Testimonials and Reviews
Sobe Surf offers stand up paddle lessons, surf lessons, stand up paddle tours, board rentals, and some of the most low-key, comfortable, and laid-back lodging in Cocoa Beach. Below are some comments from our guests and customers.
Reviews for Stand Up Paddle Tours
We vacation every year in Cocoa Beach and went to Sobe Surf for the first time last year. We had such an awesome time we went back again last week and had another amazing time. This time we saw dolphins and manatees on our SUP tour! What a great way to start your day and get in some exercise and sun while on vacation! We will definitely be returning to Sobe EVERY year!"
— Shannon from Syracuse, NY (Tripadvisor)
My buddy and I were staying at the Sobe Surf lodge and wanted to take a group lesson/eco-tour with our wives. As it was quite windy on the Banana River, Girard scouted a special location for us to ensure it would be flat water, calm wind and with tons of manatees! He did a great job working with varying skill levels and even got my wife comfortable enough to pet a manatee. They also took pictures and put together a video/slideshow to make it a really positive experience for everyone. Highly recommend Girard and Sobe Surf!"
— Richard from Toronto, Canada (Tripadvisor)
Reviews for Stand Up Paddle Lessons
"Just had an amazing SUP lesson from Girard at Sobe Surf! My husband and I wanted to try SUP for a long time and we finally made it out using his birthday as an excuse. Girard was a great instructor. Very knowledgeable (he's a pro surfer) and extremely patient. We were immediately hooked on the sport and can't wait to go out again. We even saw a few dolphins!"
— Corrie from Satellite Beach, Florida (Tripadvisor)
"Girard was a wonderful help to my two friends that had not paddled before. Great service and location. It's nice that he is open late and has "backyard" access to the water. I would highly recommend Sobe Surf to anyone who lives in the area—or out-of-towners like myself—who want to paddle while in the area. Thanks Girard!"
— Christian O. from Costa Mesa, CA (Yelp)
"Intense waves, but had a blast with Sobe Surf. The real deal!"
— Amanda M. (Facebook)
"Giving a whole new meaning to another day in paradise. It was serendipitous finding Sobe Surf! Girard is a special person who is truly passionate about his sport—not to mention a true pioneer! My granddaughters had the time of their lives paddle surfing with Girard and Kona. Great teacher. Awesome, fun and versatile sport."
— Roseanne S. from Cocoa Beach, FL (Facebook)
"Had a GREAT time! Thanks so much!"
— Cathy C. from Blufton, SC (Facebook)
"I just wanted to say hello and thank you so much again for Hannah's surfing lesson last week. She was overjoyed to say the least! It was the highlight of our vacation in Miami. You were absolutely wonderful and so sweet with her. My daughter is very, very shy—a "brainiac"—and a bit of a misfit at school. You took this self-conscious and awkward teenager last week and made her suddenly feel like the coolest kid around! Her confidence soared!!! Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for those transforming two hours! Please feel free to contact me should you come to NY and need info, advice, company, et al. We'd be more than happy to accommodate you!" — Daria (via email)
"Girard, you gave me a surf lesson over spring break. I just wanted thank you again. I absolutely loved it! You've inspired me to take some time this summer and travel. I've realized that traveling and meeting interesting people like yourself can teach you more than any classroom or text book ever could. It was a pleasure meeting you and I hope all is well. Thanks again!" — Julie (via email)
"I was on the beach one day when I noticed a group of surfers standing on a board with a paddle. Very intriguing, I thought to myself. Minutes later, Girard introduced himself to me and gave me some information about paddle surfing. I was a bit hesitant at first, especially since I am a weak swimmer. I finally said yes. And, that turned out to be one of the greatest decisions of my life. Girard took his time and was patient when instructing me. Before I knew it, I was paddling on my own! I realized how amazing of an experience it was for me so I decided I wanted to pass on that awesome feeling to others. My company granted me some funds to do something charitable or to give back to the community. Instantly, Girard and I spoke and agreed to gather a group of foster youths for a day of paddle surfing. By this point, Girard's teaching had allowed me to gain enough confidence to teach the youths. It was truly a wonderful, heartwarming experience - both for me and for the youths. All I know is that I want a board and a paddle and a body of water to use it in." — Avril G. (via email)
"Sobe Surf is an excellent place to learn SUP. My husband (71) and I (69) have wanted to learn SUP but were concerned that it was a sport for a younger crowd. We picked Sobe Surf because of its appealing website and its location in a quiet part of South Cocoa Beach were we were staying. The center is located on a tiny strip of land between the Banana River, where the lodge is situated and the ocean.
"Girard, the owner and instructor, is a professional surfer. He was very welcoming and reassured us that we could easily learn as he had taught his mother in her mid 70's. During the one hour class, he explained water safety, awareness of wind direction and choosing equipment. He emphasized the mental aspects - being relaxed and centered - as much as the physical components of SUP. His calm demeanor and encouragement were pivotal in our learning process. We returned the following 2 days to practice, during which he reinforced SUP principles.
"The location is exquisite. There is a small lodge with big decks, inviting picnic tables, a small beach and a large dock. Beautiful flowers and shrubs, palm trees and tiki totem poles enhance the property. The water is warm, calm, shallow and has a sandy bottom. We saw dolphins, schools of fish and a variety of seabirds. A highlight is Kona, a small, gentle dog who greets visitors with his appealing eyes and green ball.
"For those wishing to advance to SU surfing, the access to the open ocean is just across the street. The cost is reasonable - $120/hr for 2 people for the class. After the class, Girard offered us the use of the equipment for the rest of the day for free. On the following days, board rental was $15/hr or $35/day. We plan to return next year and bring our children and grandchildren, as it is a great place for families." — Sylvia from Ottowa, Canada (TripAdvisor)
"If you are new to SUP or a seasoned pro, Sobe Surf is a must on your travel list. With the Banana River out your back door for perfect flat water paddling with the dolphins or cross the street and test your skills in the surf. With expert instruction from Girard you are bound to come away a better paddler with a big smile. I did!" — Paul from Newport, Rhode Island (TripAdvisor)
Reviews for Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals
"Went to check out the place and see about paddle surfing. Looked like a cool place to stay right on the river and right across the street from the beach. I rented a board and headed to the beach. Super easy and super laid back!"
— Chad from Las Vegas, Nevada (Tripadvisor)
"While on a business trip in Cocoa Beach, I extended my trip to hang out with my cousin who was also working in the area. We were looking to do some stand up paddling, but both being new to the area, we weren't sure where to go to rent equipment. A friend suggested we check out SoBe surf, and ask for Girard.
"Awesome suggestion…Girard was super cool & had a wide variety of boards, which was perfect because we ended up taking out a group of 4. The best part was that the rental location was prime…we literally walked 50 ft from the car, to the rental office, to the beach. We put the boards in the water and were off. While out enjoying some SUP, we were lucky enough to see a dolphin who decided to hang out with us for a while. Priceless!
"If you're ever in Cocoa Beach and want to take in some of the local sights from the water, go see Girard. He'll take great care of you. His rental rates are super reasonable and the experience is well worth the money!" — Sash R. from Pasadena, CA (Yelp)