For eight exciting weeks this autumn, children will flock to the fields of Marymoor Park to score some new skills and friendships, with all instruction designed and led by Seattle-native and USSF-certified Jacob Haney. In addition to providing a steady stream of professional instruction and individualized attention, i9 Sports works hard to maintain a positive, supportive environment that forbids negative language from both participating children and adult onlookers, and gives each player equal playing time. Over the course of the eight-week league, children will maneuver themselves through a throng of drills and exercises, sharpening both technical and teamwork techniques. Leagues meet for practice once a week on Saturdays, and are organized by age group to keep young ones safe and feeling confident. Call ahead to register your miniature proto-adult for an eight-week league, or enter your Groupon number during online registration.
Tom Peterson channels his passion for cycling and experience as a competitive racer into running his shop. Hoping to create a hub for cyclists of all experience levels, he’s gathered a team of cycling enthusiasts and seasoned mechanics to assist customers and perform a range of services that include repairs, tune-ups, and custom bike building. Their inventory of products from brands such as Shimano, Bianchi, Garmin, and 3T helps cyclists gear up for rides or find the perfect gift for their bike’s birthday.
Skateboarding shop Gravity Sports first flipped the open sign in 1976. If it catered to any other sport, this might not be terribly notable, but at the time skateboarding was just establishing itself as an organized, competitive activity and emerging industry. Since it was the first such shop in the state, Gravity Sports can honestly consider itself as something of a pioneer. The things that established it as a go-to resource for the area's early skateboarders—a skate-obsessed staff, deep inventory of brands—continue to help the shop thrive today. It's long since expanded into boards for surfaces aside from asphalt, including those for frothy ocean waves and powder-covered ski runs, and keeps its clientele safe with many options for helmets, other protective wear, and tune ups. The shop's decades of continued commitment has earned it a top-five ranking in KING 5’s Best of Western Washington’s skate-shop category.
Each of Cascade Paddle Boards’ fiberglass standup paddleboards are made the same way: by taking a blank EPS foam board, adding a hardwood stringer in the middle of the board for stability, covering the board with fiberglass cloth, and wrapping everything in an epoxy resin. The result is a lightweight, yet durable board that has been tested in all types of water—on both smooth and choppy waves found in rivers, lakes, ponds, the ocean, and fish tanks. The boards are sanded down to sizes of 12 feet, weigh 30 pounds, and are recommended for paddlers up to 220 pounds.
As avid golfers themselves, Pro Golf Discount’s staff members boast a wealth of experience and professional equipment advice. They are eager to direct shoppers through stores full of golfing merchandise from brands such as TaylorMade, Nike, and Callaway, pointing out the differences between the quality products. They lead lefties to their expansive selection of left-handed equipment, and discuss the advantages of their specialty women's gear with ladies. The master club fitters evaluate clients’ swings with advanced Launch Monitors and the Foresight Sports GC2 golf-simulation system, enabling them to recommend equipment that is suited to the customer's specific needs.
Most of the locations host golf lessons within their onsite golf theater hitting cages, where top golfers dish out expert tips and techniques. The Tacoma, Bellevue, Lynnwood and Bellingham locations feature repair centers, where technicians can spruce up clubs in preparation for upcoming tournaments or a golf vacation.
Craig Willemsen wears a lot of hats at Silent World Diving Systems. The instructor certifier, tech instructor, and store owner has spent the last 40 years swimming with schools of fish all over the world. After his first trip in 1972, Craig developed a passion for diving, exploring international waters and teaching others advanced techniques that they use to follow in his flippersteps. With more than 6,000 dives under his belt, his dedication to diving and education has earned him one of the highest SSI instructor ratings and the SSI Platinum Pro 5,000 Diver and Instructor Award.
Craig leads Silent World's team of certified instructors who strive to teach students the art of underwater exploration and also broaden their knowledge on a variety of related subjects. At any given moment, they may be leading students in open-water dives, pointing out local diving sites that match their skill levels, or matching newcomers with the right gear and Zodiac-themed wetsuits.