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.
During his 17-year-long professional paintballing career, Micah McGlocklin clinched five championships, including one with Sacramento XSV, a team he formed in 2003. He has more than 12 years of experience operating paintball fields, and this technical expertise paired with his obvious passion for the sport is evident in the facilities at Davis Paintball Center. Eager to introduce others to the joys of chromatic chaos, Micah and his staff walk novices through the game’s rules, equipment, and safety tips. Newbies are then organized into teams for refereed bouts on one of nine fields spread across 40 acres. As tenderfoots test out their paintballing skills on fields such as Four Corners and Center Castle—where a roomy distance separates opponents—advanced players can compete in more compact spaces at two hyperball fields, an airball field, and a paint-soaked broom closet.
Behind a rough-hewn wooden façade, 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.
Xtreme Halloween celebrates the art of disguise with hundreds of costumes, accessories, and Halloween decorations. The costume emporium's Roseville location stocks Halloween accessories and costumes for children and babies as well as adults, and the Davis location specializes in costumes sized to fit adults or adult-size babies. Patrons can peruse a shimmering sea of costume wigs ($9.99+) or delight a pet spider with a bolt of artificial spiderwebs ($3.99). A man's evil jester costume ($39.99) pairs with well-practiced maniacal cackles, and girls' Monster High costumes ($29.99) transform growing girls into fashionable ghouls. Revelers can conceal faces behind a colorful Venetian feather mask ($14.99+), which can be reused year-round to class up grocery checkout lines.
Outdoor Davis outfits outdoorsmen and -women in rugged apparel from brands such as Vibram, Patagonia, and prAna. Slip on a pair of glove-like Vibram Five Fingers ($85–$125) to let your feet move more naturally and freely, improving balance and posture, strengthening muscles in the lower feet, and enabling you to pick up pens off the floor without bending over. Alternatively, adorn bodies with light, loose-fitting prAna clothing ($30–$80) or durable Patagonia apparel ($20–$100). A wide variety of children’s clothing and shoes ($30–$70) also prepares younger generations for 10,000-foot ascents during recess or snack-time boulder-climbing competitions; accessories such as sleeping bags ($60–$300), water filters and stoves ($40-$120), and backpacks ($40–$300) help make campsites more comfortable.