New for Summer 2022: Sun Sports+ has inventory!

Wow, it’s been a while since we’ve seen you all! The summer is such a crazy time for us here at Sun Sports+. Don’t get get us wrong, we love the warm weather, the sunsets, and life on the lake. But the winter is nice for us too because we can relax a little! I’ve said it before in blog posts; I love winter skiing and snowboarding so I am looking forward to getting back on the slopes. But, I know I am also excited to continue writing more blog posts for you all and keeping in touch via Social Media! We have some great products coming in to the shop every week and we want to inform you of them! Whereas other businesses are struggling with their inventory, we’ve taken steps to ensure that we will have great products, new for summer 2022, for you all come spring time.

If you’ve watched the news at all recently, you’ll know that inventory is hard to come by. The issue spreads across industries. Everything from Halloween costumes, to Christmas presents, to water-sports equipment! It’s a game that will continue for months to come, but we are combating it as best we can! Just before closing, we took in a huge O’Brien order of Kneeboards. There is a shortage on Plastic, so kneeboards will be a difficult product to find new for summer 2022.

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Maine’s #1 Wake and Ski Academy

Summer is in full swing and we are ready to kick off the weekend with our popular Ski School Program! Join us for the Sun Sports+ Experience and enjoy either an hour, two hours, a half day, or a full day of wake-boarding, wake-surfing, waterskiing, or tubing out on the water at Maine’s #1 Wake and Ski Academy. All lesson prices include the boat, the gas, the driver, and the equipment. The only thing we do not provide is a spotter, so bring a buddy or a family member with you to share the fun!

Our young skier friend Maddie learns how to waterski for the first time while her mom cheers in the background.

Want to Know More?

We book by the hour. That hour is yours to spend however you’d like! Start off with some water-skiing, then maybe switch to wake-surfing! Then, end your reservation with some tubing fun. Our instructors are great and are there to offer the tips you want as well as the instruction you need. This year, we have four drivers joining the Team! Back for another year of fun in the sun on the water are Tommy Cogswell and Zeke Tocci! Tommy is a natural coach and divides his time between the water and the ski slopes! Zeke is a ball of fun with a smile that just makes you want to lighten up and have a ball.

Surf Nights

Also back for another summer is our popular Surf Night Program! You provide the desire and enthusiasm, we provide the rest – the boat, equipment, fuel, driver and instruction. All for just $25 per person. This year, surf night will run from 6pm-8pm on Thursday nights. Come out and either demo a new board, attempt a new trick, or just have some fun. Tommy will be our driver again this summer. He is experienced, patient, and a overwhelmingly friendly boat driver and instructor. Surf Night is also a great way to meet other surfers!

To make a reservation at Maine’s #1 Wake and Ski Academy, head to sunsportsmaine.com. Got more questions? Find answers to frequently asked questions HERE! Still have questions? Call us at (207) 693-3867 or send us an email at info@sunsportsmaine.com. As always, follow us on Instagram and Like us on Facebook and get your fix of water sports content. We are here to help you have the best summer yet. See you out on the water!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Two of our friends sitting down on a bench outside sunsports soaking up the sunshine

 

Memorial Day Weekend is HERE which means that summer has officially begun! We are stocked up for you all and ready to share this great summer with you. There are life jackets, bathing suits, water carpets, waterskis, surfers, boards, and MORE available in store. And it just keeps getting better. Our ski school program kicks off in a few weeks as well! Make sure you reserve your time slot online in advance at sunsportsmaine.com and come join us for some waterskiing, wake boarding, tubing, kneeboarding, or wake surfing! Returning this year as one of our boat drivers is our very own Tommy Cogswell. He’s a surfer, skier, and wakeboarder, and has a passion for water sports that is truly infectious.

What else is new:

We’ve picked up a few new brands this year and added them to our line up. We are especially excited about Sand Cloud, this great new brand of Turkish towels. These towels dry quicker, repel sand, are light and compact, and ready to wrap you up in a warm embrace! They are multi functional as a sarong, blanket, beach blanket, towel, and more. Back this year with new designs and colors are our favorite Melin hats. These hats are made for life on the water. They repel water and conform to your head for a truly comfortable fit. We’ve got them in stock in store in navy, white, camouflage, grey, and more. Lastly, another brand we are so excited to introduce is Aqualily! They make water carpets, floating waterproof speakers, and other assorted floats! Shop online or in store to see all these amazing products this Memorial Day Weekend.

