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Euro Bungee Jump at the Avalanche Sale!

Great fun for people of all ages and most sizes. kids under 18 must have a parent or guardian with them.

Pricing:

WHEN THE AVALANCHE HITS YOU GET BURIED IN BARGAINS!

Ski Packages from $224.85
Ski from $169.95
Ski Boots from $79.95
Snowboards from $$99.95
Snowboard Boots from $54.95
Snowboard Bindings from $49.95
Jackets from $79.95
Pants from $39.95

Giveaways:

1st 520 people in the door in the 1st hour each day will receive either:

  • FREE Sun-Fri lift ticket to the Arizona Snowbowl (1st 30 per day, min. age 12 years old, some blackout dates may apply)
  • FREE midweek lift ticket to Sunrise (2nd 250 per day, min. age 12 years old, good before Dec. 25th and after Feb. 15th)
  • FREE Avalanche Ca$h (not valid on Ski Swap, limit one per customer)

Guarantee:

We will beat the competitions’ locally advertised prices on identical merchandise in stock at the time of this sale.

Avalanche Cash

Sale Location:

Phoenix Convention Center
3rd Street (between Washington & Jefferson)

 
The Avalanche Sale is Coming!! Moonlight Madness Sale Starts November 18th!


The 2016 Ski Pro Avalanche Sale, Arizona’s Largest Ski & Snowboard Sale and Travel Expo, is November 18st, 19th, and 20th at The Phoenix Convention Center! It’s the largest selection of New Ski and Snowboard Equipment and Clothing! Save up to 60% on Skiwear and Boardwear, plus huge savings on used equipment at the Swap!

The Moonlight Madness Sale Starts Friday night, Nov. 18th, from 6PM to 10PM and save an additional 5% off your total purchase (FRIDAY ONLY, does not include swap items). Saturday, Nov. 19th and Sunday, Nov. 20th sale hours are 10AM to 6PM.

Ski Pro guarantees that they’ll beat the competitions’ locally advertised prices on identical merchandise in stock at the time of the Avalanche Sale.

There will be fantastic travel specials and ticket deals from some of the best winter getaways!

Phoenix Convention Center
3rd Street (between Washington & Jefferson)
South Building – Exhibit Hall F

 
Winter Has Arrived! Avalanche Sale 2016 Starts Soon!!

 
10 Tips for Planning Your Next Group Ski Trip

A group skiing vacation can be wonderful fun. The chance to build memories together on and off the slopes makes them truly grand affairs. Unfortunately, they can also turn into a nightmare causing decades long friendships to end. If you will follow these 10 simple tips, then you will have a wonderful time causing your friendships to be stronger than ever.

Pick a Leader
While you will want to make many decisions as a group, one person should be in charge. Consider the people who might be going on the trip and choose the person who is the most organized. This person needs to be detailed orientated. While everyone may help make decisions, relying on one person to handle the details or assign them to be done ensures that your group skiing vacation is a huge success.

Decide the Type of Group
You can plan ski trips for every type of group. You can plan group skiing trips for just one sex, skiing trips for families, and skiing trips for certain ability levels. You can even plan skiing trips where the majority of the time will be spent away from the slopes. Alternatively, you can plan skiing trips where people can choose from a host of other snow activities including snowboarding and ski jumping. Therefore, the group needs to decide what type of ski trip meets their needs the best.

Handle the Money
Money discussions between friends can be rough, but it is necessary if you are going to travel together. The easiest way to handle money is to determine as far ahead as possible how much money each person will need to pay. Then, divide that amount into reasonable payments so that you know who is really going. Put the money in a dedicated account with two or three people having access to the money.

Choose a Location
While everyone in the group may have dreams of skiing at Klosters, Switzerland, or at Courchevel 1850, France, very few people can actually afford to ski at these luxurious resorts. Therefore, consider the budget of your group before plans go to far. You will want to stick with a price that most people can afford.

Choose Independent or Ski with a Guide
While it is usually cheaper to plan independent group travel, working with an experienced guide can often save countless headaches when planning group travel. These experts already know where to stay and what other activities are available in certain areas. Talking to them can often provide great ideas.

Decide on the Date
People need to know when the group skiing trip will be happening as far ahead of time as possible. If the group is going overseas, then there may be people who need to get a passport which can take up to three months. Booking airline tickets and hotel tickets as far ahead as possible often results in sizable discounts.

