Yaga’s Entertainment Inc. was created to produce events that would be beneficial to the entire Galveston Island by drawing traffic to downtown during historically poor weekends. Local businesses have benefited from each event organized by Yaga’s Entertainment Inc. due to innovated marketing opportunities.
Each spring, excitement starts to build along Galveston's coast like the crest of a giant wave. It can only mean one thing: Ohana Surf & Skate is hosting its annual Spring Surf Classic, during which some of the best boarders compete for aquatic glory. The surfers might even inspire others to pick up the sport. Aspiring riders won't have to look far for guidance.
The instructors at Ohana lead surf and skate lessons, as well as summer surf camps for kids 6?17 years old. Each morning, the waters of Galveston Island transform into classrooms where experienced surfers teach campers to balance atop boards, surf, and explore the Gulf of Mexico. Lessons go beyond riding waves; marine biologists often visit to teach students about aquatic life.
Besides these educational programs and special events, Ohana Surf & Skate's staff runs a retail store that looks straight out of Hawaii. A mural of palm trees and hula dancers covers one side of the exterior. Inside, patrons find surfboards, skateboard decks, clothing, and a wall of sandals big enough to replace an interior designer's supply of wallpaper.
The family that plays together stays together?an old adage that couldn?t be more true for owners Mike and Julie, now married more than 30 years. They took the courageous steps to change their unhealthy lifestyles by losing more than 20 pounds, a paradigm shift that inspired the couple to part ways with the corporate world and establish Beach Town Tours, their outdoor adventure company.
Now the pair, known to their customers as Mimi and Pops, encourage people to stay active with six kayaking tours and three bicycling tours. Knowledgeable guides take kayakers around Galveston Island, paddling along wetlands, islands, and waterfront homes while pointing out unique wildlife such as redfish and those flounder that sing and dispense sage advice to young merfolk.
Guests also can jump on a bike and follow tour guides in small groups to the Bolivar Ferry or through sections of Hurricane Ike?damaged trees that were revived by local artists armed with carving knives.
According to its founders, the Texas Tequila and Margarita Festival was "intentionally created to feel like a passport to a street fair." Luckily for participants, there's no need to visit a government agency to get permission to enter?a simple ticket will do. Once there, guests can sip flavored margaritas, savor non-Mexican funnel cakes or traditional Mexican dishes from restaurants, and peruse gifts from vendors, all while swaying to live blues, Latin, and rock music. With additional tickets, they can head to the Tour de Tequila to sample brands including Blue Nectar Tequila and Tequila Toro de Lidia, pairing them with bites of local cuisine that complement the libations' flavors. There's also a Margarita Grand Tasting, where visitors can judge their favorite margarita with votes from restaurants such as The Spot and Tortuga, and a fajita cook-off with more than 100 participants.
Suddenly, Superman doesn't seem that impressive: five minutes is all it takes to obtain the power of human flight at Extreme Water Sports. In this short amount of training time, customers are ready to use the Flyboard, a device that attaches to your feet and uses pressurized water to lift you more than 37 feet into the air.
Because it's designed for people of all fitness and experience levels, most can grasp the basic Flyboard maneuvers in about 20 minutes. But additional training opens up even more possibilities. Instructors teach complex stunts that can have people twisting through the sky or diving underwater like a dolphin. To showcase the full potential of this training, Extreme Water Sports' own Aerial Acrobatics Team performs at a variety of events, such as corporate retreats, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and porpoise weddings.
A fish tugs on the line, and suddenly a flurry of activity ensues. The next few minutes fly by as the fisherman reels in the flounder and quickly poses for a photo, commemorating a successful trip with Extreme Island Adventures. Aboard a 25-foot Boston Whaler and 42-foot Twin Vee, the company's guides charter trips into nearby bays and the Gulf of Mexico's tartar-sauce-filled depths. As a cool breeze rolls off the water, fishing lines cast out in search of everything from trout to sharks. Alternatively, vessels journey up to 100 miles offshore toward the underwater apartment complexes that house grouper and marlin. Extreme Island Adventures works to make its trips accessible to everyone from families to corporations, and its guides can supply all bait and clean fish.