Tell us about North Florida and the area you live in.
It’s absolutely beautiful. It’s a huge city, area-wise, so there’s a lot to offer. The city itself is relatively small compared to how much land there is in Jax. The downtown is fun, always lots of good music with fun venues, killer restaurants and bars. The river runs right through downtown and when all the buildings, fountains and bridges are lit up it’s really one-of-a-kind. The beaches are about 25 min from downtown and have a cool scene. More good restaurants, fun bars, music venues. Everywhere else in between is pretty undeveloped. There’s an amazing intracoastal waterway system that has some of the best fishing in the world, backed up with beautiful plants and animals everywhere. Great hunting, hiking, canoeing, bird watching. There are spots you can drive (if you have 4×4) on the beach with fun waves and epic fishing.
The best way to sum it up is: on a good day I have gotten barreled all morning, drove to one of my little secret spots, probably logged for a little bit. When the tide backs out I throw my cast net, catch some bait, cast that out and catch dinner. Maybe pop open a bottle of wine on the beach and share it with my girlfriend as I watch the sunset over the river and watch bald eagles, hawks, and countless ospreys fly over head.
What are some of your favorite things to do around there besides surf?
Fishing for sure. Yoga. Lately I’ve been trying to focus on art, I took some advanced art courses when I was a kid but haven’t really re-focused on that since my teens. Maybe catch a show or go to a music festival if I have the time and money.
Any go-to grub spots or watering holes?
Shim Sham is one spot I like to grab a drink. They have this thing called a “red dawn”, the bartender won’t make it for me half the time because he says it’s a girls drink. Basically it’s a Moscow mule with a fresh black berry muddled in it. The most delicious thing you ever had after a long day on the beach. For food, this little organic spot called Delicomb for breaky or lunch. Fancy Sushi, Taco Lu, or Mellow Mushroom for dinner.