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
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
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
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 email@example.com. Call us at (207) 693-3867. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook for more water sports fun.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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!
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 email@example.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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!!!
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!