When I was 11 years old, my greatest aspiration was to get into an R-rated movie at the local theater. But Sage Offutt, 15, had bigger plans.
This young entrepreneur is the proud founder and owner of Sage Paddle Co. She’s been offering locals and visitors alike a unique experience through stand up paddle boarding and other entertaining rentals. She even gives lessons.
Sage has been in business since she was 11. She started out walking the 3 miles of white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico known as Navarre Beach offering her services with a few boards she bought on a loan.
Now she has a newly opened surf shop at 8228 Gulf Blvd., tons of rental options and constant full orders for her rentals. She’s always had the persistent can do attitude.
Among the fun offered by Sage are stand up paddle boards, bicycles, kayaks, surf boards and more. The new location will also offer shopping opportunities with works by local artists, Sage Paddle Co. merchandise and snorkel gear.
For Sage, growing the business is just part of the game. This year she was named Florida’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Offutt is also the first non-athlete and youngest person to secure a brand ambassadorship with Boardworks, one of the largest surf and paddleboard companies in the world. She will travel to represent the company throughout the world and receive a pretty penny for her efforts.
As for the next step in her education, Sage is looking at Stanford University and Vanderbilt University. She said she would prefer Vanderbilt because it’s located in a music town (Nashville) and offers a good sports medicine program.
It’s not all smooth surfing for Sage. She continues to fight Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type 3. This syndrome affects the joints and connective tissues in the body due to a lack of collagen, and it can be disabling from pain.
But even this disease cannot stop her.
While she has triumphed time and time again, Sage said the thing she takes greatest pleasure in is when people say her services were the highlight of their vacation.
Come meet this incredible young lady and try out paddle boarding for yourself. Sage promises you won’t be disappointed.