10 Resolutions You Need to Make for a More Adventurous Summer


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There are New Year's resolutions, and then there are summer resolutions.

Resolve to make 2017 your most adventurous summer yet, from standup paddle boarding with dolphins to competing in the South's largest water fight. 

1. Learn to Sail

Starting in mid-April, the Savannah Sailing Center on Lake Mayer offers ongoing lessons every Saturday. Start with a swim check and a capsize-recovery drill, then you’re free to learn at your own pace. The Charleston Sailing School also instructs adults: Two-day classes in basic keelboating and basic coastal cruising are available. savannahsailingcenter.org, charlestonsailingschool.com 

2. Kayak the ACE Basin

Known locally as a wildlife Mecca, the ACE Basin—where the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto Rivers meet—shouldn’t be missed. The lands are a national estuarine reserve, protecting the alligators and birds that call it home. Those who own their own kayaks can launch at St. Helena Sound near Beaufort; otherwise, book a trip through Coastal Expeditions
coastalexpeditions.com

3. Kitesurf off Tybee Island

Hands down, Tybee Island is the South’s best spot for learning to kitesurf. The season extends March through August, with winds blowing from any direction, giving riders a greater variety of launching points, including five different beaches in a three-mile radius. Plus, the kitesurfing community here is extremely welcoming, and that includes spectators. Those just coming to watch should note that the late afternoon attracts the greatest number of riders. aokwatersports.com

4. Stand Up Paddle in Shem Creek

This guided stand up paddleboard trip offers great views of downtown Charleston while cruising past shrimp boats and the dolphins that follow them. The tour also rounds Crab Bank, a sanctuary protecting 2,000 birds in summer. coastalexpeditions.com

5. Jet Ski in Myrtle Beach

On a Jet Ski backcountry tour, led by Island Adventure Watersports of Myrtle Beach, S.C., riders get to really open up when it comes to speed, thanks to long, straight stretches of the Intercoastal Waterway. Slow down, and the two-hour ride becomes a chance to encounter wildlife, including dolphins, herons and egrets. 
islandadventurewatersports.com

6. Race a Homemade Raft

If you can float it, you can race it at The Big Float homemade raft competition in Augusta, Ga., on Saturday, Aug. 26. Last year’s event on flat water brought out 100 entrants, paddling everything from pirate ships to barrels lassoed together. If crafting a raft isn’t your thing, come out in a kayak, canoe or inner tube. Proceeds support Savannah Riverkeeper.
savannahriverkeeper.org

7. Zipline Hilton Head

Eight zip line tours soar above live oaks and pines, offering sweeping views of Broad Creek and passing marine life. ziplinehiltonhead.com

8. Skydive in Statesboro

On a clear day, skydivers starting at 11,000 feet and higher above Statesboro, Ga., can enjoy views of the Atlantic Coast. The Jumping Place will take first-timers on tandem jumps starting at 14,000 feet for 60 seconds of freefall, or 11,000 feet for 45 seconds. The ’chute is then deployed for 8 minutes of what’s called canopy time—the more leisurely part of the adventure
thejumpingplace.com

9. Get Wet and Wild at the South's Largest Water Gun Fight

Test your Super Soaker quick-draw skills at the largest water gun fight in the South, held annually on Tybee Island. This year, the family-friendly free parade event starts at 6:30 p.m. May 19. The rules are simple: No ice or water balloons, and don’t soak the law enforcement officers. Remember to leave your cell phone home or stash it in a dry bag. To deflect attacks, bring a Frisbee.

10. Scuba Dive for Shark Teeth

Considered a black-water dive as visibility in the Cooper River is so poor, the experience of hunting for prehistoric shark teeth is best suited to those already comfortable in challenging underwater conditions. For the most comfortable experience, start with an incoming tide, and take advantage of summer water temperatures in the 80s. charlestonscuba.com

 

To find out more adventurous ways to play, subscribe now or pick up the April/May issue of South magazine and be sure to subscribe to the newsletter!

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Scenes of the South

Wine, Women and Shoes

Wine, Women & Shoes events are community events that bring women together around fine wine, great style, and causes that matter. WW&S has exploded across North America in the last decade, producing more than 300 fabulous events that have helped net an impressive $44 million for their nonprofit partners. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire puts on the only Wine, Women & Shoes event in the area. The RMHC of the Coastal Empire is a non-profit organization that provides a restful, comfortable place for children and their families to find refuge and support as they receive medical treatment at our nearby hospitals. This year's event was a sold-out affair that's sure to be remembered!

Courtyard Celebration at the Gingerbread House

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On Thursday April 13th, roughly 200 guests gathered to celebrate the tireless fundraising efforts of friend and local hero, Don Logana, at Cohen's Retreat in Savannah. There were cocktails, a silent auction, a 50/50 Raffle and live music from Liquid Ginger! All proceeds raised through the event will go toward the National MS Society's "Walk MS Savannah 2017" for Team Don Logana and his fight for a cure to Multiple Sclerosis. By the end of the night, the event had helped raise $2,235 to go towards fight for a cure to MS.

4th Annual Shot in the Dark

The 4th annual "Shot in the Dark" sporting clays took place on Saturday, April 8 at the Dorchester Shooting Preserve. The event was put on by Hodges, Hunter & Wilkes and trial lawyers at Oliver Manor, LLP. All of the proceeds from the event went to the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision. Teams of four shooters received 100 clays, cart, great prizes and a delicious lunch prepared by the hard workers at Dorchester. After the event, guests were treated to a whiskey tasting.

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

There is an old saying, "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mil in their shoes." And that is exactly what this event does. A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to men's sexualized violence against women. Our men showed us their support last Thursday, April 6 at Forsyth Park.

Tide and Country Grand Opening

The father-daughter business started online, selling one-of-a-kind home decor items and apparel. Now, they have their very own brick and mortar store on Shipyard Road. Daughter Mackenzie and father Michael, along with countless other supporters, cut that red ribbon signifying the opening of their store on Friday, April 7. We wish them all the best of luck!

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