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Top 5 Jet Ski Destinations in the Western US

Jet skis provide a great way to have a ton of fun in the sun. They give you the freedom to control where you go and what you do on the water. This article will provide you with information on the Top 5 Jet Ski Destinations in the Western U.S. Whether you're planning a vacation or just want to have some fun, the following will be beneficial to you.

Riding a jet ski is an exciting way to enjoy the water and it can provide hours of fun. If you love the water, the wind in your hair, the sun on your face and the thrill of an adrenaline rush, you'll love riding a jet ski!

Jet skis are designed to provide the enjoyment of water sports. You can find jet ski rentals just about anywhere there's an ocean or a lake or at a local ski shop. Most people prefer to rent right on the water so they can just hop on and take off. We've compiled a list of the Top 5 Jet Ski destinations in the Western United States, so you know where to go to have fun. Here they are (in no particular order):

1. Lake Powell. You can rent a jet ski in a little town just 6 miles from Lake Powell, called Page, Arizona. Lake Powell is located in the area of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. It has 1,900 miles of shore line, covers 180 miles, have four marinas and some of the cleanest, clearest blue water in the U.S. Lake Powell is located in the Glen Canyon Recreation Area National Park - there are no jet ski restrictions!

2. Morro Bay Harbor. Morro Bay Harbor, near San Luis Obisbo, offers excellent access to the ocean. It is the only all-weather small craft commercial and recreational harbor between Santa Barbara and Monterey. There is no charge to launch, but freshwater rinse is required (for a couple of quarters). The speed limit in the bay is 5mph, but the open ocean is fair game. Big waves to jump (4'-15'+) along miles of deserted beach south of the harbor will keep you busy, not to mention the scenery and wildlife.

3. Columbia River. The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. It stretches from British Columbia through Washington state, forming much of the border between Washington and Oregon before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. The river is 1,243 miles long, and its drainage basin is 258,000 square miles. Whether you're in Washington or Oregon, the Columbia River provides a great place to jet ski - especially if you like your waters a little on the chilly side. Rental prices and fees vary depending on where you launch. There are literally hundreds of miles of boat free/people free places to ride!

4. Lake Mohave. A short drive north of Laughlin, Nevada and Bullhead City, Arizona is a 67-mile stretch of the Colorado River called Lake Mohave. The lake is comparatively narrow, not more than 4 miles across at its widest point. Lake Mohave is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. This lake is perfect for recreation - jet skis, houseboats, boats, etc - and there are plenty of places to launch. PLUS, there are about 10 casinos to choose from along the Colorado River, so have fun!

5. Santa Monica Bay. A great public launch site in Southern California is the Santa Monica Bay. It's only $5.00 per day including trailer. The waters are warm, the scenery is gorgeous and aquatic life is abundant. Oh, and you're in SoCal! What more could you ask for?


3 Skiing Safety Tips To Avoid Injury On The Slopes And Trails

When at the end of the day you can sit with good company for dinner, warming by the fire and having a few drinks, ahhh pure joy. However we all know the hidden dangers on the slopes and trails. It's part of enjoying the sport and we are all aware of it.

If you are new or have limited experience with skiing it's a good idea to take some lessons at the slopes. Be honest about your skiing ability. When you take lessons this will matter. It is important so that you can get the most out of your instruction. You could end up hurting yourself by trying a move you aren't capable of doing correctly. So even though it may not seem important, you should take it seriously because of the possibility for injury to yourself or others.

Ski trails are rated typically by skill level. These ratings were created by the pros at these resorts because they know what they are talking about. Never attempt a trail that is clearly beyond your ability as you'll be inviting disaster.

If you're a skier who loves to go to your favorite mountain on the weekend, then you've seen the times when the place is just packed. These are the times you need to be extra careful and aware on the trails. You will no doubt run into those rude ski bunnies who just don't care about anyone else's safety. There is however a code of ethics for skiers too that has a goal of keeping everyone as safe as possible. So be sure you give the right-of-way to those who deserve it, and be courteous and extra alert at all times.

It is more than possible to have a total blast on the slopes in just about all conditions. So play it safe so you can return to play on the slopes another day.


Everything You Need to Know about Renting a Snowmobile

Renting a snowmobile will provide you a great way to have a ton of fun -- as long as you know what you're doing and drive safely! This article will provide you with information about renting a snowmobile and how to stay safe when you're out in the snow. Whether you're a seasoned expert or just getting started, the following will be beneficial to you.

