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SPOR TS & RECREATION I f there’s one common denominator that answers the question, “why head to the Hamptons for a summer stay” it is the tremendous opportunities we offer for seasonal sports and recreation. Whether it is a day at the beach, on the water, hiking or biking, bashing a tennis ball around or any of the many activities you find below there’s literally something for anyone who en- joys the outdoors.   BEACHES Surrounded by world-class bay and ocean stretches the East End is a beachcomber’s dream come true! The only fly in the suntan lotion? You have to carefully ob- serve and obey the posted parking regulations on all local beaches or risk a stiff fine or expensive tow. As an example, Montauk’s DITCH PLAINS is by far the most popular surfing spot on the East End. But park there without a valid East Hampton Town Permit and you will be heavily fined and/or towed away! You will however find free parking in Montauk village at KIRK PARK located next to the IGA on the western end of Main Street and in the village itself along the side streets between Main Street and the ocean are largely free, too. Just be sure to check for any 2 hour limits before you hit the beach for the day. Need facilities to go with your beach day? Drive 4 miles west along the Old Montauk Highway to HITH- ER HILLS STATE PARK where you can park for $10 a day and enjoy access to play grounds, picnic areas, rest rooms and a convenience store. In Amagansett you can park Mondays to Fridays for $20 at ATLAN- TIC AVENUE, located on Bluff Road just south of Main Street this Town lot has lifeguards, bathrooms, and a food truck. East Hampton’s MAIN BEACH is often re- garded as the most beautiful ocean beach in the area this Village facility has lifeguards, bathrooms, showers, lockers and restaurant. Parking is available weekdays only for $25. 30 | Montauk Life | JUNE 2018 Heading to Bridgehampton? You’ll find MECOX BEACH by heading south of the village where the Town provides lifeguards, bathrooms 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.   SURFING In case you didn’t know the East End is quite the surfing destination. No more so than in Montauk where Ditch Plains attracts the most constant waves and crowds. When you feel the urge to go remember to respect your elders, try not to run anyone over and in general keep that chill karma coming. And before you hit the suds be sure to stop by Montauk’s 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 accessories you crave and most importantly, the knowledge to tame the wild, wet yonder that makes up the local scene. Left your gear at home? No problem, they’ve got rent- al boards and wet suits to get you into the game. Further west you’ll find the friendly folks at 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, Bote, Pulse and Surf Tech just waiting for you. To the west FLYING POINT SURF SCHOOL 516- 885-6607 offers both a great surf camp as well as pri- vate instruction. The first begins early June , 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 individual 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 and one heck of a workout on the deck on a Stand-