Sunday, November 23, 2014

Rock the Boat

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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
602-396-8159, gostanduppaddle.com
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
602-955-3939, skipro.com
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.

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Jet Skis at Arizona Jet Ski
17037 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix
602-482-9322, azjetski.com
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
928-501-7245, sailaz.com
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.

 

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