Tim Cameron knew he loved watersports when he realized he could walk on water—sort of. He actually water-skis barefoot, a sport that he picked up after an 8-year stint in the world of motocross. Since his initial affair with aquatic thrills, he's continued to quench his thirst for adrenaline through various other watersports—including kneeboarding—and turned his passion into a business with Triple X Surf and Skim in 2004.
Today, there are two Triple X Surf and Skim retail stores in the sunshine state, where patrons can visit to pick up boards and accessories or learn how to ride the waters. People of all ages and skill levels—from adrenaline-junkie kids to 75-year-old seniors who've never set food on a board—partake in surfing lessons that take place right outside of the Jacksonville Beach location. All lessons maintain a five-to-one student-teacher ratio, so participants can enjoy individualized attention from their instructors, some of whom surf competitively and habitually ditch Surfaholics Anonymous meetings.
Adrenaline Sports Management corrals runners in an array of races to benefit several area charities, such as Back on My Feet and Fathers Helping Fathers. Each course winds its way through historic neighborhoods, lush lakefront paths, or energizing vistas, and most reward the top overall male and female finishers as well as the top-three runners in each category with medals or celebratory eye patches. Costume contests ramp up competition in the Halloween and Santa Hustles, with top prizes going to best individual costume, best group costume, or most-authentic centaur lookalike. At the many after-parties, finish-liners can revel in après-race accolades from family, friends, and shoulder-perched cherubs.
Tracy & Stacy's Masterpiece Jewelers brings 17 years of ornamental expertise to its efforts as a provider and caretaker of fine jewelry. Outfit your own exterior or that of a pet robot with a wide range of stainless-steel pieces, such as earrings and bracelets (starting at $29). Hundreds of BaubleLuLu and Medusa charm beads ($6.95–$14.95) allow customers to mix and match designs and styles, creating unique, personalized bracelets.
The professional florists at Zahn’s Flowers & More Inc craft bouquets for festive occasions with fresh, quality blossoms to drop off on customer doorsteps. Shoppers can analyze their love lives on the petals of a holiday arrangement, such as the Rose Fest bouquet ($36.99), which mingles roses with peach hypericum berries and red apples in autumnal artistry. The peach, pink, and yellow lilies of the Bountiful Garden bouquet ($52.99) enliven household or office rooms, and the cheery assortment of mini sunflowers in the Sunshine Daydream bouquet ($44.99) can sustain a flock of hungry hummingbirds or prevent crime when taped over a hacker's keyboard.
Since 1989, Play It Again Sports has been buying and selling new and used sports and exercise equipment. They are keeping sports green, recycling gently used athletic equipment into new-to-you gear. Products from brands such as Nike, Adidas, Easton, Wilson, Nautilus and Schwinn, make up each store's enormous selection of new and recycled gear, which is replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball, golf, soccer to lacrosse and football. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. Knowledgeable staffers man each location, ready to answer questions, arrange gear deliveries or pick-ups. To ensure their stock remains robust, they also encourage athletes to collect their lightly used gear—including bicycles—and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.
Net Works’ staff of technology whizzes can fix most devices and Internet-related problems. They can remove a virus from your computer or perform maintenance on your website or tech-savvy pet spider’s actual web. Offering on-site, drop-off, and remote repairs and maintenance, Net Works’ technicians give their clients a host of options for getting to the bottom of problems by being a “one-stop IT company,” their original and lasting concept for the last 12 years.