The technicians at Eclipse Tinting painstakingly shape products to individual vehicles with their precision cutting machine. They slice round rolls of Suntek's carbon or high-performance films to match each vehicle’s unique curves and dimensions, and all products carry a lifetime warranty against fading, bubbling, or turning purple. A five-year warranty shields 3M paint protection film, which guards paintjobs against small scratches and stains left by hitchhiking insects.
Techs also dim the harsh glare of the sun in homes and office buildings, installing films that reject up to 79% of solar energy. Residential tinting helps promote temperature stability, lowers cooling costs, and protects artwork and upholstery from fading.
Allison Call and her brother Bo Browne, who both spent their youth fishing and kayaking in Southwest Florida's backwaters, have always talked about starting a business together. In 2012, they decided to turn talk into action with the help of their spouses, opening the family-run Bonita Kayak Company. They not only rent out next-to-new kayaks, most of which are outfitted with comfortable, high-backed seats, but also share their love for Florida's outdoors during guided treks and other outdoor expeditions.
During fishing tours, Bo expertly guides groups to the best spots and offers tips to reel in premium catches such as large-mouth bass, catfish, and tires from a Mercedes-Benz. The team delivers recreation or fishing kayaks anywhere within its delivery area, but one of its favorite drop-off points is at the Imperial River, which offers tranquil paddling beneath mangrove trees. "It's very cool because it's kind of an Amazonian atmosphere,” says Allison’s husband and business partner, Jacob. He also recommends the New Pass drop-off, which has easy access to the gulf and white sand beaches, where kayakers have a good chance of spotting dolphins, manatees, and Moby Dicks under witness-protection programs.
Jacob says that he and the rest of the team pride themselves on being personable and taking the time to connect with their customers. Running the business as a family has given them more time to spend with one another—and Jacob says that they have fun with it. "I consider myself extremely lucky to go kayaking and call that my job," he says.
Though Adventures Kayaking founder Glenn has fly-fished the Arctic Circle and helmed charter boats across Lake Michigan, the seasoned captain likes kayaking best. That’s because the small, sleek vessels grant Glenn access to Florida’s secluded backwaters and estuaries, which are inaccessible by boat. Now, Glenn and his guides impart not only their expertise on kayaking technique, but lead tour groups to the best spots on the Calusa Blueway for spotting wildlife or nabbing fish. Guides happily tailor tours to suit each group's skill levels and furnish kayaks with storage bags, coolers, and bottled water to ensure the tour remains a comfortable experience. En route, they’ll even snap pictures of groups as they glide across waterways and attempt to dodge photo-bombing manatees.
The instructors at Sweetwater Paddlesports must have a natural affinity for the water and have nurtured passions for sports ranging from surfing and wakeboarding to boating. Drawing from these combined experiences, they've channeled their efforts almost entirely toward introducing others to standup paddleboarding. In group or private lessons, they introduce basic techniques for balance and maneuvering and what to do at a red light. To supplement this aquatic-sports training, Sweetwater also coordinates on-water standup-paddleboard yoga and fitness classes. The company's fleet—which can be picked up or delivered for rental—includes standup paddleboards by makers such as Tahoe and One World and kayaks by Jackson and Feel Free.
Kristine Connell helps her students become better golfers using the same central tenets that she followed when she was competing herself. From her first swing at the age of 12 to becoming captain of the golf team at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Kristine developed a keen understanding that golf is all about consistency. Kristine can help her students identify ways to improve the outcomes of each shot by focusing on key fundamentals, including stance, tempo, and gripping the club on the right end. This approach to instruction accommodates all levels of golfers and playing styles, and requires only purposeful practice and a lot of reps for the student to attain his or her goals.
Bonita Jetski and Parasail Inc equips guests with a myriad of means to explore the beaches and waters of Bonita Springs. Visitors can glide across the seas in kayaks, get a glimpse of the scenic shoreline while parasailing, or set off on dolphin-watching expeditions aboard waverunners.