For nearly a decade, Red Belly's shelves have rolled out frost-friendly equipment, accessories, and boards from top-quality brands, and the store's knowledgeable staff has schooled aspiring sportsmen and women in comprehensive kite, skate, and snowboarding lessons. Customers can haul their planks into the shop for a professional tune-up from talented technicians, or peruse racks of men's, women's, and children's apparel designed for athletic undertakings and cutthroat rounds of Twister. The shop stocks boards and equipment from top designers, including snowboards from Artec, Unity, and Roxy, and long boards for concrete commutes from Rayne, Earthwing, and Loaded. Expert instructors lead kite, skate, and snowboard lessons, freeing students to partake in more enjoyable and efficient methods of travel than walking or riding on the back of a door-to-door vacuum salesman.
Modern Skate & Surf?s alternative-sports shop was founded in 1979 and has since hosted events frequented by Olympic and professional athletes?including superstar Tony Hawk?as well as earned a feature as Best Snowboard Shop in 2012 from Real Detroit Weekly. In Modern Skate Park's world-class, 60,000-square-foot Royal Oak skate park?one of the largest facilities of its kind in the US?skateboards grind across rails or glide over jumps, and inline skaters whiz over obstacles and BMX bikes hang in midair. Customers can build on their extreme-sports skills in clinics and lessons or rent out the facility for parties or high-speed chases. Committed to supporting the next generation of extreme athletes, Modern Skate Park offers discounts to students who bring in report cards sporting A?s and B?s.
In addition to the skate park, Modern Skate & Surf also maintains a East Lansing store that stocks snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding, skating, and protective gear to facilitate exciting adventures.
When winter's clouds block out the sun?s rays like a row of bouncers, Hawk Island County Park?s hills come alive. The main draw?the slopes?ranges in grade from gentle and inviting to steep and challenging, allowing family-friendly activities such as tubing as well as more extreme pastimes such as snowboarding over manmade obstacles or writing "homework is dumb" in the freshly fallen powder. A handy tubing lift hauls visitors back to the tops of the hills after their descents, and a 1.5-mile paved trail invites visitors to enjoy leisurely strolls through the riverside park before enjoying snacks at the snack bar.