Life in Destin, Florida is a little slower. But the ambling pace of smaller-town life hasn’t hindered husband and wife Corey and Magda Cooper, who co-founded BOTE Paddle Boards.
When they first tried paddling nearly a decade ago, Magda, who grew up swimming, and Corey, who loves fishing, skiing, and anything to do with water, loved it. That is, everything but the products, which were like big, unstable surfboards. They knew they could make something better—and better-looking—that fit their intrepid lifestyle.
With a pocket full of credit cards and just a few thousand dollars to their name, Corey quit his job as a mechanical engineer and Magda walked away from her role as a financial advisor to start the business out of their garage. Today, with almost 300 dealers and a loyal customer base worldwide, the beauty of their customers’ aquatic adventures is captured in their emails.