Water has a way of sculpting things, carving canyons into the earth or eroding shorelines with its waves. Even the human body gives in to its constant resistance and demand for stabilization, forces that transform surfers into well-muscled athletes. The two creators of SurfSet thought it was high time somebody bottled that fitness formula. After a successful appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank, the duo scaled up manufacturing of their RipSurfer X board, a contraption mounted on a semimechanical base that tilts and leans under the weight of a rider like a real surfboard. They also designed a workout to go along with it that enhances standard interval training and core exercises by forcing students to remain stable atop the board.
Paige and Ryan, the husband-and-wife team who opened SurfSet 858, use the miracle boards to sculpt bodies in their gym six days a week. They host the occasional beachside classes on Sundays, bringing students within earshot of crashing waves and rap-battling seagulls as the sun rises over La Jolla Shores.
At Crossfit Diadem, CrossFit Level 1-certified coach Jen Bunnell and her staff push exercisers through ever-changing, high-intensity CrossFit workouts. The challenging routines typically center around a blend of cardiovascular exercises and functional body weight moves like push-ups, pull-ups, and squats, which can be scaled for all fitness levels. The classes, which are typically one-hour in length, might also incorporate kettlebells, dumbbells, rings, and even sandbags, and aim to help students reach their personal fitness goals while also improving their strength, stamina, agility, balance, and coordination. To help reduce injuries during workouts, the studio has also teamed with Doctor of Physical Therapy Deniz Armagan, who can give members complimentary evaluations and new names to go with their new bodies.
Historically, pumpkin patches only grow gourds and fancy carriages that disappear after one night. But that's not the case at Norris Amusements?the family-run pumpkin patch sprouts magical experiences that last nearly all year. The original San Clemente location opened for the Halloween season in 2001, and it wasn't long before the patch spread its roots to multiple locations and across multiple seasons. Today, Norris Amusements' grounds serve as pumpkin patches in the fall, as Christmas tree farms during the winter, and as inflatable playgrounds during the summer.
For more than three decades, ABC Tree Farms have provided the Bay Area with seasonal fun October through December. Summer inspires the first round of recreation in the form of Summer Fun Zones packed with inflatable bounce houses masquerading as castles and slides and fresh harvests of local cherries, peaches, melons, and other fruits. During October, they run 20 pumpkin-themed locations, some of which also feature inflatable bounce houses and other attractions. Once Thanksgiving passes, groves of Christmas trees spring up, having made their way south from Oregon and Washington. There they will stand until Christmas Eve, hoping to decorate homes or become the model that inspires a revamped line of evergreen air fresheners.
Robotics, archaeology, cooking––6- to 12-year-olds enrolled at Cali Kids Club learn such unexpected skills. Clubs are classified under four different headings: culinary, engineering, geology and excavation, and arts and electives. Kids here have the opportunity to whisk up multicultural dishes in the Tastes of the World club, glimpse shimmery views in Rocks, Gems, and Fossils, and learn woodcraft skills so they can whittle a whole tree from a bigger tree.
The school offers 19 single-session (and occasionally double-session) classes at a time. Seventeen of them remain the same, and two rotate every week. After 10 weeks, a whole new set of 19 classes replaces the previous curriculum. Kids either sign up for a single session or nab a membership card that grants access to one or two each week.
SoCal Fitness Boot Camp for Women’s quartet of instructors inspires patrons with positivity during each gal-centric, camaraderie-fueled outdoor class. Targeting typically troublesome areas including the thighs, rear, and stomach, one-hour boot-camp sessions cater to women of all levels of fitness prowess by pushing each to perform without unsafely overexerting. Each class slings a variety of body-testing obstacles from an arsenal that includes strength training, short-distance running, Pilates, and full-contact rounds of patty cake. With regular attendance, ladies often note an improvement in endurance and muscle tone, a slimmed physique, and all-over stress attrition. Classes convene in the mornings or evenings, depending on how hard each location parties the night before. Instructors ask that each participant supply a mat, set of 3-, 5-, or 8-pound hand weights, and towel.