Jeff Fabiszewski and Sean Fitzgibbon come from two different worlds. Even with their comical differences they joined forces in April of 2001 at Osprey Bay Outdoors with one goal; to combine their skills and knowledge with other people in the paddling community to help make the water more accessible to everyone.
Over the years they have completed several expeditions, been guest presenters/coaches at the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival, Sweetwater Kayak Symposium, Charleston East Coast Paddlesport and Outdoor Festival, Sol y Luna Kayak Fishing School, and Pinellas county schools “teach in”. And have enjoyed the waters from Orrs’ Island Maine to Key West to Molokai Channel in Hawaii and beyond. Fun is their motto and their belief is that a day on the water is the way to happiness.
Jeff Fabiszewski has a passion for playing outside that began in the 1970’s and evolved when he moved to Clearwater, FL. As a youth he canoed with his Dad and cooked outside in the backyard; the father and son duo backpacked through mountainous hiking trails as Boy Scouts in Pittsburgh, Pa. and slept under the milky way more nights than there are hairs on their heads.
In 1994 Jeff moved to Florida and discovered that many of the nature trails that led to unique local destinations were under water. In 2001 he transitioned from canoe to kayak and doing so unlocked more meandering trails up creeks, streams, rivers, and waterways out to tranquil islands within Florida.
The unique outdoor abilities that he learned as an Eagle Scout, and how to inspire kids in the outdoors, combined with wit and a creative mind makes learning effortless. Jeff’s unique knowledge and passion has opened doors for him to aid in getting recovering wounded veterans out on the water. Beyond coaching, you can find some of Jeff’s writings on kayaking and camping in four different outdoor magazines.
Sean Fitzgibbon is the comedian. During the day, Sean practices at St Petersburg Limb & Brace as a Licensed Orthotic Fitter/ Prosthetic Assistant & Pedorthist. He designs, fabricates, and fits orthotic and prosthetic devices to help his patients regain/maintain an active lifestyle, along the way giving them support and encouragement.
His real identity is that of a waterman. Sean’s journey in life started with sailing and then discovered surfing. He excelled in surfing, eventually turning pro and taking many East Coast and National Championships. His local waters became the east and west coasts of the U.S and in Hawaii in during his nine years of professional surfing.
He remembers when stand up paddle boarding began and is an excellent coach in discovering what an SUP can do. On land, Sean has discovered how camping is more than primitive; camping is comfort with the best foods and views a person can dream. Sean has worked beside many respected coaches/instructors in the U.S. and is continually striving to become a better paddler to spread his love of the paddling lifestyle and all things in nature.