An Exciting New Ski For 2021!

With that late season chill in the air reminding us that winter is well on its way, we at Sun Sports+ can’t help but get excited about new 2021 toys. Many of them will arrive at the store very soon! With that in mind, now is the perfect time to start thinking about what to get your water sports companions for the Holidays. I admit, my Christmas list has whatever cold weather gear will get me back out on the water as soon as the ice melts. Though most people dream of snow this time of year, we dream of summer!

The Wake Wizard has his eye on one ski in particular. It’s called the Radar Terrain, and it’s new for 2021! The Terrain has a very traditional slalom ski shape making it a dependable ski for a wide variety of skiers. Being a little wider in the shovel, it feels stable and balanced beneath your feet. 100% carbon laminates combined with a unique shape ensures this ski will have consistent flex on every turn it takes. The body of the ski has many straight lines along it that allows the ski to flow. Meaning it’s ideal for carving in open water. And fear not buoy slayers; you can take this ski into the course for some added fun.

The New Radar 2021 Terrain Slalom Ski

The New Radar 2021 Terrain Slalom Ski

The Terrain can be skied up to 32mph and comes in three different sizes:

65” – up to 160lbs

67” – 130lbs – 190lbs

69” – 175lbs – 230lbs

The Perfect Choice

Because it’s built to handle any adventure you throw at it, the Terrain is the perfect choice for your next ski. With sleek graphics, a bright orange base, and pure aesthetic magic, you’ll surely be a catch out on the lake. Pair this ski with Radar’s new Prime Feather Front Boot and Adjustable Rear Toe Piece and you’re got a powerhouse set up that will tackle the open water next summer. Radar even redesigned the Prime Boot for 202. It now features a synch around your ankle as well as lower on your foot. Now you can get a tighter fit for great control over your slalom ski.

A slalom skier leans into a turn on the new 2021 Radar Terrain

A slalom skier leans into a turn on the new 2021 Radar Terrain

Keep this ski on your radar, pun intended, because it’s one that we are especially excited about. But there’s more. A whole shipment of Radar Ski equipment is set to arrive early next week, and we can’t wait to see them in person. As soon as they are in, you can check them out on our website! And as always, make sure to stay in contact with us on social media! Call with questions. (207) 693–3867. Feel free to email us and inquire more at info@sunsportsmaine.com. And make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

 

 

 

 

 

Surfing the Last of Summer

Well, we lasted out on the water as long as we could!

Our 2020 season out on the boats is officially over. We extended the season with wetsuits, a lot of laughter, and some good company. Our official last day out on the water was this past Tuesday, November 10th. We had some great weather that made it all possible! Though it’s strange to have 70-degree days in November, (we weren’t complaining) we just got out there and surfed!

For those of you wondering how we do it, all it takes is a good wetsuit, a couple of die-hard friends, and some hot cocoa and hot tea. Our very own Tommy Cogswell got some 360’s in on the Ronix Batail surfer, a favorite among employees at the shop. At the end of the day, we were greeted by an amazing sunset as well! Even the Wake Wizard himself got a couple of turns in on his Slalom Ski. It was the perfect way to wrap up another season of watersports.

 

Tommy performing a 360

Tommy performing a 360

 

In other news, we have discounted all past season products! Click here to save big on 2020 wakeboards, water skis, wake surfers, and more! We’ve got a little something for everyone

Days spent out on the boat with close friends and family are a treat especially in this tumultuous time. We want to take a moment to wish all of you out there a safe and happy weekend. And as always, stay in contact with us via Instagram and Facebook! We’ve got the warm, summer content that you need to help get you through the cold winter. Feel free to call us with any questions at (207)-693-3867. Email us at info@sunsportsmaine.com. And stay updated on all things watersports related with our blog! We are looking forward to the springtime already, but we must admit we are also looking forward to some much-needed R&R this wintertime. Talk soon!

The Sun Sports+ Crew

Fall Update

Sun Sports LogoFall is here and we are enjoying the foliage! It was a weird summer for sure, but we enjoyed seeing all of you in our store. We are closed for the winter, but we are not unreachable! Please feel free to contact us with any watersports related questions. Send us an email at info@sunsportsmaine.com or call us at (207) 693-3867. We are here for you in whatever capacity we can be to ensure that your next pull behind the boat is your best one yet.

All our 2020 products are currently on sale at sunsportsmaine.com! Save big on this summer’s wakeboards, waterskis, wakesurfers, and more. Click here to check them out! New 2021 products are starting to arrive and we are so excited to share them with you.  Shop online at shop.sunsports all winter long. Stay updated on all things watersports related by joining our email chain! And stay in touch with us by following us on Instagram & Facebook.
We look forward to seeing you all in the spring –

The Sun Sports+ Team

Julia In the Crux of the Wave

 

 

Fitting Your Life Vest

While a life jacket is extremely important when you are on the water, choosing one doesn’t need to be difficult. Fitting your life jacket is actually pretty straightforward, and manufacturers provide a good amount of guidance about how to choose your vest. 

The first thing to consider is if you want a Coast Guard approved vest or a competition/impact jacket. Competition vests are not Coast Guard approved, and are not designed with the same life saving standards as CGA vests. They are lightweight, comfortable and flexible, and are recommended for use by people with extensive watersports experience. If you are looking for a life-saving vest, make sure you are looking at CGA vests. They are easy to identify, as they are labeled with a fairly large safety booklet.

Next, most vests are made of either nylon or neoprene. Nylon vests are very affordable and are great for recreational boaters. Watersports enthusiasts may opt for softer, more form-fitting neoprene vests. 