Book the Resort or Hotel
After considering the available options, then booking your resort ahead of time lets you work with their professionals. When you are making the reservations, ask them to book the rooms as a group. This sometimes results in a sizable discount. Even if it does not, you will be assured that all of the rooms will be located close together. Ask the professional about cancellation policies and any other policies that you need to be aware of before confirming your rooms. Compare the prices given by the resort to those available at online pricing sites.

Book Your Transportation
As far ahead as possible, book your transportation. If your group will be flying, then consider which will be the cheapest days to fly. A great way to do this is to go to Skyscanner or Google Flights and enter your location and the month that you want to fly. Then, look at the available fares. Often times, using smaller search engines like Faregeek and Hipmunk results in great savings. Find out the airline’s policies for returning an unused ticket. Sometimes, dealing with the airline themselves can result in savings if your group is large enough.

Arrange for Equipment
Some of the members who are traveling, may already own their own skiing equipment. For the others, it is usually best to rent the equipment as a group. Again, this often results in group savings.

Have Fun
The whole reason to go on a skiing trip is to have fun. If any obstacles occur on the path to an awesome group skiing adventure, then think of the stories that you can tell in the future. Put a smile on your face and be determined to enjoy yourself. You will build memories that last a lifetime.

 
Our Top Picks to Ski / Snowboard in the US

As winter quickly approaches, winter weather sports fans rejoice the coming of the season. After gear is checked and excitement has started to fill the air, the only remaining question is that concerning where to go for the best skiing or snowboarding experience possible. In the spirit of helping you to decide on this final answer, here are a few of the top spots to ski and snowboard in the US right now.

Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort sits along the Teton Mountain Range in Teton Village, Wyoming. It is home to some of the world’s best ski and snowboarding opportunities. Much of the reason behind this lies in the Teton Mountain Range’s physical geography as well as the extremely high snow amounts regularly recorded during winter months. The trails here are also quite intuitively designed and equally well-kept.

Another draw of Jackson Hole is its renowned lift system, featuring “Crags”, a special lift taking guests to some of the most rugged and challenging areas of the mountains. In addition, guests here enjoy a very inviting resort community with amazing foods, great architectural layout and design, and a neat, mountainside shopping experience. Many travel logs consider Jackson Hole to currently be the very best of US ski resorts.

Vail
Vail, Colorado also features some of the country’s very best overall ski and snowboarding opportunities. First, initially visiting the community gives the welcoming impression of an extremely well-kept, small mountain town. Within this atmosphere, one will find a great number of exuberant storefronts, restaurants, skating rinks, and other landmarks of interest. Street-filling festivals are another regular occurrence throughout the ski season here.

The skiing and snowboarding experience on the mountain is perfection to match the village. At around 10,000ft up and with near constant snowfall, these well-maintained trails are a dream for anyone into winter sports. The perfect array of straights, cut-backs, humps, and jumps awaits the multitudes of personal preference out there. The skiing and snowboarding is so good here in fact that it is a regular site of national and international competitions and events.

Snowbird
Snowbird Ski Resort is yet another top-contender among the best places to ski and snowboard in the US. This experience, just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah provides some of the most exciting and well-kept trails you can find. With 3,240 vertical feet to cover and loads of snow always on the horizon, guests here get a world-class experience. The Summit, the top-of-the-mountain lodge at Snowbird is also world-renowned in its stunning, 360-degree views and popularity as a sort of getaway in the middle of the getaway.

The ease of getting to Snowbird and getting around once there are also great perks for travelers to this destination. The resort’s singular lift system serves as the focal point of movement, taking everyone up to one, central destination, convenient to all of the resort’s trails. Ease of movement like this dramatically improves the park’s visitor experience, eliminating stress and ensuring much more, actual fun-time. In addition, getting to and from the mountain is made very easy due to its proximity to Salt Lake City and convenient transportation offerings such as airports, train stations, car, bus, and several others options.

Which of these grand options will you choose for this year’s oncoming winter season? As individual sports, skiing and snowboarding will always be extremely popular as long as there are venues like these to be explored. Enjoy the season, take advantage of these amazing destinations, and as always, be safe.

 
Dressing for Winter Sports – MUST Haves!

Winter offers many opportunities for outdoor activities. However, you can’t have fun if you’re cold or wet, so choosing the right clothing is vital. At the same time you don’t want to be weighed down or restricted in movement. With that in mind, here are some garments you’ll want to have and the most effective ways to wear them.

Layers
Dressing in layers is a time-tested way to stay warm while avoiding bulk. This is the typical arrangement, from innermost to outermost layer

The Base Layer
Your base layer goes right against your skin. Its purpose is to trap your body heat, keeping it close to you. It also needs to wick away sweat because wet skin loses heat. For that reason, don’t choose cotton since it absorbs moisture. A better choice is polyester or merino wool. With a long-sleeved top and full length bottom, you’ll have an excellent basis to stay warm and dry. 

