Jeff, Long Island has so many grat spots it is hard to list them all but
several come to mind.
1) West Meadow beach (Near your home town). A little tricky with currents and a
sandbar thats hidden depending on tide. Ask locals at the beach about it. If
there is good wind the ride is great and some decent swells.
2) Hecksher State Park (at the end of Southern Pky) great spoy with cheap
access. The parking is about 20 feet from the water. Southwest breezes are the
prevailing wind (side on shore). Afternoons are usually better. Hecksher can
get very crowded on weekends especially if there is wind. It is usually choppy.
Probably LI's most popular spot.
3) Amagansett area "Nappeaque" there is a shallow bay out there which is great
sailing if you like to go fast. Parking can be a hassle.
4) Long beach in Sag Harbor area is good and lots of room. I am not sure about
parking fees. They have races out there which are lots of fun.
LI has several good shops.
1) Surf Shop in Huntington, Don Pursell is fair and will work to help you get
the right equipment
2) Main Beach in Bridgehampton, Pretty good selection of better equipment. They
have a swap meet in May. Usually a good place to find sails and shortboards at
3) Hawiian Shop in Northport, Limited selection but Lee the owner is helpful.
4) Olympic in Port Washington, Great shop.
5) Islamd Windsurfing Manhattan. They have everything but you will pay for it.
They run a race each year in New Suffolk (past Riverhead)
if you need more info feel free to e-mail and if you know of any races please
send a note.
PS I am selling a brand new Mistral competition in the box for $650 if anyone
you know wants a good beginner board.