Stuff Men Want July 2013

Court Side
Lounging around poolside in the heat of the sun can be satisfying for only so long. When the time comes to hop up and get moving, head straight to the tennis courts. Babolat has been the name on US Open insiders’ lips, play like a pro with their state–of-the-art racquets, sneakers, clothing and equipment bags. Grand Slam Tennis in Commack carries the extensive line and the staff provides helpful advice. Shown here from back to front: Babolat Racket Holder X6 Aero, $99; Pure Drive Racquet, $189; AeroPro Drive Racquet, $199; PROPULSE 4 All Court sneakers, $119; men’s training T-shirt, $23.

Sandy Tracks
The ultimate summer sport is upon us and if you haven’t jumped on this trend you’d better start now. Beach riding is a great form of exercise that takes place on Long Island’s most serene spots…shore side. The Surly Moonlander is built with a purpose, a fat frame to fit a fat tire, allowing you to ride any low-tide beach with ease. Prices range from $1,600 to $2,500. Looking for something custom? The Twenty Two is built of hand made frames from Vail, a unique toothed belt drive system and a $7,500 price tag. Don’t worry about either of these bicycles being one-trick ponies. Trail riding in the woods and even winter biking in the snow is possible with either wide tired gem. For pricing and more information including demos, contact Heli Sport in Huntington. (631) 549-1127.

Island Waves
No need to run off to lands afar to catch the ultimate wave when there are crashing curls right in our backyard. In search of the perfect surf beach this summer? Be sure to check out Ditch Plains in Montauk if you’re interested in heading to “The End,” Gilgo Beach in Babylon for a quality surf session centrally located or Lido Beach for a challenging paddle out close to NYC. Carry along the practical Joe Bark Dominator distance and race board no matter what endless search you embark on. Looking for a more serene connection to the water? Look no further then Hobie to supply you with the ultimate stand up paddle board. Heli Sport in Huntington can set you up no matter which water sport you choose. (631) 549-1127.

Fishing Frenzy
Cast a line, kick back and wait for the pull. One of the many perks of island living is the vast amount of options when it comes to fishing locations. Being surrounded by water makes saltwater fishing the most popular but that doesn’t mean freshwater and fly fishing are unheard of either. No matter the type of water you’re into the equipment is crucial. The Release SG lever drag reel is the best of the best. Carbon drag washers provide a smooth drag and the reverse gear box gives a great amount of torque and stopping power. Items featured here courtesy of J&H Tackle (Oakdale), for experts and amateurs alike.

Sun Seekers
Sunglasses are primo when it comes to accessories this ray-bearing season. Of course they protect from the glaring sun, but when it comes down to it they portray so much more. This time of year there’s no excuse to not wear a pair. From top to bottom: Tod’s matte blue Aviators, $465; Tom Ford Henry, $475; Tom Ford Alphonse, $459; Versace grey marble sunglasses, $279; Ray Ban Oversized Clubmaster, $169; Ray Ban Meteor, $249. All available at Precision Eye Care, Huntington.