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About Big Willie’s Action Sports

How We Got Started Renting Paddleboards

Established in 2014, Big Willie’s Action Sports was built on a handshake over a couple of beers after two friends, Derek Girmscheid and Jon Cressman, struggled to find Rental Paddleboards in downtown Nashville.

Who Is Big Willie?

Big Willie is actually a dog…Derek’s bulldog. He was the inspiration of our laid-back culture. Willie and his sister, Ginger, love getting out on the water. Safety first!

Before the Willie Wagon

Before the Willie Wagon.

Our Experienced SUP Guides

Each tour you will have a tour guide who will be with you on your paddleboard adventure and a driver who will shuttle you in the “Willie wagon” up to Shelby Park and will keep a watchful eye on your stuff while you float down the river. They’ll provide you with helpful tips, keep an eye out for you on the river and provide a brief intro to help you get oriented on your board.