Ground Zero Clothing and Boardshop?s adroit staff has been equipping athletes with apparel and gear for skateboarding, snowboarding, and wakeboarding since 1997. Harnessing the style and proven functionality of such top-tier brands as TOMS, Volcom, Nike SB, and Burton, they swathe bodies from head to toe in shoes, jeans, and T-shirts. Their collection of Spy and Electric sunglasses protects peepers from whipping winds, and their skateboard decks by Real and Creature help guests skim across surfaces with the speed of an over-caffeinated Zamboni operator. Though their selection of boards and accessories rotates frequently, they typically have skimboards, wakeboards, and snowboards in stock to help their guests defy gravity in style. Additionally, skilled staff members recalibrate scuffed boards or grant patrons a chance to test pilot new ways to commute to work with their equipment repair and rental services.
Poised briefly on the edge, jump-suit-clad guests gaze down at Northern California's rolling landscape as it sprawls out thousands of feet below. The whir of the 850-horsepower Cessna Grand Caravan drowns out the sound of a deep breath before a small jump transforms the mechanical din into a constant, enveloping whoosh as adventurers rush toward the ground in free fall. Established in 1987, Skydance Skydiving has engineered such peerless adrenaline rushes for thousands of thrill seekers, ensuring safety through training and expertise. Tandem jumps keep newbies in the able hands of attached professionals, who deploy the ’chutes and prevent their charges from realizing that all humans possess the power of flight. Prospective solo jumpers can enroll in classes that gradually work up to an unassisted jump, following thorough classroom training and assisted jumps.
Behind a rough-hewn wooden fa?ade, walls embellished with wheels and cycles surround Apex Cycles & Services' solo employee, Aaron Curtin. While stocking the store with quality bikes and parts from brands such as Kona, Continental, and De Rosa, Aaron builds an excellent rapport with customers by executing thorough cycle services for almost all makes and models. Bike treatments range from basic tune-ups to comprehensive overhauls that include the installation of fresh parts and a deep cleansing. Aaron also constructs bikes from custom components and works with clients to accommodate all budgets by utilizing prviously used parts and allowing patrons to whittle down debts by volunteering at the shop. Aaron can pick up and drop off two-wheelers himself or welcome them into his store with more delight than a BMX rider moving to a neighborhood filled with drained pools.
Swim America turns flailing hydro-klutzes into confident dolphin doppelgängers with an effective curriculum designed by the American Swim Coaches Association. ASCA-certified instructors lead small classes of three or four students, aged 4 to 14, through lessons that impart the fundamentals of dynamic floating, from principal strokes and breathing techniques to basic manatee sign language. Since students are carefully assessed by skill level, beginners can get acquainted with aquatics and more seasoned swimmers can work on improving stamina and broadening their stroke repertoires. The 30-minute sessions take place in the school’s deluxe 50-foot by 22-foot pool, complete with teaching ledges and a thermostat set at about 90 degrees to stave off the shivers. Parents can observe the tutoring from the comfort of the climate-controlled viewing area. Class schedules can be viewed here.
For more than 15 years, A Better Place to Bead has provided abundant jewelry-making materials, resources, guidance, and a handsome hardwood-floored studio space. During a beading party, string a celebratory occasion together with a foursome of any age, taking over a spacious craft table and procuring the instructive services of an adroit beading associate for an hour and a half. Two packets of size 6 and 8 E beads present myriad potential combinations to transform the provided memory wire into mesmeric necklaces, bewitching bracelets, or a striking cat-o’-nine-tails. In addition, each attendee is granted access to A Better Place to Bead’s extensive supply of charms, selecting a central piece to feature in his or her design.
Within Lil' Bit Sassy Salon's sunny, elegant interior, stylists coddle follicles and tame unruly tresses with shampoo, highlights, and a blow-dry. After rubbing invigorating shampoo into scalps, scissor wielders snip split ends and reframe faces, accenting cheekbones and freeing long-forgotten pencils tucked behind ears. A smoothing keratin treatment expels poof-inducing moisture, leaving cranial carpets as slick and glossy as a slip ‘n slide made out of hair. Once relayered and silky, locks bask in a heated blow-dry before settling into a well-styled ‘do. For extra luster, guests can emblazon heads with partial highlights, enhancing natural hair color with luminous strands.