The Insulating Layer
This layer provides additional air buffers between you and the outside cold. Natural fibers like wool make good insulators, but fleece does a good job, too. Sweaters and hoodies are popular and effective, as is a packable jacket or down vest. Something you can unzip or unbutton if you get too warm will be welcome if the sun comes out or you work up a sweat. For your legs you may want to wear fleece sweatpants, depending on how heavy your base layer is and how cold it is outside. 

The Outer Layer
Also called a shell, the purpose of the outermost layer is to protect you from the weather. A good shell will be water-resistant and durable enough to withstand the spills of winter sports. Some have added insulation, so you may want to find the shell you want first, then base your layering on that. A pair of shell pants performs the same function for your legs.

Head and Neck]
While the idea that you lose most of your body heat through your head is a myth, it is true that there are many blood vessels in the head and neck that are close to the surface of the skin and that means heat loss. Wool is ideal for hats and scarves as it retains your body heat even when damp. You can also protect your neck with high collars on one or more of your layers, and your head with a hood.

Hands and Feet
When you’re cold, your body restricts blood flow to your extremities in order to keep your vital organs at normal body temperature. Because of this, your hands and feet feel the cold before most other parts of your body, so good coverage is a must. For your feet, that starts with your socks. Much of the time your outer footwear will be dictated by your activity–skiing, boarding, skating–but a pair of quality socks made of merino wool or a blend will keep your feet dry and warm. The tighter the knit, the better they will insulate. General purpose boots should be insulated and waterproof, as should gloves or mitts. A mitt lets your whole hand share heat and will keep you warmer, but limits dexterity.

To sum up, there are some basic things you should have to stay comfortable out in the elements. These include a wicking base layer, an insulating layer topped with a weatherproof shell, winter socks and boots, insulated gloves or mitts, and head and neck coverage. Bundle up and have fun this winter.

 
10 Tips for First Time Snowboarders

1. Rent, don’t buy

If you’re experimenting with something new, it doesn’t make sense to purchase all of the necessary goods until you know if you are truly going to love doing it on a consistent basis. Renting snowboard gear is a seamless process and you will be able to demo new boards and bindings at a reasonable price.

2. Stay Away From Cotton
Let’s face it, you are going to be spending a fair amount of time on the ground the first time picking up any new sport. In order to reduce the amount of soaked up sweat and snow from your clothes, be sure to wear nylon long underwear and a few extra layers in order to make the first time on the mountain an enjoyable one. Water-proof jackets and pants are an imperative.

3. Goofy or Regular
In order to figure out which foot will go in front on your board is a simple task. If you were to perform a cartwheel, whichever hand you would place down first will reveal your preference on your board. If your right hand naturally, then you will be goofy and the same applies to regular riders.

4. Wear a Leash
A leash attaches your snowboard to your leg to ensure that you never have to chase a stray snowboard flying dangerously down the mountain. Some resorts require a leash and it would be a shame if you were unable to ride your first time up to the mountain.

5. Utilize Snowboarding Instructors
Instructors will help you to familiarize yourself with the snow and give you some useful tips. These classes have people of all levels and capabilities so if at any point you feel as if you could benefit more from being self-taught, then don’t hesitate to ditch the class and try on your own.

6. Chairlifts
The most dreaded part of the mountain for first time riders is getting on and off the chairlift. Not having your back foot locked into the board will feel unconventional at first. Learn to push with your back foot behind in order to avoid tangling your legs and having any discomfort in the knee joints. Make sure to act promptly when you are moving out towards the lift and once you have sat down, keep your board straight so that it does not catch an edge and sling you off. When disembarking, keep your free leg on the board and ride off as straight as possible to avoid interference with fellow lift companions. To make matters easier, put the goofy riders on the left and the regular riders on the right to make sure that the ride is comfortable and the boards won’t cross and cause a delay; and possible injury, when getting off the lift.

7. Start at the Bunny Slope
The lifts will be slower and albeit the crowds, the bunny hill is the ideal place to embark on your first time riding. The runs aren’t steep, so it will be easier to make turns and get better without worrying about picking up too much speed. Once this is mastered, progress to greens and blues, but be sure to stay off of any black diamonds because they could pose serious danger.

8. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Having fun on the mountain is of the utmost importance and this can only be accomplished if everyone gets off the mountain without any bodily harm. The person higher up on the mountain has the responsibility to steer clear of anyone below them. Finding some open space (probably towards the sides) will be your best bet to stay clear of others.

9. Stay Positive
Everyone has to start somewhere so if you find yourself getting frustrated, stick to the falling leaf until you become comfortable. Falling is inevitable, but continue to try and don’t beat yourself up over mistakes!

10. Enjoy Yourself!
Snowboarding is not an easy task for a beginner, so do not get frustrated if you are not Shaun White the first time you try. Embrace the mistakes you make and learn from them!

 
How to Choose the Correct Hydration Pack for You

One of the most common problems outdoor adventurers encounter regardless of the activity is dehydration. Be it a cross-country skier in wintertime or someone hiking a mountain trail in the summer, everyone needs to maintain a safe level of water hydration.

With the large variety of hydration packs available on the market today, there really is no reason for the sports-minded person to suffer from dehydration. But of course, not everyone gets the message. Every year, thousands of people collapse from the effects of not ingesting enough water during their outdoor activities. Most can recover with the help of partners or people passing by. Some will require professional rescuers to bring aid. A few will not survive the ordeal at all.

If you are in the need for a hydration pack, how do you choose the right pack to fit you and your sport of choice? Here are the major questions to ask and steps to take to help you make that decision:

How Much Water Should I Drink?
One general recommendation is that you should consume one liter of water for every hour of activity. But factors such as the temperature, elevation, personal health and your level of active intensity all play a part in determining your hydration needs.

Although drinking too much water can actually be dangerous, by far under-hydration and dehydration are a greater risk.

The safe play is to be aware of your body signals when you undertake outdoor activities. Drink fluids regularly and generously to avoid your thirst-alert mechanism from kicking in.

Which do You Need, a Hydration Pack or a Water Bottle?
Let’s face it, water is heavy. Carrying water in a hydration pack for a two hour hike is probably not necessary. A water bottle will suffice and make your pack lighter and more comfortable.

On the other hand, hydration packs are convenient to use. You don’t have stop, get the bottle out, unscrew the top, drink, replace the cap and out the bottle back. With a hydration pack, you can drink on the go through the tube without having to stop.

Another factor to consider that favors the hydration pack over a bottle is that since the pack is easier to use, people tend to drink more often and keep themselves better hydrated.

Which Hydration Pack is Best for Me?
To answer this question, ask yourself what sport or outdoor activities do you do the most? Your response will be important in choosing the proper size, configuration and liquid capacity of the hydration pack best suited for you.

Your dealer will have charts that suggest the best packs for each category of sports and activities.

Winter sports like downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing, for instance, usually use small to medium packs with a 2-liter reservoir. Most importantly, they also have insulated sip tubes to prevent the lines from freezing and cutting off your water supply. The water reservoirs themselves should also be insulated from the cold.

Get a Good Fit
Once you’ve decided which hydration pack is best for you, choose one that fits your back properly and would seem comfortable on the trail.

Although bigger is not necessarily better, a pack with extra room to carry snacks, survival gear and a few extras can be handy. Keep in mind that the extra weight is not the only factor to consider when picking out the pack size. For skiers, a larger pack can seem less aerodynamically efficient when swooshing down the runs.

You’ll also want the pack to be stable on your back in order to maintain your balance. If you plan on carrying large loads, add a waist-belt to your order.

 

 
Is Roller Skating Making a Comeback?


When you think of roller skating, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If Olivia Newton John, hot pants, tube socks and disco balls are at the top of your list, then haven’t been paying attention. Roller skating is coming back, and it’s coming back in a big way.  According to the executive director of Indianapolis-based Roller Skating Association International, Jim McMahon, new roller rinks are consistently popping up around the country due to renewed interest in the sport and increasing demand for places to skate. But what’s behind this sudden resurgence in popularity?

A Desire to Connect
In today’s modern world, most people spend hours in front of a screen, never actually interacting face-to-face with friends and family members. And while some people are content to live their lives online, others have finally had enough. This growing desire for meaningful interaction away from laptops and smartphones has caused many people, young and old alike, to look for activities where they can get out and have some fun in the “real” world. Roller skating has significantly benefitted from this desire to get out and get active as people rediscover and reconnect with physical hobbies and pastimes that involve more than just swiping right.

