The pulsing waves of the Atlantic Ocean rock boards, lulling riders into a state of reverie as salt-tinged air tousles their hair. Long Island natives and former lifeguards Johana and Billy fell in love with this sun-soaked state of meditation and now share it with others through tours, lessons, and rentals at Fire Island Kite & SUP. With origins in ancient Hawaii, standup paddleboarding offers a laid-back alternative to walking on water. Visitors skim over shallows teeming with fish, keeping eyes peeled for wildlife while slipping past towns such as Robbins Rest and Fair Harbor.
Kiteboarding, on the other hand, has its roots solidly in modern times and sates the cravings of adrenaline junkies. The sport blends the speed of windsurfing, the sweeping turns of snowboarding, and the gentle spray of being on Shamu's debate team. Under the eye of a certified instructor, gusts of wind fill sails and propel kiteboarders across the waters near East Island.
Fire Island has long been recognized as an ideal retreat from the bustle of city life. The spa that shares its name is no different, thanks to a team of salon artists and spa technicians offering a wide assortment of beautifying and relaxing services.
After changing into plush cotton robes, guests can lose themselves in the aromas of botanical fragrances and the sounds of soothing music as aestheticians administer exfoliating facials or therapists relax tension with targeted massage strokes. The spa’s cozy wooden attic also hosts body treatments that remove toxins, assuage muscular aches, and clean out sand stuck between toes and vestigial tentacles. In a salon area, stylists draw on their experience and modern fashion sensibilities to cut and color hair or remove unwanted fuzz with waxing treatments.
More than 30 years after its inception, Cactus Salon & Spa and its team of continually educated stylists have not lost their edge?they earned the Long Island Press's designation as Best Hair Salon and Best Day Spa in 2011 and 2012. It's not surprising, then, that the salon has enjoyed such impressive growth over the years, with more than two dozen separate spa and salon locations.
Although hair is still the focus?stylists craft 'dos that reflect everyday ease or fashion-forward thinking?the repertoire has expanded to include everything from nail treatments and massages to permanent cosmetics and laser services. Since the roster is so broad, many clients take advantage of Cactus Club memberships, which give them the flexibility to try multiple services and products by deactivating the force fields between treatment rooms and granting a 33% discount on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
The instructors at Long Island Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Co. give visitors a lesson in Hawaiian athletic history, introducing them to one of the islands' oldest sports during standup-paddleboarding lessons. Guiding students of all fitness levels onto oversize surfboards that span 32–34 inches in width for enhanced stability, instructors unveil the thrill of gliding across the open water and low-fiving your own reflection.
Standup paddleboarding also imparts further health benefits to its enthusiasts, creating a steady, full-body workout that conditions the core and develops coordination. Beyond paddleboarding, the company's class offerings range from kayaking to windsurfing, beckoning beginner-level sportsmen to venture into the water. Long Island Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Co.'s team also leads tours, including sunset outings and eco tours.
Chefs at George Martin's Strip Steak stand guard at roiling broilers, anticipating the exact moment when each dry-aged Angus steak within has perfectly browned. Ladles of béarnaise and au poivre sauces in hand, the kitchen staff sends each order—flanked by ramekins of sautéed vegetables or hand-cut french fries—out into the cozy, candlelit dining room. Wines and signature cocktails, such as ginger cosmopolitans, pair with each entree, including the restaurant's eponymous steaks, free-range chicken, brazilian lobster tails, and veal chops. George Martin's Strip Steak also caters special events, from small gatherings in its private dining rooms to onsite celebrations for up to 100 tuxedoed mannequins.
At Cycle Evolution, fitness instructors lead groups during high-energy sessions aboard RealRyder indoor cycling bikes. Equipped with CoreBalance technology, RealRyder bikes tilt, turn, and lean in the same fashion as actual bikes, enabling users to ride fluidly in three dimensions. The dynamic and functional movements performed on the RealRyder bike throughout a session emphasize the activation of essential core muscles, especially, but the rest of the body receives a challenging workout, as well.