 

We hope you all have a great Holiday weekend this weekend! We are looking forward to sharing this summer with you. We are here to help make this summer the best summer ever. Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook for fresh summer content! Call with questions. (207) 693 – 3867. Email us also at info@sunsportsmaine.com. We will see you this summer!

 

Mother’s Day: The Gift Guide You Need

Mother’s Day is fast approaching. But don’t stress! Let us help you find the perfect gift for the water sports loving mom in your life. We’ve got the Mother’s Day Gift Guide you need to get the inspiration for the perfect gift for that special someone.

1. Lola Charm

mother's day pendant with a celtic knot engraved in the center of it and engravings on the back of the charm

Love one love all with this special mother’s day charm. No matter where we go, no matter what we do, You will always have me, and I will always have you. That’s LOLA’s motto with this stunning charm. Measuring a prominent 19mm, it will sparkle and shine for many years to come. Made of sterling silver and engraved with beautiful design work, LOLA charms commemorate special moments in life. Lola Charms are a popular jewelry company who design and create beautiful, high quality, handcrafted pendants, charms, bracelets, cufflinks, rings and other jewelry which mark important moments in people’s lives. They also cannot guarantee shipping before Mother’s Day! We’ve got the goods though while supplies last.

LOLA pendants are often given as gifts, to bring courage, strength, hope, comfort and joy to family and friends who have overcome adversity or continue to be challenged. LOLA pendants are also given simply to express friendship, gratitude and love, and are cherished by those who wear them as a means to carry with them a feeling of great honor.

2. Squeeze de Citron Bag

Squeeze de Citron Bags are hand woven from recycled plastic from mexican artisans

Maybe your mom isn’t into jewelry. Don’t panic! We’ve got more to our Mother’s Day Gift Guide than that. Check out these bags instead! Made from 100% recyclable plastic, these Squeeze de Citron bags are hand crafted by Mexican artisans. Featuring extremely durable construction with a rigid structure, they are water-proof and have long handles for easy use as a shoulder bag or handy-carry. Their unique texture and colors make them perfect for any lifestyle activity, such as a beach day, boating, swimming, tennis, or golf. They are lightweight and made to last for many years to come!

3. Radar Aqua Lounger

The Lounge Float is super comfy, has an optional fold out footrest, and cupholders for the best lounging experience you've ever had

Let mom sit back and relax during those hot days this summer in one of our favorite floats. The Aqua Lounger is the ultimate fun in the sun toy. Blow it up and float it out, in the pool, in the lake, or at the beach. The Lounger will lounge anywhere. With an extendable footrest, cupholders, and high backrest, your mom will chill-axing all summer long.

3. Sea Bag Love Paw Tote or Wristlet

Let your mother’s love for her four-legged friends continue with this long lasting, durable tote. Use it to carry your pets’ favorite toys to the park or as a reliable carry-all that shows off your love for your loyal companion. The long-lasting recycled sail cloth is durable and water resistant, so it is the perfect tote for adventures with your furry friend. Throw these bags right in the washing machine for easy cleaning. This wristlet is the perfect companion to keep you organized. The printed design lets you show your love of dogs and animals while carrying your everyday essentials. Durable for years to come, this carryall wristlet is made from recycled sail cloth with a comfy wrist cord so you can keep your love of pets close at hand.

We’re Here to Help!

We know that gift giving stresses many of us out, but we are here to help! Stop the shop and let us help you pick out the perfect gift for your mother! We are here 7 days a week. We hope this blog post offers some help for you to find the gift you need. Monday-Saturday we’re open 9am – 6pm. We are open Sunday’s from 11am-6pm. Email us with questions at info@sunsportsmaine.com. Call us at (207) 693-3867. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook for more water sports fun.

Bring on Summer!

The Sun Sports+ Store all dressed up and displayed for opening weekend!

We had a great opening weekend!

We are kicking off summer the right way here at Sun Sports+ with bright sunshine, long hours, and new products! The Wake Wizard is in the house and we are rocking and rolling. Bring on summer!

