Water sports on Martha’s Vineyard

Ben DelGuercio on a Wind's Up wind surfer in the lagoon, a great place to learn the sport. — File photo by Susan Safford

The weather has been warm and sunny, and the water temperature is rising to that comfortable temperature. Now is the time to start thinking about getting in, and not just for a quick dip. Why not get a little adventuresome and try something new? Living on an Island, we are surrounded by opportunity and water.

While some may have at one point tried kayaking, but don’t do it on a regular basis, by adding it to your day’s activities it can count as exercise. If you’re in the market for your own, Wind’s Up on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven has a great selection. Along with kayaks, they offer all forms of personal watercrafts from sailboats, canoes, and windsurfers along with all their accessories. They even have rentals, if you just aren’t ready to make a full commitment, as well as lessons for those that have never tried. They can be reached at 508-693-4252.

For kayaks on the move, Island Spirit Kayak is the one to call at 508-693-9727. They will come to you for lessons, rentals, and sales. You may choose from Bic Sport versions at $300 to tandem Boreal Sea Kayaks at $968 and up. To see their full line of great kayaks for purchase and their current sale prices, visit them on the web at islandspiritkayak.com. For no-packing or transporting needed, Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary offers regular guided and self-discovery kayak tours. For more information call them at 508-627-4850.

If boating and speed are more your style, the Island has plenty to offer. Island Water Sports on Lagoon Pond Road in Vineyard Haven rents everything from kayaks and inflatables to sailboats and 16′ watercrafts. You can rent for mornings, afternoons, full days, or by the week. Call for more details at 508-693-7767 or visit them on the web at boatmv.us. For the same type of rentals in Menemsha, you will want to contact Book-A-Boat on Coast Guard Road at 508-645-2400.

The most adventuresome types can pay a visit to Martha’s Vineyard Ocean Sports at the Dockside Marina in Oak Bluffs. They have rentals and guided tours for water-skiing, wakeboarding, knee-boarding, tubing, parasailing, and jet skiing. For more information visit them on the web at mvoceansports.com or call at 508-693-8476.

For those preferring an underwater adventure, you can head over to Vineyard Scuba on 110 South Circuit Ave in Oak Bluffs. There, Joe and Heidi Leonardo have everything you need to get started, including lessons. If you are already an experienced diver and just need new equipment, some servicing, or rentals while you are visiting, then Vineyard Scuba is your best stop. They also have dive master services to help navigate the Island waters. You may reach them at 508-693-0288 or on the web at vineyardscuba.com.

For the ultimate water experience and not for those faint of heart, kiteboarding is the most intense. Skyhigh Kite Boarding of Martha’s Vineyard has been teaching on the Island for more than 10 years. They offer both lessons and tours, along with equipment assistance. You may learn more about this exciting sport at their website skyhighkite.com or call them directly at 508-259-2728.

Don’t forget you can always visit the home of the world’s fastest sailor, Rob Douglas, at CornerFive Surf Co., at either of their locations next to the Black Dog and Steamship Authority in Vineyard Haven or in Oak Bluffs on Circuit Avenue. Here you will also find gear for surfing and kite surfing along with surfboard rentals. Their web address is cornerfive.com and their phone number is 508-696-3676.