- Author: Cara Buchanan
- Category: Lifestyle
- Issue: Aug 2012
Enjoy Arizona’s celebrated lakes, streams and urban reservoirs with a sleek new watercraft. No pool toys, these.
Paddle Boards at Go Stand Up Paddle
40202 N. 87th Ave., Peoria
Catering to the newest Arizona water-craze, Go Stand Up Paddle satisfies your paddle board intrigue. The Riviera Voyager ($1,100) has a slick fiberglass design and is a great beginners’ board. Stand Up Paddle also offers rentals, lessons at Lake Pleasant and yoga classes – yep, yoga! – on paddle boards. Let’s hope your downward-facing dog can swim.
Wakeboards at Ski Pro
2110 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Originally a snow ski and specialty shop, Ski Pro has expanded their products and knowledge to include water sports throughout their three Valley locations. They carry all the toys required for a day of adrenaline out on the water, with one guarantee: You will get wet. Ski Pro carries a full line of wakeboards, including pro boarder Kevin Henshaw’s Liquid Force line, which boasts such models as the 2008 “Press” ($100), a lightweight, flexible board covered in edgy artwork by Mike Ennen; and the 2010 Hyperlite “Ladies Blur” wakeboard ($200), adorned with cute, blue sugar skulls on a screaming fuschia backdrop. Matching boots and color-coordinated wetsuits are also available.
Jet Skis at Arizona Jet Ski
17037 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix
For more than 20 years, AZ Jet Ski has granted speed chasers’ Kawasaki dreams. Peruse the showroom and try not to salivate over their collection of glossy, wave-slicing beasts, including the Jet Ski Ultra 300X and STX-15F three-passenger models, esteemed among enthusiasts for their stability and power. Prices start at $9,449. All pre-owned watercraft are inspected by their factory technicians to ensure you’re ready for the season.
Sailboats at Sailboat Shop
9126 W. South Ramp Rd., Peoria
A boat achieves a certain poetry when it hits the breeze and glides across open water; by that interpretation, owner Tom Errickson has been running a poetry workshop for two decades. Located on the east side of Lake Pleasant, the Sailboat Shop retails new Catalina and MacGregor sailboats, plus offers shop services, boat rental and ASA-certified sailing lessons. Used boats start at around $4,000 for a 19-foot craft, or a brand-new Catalina 18-footer can be yours for $13,720.