Keeping Your Beach Umbrella Under Control
One concern that every beachgoer has about their umbrella: how do you keep your beach umbrella from flying away? There are a variety of ways to ensure your favorite shade doesn’t become a deadly projectile.
Before you anchor your umbrella
- Select the angle you want to sit. Put the top facing the to act as a windbreak. This also helps drive the umbrella farther into the sand instead of pulling it out.
- Avoid setting up on dunes or angled slopes – Use dunes as windbreaks, but set up your umbrella on a flatter area.
- Select your sand type – closer to the water is typically flatter. Find some sand that is dry on top, but is moist underneath. The damp sand that will help your umbrella stay put.
Anchor Your Umbrella
- Spiked Anchor – MyUmbrellaShop carries these, and if you can’t find them on our website, please feel free to call us at [embedit snippet=”phonesmall”]. Mike’s Spikes are spiked bases that are easily driven into the sand to secure your umbrella into position.
- Dead Man Anchor – Easily made at home by cutting the legs of an old pair of pants and sewing one end shut. Make yourself some ties for the other end, leaving plenty of extra cord. Go to the beach, fill the legs with sand, tie off the open ends and then use the extra cord to tie them to your umbrella, effectively anchoring your umbrella to the beach with heavy sandbags.
- Rock it – Rock your umbrella pole back and forth until you can’t rock it anymore. That may take several feet down. This is not the most secure, but it is the least expensive to anchor your umbrella, in time or money.