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Tenacious Tom

Tom Taylor, currently is the SUP instructor for Paddleboard Orlando (https://paddleboardorlando.com/). He bought his first board in the summer of 2012 and quickly got hooked. Needing to fill his summer break from teaching middle school physical education, Tom was looking for an outlet for his new obsession. He met Ned Johnson, the owner of PBO and soon became the lead instructor for tours. Starting with the "Friendly First Timers" tours in Winter Park Chain of Lakes, Tom now has branched out to leading tours to various waterways in Central Florida. This includes several Florida natural springs: Wekiva Springs, Blue Springs, Silver Springs and Rock Springs. In 2019, he experienced his first standup whitewater on the Yampa River in Colorado. He's always looking for the new ways to have fun on the water. * * Thanks to the moderate weather in Florida, Tom with his friends and family spend many weekend days on their boards. Paddleboard adventures are a part of every summer vacation including trips to St. John, US Virgin Islands, Santa Rosa in the Florida Panhandle, Fort Myers and Anna Marie Island on the Gulf Coast. * * Tom has a strong influence in the industry as an ambassador and team rider for various outdoor product companies, several board brands and apparel companies. You can see some of his adventures on Instagram @tenacious_tom13