Owned and operated by a trio of ASA-certified sailing instructors who have each been doused with the waters of France, England, and California, Open Sailing, Inc. trains and equips students for piloting the open sea. Open Sailing also boasts a collection of apparel, safety equipment, and compasses. The Gill Race collection outfits sailors with apparel such as the men's midlayer soft-shell smock ($89), whose lightweight fabric and water-repellent finish keeps torsos agile and dry, and the padded hiking shorts ($40), with 50+ UV protection, stretch fabric, and impact protection for hiking the rail during one of Poseidon's infamous temper tantrums.
The waters around Marina del Rey teem with seasonal gamefish. Beneath the ocean's surface, halibut, sand bass, and barracuda swim from Rocky Point to the Big Kelp Reef. That is, until they cross paths with The Betty-O, Spitfire, or the New Del Mar—the fishing boats of Marina Del Rey Sportfishing's fleet. Aboard these vessels, experienced guides help small and large groups cast lines and pull prize catches from the water.
But sometimes, the ocean's beauty makes anglers put down their fishing poles. Sea lions, dolphins, sea birds, and several whale species also make their home in the water. This diversity of wildlife prompted the owners of Marina Del Rey Sportfishing to start their whale and eco tour, during which sightseers can admire the ocean's majestic creatures and the teams of Aquamen who groom them.
At its prime waterfront location in Marina Del Rey, Marina Paddle introduces students to standup paddleboarding, a hybrid sport where one stands on a modified surfboard and steers through the water using an elongated paddle. The aquatic environment and steady pace make for a fun and safe workout on the glassy surface of a river, lake, or ocean. The school's lessons match participants up with the proper equipment and shed light on proper handling technique, including turning, maintaining balance, and avoiding the wake from motorized boogie boards. Once paddlers have a grasp on the basics, instructors point them to prime spots for showing off their new skills. Courses require zero prior experience and take place on calm, protected waters, meaning beginning paddlers need not fear losing balance due to unexpected waves.
The Antiques Dealers Association of California is something of an antique itself—founded in 1924, it is swiftly approaching its hundredth birthday. However, the organization's brainchild, the Los Angeles Antiques, Art + Design Show, has a distinctly modern edge. Up-and-coming artists, hip antiques dealers, and local galleries are the stars of the show, exhibiting their wares for crowds of art enthusiasts. Throughout the weekend of high culture, lecturers and panelists sound off on current and on-the-horizon design trends. The show even kicks off with a celebrity-attended red-carpet affair benefiting the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA).
The 65-foot fishing vessel known as the Spitfire nominally calls dock 52 on Fiji Way home. However, between three-quarter day fishing trips, twilight fishing trips, and chartered excursions, it seldom stays moored for long. Most often, it can be found slicing through the waves under the steady hand of its captain, helping up to 80 fisherfolk chase calico bass, rockfish, and perch through the waters. To keep its passengers fueled up enough to reel in the big one, the Spitfire boasts a galley whose chefs serve hot meals, cold beers, and sodas chilled by being used as ice-fishing bait.
Capoeira, an African-Brazilian art form, combines dance, martial arts, music, and acrobatics. All of these elements come together in a circle known as a roda, where capoeira's participants perform improvised movements. Omulu Capoeira Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization, welcomes all types of students into its roda, regardless of age or fitness level. By teaching capoeira, instructors help their students lose weight and build strength, in addition to learning to play musical instruments and sing traditional songs in Portuguese.