PALM BEACH, Florida – When John and Bari Denney left Maui to open Jupiter Paddleboarding in South Florida a few years ago, they had no idea how the sport would grow and what impact they would have. The blue water and wealthy inhabitants of Palm Beach helped make them one of the largest SUP retailers in the country.
To match their clientele, the Denney’s chose legendary shaper and friend from Maui, Jimmy Lewis to supply their boards. One of their customers, Jimmy Buffett, owns a Jimmy Lewis paddle board and is also involved with the Everglades Foundation. This charity works to increase awareness and conservation of the wetlands and natural sources of water in South Florida.
Jupiter Paddleboarding and Jimmy Lewis offered to donate a Stand Up Paddleboard to be auctioned at the annual gala of the Everglades Foundation. The auction was held this past Friday at the famous Palm Beach Breakers Hotel. Attendees included Kelly Slater, Jack Nicklaus, Joe Scarborough, and Dave Mathews.
The package to be auctioned included a 10’6 Jimmy Lewis Cruise Control SUP, a Jimmy Lewis Kanaha Paddle designed by Quickblade, a Jimmy Lewis board bag, and an everglades eco-tour and paddle session with Jupiter Paddleboarding. With over 500 people in the room, the price went up quickly. Bids were cast by raising a glow stick in the audience. When the gavel fell the board had been sold for $27,500 to an unknown bidder. The funds will go toward the Everglades Foundation. – mylocallineup