We are so excited to announce that Sun Sports+ has a new Private label clothing line – with more on its way! We now have a line of board shorts, hybrid shorts, and walk shorts with our very own logo on them. Rock your favorite surf shop without sacrificing quality or style.

Ronix Vault Wakeboard

Back again for 2021 is one of the more solid wake board packages we sell at Sun Sports+. Check out the Ronix Vault and Divide Package. This set up is great for every rider but designed to help new riders experiment with their toe side tricks and get them figured out faster. The Vault features a 3 stage rocker that will provide for extra pop off the wake. It also features an asymmetrical design, something that’s unique in the wakeboard world. The Vault truly does not have a designated tip or tail, allowing the board to truly adapt to each individual rider. On the toe side edge, Ronix incorporated a “step down rail” and a molded in fin set closer to the edge of the board. These features allow riders to accomplish their tricks with ease.

Ronix Divide Boot

The Divide boot is arguably the most comfortable boot in the store. This boot is super easy to get your foot in and out of, but it will support your ankles throughout your ride. This whole set up comes WTWA: Wizard Tested. Wizard Approved. The combined set up of a Vault with a Divide boot is just what you need to bring on summer!
Ronix's popular divide boot mounted on the Vault Wakeboard

If we could offer you any advice, we would tell you to get ahead of the summer madness and get stocked up now while product is available! We have new orders arriving almost every day but supplies won’t last! Call us with any questions at (207) 693-3867. We are standing by, ready to answer any and all questions or concerns that you have. Feel free to email us at info@sunsportsmaine.com. Or stop by the store and see first hand what we have in stock! Our hours are as follows:

Monday – Saturday: 9am-6pm.
Sunday – 11am – 6pm.

Bring on Summer!

Opening Weekend is April 23rd!

Can you believe it? Opening weekend is this coming weekend! We will kick off the start of the summer this Friday, April 23rd, from 9am-6pm! As of Friday, we are open 7 days a week.

Our new rental site is up and running and ready to receive reservations for equipment, our Ski School Program, and more. Click here to reserve your spots this summer! We also have so many new products at the shop to show you all. Everything from waterskis, to wakeboards, to surfers, apparel, and MORE!

So What’s New?

Have you seen our new Electric Bikes? Get your cruise on with these new electric bikes from Sun Sports+! Whip around the causeway in style while all your spectators look on with admiration. These 14″  Electric bikes, are a folding, aluminum, battery powered bikes that will go up to 30 miles on a single charge. They fold for easy portability and storage. Take them with you in the car, on the boat, in your camper, or on a plane for easy access to adventures and vacation fun. Check them out during opening weekend!

The Wizard gives a big thumbs up for the new electric bikes at Sun Sports+

 

We’ve added new brands to the line up available at Sun Sports+! This year we want to welcome Squeeze de Citron, a line of hand made recycled bags that are so cute and fun! We also want to give a warm welcome to Thread, a collection of cool wallets, chapstick holders, lanyards, and so much more. Wait until you see our new line of Sun Sports+ clothing! That’s a surprise you’ll have to check out in store opening weekend!

2020 was a strange year for sure but this year has the potential to be so much more. Let’s all get together safely and enjoy our time on the water. As always, you can reach us via email at info@sunsportsmaine.com. Call us at (207) 693-3867. Stop by the shop this weekend from 9am – 6pm! Or shop online at https://shop.sunsportsmaine.com/. We are here for you in any capacity that we can be. See you this weekend for opening day!

The 3 Best Technique Tips for Water Skiing

Over the years, I have noticed a huge shift in the industry from water skiing to wake boarding and wake surfing. Surfing has definitely increased in popularity over waterskiing. But there’s something about skiing for me that is a rite of passage. It’s easier in my opinion to teach someone how to wake surf. That’s in part because you’re so close to the boat, you can really instruct someone on the fly. But you’re also going so slow that much of the pressure goes away. I learned to ski before anything else. It’s still a sport I enjoy to this day. I wanted to pass along some of my knowledge for all of you. So I came up with the 3 Best Technique Tips to waterskiing that you need to know.

I understand the appeal of surfing but skiing is a classic. I’m writing to you today to try and alleviate some of the pressures that come with the territory of water skiing and offer some advice that I’ve learned over the years. Here are the 3 Best Technique Tips to waterskiing that you need to know.