So, you've traveled to some snowy vacation destination and you want to rent a snowmobile, eh? Well, we've been there done that and we're ready to share all of our snowmobile renting secrets with you! Here goes:

First, there are some things you need to know before you rent one. Each state requires that the snowmobile be licensed or registered. Most places you rent from will already have this taken care of, but it doesn't hurt to check and make sure before you sign your name on the dotted line. Also, some states may require a special permit or license for driving a snowmobile and some may even require that you take a safety course, too. It's best to check with the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state that you're planning to rent in.

Now that we've got that covered, you'll probably want to find a place that rents snowmobiles. Here's the answer: Basically anywhere there's snow! You can find a rental shop near ski lodges, in ski towns -- everywhere. The easiest way to find a place to rent them, however, is just to look them up online depending on where you're located. Be sure to read online reviews about the rental company before you rent from them -- you could find out information that could save you from a lot of trouble later on!

If this is your first time renting a snowmobile, there are many things you should consider. Are you riding alone or will you be taking another rider with you? Are you riding on trails or up in the mountains? These questions will help you choose which type to rent. There are basically 4 different types of snowmobiles you can rent:

Beginner: Beginner snowmobiles are also called trail models. These snowmobiles are equipped with engines ranging from 60-70 horsepower. They are easy to ride and relatively inexpensive to rent. Trail models are very light and easy to handle and serve as an inexpensive way to begin snowmobiling.

Touring : Touring snowmobiles are designed for up to two riders. The seat configuration features a backrest. Touring models usually include side-mounted mirrors, larger windshields, reverse gear and electric start. They are larger and heavier than both beginner and performance models and are designed for riding longer distances comfortably.

Performance: Performance snowmobiles, feature engines that generate 85 horsepower and up. These vehicles are slightly heavier than the entry-level vehicles and are often equipped with reverse gear and electric start. They are extremely responsive and performance oriented.

Mountain: Snowmobiles made specifically for mountain riding have high horsepower engines, since horsepower is lost at higher elevations. They are longer and narrower which allows for side hilling in mountainous terrain and riding through heavy powder. The riding characteristics of a mountain model generally lend it to better handling abilities in mountain riding than on trail riding.

After you choose the model that best suits your level of experience and your needs, you need to take care of one more thing: clothes! Your ride will be much more comfortable if you wear snow-friendly clothing like bib pants, jackets, gloves, boots and helmets. You may even want snow goggles to protect your eyes from the sun and wind. The rental company you choose may have gear on-site or they might point you in the right direction as to where you can purchase gear.

Finally, our last words of advice: Driving one is easy, however, it is always recommended that first-time riders attend a safety class before operating a snowmobile. A safe ride is a fun ride!


Airsoft: A Growing Sport

The sport of airsoft began as a way to "get around" legislation in the country of Japan. During the late 1950s, firearms in Japan were extremely difficult, if not impossible to obtain due to local laws and regulation. This meant that hunters and gun enthusiasts were not able to enjoy their hobby. So they needed a way to bring the experience of real guns to environment that was hostile toward them.

So they ended up inventing the sport of airsoft. Basic airsoft guns are non-lethal replicas of real guns. They can be spring powered, battery operated, or even CO2 or green gas powered. The cheaper guns tend to be spring powered, while the more expensive ones are gas powered.

This sport can be as extreme as fully tactically gear military simulations, to simplified one off skirmishes, all the way down to just a friendly game, kind of like the sport of paint ball. Events for this sport can be as little as one day, or all the way up to multi-day tournaments that bring in people from all over a region to compete. These events are usually held on weekends, and can be quite exasperating for new (and even old) airsoft players.

There is also a practical application to this sport, and that is training. Recently, there has been a growth in the number of law enforcement and military groups that have gotten into airsoft as a training ground for new officers and troops.

In the last couple of years, the sport has really grown, and there are more and more brand names and companies pushing the products. Why? Because so many more people are playing the sport. The popularity of the sport has hit America, where there is a rapid growth in the number of airsoft enthusiasts. The appeal of the sport is due to its "real life" look and action. America is entertainment driven, and movies have depicted very graphic representations of war, etc. and therefore kids, teens, and adults alike want to have a more realistic experience than some of the other sports like paint ball, that don't deliver the adrenaline rush.

