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Community Highlights: Meet Andres Avello of PADL

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andres Avello. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I grew up in Florida, and have been fishing, diving, and paddling for as long as I can remember. The same is true for my partners, which is why when we saw scooter rentals appearing around the state, we saw an amazing opportunity to use the same technology and apply it to water sports. This is how PADL was born! We now have 22 self-serve paddleboard rental stations around FL and are also opening full-service operational centers and rental locations as well as providing free tours and lessons to have a more hands-on approach in each market and introduce people to the waters that surround us. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
We have a fairly simple business model with various complexities in hardware and software, and it has been a learning experience to say the least, but we have an amazing team that strongly believes in our mission to make the water more accessible to paddle sports, and is willing to go the extra mile! The key we all follow to overcoming challenges has always been to listen to our customers and partners and develop solutions from what we learn from them. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about PADL?
PADL offers self-service paddle sport rentals that allow riders to rent paddleboards (and soon kayaks) right from their mobile phones. Unlike other alternatives, we offload the rental process onto our mobile app and have our equipment located in various waterfront locations, such as beaches, lakes, rivers, and intercostals. PADL offers users an affordable and convenient opportunity to step into to paddle sports; this allows us to expand the market & democratize the sport for all. 

Pricing:

  • Monthly Membership – $24.99/mo. (2-month minimum requirement)
  • Monthly Membership – $99.99/6 mos.
  • Hourly rentals available (price varies per location)

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