With the first weekend in August underway, now is the time for squeezing as much out of the dog days of summer as possible with new experiences.

Instead of running down the clock to Labor Day watching reruns on the couch, what could be more exciting than trying out the Press’ top 10 alternative sports?

Here’s our guide to some of the best, bizarre and most bad-ass alt-sports found on Long Island.


Why play regular golf when you can play disc golf?
Why play regular golf when you can play disc golf?

Cedar Beach Disc Golf: Long Island’s first and only disc golf course can be found on Ocean Parkway between Robert Moses Causeway and Jones Beach, May to November, $7 Town of Oyster Bay Residents, $8 Non-Residents. www.longislanddiscgolf.com

I.FLY Flying Trapeze and Aerial Arts School: Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, ages 4 and up, April through October, $50 for an hour and a half of instruction and/or open flying trapeze. www.iflytrapeze.com

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Long Island Coed Kickball: An adult, coed, recreational league back for its second year. The league meets Tuesdays at Heckscher Park in Huntington. Get a team together, or register on your own to be placed on a team. www.longislandcoedkickball.com

Huntington Ultimate Summer League: Ultimate (the sport dropped frisbee from its name) is often deemed the “fastest growing sport in America,” and there is a great community of players right here on LI. Registration for the league is now closed for the summer, but pick-up games are organized throughout the year. Co-ed, all skill levels. www.husl.usetopscore.com

Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Long Island Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (LI SUP) offers lessons in one of Hawaii’s oldest sports, without the twelve hour plane ride. Multiple locations include East Islip, Massapequa and Southampton. www.longisland-sup.com

Tropical Snorkeling: Riverhead’s Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center offers close encounters with tropical fish from around the world.  All ages (children must be beyond diaper age), $37.50 for non members, June 29 through Labor Day. www.longislandaquarium.com/adventures-snorkel.html


Thought you were good at handball? Try Trangleball!
Thought you were good at handball? Try Trangleball!

Trangleball®: Created by Mark Miller of Brooklyn, Trangleball is a 3D handball sport that combines various athletic skills. Games are popularly played on the beaches of Fire Island, and start-up kits can be purchased at www.trangleball.com. The 17th Annual Trangleball Tourney will be held in Corneille Estates on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m.

Roller Derby: Go watch the Long Island Roller Rebels this summer…or become one yourself! The LIRR host tryouts every fall, and any woman 21 or older is encouraged to try out. Their schedule is posted online at www.longislandrollerrebels.com

Indoor Rock Climbing: Long Island may be flat, but a day at Island Rock will have you feeling like you’re up in the mountains. Whether you’re a first timer or an expert, they have a climbing area for you. Day passes and lessons available. www.islandrock.net

Kiteboarding: For the uninitiated, kitesboarding combines windsurfing, wakeboarding and surfing with the aerial possibilities of paragliding and is taught at Amityville-based NY Kite Center, which has grown to be the largest kiteboarding school in the North East. http://nykitecenter.com


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.