Sizing your vest is the most critical part of your purchase. A properly fitted life jacket will keep your head above the water, and can possibly save your life. If your vest is too big, it will ride up around your face. If it is too small, it will not be able to keep your body afloat. Children’s vests are sized by weight range and adult vests are by chest size. Make sure that your vest fits properly. If your vest has a zipper, pull the sides of the vest together. If the zipper overlaps easily, it is too big. You want the sides to just barely meet, but still zip up easily. To test the fit of your child’s life jacket, have your child hold their arms straight up over their head, grab the life jacket by the shoulders, and gently pull up. Make sure there isn’t excess room above the openings. and make sure the life jacket doesn’t ride up over their chin, ears, or face. If it doesn’t ride up, then it is properly fitted. Make sure your vest is properly fastened. 

The USCG guideline is that children under 13 years old must wear a life jacket unless they are below deck or in an enclosed cabin, when a vessel is underway. However, states differ with regard to life jacket laws, so make sure you check the laws that apply to you. 

Remember it is always important that you wear a vest, no matter how old you are, or what water sports activity you are involved in. Note also that you cannot operate a PWC while wearing a NCGA vest, and that if you wear one during watersports, you still must have a CGA vest onboard the boat.

At Sun Sports+, we carry vests from several manufacturers and not all brands fit exactly the same way. We are happy to help you find the vest that works best for you. Stop in, put a few vests on and have our staff help you get your true fit anytime. 

Have fun and be safe on the water!

How To Choose A Wakeboard Rope

Ropes for wakeboarding and waterskiing are not the same. Ski ropes have some stretch to 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.

Material – 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.

 

How To Choose A Wakesurf Board

Your ocean surfing experiences may have left you with memories of sore arms from paddling, a bruised ego from falling, and a lasting distaste for saltwater. If that sounds familiar, you may be a bit sceptical about wakesurfing, which is, basically, surfing in the wake behind your boat. But before you write off wakesurfing forever, consider this. Once you get the hang of it, you can surf on a consistent, never-ending wave, without paddling, without waiting on tides, right on your local lake. You don’t have to worry about the choppy water on a busy or windy day, because you are surfing right behind the boat, on the wake. If that sounds good to you, a wakesurfing board could be in your future. Here is what you need to know to choose the right surfer. 

Size – Wakesurf boards come in different sizes, and the right size for you depends on your skill level and surfing style. If you are a beginner, or a bigger rider, you will want a bigger surfer, with more surface area and float. The surfer will move a bit slower through the water, but will allow for a more consistent ride. A smaller surfer will be more maneuverable and faster, and will also work well for a smaller rider. 

Shape – There are two basic shapes of surfers – surf and skim style. Surf style boards are usually larger and thicker than skim boards. They look more like a surf shortboard, and give the rider a bit more stability. The thicker profile will make the board turn more gradually. They usually have more fin options as well (see Surf Fins: How to Choose for more info on fins). Skim style boards are smaller, thinner, and are designed to be fast, responsive, and maneuverable.

Rocker – A flat, low rocker board will move more quickly and smoothly on the wake, while a board with more rocker will move a bit more slowly but will give more pop off the wake. You should think about the type of riding you will do when choosing a rocker style. 

Ropes and Handles – You will only need a rope and handle to get you up and out of the water, so you will want something a bit different for surfing than for wakeboarding. Wakesurfing ropes are shorter and thicker, so that you can pull yourself forward into the wake comfortably and then throw the rope back to the boat. 

Boat – Since you want to be close to the boat and right in the wake, only use an inboard boat when you are wakesurfing, so you don’t risk being close to the prop. Speeds for surfing are nice and slow – about 10 MPH – making a pleasant ride for both the surfer and boat passengers. Depending on your boat, you may need to add some weight, or ballast, to get the perfect wake. Ballast bags and wake shaping tools are available to help with that. 

Ready to give it a try? Stop in at Sun Sports+ and let us help you find the perfect wakesurfing setup for you and your family!

 

Tuesday and Thursday are Surf Nights!

Surf sessions are every Tuesday and Thursday during the summer from 6-8pm. These nights are a great way to demo equipment and have a ton of fun! Learn to surf, improve your skills, try out the latest gear – all behind our brand new boat! Space is limited! Book your spot here or call 207/693-3867 to make a same day reservation.

Wake Wizard Jr. Recommendations

The Wake Wizard Junior sees a new ski in your future! Come down to Sun Sports+ and check out HO’s Omni ski, or their new Hovercraft!

Hovercraft – With a surface area comparable to two skis combined, the Hovercraft provides get-ups easier than on a wakeboard and once up, it rips turns like a surfboard! It’s a great choice for beginners all the way to experts who want fun surf-inspired open water ski sessions. Great control and better balance in a low effort waterski that works great at low speeds. The days of tug-of-war deep water starts are over, as the Hovercraft lifts skiers out of the water like they’ve been given a helium injection. Widetrack Frame: Extra stable platform for easy deep water starts. The fuller ski outline means clear directional getups…less wobble & less spray in the face! More surface area also allows for smoother getups at slower speeds!

Omni – The All-Over Ski
A resounding improvement on crossover skis, the OMNI is optimized for the skier who needs one ski to do everything. Developed for high versatility, the OMNI marries high performance skiing with the efficiency essential for open water skiing. The Omni’s Flex-Frame provides increased torsional flex for the maneuverable feel of a traditional ski with the added speed & stability of a wideride ski. This allows the ski to twist creating tighter turns while added width provides the stable platform skiers need. The Omni was designed with a Hybrid Waist Width, halfway between those typically found in traditional skis and those in wideride skis. This provides for smooth instinctive turns at a wide range of speeds. Clean Edge Technology.

 

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