Holla! Did you know the Hamptons is a premier destination for standup paddleboarding? That’s according to Outdoor magazine, which recently listed 7 stateside SUP destinations where the sport, born in Hawaii, has taken off. While other places (Dana Point, Calif., and Wrightsville Beach, N.C.) scored top marks in categories like “romance” or “variety,” the Hamptons muscled out the rest when its comes to relaxation. “How do New Yorkers de-stress and get their SUP fix?” the magazine asked. “Head to Penn Station, hop on the LIRR, take a three-hour nap, wake up in the Hamptons, and rent a board.”
The magazine cited Jessica Bellofatto, founder of KamaDeva Yoga in East Hampton, who says she got a lot of stares when she first started paddling 10 years ago. “But now I can do a headstand on my board and it barely warrants a double take,” she says. (For the record, we’d stare at that.) Also mentioned is Paddle Diva at Three Mile Harbor in Springs, which offers sunset, stargazing, and full-moon paddles — no sunscreen needed, but participants must wear glow sticks or headlamps when darkness falls. Safety first, people. Speaking of, as we’ve reported here, Paddle Diva owner Gina Bradley is currently running a course on SUP certification near her winter home in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Interested in learning more? Bellofatto is running a yoga retreat this coming weekend at Solé East in Montauk, with SUP planned for nearby Fort Pond (which is where the above photo was taken). Other places that can help you get your SUP on are Main Beach Surf & Sport in Wainscott and Air & Speed Surf Shop in Montauk.
Before summer heat is on…
Schenck Fuels of East Hampton, which has been around since 1902, long before AC was invented, reminds everyone that now is the time to figure out your summer cooling needs. (Or if you’re keen to be eco-friendly, perhaps you can replace your old system with a more efficient one.) Schenck Fuels notes on its About page that it’s survived the Great Depression and two World Wars, so it knows what it’s talking about, dammit.
Best Blues east of Shinnecock
Hey, the thrill isn’t gone, baby. It’s tomorrow (Tuesday) night at Crossroads Music, where Kerry Kearney, blues guitarist, is the featured act for the store’s Tiny Room Shows. Seating is limited, and proceeds will benefit the Crossroads Music Scholarship Fund. Kearney, by the way, has been named “possibly the best blues slide guitarist this side of the Mississippi or at least of the East River” by Long Island Voice. Call 631.907.4838 for more information.
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