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.)
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 email@example.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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t let the magic pass you by! We’ve got exactly what you need at Sun Sports+ to make this summer MAGICAL. This product is not a new addition to the Sun Sports+ arsenal, but instead something that’s incredibly popular among lake goers. Also known as “lilipads“, these products are a simple yet easy way to beat the summer heat. Have you ever seen a water carpet? If you haven’t, keep reading, because you’re in for a treat! Back again this summer are the popular O’Brien Water Carpets and Connelly Party Cove’s.
Why all the Hype?
Carpets are a great replacement for a floating dock or a large floating island. They function because of their volume. Their sheer size and dimensions cause them to displace weight and keep you afloat on the surface of the water. Plus, they never requires inflating! They come equipped with either a grommet or anchor points so that you can anchor them in your lake. Or tote them on a party boat and roll them out for fun in the sun at the sandbar. Whatever your fancy, kick back and relax this weekend! Go float the lake and spend the day lounging in the sun. The Connelly Party Cove Island features 4 anchor points for strategic mooring, UV protection, 2 heavy duty webbing straps, and a nylon net bag for easy stowing. Being bright yellow ensures you are clearly visible out on the water. Your entire family will have a blast lounging on the Connelly Party Cove Island!
Carpets are a great and easy way to have fun in the sun this summer. Instead of the expense of a floating dock or the headache of inflatables, just roll out one of these carpets are get ready for fun! They are built to take a little abuse during games of “king-of-the-dock”. If someone falls (or is pushed off), the carpets are super easy to get back onto. They sit right at the surface of the water which allows for easy access. Seriously we can’t say enough good things about these water sports toys. You just have to see the hype for yourself. Don’t let the magic pass you by this summer! Get your water carpet today!
What’s the Difference?
There are different sizes and thicknesses to the carpets that we sell at Sun Sports+. By far, the most popular carpet is the O’Brien 4-Layer Water Carpet. Measuring 18’x6′ and 2.25″H (i.e. 4 layers of thick foam). This carpet is great for adults and kids alike and will support a combination of both. This carpet supports a lot of weight without bowing in the middle, so your kids can wrestle to their heart’s content!
Looking for something thicker that will support everyone in your household plus more? Check out the Connelly Party Cove Island Deluxe 5-Layer Carpet. Measuring 12’x6′, this carpet is slightly shorter but still incredibly sturdy. It’s the thickest carpet that we sell at Sun Sports+. A 5-Layer construction increases the foam’s buoyancy and durability. Make your time on the water even more special with the O’Brien Ultra Water Carpet. Whether you’re running, jumping or just lounging in the sun, the Water Carpet provides countless hours of fun. With its soft, 5-ply polyethylene construction, this float is insanely comfortable and is more stable than the competition… When you are all worn out from having too much fun, just roll it up and secure the Ultra Water Carpet with the included nylon straps for easy storage.
If you’re looking for a carpet that will primarily be used by young kids, consider the 3-Layer Connelly Party Cove. Measuring 18’x6′, this carpet, believe it or not, is super manageable to handle. Being 3-layers, it still has enough thickness and volume to support a group of people. You may sink in the water more while standing on it, but for some people that’s part of the fun! Don’t let the magic pass you by…
Spring is Coming Soon!!!
Looking for other products that are Wizard Tested, Wizard Approved? Check out our blog! Stay in touch with us by following us on Instagram and liking us on Facebook! Feel free to email us with questions about anything water sports and summer related at email@example.com. And don’t forget to shop online all winter long at shop.sunsportsmaine.com.
Spring is coming…we will see you so very soon!
-The Sun Sports+ Crew
Make sure your wake surfers this summer are WTWA: Wizard Tested Wizard Approved!
Awake now from his deep winter slumber, the Wake Wizard’s back and ready to ride! (We know it’s only January, but we can’t help but get excited for this summer.) The Wake Wizard’s got all the goods and all the things that you need to make this summer the best one yet. We’ve got a couple of wake surf boards to introduce to you that are Wizard Tested Wizard Approved. Back again for the 2021 season is a board that’s a personal favorite at the shop: The Ronix Flyweight Bat Tail Wakesurfer.
