This month we would like to honor Bayou Paddlesports for their sponsorship support of WWOZ, and for their dedication to bringing recreation back into New Orleans.
Paddling and rowing clubs in the New Orleans area date all the way back to 1879. When Bayou Paddlesports owner, Rhonda Ardoin, created her business five years ago, she says the journey was started because there was a need for accessible paddling within the city. "When I decided to go out on my own, I wanted to share my experiences on the water with everyone and operate a green, sustainable business. I wanted to share the outdoors with others and teach them how to responsibly navigate our local waterways."
Located mid-city on historic Bayou St John, today Bayou Paddlesports offers kayak rentals, paddle board rentals, kids kayak rentals and "Paddlefit," a workout class while on a paddle board. Rhonda also gives back to the community by hosting a bayou cleanup event twice a year, along with other events such as her Earth Day Regatta, Moonlight Paddle, and Boo on the Bayou.
"We are determined to put New Orleans on the map as a major paddling destination," says Ardoin when asked about what we should expect in the future from Bayou Paddlesports. She not only intends to start offering lessons, paddle board yoga, and paddling camps.... but she's also just starting a large project that should result in some pretty great changes for water recreational enthusiasts in New Orleans.
Summer operation hours are 9a-7p, Thursday-Monday at 1101 Florida Avenue on Bayou St. John, and WWOZ members receive a 10% discount on any rental when they show their membership card. So whether you may be seeking recreation, exercise, or a just new perspective.... keep Bayou Paddlesports on your radar and don't forget your WWOZ membership card!
WWOZ’s business sponsors demonstrate their commitment to 'OZ’s unique, innovative public radio programming. We say "Thank You!" and invite you to learn more about some of the current members of the WWOZ corporate community by clicking on the links below.
Aetna/Coventry Health Care
New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
The Historic New Orleans Collection
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
New Orleans Fringe Festival
Liberty Bank Foundation
The New Freret
Old New Orleans Rum
Harrahs New Orleans
The Contemporary Arts Center
Joule Solar Energy
French Quarter Festival
Little Gem Saloon
Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival
Cajun Country Rice
For more information about marketing your business, service or product on WWOZ, or to obtain a current WWOZ Radio Media Kit, please contact Melanie Merz.
For Current Sponsors: Online Credit Card Authorization Form