Mike Cannon fell in love young, and he fell in love hard. He was only 6 years old when he first stepped on board a fishing boat. For the next three years, his seasick father dutifully took him fishing every weekend, until one day, Mike told his dad that he didn’t need to come along. So it was at age 9 that Mike began his career as a bucket cleaner. At age 13, he became a deck hand for Capt. Mike Abbaticchio aboard the Capt. Mike, which he purchased for his own 16 years later. Today, he still commands the Capt. Mike, setting off into Jamaica Bay and the New York Bight with fishers of all experience levels for full- or half-day charters. Mike provides rods, bait, and tackle and doles out advice for catching winter flounders or avoiding direct eye contact with enraged striped bass.
Urban Sherpa assists thrill seekers yearning to explore gorgeous slopes by guiding them through adventurous outdoor getaways. Escape the banality of indoor living at Hunter Mountain, a quick 2.5-hour jaunt from the city, featuring snowy streams of verticals, moguls, and run-outs for experts and beginners alike. With the first deal, aspiring mountain-surfers can take advantage of Hunter's Learn-to-Ride center, where they'll be trained in the basics of skiing or boarding before practicing their new skills on one of Hunter's 14 trails specially designed for beginners and families. Beginners can also toss aside their makeshift skis made from jumbo popsicle sticks and get premium skis or a board for their day on the mountain.
Soccer is known as "the beautiful game," but it doesn't always start out pretty. It takes hard work and determination to become a great footballer. That's why Coach Frank opened Soccer Beyond, a comprehensive training community. Having gone through top-flight academies, including the school at Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany, he's performed some of the sport's most demanding drills and skills. He teams up with Coach Andrew, a product of Everton FC's academy in Liverpool, England. Together they have a world of soccer knowledge to share.
The main points the coaches want to instill is that soccer is a team sport and to have fun. They don't exclude anyone from playing, and keep an upbeat, encouraging atmosphere throughout all training sessions, scrimmages, and games. During sessions, they teach adult and youth players how to pass, receive, and dribble. They also cover keys to soccer-specific quickness and building stamina. Whether engaging their students through camps or league games, the coaches always place importance on healthy lifestyles and can-do attitudes.
Brooklyn Golf Center invites players to swing at a buffet of practice areas, a newly renovated 18-hole executive course, or an 18-hole mini-golf course. The center’s driving range boasts 75 stalls, 25 of which are covered and heated, keeping the sun from burning fair-complected golf balls. After working on their long game, players can move to the putting green or chipping area to warm up before hitting the 18-hole executive course or putting through the mini-golf course. Those seeking educational guidance can take lessons with PGA Director of Golf Anthony Rodriquez or Joel Garyn, who harnesses more than 35 years of competitive golf experience. Before visiting the links, players can drop into a 900-square-foot pro shop stocked with gear from brands such as Mizuno, Nike, and Wilson. The center’s golf experts can match players with clubs from these brands during custom club fittings that determine ideal pairings. In addition to serving its own customers, Brooklyn Golf Center also supports community efforts as part of The First Tee program, which brings golf to young people who would never otherwise get the chance to grip a club.
Individual members can take advantage of benefits such as free admission for themselves plus children under 12, two single-visit guest passes and a discount from partnering businesses. Family members receive the same perks for a pair of card-holding adults plus free admission for children under 16, two additional guest passes per member (four total), and four parking passes. Both individuals and family members can access a slew of events and enjoy carte blanche to jump the line during festivals such as the Chile Pepper Fiesta on October 2, the Halloween rumpus Ghouls & Gourds on October 24, and the springtime Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival from April 30 through May 1, 2011.
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