This board is like nothing else you’ve ever ridden. It doesn’t look like a traditional surfer, it doesn’t ride like a traditional surfer, it doesn’t act like a traditional surfer. For those reasons it can seem off putting to new riders. But when given the chance it truly is able to thrive. Its’ width makes it slower edge to edge, but if you start to trust the board, it will make you smile any time you turn or spin it. The Flyweight Bat Tail is super easy to keep in the wave because of the width and rocker pattern. We can’t stress this enough. This board doesn’t look like anything else from any other brand. It’s wider than almost anything else that’s out on the market. But trust us when we say this, this shape works. We’re hearing rumors that Ronix is going to take this shape and this board another step further. Don’t be fooled; it might look like a sleeper but it is one of the most fun and versatile boards we sell.
Last year Ronix took their classic Thruster shape that’s known for high speed carves and big bottom turns and modernized it. They came up with a thinner profile, wider compact Bat Tail outline. This surfer gets you where you want to go quicker, and has more smack off the wake for added hang time. It boosts riders higher, farther, and faster. A hard rail enables the board to truly grip the wave making every ride aggressive and fun if you’d like it to be. Now also in a women’s specific design, this board is ready for anyone and everyone to rip up waves this summer. The Flyweight Bat Tail not only comes Wizard Tested, Wizard approved, but it’s also an employee favorite around the shop.
Designed for Speed
All of us gave this board a rip last summer! It’s quick underfoot from front to back, but it feels stable once you get comfortable. With its’ wide tail design, the rider always gets plenty of push from the wave. You’ll get back to the sweet spot in the wake quicker and with less effort. Truly designed for speed, riders can customize the Bat Tail Thruster due to it’s tri-fin set up. Cruise with two fins on the outside for deep carves and slashes. Or ride with just a center fin for quick spins.
The Men’s Flyweight Bat Tail comes in two sizes: 4’5″ and 4’10”. The Women’s Flyweight Bat Tail comes in a 4’5″. The 4’5″ carries riders up to 200lbs. The 4’10” works for 175lbs and up. Because these boards generate speed, you can really take it behind any wave and have a blast.
Most advanced surfers that exist out there in the water sports industry require some time and commitment to master. This board is no exception. But much like a fine wine or cheese, it only get better with time. It’s a freaking awesome board. You just have to believe in it, ride it, and trust in it. The Flyweight Bat Tail will take it from there.
As always, stay updated with all things summer related by following our blog! And stay in touch with us by following us on Instagram and liking us on Facebook. Call us with questions at (207) 693-3867. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Shop online at Sun Sports+! And keep summer in the back of your minds. We are stoked for it. It’s okay for you to be too even if it’s still winter…
Day dreaming of summer? We do it too. New wakeboards and new waterskis are always fun additions to your water sports quiver. But what about the simple things? Getting the proper rope can help maximize your performance on your water sports equipment. We are here to help you choose your next wakeboard rope. Wakeboard and waterski ropes are not the same. Ski ropes have some stretch which allow skiers to more comfortably carve through their turns. Wakeboard ropes have virtually no stretch, maximizing riders’ pop during tricks. If you are in the market for a wakeboard rope, here are a few things to think about.
Wakeboard ropes are typically made with a few different materials. Poly E ropes are great for beginner riders. They have a small amount of stretch, making them more forgiving when cutting through the wake. They are also less expensive than some other ropes. The downside to Poly E ropes is that their stretch will not be desirable as a rider’s abilities progress. A rider looking for a more taut rope should consider a Dyneema rope. Dyneema ropes are exceptionally strong and lightweight, and have no stretch.
Length – Wake ropes range in length, typically falling between 55 and 80 feet long. They are often adjustable, so you can easily change the length for different riders or abilities. Shorter ropes put riders in the narrower part of the wake and are good for newer riders. Longer ropes allow riders to get more speed and to spend more time in the air, in the wider part of the wake.
Handles – There are several choices for wake handles as well. EVA foam, aluminum and carbon fiber are the typical materials used for handles. Grips can be rubber or chamois and may be textured. Lighter, stronger handles are going to be the most expensive. Wake handles are wider than ski handles, making it easier to pass the rope during tricks. Note that wake handles come in different diameters. Make sure you can comfortably grip the handle and that it isn’t too big or small for your hand.
What We Recommend
The Connelly Launch Package is a great starting point. It performs well, it’s comfortable to use, has bright visible colors, and a price point that won’t break the bank. At 75 feet with three 5 foot sections, you have flexibility to set the length the way you want it. That way you can get the best pop off of the wave. The Launch package also has a 15″ soft molded EVA foam handle for a comfortable grip. This is a great choice for your next wakeboard rope. Bottom line, it’s an awesome choice for your next wakeboard rope.
