Sport-Brella is a kind of hybrid between a tent and a beach umbrella. You plant it into the sand at an angle, and clamp it down with a bunch of tent stakes so it doesn’t blow away. The whole thing takes about five minutes to set up (once you know what you’re doing), and the resulting space is big enough for a couple of chairs and a cooler (there’s an XL version as well, but it only gives you an extra foot of room).
It’s probably not the right product for every kind of beachgoer, but I love that it provides just the right amount of shade without completely sealing you away from the sights and sounds of the beach.
Note: Be sure to wash off the stakes with clean water after every use, or else they’ll rust away in a heartbeat. You could also invest in a sand anchor for extra security on windy days.
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