PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired many people to try new outdoor activities, one of them being paddle boarding. However, it was not an easily accessible or cheap sport to try, until the arrival of PADL.

Florida’s first on-demand, app-based paddle board rental company started when Andres Avello and his friends were tired of lugging the oversized boards around.

“I had 3 paddleboards myself at home and moved into an apartment, and had nowhere to keep them,” Avello said. “I wanted to keep paddleboarding. I wanted something close to home and where I could easily access it, and that was part of implementing that.”

PADL can be downloaded to your phone. After entering basic information, boards can be rented from your phone for an hourly rate.

“It just made sense to make the sport as accessible as any other sport. And if you look at the equipment, it’s bulky and difficult to carry around. So if you want to buy the equipment and you live in an apartment, it’s almost impossible to do that.”

There are currently 20 locations in Florida. In Palm Beach County, PADL has rental stations at Juno Beach Park, Burt Reynolds Park in Jupiter, and Ocean Inlet Park in Boynton Beach. They also have a station at South Beach Place Hotel in Vero Beach. All locations can be found here.

Avello says this is just the beginning. They plan to launch 30 more locations by 2023.

For Florida residents, PADL offers a membership option that costs $25 per month. Boards can also be rented by the hour for $19.95 per hour.