Stand-up Paddleboard Surfing Girard Middleton
Girard and the champ at the Slater Brothers Invitational in Cocoa Beach.
SUP race training near Cocoa Beach
Warming up for the 2011 SUP Throw Down contest in Hurricane Irene swell.
Off the lip in Cocoa Beach.
First place overall at the 2010 NKF Pro/Am Surf Tournament.

Girard Middleton

Girard Middleton is the founder of SoBe Surf, located in Miami Beach and Merritt Island Cocoa Beach, FL. Girard founded SoBe Surf in 2002 (The first surf school in Miami Beach), and SoBe Surf & SUP in 2005 as one of the first East Coast Standup Paddle Board companies and a pioneer of the sport on this side of the world.

Girard is proudly sponsored by Kona Brewing Co., SUPreme Wetsuits, BlkBox SurfSun Bum Sunscreen, Anarchy Eyewear, Bikram Yoga on the Island, GoPro, Dr. Janet Sikora Amendola, and the Eric Enrique Law Firm.

Girard provides private coaching from his location in Cocoa Beach, FL and travels regularly. In addition to serving as head judge for many SUP surfing competitions, he regularly competes in SUP surfing and race events and is well known for his integrity, accomplishments and contributions to the stand up paddling community.  Look for Girard’s article in the upcoming September issue of the Standup Journal about the first 10 years of standup paddling as a sport through his eyes.

Competitive Accomplishments

Professional Contest Directing, Judging and MCing

Acting/Media Experience


BlkBox Surf

Kona Brewing Co.

SUPreme Wetsuits

Hinano Tahiti


Sun Bum Sunscreen

Bikram Yoga on the Island

In The Media

Check out our Press and Media Coverage Page for videos and links!


For surf lessons, stand up paddle tours, private coaching, media inquiries.

635 South Plumosa Street #11
Merritt Island, FL 32952