Looking for something more performance based? Check out the Connelly LGS Suede Package with Dyneema grip. At 75 feet, you have maximum amount of flexibility with how you customize your rope length. With a 15″ stitched leather handle and molded EVA core, this wakeboard rope has a tacky grip. Because of that, you’ll be able to stick your next landing easier.
We get it. There’s a lot that goes into making your next water sports purchase. We can help make it easier when you want to choose your next wakeboard rope. We are knowledgeable about the equipment we sell because it’s the same equipment that we use. Let us help inform you. Feel free to call us with questions. (207) 693 – 3867. Email us at email@example.com. And stay updated with our blog!
This is one of the first tricks we all try on a wakesurfer. But it can also feel like the hardest trick to master. It’s that dreaded 360. To some extent, it’s like riding a bicycle. Once you land it a few times, the feeling stays with you and you remember how to do it. But getting there can be frustrating. We like to think of water sports like school in a way. Study up in the off season and you’ll come back ready to ride. So, don’t worry. We are here to help you with landing your first 360 surface spin.
Three Steps to Land the 360
The first step to landing your first 360 is getting comfortable on the surf board. Make sure you can carve back and forth. Then start to work the whole wave. Get to a point where you can leave the sweet spot of the wave, drift far back, and then get back into it. Once you are comfortable with your balance and carving, you’re ready to start practicing that dreaded 360.
The second step starts with drifting towards the back of the wave. You want to make sure that you have enough room in front of you to build a little speed before you try your 360. Put weight on your front foot so that the board picks up speed towards the front of the wave. You can pump a little bit too if you feel comfortable building speed that way as well. Do make sure that you have enough room from where you start your 360 to where you will finish your spin. That way you can get back to the sweet spot of the wave without much effort. However, you don’t have to get right up next to the swim platform in order to start your spin.
Landing the 360
The third step is the actual spin. Most people prefer a one-handed approach to initiating their spin. This can help you keep your weight centered over the board perhaps better than a two handed approach. Try both. Figure out what is most comfortable for you. Once you start your spin, you should feel the fins in the board break loose from the wave. Stay low on the board. At this point, try and spot the back of the boat by turning your head in the direction of your rotation. Be mindful of the board. Try and get a feel for the rotation. Spotting the boat will help stop the board from spinning. Once you feel you’ve come all the way around, stand up slightly. You’ll want to either get weight on your front foot or start to pump again to get back to the sweet spot in the wave.
Have patience throughout the process! The surface 360 often results in many face plants and big splashes. Don’t let that discourage you. We’ve all been there. There are a few other things you can do to help aid you in this process.
If you’ve devoted a full day to trying out this trick and you’re not having much luck, take a break! There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re not making any progress. Do you recall the definition of insanity? Trying the same thing over and over again expecting a different result? So, don’t be afraid to call it a day and walk away from the 360.
One key element in landing your first 360 is knowing when to take a break. You can always come back out and try it again later. Also, try switching between the one-handed spin and the two-handed spin. Often people are successful with one as opposed to the other. The other thing to keep in mind is how aggressively you’re pushing off of the wave. If you find that you’re over rotating, then perhaps try slowing down your spin or not pushing as hard on the wave.
Having Fun is the Most Important Part
At the end of the day, Wake Surfing is all about spending a fun day out on the water with your friends and family. If you’re really struggling, consider taking a lesson with us! Our ski school program runs 7 days a week from 9am-5pm. We also run a Surf Camp! This Tuesday / Thursday Night program allows you the chance to meet with other surfers in the area and hone a new skill. For more info, call us! (207) 693-3867. Feel free to email us! firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook to get your fix of water sports content. And stay updated on all things summer related by reading our blog!
We will see you in the spring!
The phrase Seasonal Depression doesn’t describe my winters properly. I’m a big fan of winter! The feeling of cruising down mountain slopes on skis or a snowboard is right up there with carving up a water ski course. If anything, I think the phase seasonal confusion more accurately fits. I see the new 2021 products rolling into the shop and I can’t wait to be back out on the water. But I try and get to the mountain whenever I can. I can’t decide what I like better. But my wetsuit has been starring me down in my closet so I couldn’t resist an opportunity to try and it on and make sure it still fit after the Holidays.
