We had the good fortune of connecting with Hugh Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Hugh, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
My idea has always been to bring something different and fun to Amelia Island. I thought bikes but you can ride bikes anywhere in the world. I thought kayaks but you can do that too. Then this light bulb went off in my head to do electric skateboards.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur. But of course to be a corporate drop out, you have to step out on faith! That’s exactly what I did to start my business Amelia island board rentals. You have to be persistent, hard working creative and always thinking ahead. Those are key to be successful in any business. Even when a business partner company tells you no, just remember there’s a yes out there you have to get to. Let the “NO” drive you to work harder for the “YES”

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Amelia Island is full of tons of fun! Favorite food I would definitely say Wicked Bao, Salty Pelican or Area 51 & BBQ. These are my families favorites and honestly everyone who has ever been! I recommend these to all my guest on our tours. From there we would check out American Beach, the rich history there and of course take a dip in the ocean. The beach is not as crowded as others. To cap off the night I’d hangout at Locals Cocktail Lounge for some pool, ping pong, great music and drinks.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is all for my family, my wife and my daughters! They’re my drive to wake up and work as hard as I do! They give me the motivation on days that I may not feel like doing it! Instead of giving 100% they give me the encouragement to give 110% for our guest and nothing less.

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