The Roller Derby Effect
Roller derby’s meteoric rise in popularity on both the local grassroots and national pop culture level definitely accounts for a great deal of roller skating’s recent resurgence. While women’s professional roller derby leagues died away in the middle of the last century, many underground leagues continued on. Today, over 450 women’s leagues are in existence in America alone, although the sport is no longer the simple athletic endeavor of earlier times. The modern resurgence of roller derby is raucous, full of a loud, glamorous, showy, sexy cast of characters, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s this attitude of independence and fun that draws thousands of women (and men) to the sport each year, or at the very least to the local roller rink to try out a new jam or offensive move.

Feeling Nostalgic Much?
Another major reason roller skating is experiencing a big comeback is due to the fact that Generation X and Y-ers are getting older, feeling nostalgic and wanting to share their childhood memories with their own young families. Many rinks that have laid abandoned for decades are being restored thanks to petitions and interest campaigns on Facebook and Twitter and with the help of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe. And once the rinks are re-opened, not only are the adults falling in love with roller skating all over again, their kids are getting a chance to find out about the sport and why it’s cool, even if Mom and Dad are a little bit too embarrassing during the “Adults Only” skate.

Modern Disco
It’s not all Gen X-ers on the floor of your local skating rink; the younger generation are making roller skating into something completely new. There’s a small but rapidly growing movement of underground skaters fusing hip hop, animation and breaking dance styles with electronic music. These groups, such as New York based UNITED SKATES, are using music and dance to bring roller skating to a new generation and a new population that may not have had the chance or the interest to skate in the past. These groups host music, dance and skate parties that are loud, intense, full of energy and appeal to the counter-culture of the times, recalling the feeling, if not the style, of the disco skate culture at the pinnacle of roller skating’s popularity.

There are a wide variety of reasons for roller skating’s big comeback. Young, old, modern, classic— it’s a mixed bag of people that are strapping on skates and banging down doors to get this sport back in the forefront of popular culture. But suffice it to say, this American pastime is rolling into the future with a new level of energy and enthusiasm that hasn’t been seen in decades.

 
The Coolest Gear and Accessories worn by Athletes at The 2016 Rio Olympics

The 2016 Rio Olympics was a world stage for athletes to show their talents and for sports gear manufactures to reveal new and exciting products for the Olympic contestants to utilize.

Some of the coolest gear worn by the Olympians included:

Swim Goggles
The USA swim team hit the pool wearing new and unique Fastskin3 Elite Mirrored Goggles. The Speedo goggles have a seal that hugs the contours of the eye sockets without leaving marks or leaking water. As important, the goggle straps have a tensioning scale that prevents loosening and makes for an accurate and secure fit.

The mirrored lenses also prevent fog and condensation from blocking the swimmer’s vision and protects their eyes from UVA and UVB rays.

The large goggles are designed to sit on the outside of the eyes socket comfortably. In place of traditional curved lens, these goggles have split lenses that eliminate distortion and minimize eye fatigue.

Footwear
Bright neon colors and wild color schemes were on display from most of the major shoe manufacturers.

Nike
A brand new of shoes called Air Jordan XXXI “Banned” was one of Nike’s major surprises. NBA Olympians Jimmy Butler and Carmelo Anthony both wore the cool shoes during the Games.

In the fall, Nike will make a large promotional splash with the new “Banned” Air Jordan line with Russel Westbrook already picked to headline the shoes.

This is Nike’s first entry into the world of woven technology. The Banned shoes boast superior structure and support along with the promise of being abrasion resistant. A subtle airbrushed-looking Swoosh and the original Air Jordan “Wings” logo both adorn the shoe.

New Balance
Olympic athletes rocked the compound with New Balance’s training and downtime shoes. Their Vazee Rush-v2 shoe is crafted using the latest cushioning technology that offers more spring. The effect is one of feeling like you’re getting more energy out of the shoe.

Sunglasses
The women’s beach volley ball team made a fashion impact when the ladies hit the sand wearing cool Green Fade sunglasses from Oakley’s special-edition collection.

Bright colored frames have long been a staple in the Oakley line, but at the 2016 Rio Games, the shades were given a tech boost with enhanced Prizm lenses that fine-tune colors depending on your environment. For skiers and snow boarders, the lenses are ultra sensitive to bright sun reflected off the snow.

At the Rio Games, golfers like Bubba Watson, tennis player Boy Bryan and Triathlon athlete Gwen Jorgensen were only a few of the athletes also sporting Oakley Green Fade glasses.

The glasses feature dual lens coating consisting of Iridium and two Prizm lens tints. Iridium helps reduce glare and the Prizm tints clarify your vision for maximum performance.

Athletic Tape
This year, almost every Olympian seemed to be fitted with strips of colorful athletic tape. Usually reserved for injuries or injury prevention, some runners in Rio wore large patches of a new tape scattered up and down their arms and legs in order to improve their times.

