Beach + Island

Totally Active Beaches

by Sarah Tuff

FLIP IT GOOD

The Sport: Wakeboarding and waterskiing

The Arena: Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Your Adventure: The Gulf of Mexico's churning waves make it great for beach lovers, boogie boarders, and kiteboarders. But if you're a wakeboarder or waterskier who craves glassy surfaces, you're outta luck. So in 1985, some avid carvers built two 20-acre lakes in northwest Florida's Santa Rosa Beach. The satin-smooth waters are now the home of the Pickos Water Ski&Wakeboard Center, where world champion Cory Pickos trains both kids and adults in the two sports. Through 20-minute intensive lessons, you can learn basic skills—balance, stance, rope control—or show-off moves of grabs, spins, and flips. At the historic A Highlands House Bed & Breakfast, which sits on the Gulf of Mexico, many rooms have four-poster beds and views of that confounded nonglassy water.

Pickos Water Ski & Wakeboard Center
Tel: 850 267 3988
Private lessons $45

A Highlands House Bed & Breakfast
Tel: 850 267 0110
Doubles from $130

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