament, a kayak and SUP race around Jones Island, vendors, food, fishing clinics, Yoga, and more. Pogie's had (and still has today) great discounts on new boats.
The Palooza was of course a great reason to spend some time in Swansboro. We hit up a few of our favorite shops - Salt Marsh Cottage, Poor Man's Hole, and the dockside bar at the Saltwater Grill (key words: dockside bar).
After a few fruit-in-my-beer craft selections at the dockside bar (did I mention docksidebar?), we tore ourselves away from the event. We can't wait to attend the event next year - we'll help spread the word when it happens.
If you're looking to rent a kayak in the area, check out Pogie's for friendly and knowledgeable staff, a great selection of rental kayaks and SUPs, bait and fishing gear, and a sweet location in downtown Swansboro. We'll be back to rent that Hobie and LIVE paddleboard this summer, maybe if I write a great enough article about it my wife will let me buy one?
~Paul & Amber everyonestravelclub.com
ETC Adventures nearby Swansboro:
Cedar Point Tideland Trail & Boat Launch
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