Regular athletic tape called Kinesio tape is used to reduce swelling. Nike claims the colorful strips made from AeroSwift tape can reduce wind resistance and lead to faster times.

The tape has dozens of embedded blade-like nodes called AeroBlades that protrude from the tape and theoretically reduce drag. Looking like tiny shark fins, the AeroBlade technology was also included in much of Nike’s gear that was provided to athletes in Rio.

Olympic Clothing Wear
The 2016 Rio Olympics once again was the setting for a Ralph Lauren line of clothing designed to make American athletes cool-looking and comfortable. His trim-fitting cotton mesh polo shirts were especially with Team USA in a choice three colors: n French Navy, Pure White and Ralph Red.

 
7 Water Sports To Pick Up This Summer

Summer’s here, and that means it’s time for hitting the water. But, you don’t have to limit yourself to swimming and wading. There are a number of great sports that will allow you get in the water while fostering physical fitness and fun. Here are 7 water sports to pick up this summer.

1. Snorkeling
If you’re looking to swim through a lake or ocean while also catching glimpses of underwater wildlife, snorkeling might be a sport you’d enjoy. It requires a water-resistant face mask, a snorkel that allows you to breathe, and fins that will propel you through the water. Fairly inexpensive and easy to do, it’s a fun activity for either solo swimmers or large groups.

2. Jet Skiing
Though a little expensive, jet skiing is an undoubtedly fun and exhilarating water sport. Powering through a lake or ocean on a motorized watercraft can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life. Whether you’re shooting off ramps or just making sharp turns on rough waves, operating a jet ski will flood your mind with joy. However, if you are interested in the sport, it’s important to take as many safety precautions as possible. Like any motorized vehicle, it can be dangerous when not operated correctly.

3. Scuba Diving
Scuba diving is similar to snorkeling in the fact that it involves looking at underwater wildlife while swimming. Where the two sports differ is in the depth at which you’re swimming. Snorkeling involves treading the top of the water, while scuba diving involves going deep into the water. Though scuba diving is more expensive, it also allows you to see a lot more wildlife, and at far greater depths.

4. Surfing
Perhaps the most popular water sport of them all is surfing. For years, it has been portrayed through music, movies, and other forms of media as a cool and invigorating sport in which you can relax and express yourself. The sport essentially involves standing on a surfboard and aggressively carving through waves as they propel you to the shore. Though a difficult sport to get used to, it’s challenging and exciting nature will always keep you coming back for more.

5. Wakeboarding
Wakeboarding is a sport similar to surfing in that both involve standing on a board that floats on the water. The difference is that while surfing involves riding waves, wakeboarding involves riding the wake of a boat. This means that in order to take part in wakeboarding, you also need a motor boat that can create a strong wake. But, once you have this, you will be able to glide upon the water with style and ease.

6. Kayaking
Kayaking involves the use of a kayak to make your way through water. It’s similar to canoeing, but is different in the fact that kayaks only make use of a single double-sided paddle, and in the fact that kayak’s sit closer to the water. Done in either rough water or calm water, it can be either aggressive and edgy, or calm and relaxing. Though often only paddled by a single person, there are two-people kayaks available.

7. Windsurfing
Windsurfing is very similar to regular surfing. The only real difference is in the fact that windsurfing makes use of a sail that is propelled by the wind. This gives it a little more control than what is seen in a typical surfboard, allowing it to perform more complex maneuvers and tricks. Of course, wind is necessary for quality windsurfing. If you live in an area with relatively calm winds, it’s probably not the best sport for you to partake in. But, if you do, it can be a great alternative to typical surfing.

 
Tips for Snorkeling Beginners


When done correctly, snorkeling can be a fun, engaging, and ultimately rewarding sport that fosters a love for the ocean and its wildlife. When done incorrectly, it can be boring, exhausting, and terrifying. To ensure that your first snorkeling experience is as positive as possible, you should consider these snorkeling tips for beginners.

Choose quality equipment
The most important thing to consider when going snorkeling is the quality of the equipment you’re using. Snorkeling equipment consists of three different items. These items are the snorkel, a face mask, and fins.

A high-quality snorkel will allow itself to be submerged in water without having water escape into it. This is referred to as a dry snorkel. When it goes under water, its top automatically seals, preventing it from taking on water.

When choosing a mask, make sure it fits snugly to your face and that it isn’t going to unnecessarily fog up. This will prevent water from escaping into it, allowing you to see with precision and clarity.

