Wild Times With Water Sports

Splash Into Summer with the Coolest Products on the Water.
 
The temperature may just be starting to rise, but it’s never too soon to start making summer plans. One spot that’s always cool? The water! Check out these products to get a leg up on summer and start riding the waves.
 
Tubing Time
 
Water trampolines are great for those looking to stay close to shore, but thrill seekers should turn to tubing for some seriously fast times. Tubes come in several different styles,  including single and multi-rider accommodation, and are designed for sitting in or on top of. Sit-in styles are perfect for young kids who need to stay put, while sit-on models add excitement — riders have to hold on tight! Traditional round shaped tubes are best suited for casual floating, whereas aerodynamic styles are better for speed rides. The Comfort Top Boogie by Body Glove is one such tube, featuring winged sides that allow the device to rock and move with motion of the waves. “It has less drag on the water, so you can go a bit faster,” says Bryce Parten of Nash Sports.
 
Wake Up
 
A hybrid of water skiing and snowboarding, wakeboarding is another exciting sport. Since there’s only one board to control and it features a large surface area (like wide skis) to stand on, it’s easier for riders to maintain balance and stay afloat when boarding. “It’s better when there are less parts to deal with,” says Parten. The Backdraft wakeboard by Hydroslide features easy on-off bindings for stable mounting in the water.
 
All Aboard
 
A simpler, but equally fun, activity is kneeboarding. An excellent tool for water sports newbies, the kneeboard is easy for many to ride and learn how to maneuver. After just a few short turns on the water, even beginning kneeboarders may soon find themselves crossing wakes and experimenting with tricks in no time!
 
Sports Safety
 
Like all games, water sports are the most fun when played safely. One of the most important components of safety is having a responsible driver steering the boat. In addition to a trusty driver, there should be another occupant, called a spotter, observing the actions and instructions from the person being towed behind the boat. It’s not only for safety’s sake, “It’s the law!” reminds Gerry Gilinksy of Body Glove PFDs.
 
Wearing a correctly fitted life vest is also essential to keep everyone safe, whether they are in or near the water. A properly sized life vest should fit snug to the body because it will likely expand when it gets wet. If it’s too big, it can slide up over the wearer’s head and render it ineffective. Gilinsky recommends vests made from neoprene for a more precise fit. “Neoprene vests fit tighter and are truer to size,” he says. “It’s also a thicker material [and] good for the cold.”
 
Bring on the Fun
 
With the wide variety of products now available, water enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy the excitement and thrills of water sports. There may not be a better way to enjoy the warm weather this summer than riding the waves, getting wet and cooling off with family and friends. Make it a summer to remember.
 
-Water baby
 
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Water Sports at Their Slickest

When the air is hot, skin is sticky and kids are whining there’s only one thing to do – take it outside and into the water! Swim, float or get adventurous and take a stab at water sports with a couple of these products for some seriously cool summer fun.
 
Hopping on Water
 
When some think of water sports they imagine tricky back flips on wakeboards and choreographed routines on jet skis – but not all water sports are so elaborate.
 
One of the simplest and most popular products is the water trampoline, a giant inflatable trampoline that rests on the water’s surface. Designed for rest and play, one can lounge on the mat to catch some rays or bounce high to the sky while getting splashed from below.
 
The Arsenal, a popular model by water sports manufacturer Hydroslide can be left inflated all summer of long, or easily deflated and packed up for a weekend trip to the lake. It should be noted that while undeniably fun, water trampolines are not built like ground trampolines, so users are not going to get as much bounce height as they would on the ground – instead they just get wet!
 
Tubular Times
 
Tubing is always a big summertime hit, because almost anyone can do it – no fancy equipment or skills required. “You can pull a tube with just about anything with a motor,” says O’Brien Representative.
 
With a vast selection of tube types available, users are sure to find one to suit their needs. Single and multi-rider tubes with individual seats make for a relaxing journey on the water, whereas extreme tubes are built for fast, exciting rides. One tube that falls between the two categories is the Super Screamer by O’Brien. A two-person lay-on type tube, the device features a flat top with neoprene padding for comfort that tubers can stretch across and still catch air with when hitting the waves.
 
The Bees Knees
 
Another exciting and easy to use water accessory is the kneeboard. Kneeboards can be a great tool for those just starting to get their feet wet in the world of water sports since the learning curve is fairly shallow. “You can start doing tricks like 180s and 360s after just a few tries,” says O’Brien. Designed for kids as young as seven, kneeboards can be a good stepping stone between tubing and more challenging sports like skiing or wakeboarding. The Radica by O’Brien and the Revolution by Hydroslide are both popular basic kneeboards and perfect for beginners.
 
Get Wet
 
With so many exciting activities to choose from, warm weather bashers will have little to complain about this summer – all it takes is a dip in the lake and a something that floats to start having fun with water sports.
 
-Water baby
 
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