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.
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
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
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