When choosing fins, it’s important to find ones that aren’t too tight or too loose. Tight fins will potentially give you foot cramps, while loose fins will potentially fall off, leaving your feet exposed.

Practice
Before hitting the ocean, it’s important that you practice with your snorkeling gear. You want to make sure that everything is working correctly before you throw yourself into rougher waters.

Try out your gear in a pool. Make sure water doesn’t leak through the mask. Get used to breathing through the snorkel. Practice moving from place to place with your fins. Gear malfunctions that occur in a controlled area such as a pool are a lot easier to deal with than malfunctions that occur in the rough, unpredictable ocean.

If you have trouble swimming with your gear, ease yourself into it by using floating devices. This will allow you to acclimate yourself to the activity at your own pace, ensuring safety and making it as enjoyable as possible.

Stay calm
If you’re going snorkeling for your first time, there’s a good chance you’re going to be nervous. With every new experience comes a new anxiety, but it’s important that you are able to keep yourself calm.

Make sure to pace yourself while swimming. The faster you swim, the harder you’re going to have to breathe. Snorkels will limit your ability to breathe fully, meaning you must keep your breaths shallow, consistent, and relaxed.

Don’t use a lot of effort to move from place to place. Just allow yourself to slowly glide through the water. By doing this, you will reduce physical movement, thus reducing mental stress and anxiety.

Choose the right spot
The first time you go snorkeling, you should find a calm and relaxing spot. Going out while big waves are crashing down is not ideal because it makes it difficult to use your equipment. This can make the experience, not only difficult, but terrifying to the point that you’ll never want to do it again.

Ideally, you should start from the beach and not from a boat. Starting from the beach will allow you to ease your way into the water, while starting from a boat will force you to take on the experience instantly.

It’s also recommended that you hit the water fairly early in the morning. Waves are at their tamest early in the day, meaning the water will be relatively calm and easy to navigate. You won’t have to use a lot of effort to swim. You can just float effortlessly through the water.

 
What You Need to Know About Paddleboarding

All of the necessary equipment.
To begin paddleboarding, you will need a stand up paddleboard, a paddle, a leash, and a floatation device. Paddleboards vary in size. Typically paddleboards are 8 to 12 feet long, 28 to 32 inches wide, and 4 to 5 inches thick. Beginners will benefit from a longer, wider, and thicker board. There are multiple shapes of paddleboards as well. The different shapes of Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) include “All Around SUPs,” “Surf SUPs,” “Touring SUPs,” and “Race SUPs.” Each shape is designed for a specific type of paddleboarding, but the most common and the most versatile is the “All Around SUP.” After selecting a paddleboard, a paddle that is 6 to 10 inches taller than the paddler is also necessary. A SUP leash attaches to the board and straps around the paddlers’ ankle or calf in order to keep the board nearby in the event of a fall. Finally, if one is paddleboarding outside of a swimming, surfing, or bathing area, a Personal Floatation Device (such as a vest) is required by law.

The best ways to get your board to the water.
Additional equipment is helpful to have in order to get your board to the water. Board bags, a shoulder carry, a handle carry, wheels, car racks and travel bags are all items that may make transferring your board a much easier process. Board bags help prevent damage to the board and make it easier to travel. A shoulder carry makes it easier to lift the board and lay the board back down, and a handle carry makes it easier to transfer the board to and from the water. Wheels can be attach to one end of the board with a handle attaching to the other end, which makes is easy to walk with a board or attach the board to a bike. Car Racks used for many other activities may be used to strap a paddleboard to one’s vehicle. Finally, travel bags offer additional padding to aid in long-distance travel.

How to paddleboard.
To begin paddleboarding, start in calm, flat water on a wide (at least 30 inches) and stable (at least 11 feet long). Make sure that the board is far enough out in the water so that the fin is not hitting the bottom. Begin on your knees, grip the paddle with one hand on the top and the other hand on the center of the shaft. Bend your elbows at a 90 degree angle, and keep the blade facing away from you. Now, take a couple of strokes while remaining on your knees. When you feel steady, slowly stand up one foot at a time while remaining in the middle of the board. Keep your feet shoulder width apart, keep a slight bend in your knees, and engage your core to maintain balance. Use your top hand as the lever and your bottom hand as a hinge, and try to pull the board past the paddle using your back muscles. Switch hand positions when you switch sides.

