EG Simmons Park located near Apollo Beach in Ruskin is a large park on the southern side of Tampa Bay. Upon entering the park you will need to stop and pay $2 (cash only) for entry. Turn right and follow the signs to Panther Point. You will arrive at the end and you can park anywhere in the circle.
Fin – Freestyle/Freeride – Best on a West or North wind. Shallow water requires a 100 meter walk into deeper water to get started but you can sail for miles to the east and out into the Bay and until you hit the boat channel never been in water more than 2 meters deep.
Foil – HIGH TIDE ONLY and I strongly recommend speaking with one of the local sailors. Sand bars and up swells are everywhere. A high tide will allow you to ride over most if not all the obstacles.
Experienced foilers only. If you can’t maintain level flight not recommended.
You can foil at EG Simmons on a high tide but during the summer months the sea grass is very thick and will grab your foil. It isn’t dangerous as you move away from the shoreline but I have found it to be annoying. If you foil here you will need to ride high.
As you sail away from the shore the chop will increase due to the greater depth of the water, not deep but deeper. Close to shore you can run in flat water but be careful as sandbars move around.