Our young skier friend Maddie learns how to waterski for the first time while her mom cheers in the background.

Maddie Scholte Learns to Ski for the first time

Step One: Getting up on Skis for the First Time

It sounds simple, but really let the boat do the work for you. Let the boat do the work: Getting up on skis really shouldn’t take that much effort, so if you are finding that it is, you are probably trying to do too much. A common mistake that we see when teaching someone to water ski for the first time is that they fight against the boat. The boat will always win. If you can stay crouched, in a tight little ball, then the boat will be more likely to pull you up. There is no rush to stand. You’ll have a stronger position if you keep a low center of gravity and wait to stand.

Step 2: Learning to Drop a Ski for the First Time:

For beginners looking to drop I ski, imagine you’re riding a scooter.  You’ll maintain primary pressure on your dominant / front foot. You’ll want to bend your knees and slowly kick away your drop ski much like pushing a scooter.

Once you’re standing, puff out your chest. You want to have a strong stance. I prefer a slight bend to my elbows too. It helps me feel confident and strong while standing on one ski. I always keep my knees bent just a little bit to absorb bumps. I also try and keep my hips forward. You want to think about bringing the handle lower and your hips forward. They will meet in the middle so to speak. You’ll have better control and strength like this.

Step 3: Patience is Key

Lastly, the best piece of advice that I have for you is to be patient. Water skiing is unlike any other sport out there. You will use muscles you did not know you have and you’ll be put in awkward athletic stances that you may not be familiar with. Having patience extends to your driver / instructor. If you’re with family or friends on the boat, it is important that everyone stay calm and encouraging. Don’t be afraid to take a break also! Spending a day out on the lake is meant to be fun, not stressful.

So there you have it!

Those are the the 3 Best Technique Tips for water skiing that I have learned over the years. I hope you learned something here today about the 3 Best Technique Tips for water skiing! Feel free to email us with more questions at info@sunsportsmaine.com. If you’re really struggling, take a lesson with us! You can book online here. Call us with other questions! (207) 693-3867. Shop our selection of water skis here! And as always make sure to stay in touch with on by following us on Instagram and liking us on Facebook. Spring is near!!!

Is It Spring Yet??? Because We Are Ready For It!

Okay, this may sound crazy but I drove home yesterday with the windows DOWN! It was such a mood booster. It is spring yet? Because I skied at Shawnee Peak in the morning and ditched the winter jacket in the afternoon. That weather is such that you can get a goggle tan and sit in the sun all day. What a nice feeling, despite it only being 45 degrees! This always fascinates me how a sunny 50 degrees in the winter time feels like t-shirt weather. Yet that same temp in the summertime is miserable. Regardless, winter is surely coming to an end, right?? Or did Maine Memes get it right on Instagram by saying that we are currently in “Fools Spring” and “Third Winter” is on its’ way? (Do any of you follow them? They are actually wicked funny.)

Maine Memes describes the 12 seasons in New England in their Instagram Post

 

February is Coming to a Close

QUICKLY too in my opinion. If we can power through March as well then April will truly see the start of Spring. We typically look to open our doors at Sun Sports+ during April and then in May we are open full time. I am truly excited to see you all back at the shop! I know that I speak for the whole Sun Sports+ Crew when I say that we look forward to hearing about your winters and prepping you for a summer of fun on the water.

As always, stay in touch with us by following us on Instagram and liking us on Facebook! You can read along with our Blog for weekly updates on new products at the shop, or just fun quips and stories. Shop online at shop.sunsportsmaine! Email us with any water sports related questions at info@sunsportsmaine.com. Call with questions! (207) 693-3867. We’re here for you remotely for the time being, but we are psyched to be there for you in person very soon. Is it spring yet? Because we are ready for it!

Squeeze De Citron: Made from 100% recycled plastic!

One of the best parts of our job is getting to meet new people and work with new Companies. Every winter, we spend a huge amount of time researching all the new products we will carry. We try our best to study up and become experts so that we can best advise you on your next purchase. That said, what’s the coolest new brand in our lineup for this summer?? Check out Squeeze De Citron. Made from 100% recycled plastic, they are a guilt free accessory that will make your life easy. All you Bogg Bag lovers out there will dig these bags!