 
Water Ski Basics For Beginners


Water skiing has grown steadily in popularity in the United States since its founding on the shores of a Minnesota lake in the 1920s. In the modern day, it is both a luxury hobby and an extreme sport, and competitors and vacationers across the globe indulge their water whims by strapping on a pair of skis and hitting the lake. Learning how to water ski should not be difficult, but many beginners are intimidated by the seemingly difficult technical skill needed, as well as the possibility of falling. Here are a few basic tips that will have anyone cruising comfortably behind a speed boat in no time.

Choose the Right Equipment

A water skiing trip can be derailed before the group reaches its destination if one or more members do not own or rent proper equipment. Beginners especially should either go to a professional shop and get fitted, or rely on a knowledgeable friend and family member to properly fit their skis. Children or small adults with long, heavy skis will have difficulty getting out of the water; similarly, large people with shorter skis will rapidly find themselves face down in the boat’s wake. Generally, there are three different types of combo ski: a 58, a 64, and a 68. A good rule of thumb is that 58s are for riders under 120 pounds, 68s are for riders over 170, and 64s are for everyone else.

Choosing the proper cord is another important step that few beginner riders think about. Make sure the cord is not too loose or elastic, and the grip is comfortable on your hands. Many beginners do better with handles that are padded or provide slots for each individual finger.

Use Proper Form — And Lean Back!

Form is everything in water skiing, and the single most important aspect of form is to always remember to lean back. The classic water skiing starting position sees riders almost totally submerged in the water, with their knees tucked into their chest, their head right above the water, and their weight shifted back. Starting in this position allows the body to be pulled upright by the boat without much effort expended by the rider. Once riders are upright, they should maintain a slight backward lean and keep the skis about shoulder width apart. All riders should practice being light on their feet and shifting their weight with each turn of the boat — these simple considerations are important to master for more complicated maneuvers

Progress At Your Own Speed

Basic water skiing is extremely fun on its own, and riders should remember that everyone masters actions and motions at a different pace. If beginners start to feel more confident, they can progress into jumps, cord tricks, and high speed skiing. After the brain and body internalize the proper form, these advanced techniques will come easily — it is just a matter of putting time in on the water and concentrating on form each run.

Although water skiing is a fun leisure activity, it should still be taken seriously, safety-wise. Beginners should always wear life jackets, maintain a safe distance from the vessel, and make sure the boat has an experienced driver. Taking proper precautions is the most important part of being a responsible water skier — just because your run is safe, doesn’t mean it isn’t gnarly!

 
3 Things to Know About Swimming for Fitness

From weight training to running, and everything in between, there are many ways out there to get in shape. And, they all have their pros and cons, based on each person’s physical condition. Swimming, though, is perfect no matter your fitness level. Here are three things to know about swimming as a fitness routine.

First, swimming gives your whole body a workout.  The lungs, heart and muscles all have to work as you glide through the water. And, based on your swimming method, you can alter your workout for extra cardio or muscle toning.  For example, timed laps or competing against another swimmer, will give a much stronger workout for your lungs and heart than calm backstrokes as you float along. Also, depending on what part of your body you want to work on, you can adjust your strokes to work different muscles. Just remember, if you want an exercise for stronger bones, you will have to fit in some form of weight bearing training for that benefit. And, the calories you burn while swimming are limited to your time in the water.  Unlike other exercise, some say that since your body stays cool while swimming, calories don’t go on being burned after you hop out of the water.

Secondly, swimming is a low impact workout.  If you have joint injuries or other conditions that prevent many of the more strenuous exercises, swimming can be the perfect way to keep fit. The buoyancy you have in the water relieves the stress on your joints, which may lead to longer times of exercise. Swimming is also a perfect exercise for pregnant women. The weightlessness you feel in the water can relieve the overworked joints from the extra baby weight.  And, since swimming is a sport for all ages, it’s the perfect exercise routine for families who are looking to spend more time together with a common interest.

And, last but not least, swimming is very relaxing. In today’s world, finding time to just wash your cares away can be extremely difficult.  Adding swimming to your exercise program can kill two birds with one stone, as they say. While a workout at the gym, with all the counters and reps, can add to your stress level, swimming seems to have the opposite effect on the body.  In a recent study, swimming was found to lower heart rates, as well as improve blood pressure and circulation. And, the water surrounding and carrying you is comforting in itself. No other sport has the potential to be both invigorating and calming at the same time.

So, if you are looking for a new hobby or fitness routine, swimming might just be your answer.  Depending on where you live, you can either head to the nearest body of water, or to the local pool. Most cities now have community pools, either seasonal or indoor for year round enjoyment.  And, most offer swimming lessons for those of all ages. What better way to start an exercise program than to be surround by the soothing waves of the water?

 

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