The culmination of three generations of enthusiastic outdoorsmen, Flint Creek Outfitters prepares the everyday adventurer for encounters with natural glory with a quality selection of camping gear, hiking boots, fishing rods, and outdoor apparel. Whether planning a weekend hunt, an Appalachian jaunt, or humanity’s most extreme game of hide-and-seek, novice naturalists and intrepid explorers can swathe themselves in premium outdoor apparel such as Solarflex shirts ($49.95), Patagonia pique fleece ($56), and Nomad convertible pants ($65). Shelter a sleeping-bag collection in the MSR Gear Shed tent ($149.95) and stay fortified with water purifiers (starting at $89.95) and professional-grade s’mores sticks. Boasting one of the largest fly-fishing departments in central Florida, Flint Creek carries premium Orvis rods and reels as well as a selection of bone-dry boots and waders (starting at $69), and their experienced staff can teach even the most hydrophobic fisherperson to tie flies and cast their line with fish-charming pizzazz.
The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer's good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.
Within the tight-quartered confines of the two outdoor speedball fields, paintballers duck and dive behind inflatable obstacles and blanket the opposition in one of 10 different paints such as Marballizer. When players desire a more methodical game, they advance on BlitZkrieg's three woodsball fields. During woodsball play, teams slink through narrow paths lined with dense green shrubbery, using trees for cover. Amid the jungle-like environment, combatants chuck paint grenades at distant enemies and plant paint mines in strategic locations that explode in geysers of pigment. Once everyone's clothing is coated in abstract art, teams can come to a truce over pizza, philly cheesesteaks, hotdogs, and the fact that everyone's veins pumps the same blue paint.
Wendy O’ Lenic, of Wendy Fit, began her professional dance career in 1979 with a Vegas dance review. Over the years, her passion for movement evolved and found a new life in yoga. Her curriculum covers various disciplines including yoga, Pilates, and meditation. Within the earth-green walls of her studio, Wendy and her staff lead students through group classes, private and semiprivate personal training sessions, and specialty courses such as ballet core and kettlebell. Once annually, the studio co-sponsors a yoga cruise so that students can practice their moves in fresh air and catch views of dolphins doing planks.
Since 1984, Champps Americana's kitchen has sizzled with made-from-scratch dishes, satiating sports fans and families with a comfortable atmosphere. Amid sunlit dining rooms, diners seated at wooden tabletops can root for their favorite pixels on flat-screen TVs broadcasting live sports. In the kitchen, chefs prepare pastas with grilled chicken and roasted artichokes, pile buns with barbecued pulled pork and spicy buffalo chicken, and fill soft taco shells with grilled steak. Behind the bar, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails and margaritas and fill goblets with wine and local craft beers on tap.
Feet First is a specialty shop dedicated to running and walking—that’s why rows of athletic shoes line its walls. Working under this niche’s umbrella, the staff tends to a selection of shoes, athletic apparel, and accessories from brands such as Asics, Merrell, New Balance, and Nike. Customers can visit the Tampa or St. Petersburg location and peruse insoles and socks that are designed to help reduce the wear and tear on both human and shoe heels.