Board? Check. Paddle? Check. Flying-fish swatter? Check. That's all the customers at Surf's SUP need before they go skimming across the water of Great South Bay. Luckily, the staff is on-hand to provide the equipment, give lessons, and even teach yoga atop paddleboards.
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.
Under the tutelage of Shihan Allie Alberigo, students of all ages learn the arts of ninjutsu and classical jujitsu, revamped for contemporary warriors. With four decades of martial-arts training under his belt, Allie Alberigo teaches his students about hand-to-hand combat and the use of weapons; he has also expanded classes to include disciplines such as judo, yoga, and kickboxing. The Little Warrior program builds punching ability in children as young as 3, and the Third Eye Insight program includes martial arts, yoga, and meditation classes for students who are blind or visually impaired. During these classes, sighted students can also spar and learn while wearing blindfolds. The facility includes two training floors and an archery range, which gives students ample room to flex without destroying nearby equipment.
Though Shaolin Self Defense Center teaches students how to punch, kick, and defend against opponents, the lesson its instructors find most important is to maintain self-esteem, discipline, and respect. Drawing upon a rich tradition that spans more than 1,500 years, instructors introduce students to Shaolin kung fu's signature blend of targeted strikes and debilitating grapples. However, classes are about more than just physical form. Instructors also encourage emotional and mental balance, leaving students with a quiet confidence that lasts long after lessons conclude.