Wet & Wild

Where to Go for a Sweet Time in the Surf

When the weather gets hot, the Hamptons get wet. There’s no better spot on the East Coast for water sports, from the famed surf breaks at Montauk and Ditch Plains to the legendary fishing beyond the bell in Gardiner’s Bay. Here, a few of our top picks for cooling off on the coast when the mercury rises:

Hampton Flyboard

As the band reminds us, We Were Promised Jetpacks – and in the Hamptons, we got ’em, or at least the next best thing. At Hampton Flyboard, you’ll be strapped into a water-powered hoverboard, tethered to a 60-foot hose, and propelled both above and below the surface of the water. Flights range from $180 for 30 minutes to $1,500 for an eight-hour day and up to 12 people; all packages include everything from a life vest and helmet to professional Nikon pictures. The shop is manned by native Long Islanders Dane and Beau Riva, so they know the water well, and are quick to assist newbies; in fact, most would-be boarders are up in the air within minutes, then under the surface, then soaring back up again. Who needs the heat of a jetpack when you have the cool splash of the hoverboard? (www.hamptonflyboard.com; 631.604.8867)



Ready to see what Montauk is really all about? Then it’s time to book your first outing with CoreysWave Surf Lessons. Pro Corey Senese grew up surfing Southern California and Montauk; today, he is a master instructor with experience demonstrating everything from short board to long board to paddle surfing. He started informally teaching visitors that he noticed on the beach in Montauk, and quickly found that he had a knack for explaining technique. These days, he’s as stoked to teach others how to love the water as he is to ride it himself, and his enthusiasm is infectious. Worried you won’t have what it takes? Just show up with a bathing suit, sun block, a towel and a change of clothes. CoreysWave provides the board, the wetsuit, surf booties as needed, and all the expert leadership you need to catch your first – and second, and third! – wave. (www.coreyswave.com; 516.639.4879)


East End Jet Ski
Rev up your engine with East End Jet Ski, where you can rent a motorized personal watercraft and zip across Shinnecock Bay at breakneck speed. Ride solo or with a friend (each craft can accommodate up to two riders), and consider another kind of ski, as well: all jet skis can be outfitted with tow ropes for water skiing. East End is a family-owned business, and 30+ years of experience mean they are the best around. Their professional team of
jet ski experts is available throughout the day to offer instruction and fit you for a life jacket. Bringing a crowd? No problem: they also host private parties, perfect for gatherings of friends and family looking to take to the waves together. Rentals start at $80 per half hour, and good to know: they book by the ’ski, rather than by the person (so two riders is still just $80 on a shared craft). (91 Foster Ave., Hampton Bays. 6L31.728.8060)


Mon Tiki

Locally built catamaran Mon Tiki is a familiar sight to many East Enders and visitors alike. The boat’s dark red sails stand out against the clear blue of the sky and sea, and evoke the streaks of the sunset, which you can catch on board with one of their nightly Sunset Cruises. For $65 per person, enjoy a two-hour sail across Block Island sound, and feel free to bring along snacks, soft drinks, and even beer and wine. Feeling more adventurous? Perhaps the Three-Hour Sail & Swim package is ideal for you; tickets start at $95 for adults, and include the opportunity to hop off the craft’s swim ramp and enjoy the ocean up close before sailing comfortably back to shore. (32 Star Island Rd., Montauk; 631.668.2826)