Squeeze De Citron bags represent the work of talented Mexican artisans. These lifestyle bags are made with delicate care and attention to detail. Each custom bag takes an entire week to create, with additional time devoted to specifically designing the handles. The bags are made from 100% recycled plastic. That makes makes them durable as well as waterproof! Each bag inspires a happy celebration of culture and ethnicity. These bags are perfect for a day out on the lake, at the beach, or simply out on the town! They are as versatile as they are stylish. 

Each custom bag takes an entire week to create, with an additional 3 days dedicated to creating the handles. The bags are made with 100% vegan recyclable plastic for added structure. They come in a variety of colors and patterns so there is something for everyone out there! Squeeze De Citron works on a fair trade basis, which is part of the reason we are so excited to work with them! You’ll see them throughout our store this summer. Come and check one out or shop online

A Squeeze De Citron bag stands aesthetically on the beach. They are waterproof, durable, and fun!

Durable, Colorful, and Made from 100% Recycled Plastic!

Made from 100% recyclable plastic, Squeeze De Citron bags are crafted by hand. Extremely durable with a rigid structure, they are water-proof and have long handles for easy use as a shoulder bag or handy-carry. Their unique texture and colors have made them perfect for any lifestyle activity, such as a beach day, boating, swimming, tennis, or golf. They are lightweight and made to last for years! They are slightly smaller in stature to a Bogg Bag, but they still have enough room for all your snacks, drinks, etc. We love the colors and unique patterns featured on each bag! Because they are hand crafted, every bag is a little different than the last!

 

The Wake Wizard holds up some Squeeze de Citron Bags for viewing! They are colorful and fun - the perfect addition to your day at the beach or out in the boat.

 

And yes, fear not because these bags are Wizard Tested, Wizard Approved! There’s plenty of room in them to fit all your boating essentials. Load them up with a towel, waters, snacks, a good book, and get out on the lake! If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call or email us. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook! Check out our blog for more! We will keep you up to date on all things water sports related. Think warm thoughts! Spring will be here before you know it and we will get back out on the lake!

Winter Blues: Things That Have Us Excited for Summer

I get it. It’s winter. And in Maine of all places. That means there’s going to be some snow. And that’s okay I can deal with that. I love the feeling of curling up next to the fire with some hot cocoa or some hot tea and just watching the snowfall. But in the back of my mind is still the memory of summer days. I look forward to the days that I get to spend out on the boat skiing, surfing and wake boarding. As well as the nights that I will spend sitting in front of a campfire roasting a marsh-mellow. If you’re stuck in winter slump then sit back, relax, and let me remind you of the things that make summer great. Not all of us may like winter. If you’re like me and you need a little bit of fun to get you through the slump of winter, I’ve got your back. Here are some things that have us Excited for summer 2021.

Here at Sun Sports+, we’ve got just the things to speed through winter. It’s called the Connelly Daytona Tube. Featuring sit on top tube, multiple handles, and race car graphics, it’s powered up with just the speedy aesthetics to get you psyched about summer.

Daytona 3 Tube

Race your way through summer with the Connelly Daytona 3 Tube. This tube is a cross over between deck styles and couch styles so that you can get the best of both worlds. Get the sensation that you’re flying down the racetrack this summer with the wind on your face and the lake at your back.

3 People tubing on the 2021 Connelly Daytona 3 Tube

Tubing on the Daytona 3

Or check out the Connelly Ninja tube. This tube is a cross over between what we call “couch tubes” and deck style tubes. Couch tubes traditionally feature a sit on design with a back rest. It can offer a more comfortable ride for tubers because you maintain a more natural position. Deck style tubes require you to lay down on top of them and hang on to the handles at the top and the sides of the tube. But the Connelly Ninja tube truly has the best of both worlds. You sit directly on top of the top but your handles are located in front of you. This gives the rider the impression that they are steering a race car.

Connelly Ninja 2 Person Towable Tube

Cruising on the Connelly Ninja 2

These are just some of the things that have us excited for summer. There’s plenty more to get excited about! Warmer weather for one, longer days for another, and a summer tan is always a plus! Whatever it is that makes you happy during summer, just know that it’s not that much further away. As always, stay in touch with the latest and greatest in the water sports world by following our Blog! Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook. Got more water sports questions? Give us a call! (207) 693-3867. Email us at info@sunsportsmaine.com.