How did local Andrew Adkison get his start toward becoming a three-time wakeboarding world champ? His answer will probably surprise you! Check out some of Jessie Taylor’s interviews with Andrew below, as well as a few clips of Andrew in action on Choctawhatchee Bay this week:

30A South Walton 30A Bag image 400 New 30A Coffee by Amavida Coffee & TeaAmavida Coffee & Tea and 30A announced a new partnership to launch 30A Coffee.

The new 30A “Florida Sunrise” Coffee is now available for purchase at Amavida Coffee & Tea locations in Seaside and Rosemary Beach, at YOLO Board Adventures in WaterColor, at Sunrise Coffee Co. and the 30A Gear Truck in Gulf Place, and online at, with additional retail locations to be announced soon.

“We’ve worked together with 30A in many different ways over the years, especially in support of local charities, and we couldn’t be more excited to produce the first 30A-brand coffee,” said Dan Bailey, Founder of Amavida Coffee & Tea.

Amavida is an importer, roaster and purveyor of Organic and Fair Trade specialty coffees and teas. Like all Amavida Coffee, the new 30A Coffee is Organic and Fair Trade, directly sourced from the finest coffee farms in the world. Amavida is a certified B Corporation and a certified organic coffee roaster.

“Amavida is an authentic local brand, but one that truly has global vision and reach,” said 30A’s Mike Ragsdale, whose son, Carlton Ragsdale, recently visited Amavida’s coffee-growing partners in Chiapas, Mexico (VIDEO). “Amavida not only supports our local community, but they’re true global citizens as well.”

30A South Walton 30A Beach Blonde Beer 175 New 30A Coffee by Amavida Coffee & Tea30A Beach Blonde Ale, which launched in February and is brewed by Grayton Beer Company, is already one of the top-selling craft beers in Northwest Florida. Ragsdale said that he expects 30A Coffee to quickly reach the same level of success, with additional retail partners to be announced soon.

Click here to order 30A Coffee online. For retail inquiries, please email Amavida’s Casey Tindell Trejo or call 850-396-3689.

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We owe special thanks to Shelly Swanger Photography for sharing this shot with us from last night’s Junior Marvin concert at Gulf Place.

If you missed their amazing performance, there are still a few local opportunities left. Thanks also to Boukou Groove for helping to bring this kind of world-class talent to our community, and sincere gratitude to Junior Marvin and Force One for showing some serious 30A love…. We are truly blessed to have you guys visit 30A.

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30A South Walton 10397032 739083769487061 2051602195067160336 o Special JUSTIN Wine Dinner at Vue on 30a on July 16Vue on 30a will host a very special JUSTIN Wine Dinner on Wednesday, July 16th, starting at 5:45 p.m.

With its spectacular Gulf-front view as the backdrop, the restaurant’s award winning chef, Giovanni Filippone, has prepared a multi-course dinner menu inspired by summer time coastal living. The dinner will feature wines from JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery.

“Chef Gio’s passion for fresh and authentic culinary creations shows through beautifully with the specially prepared wine dinner,” said Tim Cole, Vue on 30a’s manager. “Our team looks forward to creating a new tradition of wine dinners in one of South Walton’s most spectacular dining venues.”

The special dinner menu and wine pairings include:

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What is 30A Map

Here’s a fun map that shows a little bit of the secret recipe behind the magic of 30A … Are we missing an essential ingredient? Let us know in the comments section below!

Win the giveaway of the summer courtesy of our friends at Rosemary Beach® Cottage Rental Company and Vacay Foods! The giveaway includes 4-night Rosemary Beach accommodations for up to 8 people, in addition to a fully-stocked fridge and pantry provided by Vacay Foods!


30A South Walton rosemary giveaway Win a $5,000 Beach Vacation Courtesy of Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Company and Vacay Foods!

By Jessie Taylor

30A South Walton unnamed 4 300x278 Local Catch is Fresh, Local and Truly a CatchI am not only a fan of Local Catch because the owners, Jimmy Hasser and Adam Yellin, are Alabama football fans, but also because the environment is one of the best on 30A. The first thing that Jimmy said to me when I sat down to interview him was how incredibly grateful and blessed that he and Adam both feel to have a successful restaurant at their age, especially at the beach.

My favorite thing that Jimmy said to me was his answer to my first question, “What was your vision for Local Catch when you first started?”

His response was, “Exactly what it is now.”

They picked 30A to open Local Catch because they had both been down to the area countless times and loved it, as I am sure everyone reading this can relate. The area was exactly what Jimmy and Adam were looking for at the time, chilled out and fun with plenty of potential business.

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30A South Walton photo 2 1024x636 FOR SALE:<br>1981 Land Rover Santana Series III Lightweight

PRICE: $24,000 USD

This incredibly rare ex-Spanish military Land Rover Ligero (“Lightweight”) is the perfect beach cruiser.

It received a full body restoration in Spain in the spring of 2012, followed by a new engine and new transmission in Germany in the summer of 2012. This 1981 Landy features a Spanish military body, military suspension, a heavy-duty military front bumper, rear bumperettes, and a roll-bar. The Land Rover was shipped to Orange Beach, Alabama in August 2012, where it has been in covered storage ever since. Only 500 miles have been put on the the new engine/transmission.

Other features include:

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