I am excited that 2020 has come to an end. A new year means a new summer full of fun in the sun is well on its’ way! (Though maybe not quickly enough.) But that’s one of the goals of this blog; to keep us all united with some warm thoughts during the cold dead of winter. In a time of seasonal confusion, we’re here to guide you all along into summer 2021! Follow along with our blog here!
Getting the Proper Fit
Speaking of wetsuits, there’s no time like wintertime to get a new wetsuit from Sun Sports+! Once the ice melts you’ll be ready and back out on the water. There’s nothing like a good wetsuit to keep the chill away during the early and later parts of the water sports season. Perhaps the biggest misconception about wetsuits is related to fit; a wetsuit should fit like a second skin. This means that it should be snug, but not uncomfortable. A wetsuit is able to keep you warm because it traps a layer of water against your skin. Your body will naturally heat up that water and insulate you against the cold.
A wetsuit is too big if it is loose around your ankles, wrists, or neck. It’s too small if you struggle to zipper it or cannot zipper it at all. Keep in mind that the more snug the suit fits, the less effort it will take your body to warm up the water that the suit traps against it.
Check out O’Neill’s Epic Wetsuit. With a convenient back zipper for easy entry, 100% UltraFlex DS neoprene, double seal neck closure, Lumbar Seamless Design (LSD) and re-engineered covert Blackout zipper, the Epic the best value in the industry. It’s one of the most popular full length suits we sell at Sun Sports+ for cold spring water.
The O’Neill Bahia wetsuit is designed for a new generation of female athletes that want to bring beauty, personality, and confidence to the water. The combination of chic styling and absolute function makes Bahia is a unique wetsuit line for the style-savvy and performance-driven athlete. It has my personal seal of approval because it’s the only suit I wear.
Don’t let that seasonal confusion get the best of you this time of year. If you’ve got questions or concerns about anything water sports related, let us know! We are here to help. Got more questions about wetsuits? Not sure what is the best option for yourself or your loved ones? Call us with questions. (207) 693–3867. Feel free to email us at email@example.com. See more at firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for all things water sports!
Did anyone else catch ice out on the lake recently? Alright, we know it’s not actually ice out just yet, (because it never fully iced in) but we were certainly tempted to get a rip in! There’s still a lot of winter ahead of us, but we can dream, right? What is just ahead of us is the new year! Bring on the new year with a new ski from Sun Sports+!
We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. It certainly looked different this year for us, but keeping things low key means we kept it stress free. We’ve still got the New Year to look forward to after all! And a New Year means a New Ski, at least we think so! While everyone else is making New Year’s Resolutions to eat less junk food, we resolve to ski more and worry less! We’ve got the perfect line up of 2021 Slalom Skis to help you get your fix. Ladies, check out the 2021 Radar Lyric Slalom Ski – it’s got your name written all over it.
The New Lyric
Radar’s 2021 Lyric is engineered specifically for the first lady of the water. They utilize a lighter weight carbon on the inside of the ski making the finished product softer and easier to turn. But fear not! This ski does lacks neither aggression nor fun. Ladies, rip it up on the Lyric between 26-34 MPH and have fun making effortless turns. Pair this ski with Radar’s Lyric Boots and you’ve got a powerhouse combination ready to rip up some early morning glass.
Bring on the new year with a new ski or another new piece of water sports equipment. Check here for more new 2021 skis! Call with questions. (207) 693–3867. Feel free to email us and inquire more at email@example.com. And make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!
We hope you stay happy, healthy, and safe. Talk soon!
Happy Holidays from Sun Sports+
It looks like it’s going to be a white Christmas after all! I want to take this time to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays. I must admit, I love the sunshine, warm weather, tan lines, and lake life that comes with summertime but even I get a little giddy about the winter Holidays. My winter plans involve getting some turns in on the slopes and trading bathing suit tan lines for goggle tans. And then when the snow melts, you’ll find me back on the water either surfing a wave or ripping it up on a slalom ski.
The one thing I have on my Christmas list is a little bit of normal. I wish for all of you out there to have a happy and healthy Holiday season. I look forward to seeing you all in the spring. There are some great 2021 products arriving at the store weekly, so make sure to check out our Blog for updates on what’s new and exciting. Just the other day we received a shipment of Bogg Bags!
For now, it looks like it’s still going to be a socially distant winter. And that’s okay because we at Sun Sports+ are never that far away. As always, you can keep updated on the latest in water sports by following us on Instagram and liking us on Facebook. Use this link here to see all that Sun Sports+ has to offer! Feel free to call with questions. Email us and ask for more.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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