When she’s not serving as an assistant and pitching coach at nearby Fresno City College, Ashley Burns trains budding softball players. Specializing in fastpitch softball, Ashley focuses on the sport’s fundamental skills during individualized, one-on-one lessons. Said skills include everything from hitting homers and pitching curveballs to fielding essentials, such as catching pop-ups while watering the infield.
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, Inc., he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
At Wheel Fun Rentals, visitors can traverse surrounding areas in fun pedal-propelled vessels while soaking in oft-overlooked scenery, which would not be possible while buckled to a car seat or an Acme rocket. Established in 1999, Wheel Fun Rentals provides locals and tourists with an engaging way to sightsee while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Customers can rent a wide range of vehicles, such as a surrey ($25–$35 per hour), cruiser bike ($8–$9 per hour), or mountain bike ($9 per hour).
Treating customers and their bikes to friendly, attentive service, the bicycle doctors at WheelHouse tweak cycling steeds for optimal navigation of roads, trails, and the pathways in between. Through its customized tune-up offered exclusively to Groupon subscribers, riders submit sprockets and steel to a thorough adjustment of all components, including brakes and shifters. Mechanics clean, tighten, and lube derailleurs while cleaning and truing wheels. Hubs, brackets, and headset get full adjustment, purging unhealthy emotional disconnect between bike and pavement alike. While similar to the package 2 WheelHouse tune-up, the specialized Groupon treatment dotes on the bikes in deeper detail than they typically enjoy.
After spending years as head coach for the Weil Tennis Academy and tournament director for the Bulgarian Tennis Federation, USPTR professional Dimitar Yazadzhiev now leads a team of professional tennis coaches at Oceanside School of Tennis. Through group and private lessons, the coaching staff aims to help students develop critical areas such as technique, footwork, peak performance, intimidation grunting, nutrition, and strategy. During each camp and clinic, students also take part in fitness sessions with certified athletic trainers and certified conditioning specialists. All Oceanside School of Tennis sessions take place at Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort, which is surrounded by a natural enclosure of mountains and the Pacific Ocean.