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RECREATION & SPORTS B lues skies above, warm breezes blowing across the bays and ocean, hills and valleys in full flow- er summer on the East End is a wonderful thing! Time to take advantage of all that our wild, wide open spaces offer. From biking to beach combing, surfing to fishing there is plenty to do in our great outdoors. For those who care to test their mettle here are a few well proven ways.   BEACHES   SURFING Easily one of the most popular pastimes whether you’re a shredder (expert) or a kook (raw beginner) we have a great selection of local surf shops that can help you with equipment, clothes, accessories and instruc- tion. In surf happy Montauk be sure to stop by the resident board experts at AIR AND SPEED 631-668- 0356. You’ll find them at Surf Central on Main Street, where they carry the brands you need, the accesso- ries you crave and most importantly, the knowledge to take your place in the line-up. Left your gear at home? No problem, they’ve got rental boards, SUP’s and even wet suits to get you into the wild surf. Further west you’ll find the friendly folks at first is geared for kids 5 and up with a week to spend learning all there is about catching a wave. Older folks or parents who would like their tykes to have a one- on-one situation can call ahead to arrange for individ- ual instruction that can make the rawest of beginners into a leader of the surf line-up. Haven’t invested in a board yet? No issue here, they’ll happily provide one.   STAND-UP PADDLING For over a decade now folks have found tranquility Surrounded by world-class bay and ocean stretch- and one heck of a workout on the deck on a Stand-Up es the East End is a beachcomber’s dream come true! Paddle Board (SUP). A fairly simple skill to learn there The only fly in the suntan lotion? You have to carefully are a number of local outfits that can get you up and observe and obey the posted parking regulations on pumping. Perhaps none is better known than East all local beaches or risk a stiff fine Hampton’s PADDLE DIVA 631-329- or expensive tow. 2999. Located at the Shagwong Ma- As an example, Montauk’s rina on Three Mile Harbor the team DITCH PLAINS is by far the most there teaches group and individual popular surfing spot on the East lessons, classes and organizes some End. But park there without a valid of the best group outings on the East East Hampton Town Permit and End. you will be heavily fined and/or   KAYAKING towed away! You will however find If you’d like to tackle local waters free parking in Montauk village at from atop a kayak you’ve also come KIRK PARK located next to the IGA to the right place. The East End is on the western end of Main Street lined with coves and protected waters and in the village itself along the perfect for a placid paddle. For all the side streets between Main Street best equipment head to AMAGAN- and the ocean are largely free, too. SETT BEACH AND BIKE 631-267- Just be sure to check for any 2 hour 6325. Located midway between limits before you hit the beach for Amagansett and East Hampton on the day. the main drag they carry the best from Need facilities to go with your Hobie, Wilderness, Evoke, and the beach day? Drive west to HITHER hottest brand in the land, FeelFree. HILLS STATE PARK where you can Add in racks of clothes and accesso- park for $10 a day and enjoy access ries and you’ve got everything you to play grounds, picnic areas, rest need for a day on the water. Looking rooms and a convenience store. In to go with a gang? They also orga- Amagansett you can park Mondays nize group paddles on a regular basic to Fridays for $20 at ATLANTIC AV- ENUE, located on Bluff Road just from their scenic Accabonac Harbor south of Main Street this Town lot launching point in East Hampton. has lifeguards, bathrooms, and a food truck. East Hampton’s MAIN   BOAT RENTALS BEACH is often regarded as the Local waters beg to be explored most beautiful ocean beach in the but what if you left your boat at area this Village facility has life- home? No problem, just drop down guards, bathrooms, showers, lock- to Montauk harbor where the local ers and restaurant. Parking is avail- experts UIHLEIN’S 631-668-3799 able weekdays only for $25. will rent you anything from a simple Heading to Bridgehampton? skiff to an off-shore cruiser. Don’t You’ll find MECOX BEACH by know starboard from port? Not to Paddle Diva's Gina Bradley and friends enjoying a day at Gurney's in Montauk. heading south of the village where fret. They also have certified staff that  Photo by Michael Williams the Town provides lifeguards, bath- can run your boat, too. Looking to rooms and food with a week‘s pass only $25. Located between East Hampton and Bridgehampton villages at the end of Sagg Main SAGG MAIN BEACH lifeguards and baths available Mondays - Fridays for $25 a day. Another contender for the most beautiful beach in the Hamptons is COOPERS BEACH. Located in the heart of Southampton Village this beautiful stretch offers lifeguards, baths and food with a weekly pass $40. Finally, if you like the bay you’ll love Sag Harbor’s LONG BEACH. This beautiful stretch is located off Noyac Road two miles west of the village and offers lifeguards and baths for $25 a weekly pass. 30 | Montauk / Hampton Life | August 2017 AMAGANSETT BEACH AND BIKE CO 631-267- 6325 are also a valued resource for all things surfing. Located midway between that village and East Hamp- ton they carry boards for sale and daily rent as well as offer lessons in group or private. Need a quality SUP (that’s stand-up paddle board for the uninitiated) they have racks of Doyle, Laird and Surf Tech just waiting for you. Just around the corner in Sag Harbor FLYING POINT SURF SCHOOL 516-885-6607 offers both a great surf camp as well as private instruction. The poke around closer to shore? PUFF N PUTT 631-668-4473 rents sailboats, pedal boats, kayaks and dinghies by the hour to ex- plore placid Ft. Pond. Find them next to 7-11