Recap: Floatopia drifts into Miami Beach's South Pointe Park

 

Inflate your inner tube and head to South Pointe Park for Floatopia, a day of drifting on the waters of Miami Beach.

Floatopia Miami Beach
Floatopia Miami Beach
 

By Amy Reyes

UPDATE: Scroll down for coverage from Saturday's Floatopia Miami Beach event.

If all of those friends of yours with their boats and yachts are too cheap to gas up and take you on a ride through the waters of South Florida, take matters into your own hands at Floatopia. The event, reportedly started in Santa Barabara, CA, combines the visual feast of a regatta (a bunch of chicks in bikinis and guys showing off their tats and pecks) with a more realistic mode of aquatic transportation for today's youth, i.e. inflatable floation devices.

Floatopia events have been organized in cities around California and in Virginia Beach, which is where a few South Floridians were introduced to the concept. A Facebook page was created in July, and the rest is social media history. An event organizer states that Miami is ripe for some low key fun. "Miami has a ton of clubs, bars, bouncers, dress codes, cover charges, guest lists, expensive fancy drinks, and promoters, that all too often get in the way of just having a good time. I was convinced that Miamians would welcome a free, fun activity where people can get together without all that protocol."

Stop by the pool store, buy the most pimped out inner tube you can find plus something to anchor it down then head to the shores of South Pointe Park in South Beach around 10 a.m. on Sept. 8 to join the party. Spend the day riding the waves, cavorting with friends and hiding your alcoholic beverages in water bottles. Stick around long enough and enjoy the after party on the sands.

 

Floatopia Miami Beach 2012

The scene from Floatopia on Miami Beach on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012.

Storified by Miami.com · Sun, Sep 09 2012 07:35:27

Floatopia Miami today!Marianna Branda
IF YOUR IN MIAMI YOU MITE WANT TO CHECK THIS OUT...NOW!!! #COOL #BEACH #MIAMI #FLOATOPIA http://www.facebook.com/pages/Floatopia-Miami/361573373910935?ref=ts http://pic.twitter.com/ceyZtvZOBIG CUPS BEACH PARTY
Good morning Miami! Time for some fun in the sun @southpointbeach for #floatopia. Bring your floatie n cooler woohoo #sobe #floats #fun #sunAlejandra Rodriguez
Found the perfect #float #Floatopia http://pic.twitter.com/XLQAvSKHCaro M
floatopia has me riding on a damn banana ha! n Whiteboy on a gator #Floatopia http://pic.twitter.com/zfNDfGe4Exel
FLOATOPIA ready! http://instagr.am/p/PUgPN8yqxA/Adolfo Ospina
My floaty for #floatopia http://pic.twitter.com/EVTYCLVaAnthony ✊
My new friend doesn't fit #floatopia #partayyyy http://yfrog.com/oem6avljJesenia Ladino
This big ass shit. #floatopia http://instagr.am/p/PUwEJ0kJjY/Geraldine
Got our waterproof box for the phones and money ready for #floatopia 1st year in #Miami #letsget I can't bel http://instagr.am/p/PTDEOnunu3/Katherine Herrera
#floatopia #southbeach #ready @jwhite2021 http://instagr.am/p/PUfvcsunhA/Katherine Herrera
Getting pumped up @ floatopia http://instagr.am/p/PVAmX_KaJA/Glenn Ebert
My float! I'm a little teacup! @morgangay @deehuntah @glennebert #floatopia @ South Beach http://instagr.am/p/PVH4mcHE47/Ashlee Wood
#Floatopia ready http://instagr.am/p/PUoXGxrlP1/Victoria Serra
Amazing weather for #Floatopia !! Geraldine
Wish I could go to floatopia .. Instead I have to work. BummerJoel Carrion
Floatopia ready! http://instagr.am/p/PUjxHEhRpU/Sarah Akiba
Floatopia bound!!! I got my swimmies!Kris Andres
You're coming??? I'm here. Bring your duck floaties “@CatalinaKris: Floatopia bound!!! I got my swimmies!”Victoria Serra
Hello. #miami #beach #floatopia #igers #igdaily #instagood #instamood #instagramers #instadaily #instagramh http://instagr.am/p/PVRNY7SQ5t/Diego G. Fernandez
What is #floatopia? http://twitpic.com/asiijnMonique #WoFi
#Floatopia Miami going on now http://pic.twitter.com/FCUFVtcrRoger B
bring your float #Floatopia #2012 #Sobe #miami #miamibeach #southbeach #ig #instagood #instagram #photoofthe http://instagr.am/p/PVHK9COpjc/Miguel Cosme
I wish I was at Floatopiaerika cristina
I love floatopia!Courtney
RT @_geraldinee: @alerawrrr @yosyhernandez #floatopia http://instagr.am/p/PVHsfUEJnI/ale DUH!
Alcohol Anonymous meeting at the beach #FloatopiaJay Morales
#superman #floatopia #beach #southbeach http://instagr.am/p/PU62K_PMnj/Victor Torres
Floatopia! http://instagr.am/p/PUsQKvr47i/Janine Rivero
Half of Hialeah just floated out here at Floatopia. Loving it.jammasternate
#floatopia http://instagr.am/p/PUvyl0ungK/Katherine Herrera
#floatopia was wild as hell!! Dope asa time! http://pic.twitter.com/2wAi0E6yMig Rodriguez
#floatopia @jdwhalen88 @jonpaz305 @ Floatopia http://instagr.am/p/PVV6CyoMEi/bryanmiami
#floatopia #southbeach http://instagr.am/p/PUyb_GrLrd/Camille Oliveira
#floatopia http://instagr.am/p/PUvzmcungL/Katherine Herrera
Floatopia #SouthBeach http://pic.twitter.com/FbBbP6dWTati Mesa ∞
Floatopia was awesome!! http://instagr.am/p/PVLDwDsIck/Elle Burns
Floatopia! @ South Beach http://instagr.am/p/PVVtivufWD/Juliana ramirez
Floatopia was FUNNN! Chill day with @dvelez22 & @TorBreonJake Relation

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