Off Season Fitness with the Pros

Ever wonder what the pros do in the winter months? They aren’t just lounging around! Top water skiers, wakeboarders and wakesurfers are doing all kinds of things to keep themselves in shape during the off-season. Some athletes focus on other sports that are similar to their summer sports, but others like to mix it up. Here are a few ideas for ways to keep yourself in shape during the winter, so that you have the best riding next summer!

Lift weights – One thing that almost all pros seem to have in common is that they lift during the off-season. While it may not seem like you need to do a lot of weight training to enjoy water sports, you will find that all-around strength, flexibility and explosiveness will make a huge difference in your riding, surfing and skiing – and will keep you looking good in your swimsuit! If you haven’t lifted before, talk to your local trainer to set up a routine that works for you.

Do some cardio – Some sort of regular cardio is also on the agenda for the pros. Running, hockey, swimming, racquetball, jumping, basketball – anything that gets the heart pumping is going to keep you in shape and give you much longer sessions on the water next summer.

Work on your balance – Balance boards, Bosu balls, snowboards, skateboards and trampolines will all help you maintain and improve your balance, and may even help out with switches and tricks if you are a wakeboarder or wakesurfer. They will also improve your ankle and core strength, helping prevent injuries that could cut your summer season short.

Stretch – Don’t forget to stretch! We all have tight muscles, and a full body stretch is a great way to finish any workout.

Rest – Everyone needs a rest day. Make sure you give your body some rest every week so that you don’t overdo it. Itching for something to do in those down hours? Take a look at your gear and make sure it is ready for summer. If you need to update anything, the off-season is a great time to get deals on closeout products or to learn about the latest gear for the coming season. Run down to Sun Sports+ and let us help you with any updates you may need to do, so you are ready when the weather warms up!



Opening Day is Friday, April 26

Here at Sun Sports+ we are thinking summer! We are just a few weeks away from opening day at our store on the Naples Causeway. We can’t wait to see you.


HO Skier Ties Slalom Record

A huge shout out to HO skier Rob Hazelwood, who tied the British U21 Slalom Record on 3/3/19! Rob tied the 16yo record set by his cousin, another HO pro, Will Asher. Water skiing sure runs in the family. His uncle, Mike Hazelwood, is also a world champ. Check out his record run here. @skirobhaz @willasher #mikehazelwood Photo: John Mommer. (Hazelwood was injured while skiing just a day later. Here’s to a speedy recovery. We look forward to lots more great skiing from Rob in the future!)



How to Adjust and Size a SUP Paddle

Are you looking for a new SUP paddle and wondering what paddle length is right for you? There are a few things you should consider when sizing your paddle. A good starting point is to get a paddle approximately 6-8 inches taller than you for general paddling. To gauge what length is good for you, stand on a flat surface with the blade of the paddle on the ground and one hand holding the paddle around the shaft. Reach your other arm over your head and when you can comfortably reach your hand over the T of the paddle shaft, with a slight bend to your arm, you have the correct paddle length.

If you are trying to set the proper height of your adjustable paddle, release the locking mechanism on the paddle. Take one hand and extend it straight over your head, with your fingers pointing up. With the other hand, take the T of the paddle shaft and adjust it until it reaches your wrist. Take your hand and fold it over the T of the paddle shaft. Carefully lock the adjustment mechanism in place, being careful not to change the height of the paddle in the process.

You want a paddle that is long enough that you don’t have to bend over much, but not so long that it is hard to move from side to side. You want your paddle to be both comfortable for you and efficient.

It is important to remember that there are many theories on the best way to size your paddle. The optimal paddle length varies for each person, depending on your height, arm length, your board’s height off the water, your activity and your strength. For touring and racing, you will want your paddle to be a bit longer than usual for a more powerful stroke, and for surfing, you will want your paddle to be slightly shorter for maneuverability. The wrong paddle length can also lead to injury to your shoulder or back. So, if you have concerns about what length paddle is best for you, consider an adjustable length paddle, and don’t be afraid to adjust the paddle after a couple paddling sessions to make sure you have the correct length. Remember that you can stop in or give us a call at Sun Sports+ anytime with questions too! We love to help our customers find the right setup so that they can enjoy the water!


Join Sun Sports+ this weekend at the Portland Boat Show!
Stop in and see the Wake Wizard this weekend! He will have some great deals on tubes, plus plenty of other closeout items will be available.

Thursday 12-8
Friday 10-8
Saturday 10-8
Sunday 10-4

Portland Sports Complex
512 Warren Avenue
Portland, ME

There will be plenty of free parking available.