The staff at Sports Mania, a locally owned athletic shop, stocks its shelves with a wide array of sneakers and fan gear. Feet find sanctuary in shoes by Nike, New Balance, and ASICS, and jerseys adorned with gators, bulldogs, jaguars, and narwhals advertise college-team pride. With the beach located only blocks away, patrons can easily slip on their new footwear and go jogging in the Atlantic breeze.
Escape impending donkey invasions by taking your cobwebbed bicycle out of its dusty nook and bringing it in to Bike Fitters. The bike geniuses know how to make a rust-riddled beater ride as smoothly as a hoverboard, and today's Groupon will get you a full basic bike tune-up. Bike Fitters' skilled mechanics inspect the bike from top to bottom, taking care to note any signs of wear or nests of raccoons. Wheels are adjusted, tire inflation perfected, sticky bits lubed, and brakes primed to optimum efficacy. Following the wheedling, the mechanics also perform a test ride, ensuring optimum safety during the course of all motorless, thigh-powered exploration. Whether you purchased your bike from Bike Fitters or not, they know how to make it a well-oiled, land-cruising machine that will never burst into flames for no reason. See here for Bike Fitters' extensive bike tune-up checklist.
Founded in 1976 and managed by the same owner ever since, Lauden Golf instills that prolific experience into every transaction, from its custom-built equipment to lessons taught by seasoned golf pros, including 10 members of the PGA tour. Private lessons help players refine a number of shots, from tee shots with drivers, to iron-approach shots, and transcendent putts requiring no club at all. Lauden Golf also fills bags with custom clubs such as exclusive Logo wedges, hybrids, and putters, personalized with etchings ranging from names and business logos to a caddy's invaluable advice: "Hit the ball kind of far."
The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer's good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.
With help from a staff of paddleboarders, surfers, environmental scientists, and a dog named Dillon, Kayak Amelia founders Jody and Ray Hetchka combine their love for outdoor sports with environmental conservation. Ray, a certified naturalist and self-described tree hugger, peppers guided kayak, bicycle, and paddleboard eco tours with facts on flora, fauna, and all the best smells circulating throughout the island's delicate ecosystem. In addition to guided tours, Kayak Amelia teaches paddleboard and kayak lessons, and leads fishing trips and overnight kayak excursions. Guests can sign up for tours, or rent equipment for the day, at Kayak Amelia's storefront, Y.B. Green's General Store, which carries eco-friendly gifts such as beeswax candles, carved bone necklaces, and clay-dyed clothing.
Situated near the flourishing wildlife of Big Pottsburg Creek, All Wet Sports stocks an arsenal of boards, boats, and apparel for careening across both land and sea. Kayaks, surfboards, and skateboards line the shop?s walls for purchase or rent, and more challenging activities such as windsurfing, kiteboarding, wakeboarding, and standup paddleboarding are made understandable for eager adventurers by a crew of deft instructors. On their chosen mode of transport, customers venture into the placid waters of Big Pottsburg Creek, teeming with such inhabitants as ospreys, manatees, and unemployed Disney characters.