You'll find when you get involved with the sport, that a basic airsoft gun fires 6 mm plastic (or paint) BBs, and can fire at the speed of 100-500 feet per second (commonly known as FPS in this sport's world). If you are interested in a local group of players, just go to google and type in "airsoft" and the name of your city or county, and you should be able to find groups that play on a regular basis. Start interacting with them, get to know what types of gear they use, and what types of scenarios they run for the games. Then you'll need to find a dealer to supply you with everything you need to give you an advantage over your opponents.


The Versatility of Inflatable Sports Kayaks

Few people can afford to buy and maintain aluminum or fiberglass boats. These are extremely expensive, and you have to keep putting money into them in order to take care of them. Luckily, for those who love to spend their summers paddling out on the lake, bay or ocean, there is a great alternative. Inflatable sports kayaks are one of the best investments in outdoor sporting you can make. They are durable, safe and very reasonably priced. With this innovative and versatile boating gear, you can enjoy your summer without worrying about breaking your budget. Whether you're paddling out in the ocean, over river rapids or on a calm lake, there is an ideal inflatable kayak for you.


The price of an inflatable kayak will depend on its size and durability. Obviously, the higher the quality, the higher the price of the kayak will be. Consider your intended use of the kayak when trying to decide which price level is right for you. For example, if you want to use your inflatable sport kayak to battle raging river rapids, you should invest in a higher quality kayak. It is important that the boat be very durable and well-constructed as to avoid damage from rocks. More durable kayaks come with multiple air chambers, so that if you pop a leak in one area, the other area stays inflated. If you only plan on using your kayak for paddling in a calm ocean, bay or lake, a moderate quality inflatable kayak will suffice. There is less chance of damage and leakage in these environments.

Size, Shape and Color

There are several different sizes of inflatable sports kayaks available. The size depends on the amount of people the kayak can hold. A typical kayak holds anywhere from 1 to 3 people. There are two common shapes for inflatable kayaks. One is the classic long shape with pointed ends. This shape would be ideal for speed racing, due to the aerodynamic qualities. There are also inflatable kayaks available with more rounded and cushioned edges. This model is more ideal for casual paddling and floating out on the water. Another great thing about inflatable sports kayaks is their versatility of design. There are tons of great designs and colors to choose from, from neon yellow to classic nautical blue and white stripes.


A great example of the versatility of inflatable sports kayaks are all the different uses they have. You can find an inflatable boat for any type of water in the world. You can take a high quality, durable kayak out on the roughest of river rapids. You can kayak in calm lakes, bays and oceans as well. These boats are a great way to enjoy beautiful scenery, whether you're deep in the woods or on a tropical ocean searching for dolphins. You can paddle alone, with a friend or with the whole family all in one boat. Then, you can deflate the boat and carry it easily to another location. The possibilities are endless with this unbelievably convenient piece of water sporting equipment.


Bmx - Ready To Race

Finding a track is what a potential rider needs to do in order to race. Local bike shops may have information on where the nearest track is. The websites of the National Bicycle League (NBL) or American Bicycle Association (ABA) can also provide you with information so you may want to visit them. In the BMX racing, these are the sanctioning bodies. Insurance and advice to local tracks are what they provide. If you don't have other insurance and got hurt on the track during a race, you'll have some medical insurance as an NBL or ABA member.

To give permission for the child to race, a guardian or parent must accompany the rider. A birth certificate must be shown as proof of age. For a racing license, most tracks charge $15-35 and these licenses are good for a year. There is also an entry fee for each race, which is usually between $6 and $10.

For your first visit to a particular track, get there about two hours before the first race starts. Sign up once you found the trailer or registration tent.

What you can also do is walk around the track. Familiarize yourself and remember where the jumps are. The next thing you have to do is get some practice. Put your helmet and other gear on and follow the others to the starting gate. Watching what they're doing and where they're going is a good idea. When it comes to beginners, they should put their front wheel against the starting gate and keep one foot on the ground and the other on a pedal. When the gate drops, start pedaling. Until you feel comfortable, go slow the first few times.

After practice, the races will be posted. The people at the registration will be the ones to tell you how the race works and where your race will be posted. You will be in a group or "moto" with other riders about your age. You can line with them in the staging area. When your group is called, go up and race! It will be over after it happens 3-4 times, but it depends on the system the track uses. You might get a trophy if you win. But you'll still have fun even if you don't.


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