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My favorite place to go boogie boarding on Long Island

Credit: Kidsday staff artist / Kaylah Bozkurtian, Garden City

Boogie boarding can be really fun when you’re riding the waves into the shore. The best places to boogie board in my neighborhood here on the East End are in Southampton and Hampton Bays.

One good place to go is Ponquogue Beach because it has lifeguards and you can find the big waves there much of the time, and there’s even a place to eat. I like to go there because it is easy to ride in the big waves and sometimes to go far out because there are lifeguards. You can find Ponquogue Beach on Dune Road in Hampton Bays, over the Ponquogue Bridge.

When you want to boogie board, always go with an adult and check the flags that are posted. The beach has different colored flags because sometimes the ocean acts differently. The white flag means it is calm, blue means there is moderate hazard, red means big waves and dangerous rip current, and black means you cannot go in because it is too dangerous.

When you boogie board, you should have your stomach on the board and your hands in the front of the board. You can make it turn anywhere you want it to by leaning. When a big wave comes, have your boogie board facing the shore and your stomach on the board, then let the wave do the rest.

Jillian Cagno and Deirdre Greenwald’s fifth-grade class, Tuckahoe School, Southampton

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