Milton Skateboards, founded in 2010 by high-school senior Michael Hough, rolls out skateboard decks, bearings, apparel, and other skating accouterments. Wheels whir with the help of Bones Reds bearings ($14.95) beneath blank ($24.95) and decorated ($39.95+) pro decks in a spectrum of designs including skulls, elephants, abstract patterns, and Norman Rockwell vignettes. Lakai Manchester Select shoes hug feet and latch onto boards with their tacky gum-rubber outsoles and shock-absorbing insoles ($52.95). Skate T-shirts ($18.95) and Zoo York board shorts ($44.95) shield bodies from sunburn and asphaltburn, and Pro-Tec skate helmets ($29.95) protect heads from nasty spills and falling sky. Milton Skateboards extends a 15% discount to military servicepeople.
For more than 25 years, the technicians at Bikes Plus have enabled smooth zooming by stocking new bikes and servicing cycles of all makes and models. With the addition of new location on Palafox Street, they now sharpen their skills at three locations alongside factory technicians several times per year, channeling newfound knowledge into repairs and tune-ups that keep two-wheelers healthy and humming. Customers can also take advantage of staff expertise as they scour racks of rides such as Scott bikes and Fuji cycles. Those already in possession of rides can accentuate them with accessories such as lights and locks, which prevent bikes from being hijacked by someone fleeing a unicyclist.
This family-owned one-stop shop caters to camera-wielders of all skill sets, from novice documentarians to professional photojournalists. The 90-minute Taking Better Pictures course teaches aspiring image-catchers the basic principles of composition, exposure, lens selection, and photographic techniques. Knowledge of these basic concepts can immediately and dramatically improve the quality and clarity of an artiste's snapshots, leading to enhanced family photo albums and an appropriately arty online-profile picture for one's pet lobster. Check the online schedule and call ahead to reserve a spot in the on-site classroom.
The surfing and skating savants at Innerlight spread outdoor sporting enthusiasm through a wide selection of lessons and beachside merchandise. Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) synthesizes the buoyant balance of surfing and self-propulsion of canoeing to form a single aquatic super-sport. Led by an American Red Cross–certified instructor, the one-hour private lesson hones pupils with boardborne basics. Students learn stable-paddling techniques, ocean-safety skills, and how to read the tides for good conditions without reading goggles. SUP riders receive a paddle and a height- and weight-appropriate board for use during the lesson, with training wheels available upon request.
Voted a Best of Coast frame shop by Independent News, Framery & Gallery houses an expert staff that's capable of embellishing clients' most paper-thin memories with a slew of matting and framing services. Patrons can mount a school diploma ($35–$100) behind a custom beveled mat, or utilize the store’s poster-framing ($75–$200) expertise to capture a favorite action star behind glass without fear of violent reprisal. A large stock of customizable decorative moulding designs ensures that there's a frame to match any item, be it a delicate watercolor painting or a bold pet chameleon.