Holiday Gift Guide

Black Friday Inspiration

Winter is long but it doesn’t have to feel that way. Treat your loved ones to something they really want this year and give them the gift of summer. You know that new wakeboard they’ve been eyeing? Or maybe they need to upgrade their life vest. Whatever is it, look good and feel good this summer with new equipment from Sun Sports+. Here are some new 2021 products to inspire you to find that perfect something for your water sports lover.

Here at Sun Sports+, we’ve got a whole new arsenal of 2021 Water Sports Toys that have just arrived at the shop! Click here for that new 2021 Radar Terrain we told you all about last week! Or check out the new 2021 Radar Union Slalom Ski. It’s back this year with all new graphics and a new and an amazing performance track record that makes it a favorite among both Radar Headquarters and the Sun Sports+ squad.

A Radar Pro Skier shreds hard on the new 2021 Radar Union Slalom Ski

Maybe even more exciting than the new waterskis is the new line up of 2021 Wakeboards from Ronix. Check out the Supreme. With a new school shape inspired by the explosive style of today’s emerging riders, this board is set to boost you higher and send you to the moon every ride. Combine all that technology with eye-catching graphics and you’re in for a fun time behind the boat next summer.

A Ronix Pro Rider boosts high off the wake on the new 2021 Ronix Supreme Wakeboard

We have something for everyone here at Sun Sports+. You have questions. We have answers. Help us make your water sports purchased your most educated one yet. Call with questions at (207) 693 – 3867. Email us at info@sunsportsmaine.com. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

    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

     

     

    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.

     

    New! Sun Sports+ Loyalty Program

    We love our Sun Sports+ customers! That’s why we started our new Loyalty Program. Earn points with every purchase, and get 50 free points just for signing up. Go here now and get started!

     

    How to Choose Surf Fins

    Don’t let the size of your surfboard fins fool you! They may be small compared to your board, but they give you direction, stability and control for your ride. You want to make sure you have them set up properly so you can enjoy your board to the fullest.

    If you have removable fins on your board, make sure you are using the right type of fins. You are almost definitely going to have either FCS fin boxes or Futures fin boxes on your board. Check with us if you are unsure what type of fin box your board has.

    Larger fins will provide you more control and smaller fins will make your board more maneuverable. The more fins and the deeper they are, the more drag they create. A board will get faster for the rider with fewer fins and shorter ones. The sacrifice is in control. The board becomes looser and skatier with short fins. if you want to put bigger ones on your board, you need to understand how to use them. You can do more with longer fins but it takes experience to understand that. Beginners are generally more successful with a single fin, if the board allows, about 2 inches deep.

    Your board can come with several different fin box configurations, with anywhere from one to five fin boxes. If a board has a single fin, it will be best for fast, straight shot surfing. Twin boards will be more playful and skatier. Three boxes are most common, and this thruster or tri setup will give you stability, control and maneuverability. You will also see boards with four and even five fin boxes, allowing for versatile setups depending on ability and conditions. Remember, however, that just because your board has three or even five fin boxes you don’t need to fill them all. Your board will change its feel and character by changing both the size of the fins and the placement. You can make your board feel like two completely different boards just by moving and changing out fins. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

    As you progress in your riding, you will want to pay attention to rake, base, depth, foil, cant, toe and flex in your fin selection. Some riders believe that fins are almost as important as your board in making your surfing sessions most enjoyable for you. So, if you want to take your surfing to the next level, stop in and talk to the experts at Sun Sports+ and we can help guide you to the perfect fin for your board.