Chad Crawfordʼs strange love affair with the Sunshine State might seem…well…downright nutty to some folks. Legend has it that he once had his stomach pumped due to a massive, one-sitting citrus intake.
A cultured Florida boy at heart, Chad-a third generation Floridan-is simply proud of where he lives and enjoys sharing it with others. Chad often says, “When people experience the real Florida they are more likely to take interest in the issues that affect it”.
So, how did Chad come to create and host the series? Good question…
After high school, he quickly realized that his dreams of becoming a pro surfer and skyrocketing to the ranks and fame of Kelly Slater were not attainable.
So at age 19, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he figured he would be somewhat guaranteed to be near a body of saltwater. He was stationed in Antigua in the West Indies. He spent two years serving his country on this remote, tropical island…fishing, scuba diving, surfing and occasionally standing at attention.
Chad did so well at these high-level skills that the commanding officer made him the PAO (Permanent Activities Orderly) of the base and put him in charge of all merriment. Pretty much, whenever there was a military big wig on the island, they would hook him up with Chad, who would take them fishing and show them all the cool stuff there was to do…an early premonition of his skills as a “host of fun.”
After the Navy, Chad returned home to Central Florida where he cashed in his GI bill and enrolled into Full Sail University, a highly accredited film school in Orlando. Here he learned the skills to not only become a brilliant director of photography, but all aspects of the video production process.
Years later, after starting and maintaining a successful production house, he noticed his friends asking him questions that he actually thought were silly at the time. Questions like, “How do I take my kid fishing,” and “how do you Do Florida?” and thus, the idea for the TV series How to Do Florida was born.