Florida springs are some of the best kept secrets of the state. While the vast majority of Florida tourists are distracted by theme parks and oversized mice, the natural beauty of the state goes well unnoticed. One day last year a group of Florida locals, Shaun Murray and Keith Lyman among them, made the most of what this natural wonder has to offer while filming for Global Warning. With two boats, two pro wakeboarders and Aaron Perkins holding down the wakeskating, we were in for a day of fun in the sun.
Florida's core is made up of limestone, which here in the Sunshine State looks kinda like Swiss cheese. Water gathers in the porous parts of the rock and in areas where the rock is weak, the water pushes its way through to the surface. So what does this mean to you and me? Crystal clear blue water at a constant 72 degrees all year round. Yes, it is a bit chilly, but on hot days it can be very refreshing and often you can see fish and other aquatic life. We took a break from shooting to snorkel and explore one of the springs adjoined to the St. Johns. If you want to learn more about the springs, check out floridasprings.org.
The St. Johns is a bit of a natural wonder all on its own. It's the longest river in Florida stretching over 310 miles and is one of the only rivers in north america that runs north. With miles of glassy water you can see how this can be a rider's paradise. The only downside is the number of gators in the river. Because the St. Johns is so long and connects so many bodies of water, it has one of the highest concentrations of gators as well. The only time I've ever seen Murray rush into the boat on account of a gator was on this trip...and that says something.
Our trip did get cut a little short on account of the usual afternoon thunderstorms that occur everyday here in the summertime. We ducked into a little outdoor restraunt to get some grub, check out some of Ronnie Romero's footage and wait out the rain. Overall a great time was had and we got some great footage for Global Warning, but don't take my word for it. Check out the photo gallery. And if you're looking to get your hands on Global Warning, check out gw-movie.com.