Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.
A PADI five-star diving facility, Arlington Scuba Center, Inc. first opened its doors in 1972. Since then, the shop's scuba instructors have helped countless divers obtain PADI open-water certification. The lessons start within the facility's classroom and pool and eventually progress to natural locations, such as the five-story bathtub at Clear Springs Scuba Park, so students can complete dives in real-world conditions. Aside from this standard certification, the staff teaches advanced courses in which students can train for search-and-rescue missions or float above the hull of a sunken ship. Back on dry land, staffers man Arlington Scuba Center's dive shop, where they sell fins, masks, and other equipment from respected brands such as Aqua Lung and Henderson.
Since 1972, Mountain Sports has been furnishing outdoor enthusiasts with a wide range of apparel and gear designed to withstand extreme environments. Their wide selection of rock-climbing, camping, kayaking, and snow-sports gear includes Patagonia and North Face apparel, tents and camp stoves, and sleeping bags.
At Yoga Club DFW, the instructors believe yoga is for everyone, and they prove it with classes that welcome all skill levels. Inclusive sessions include yoga for beginners and Near Life Experience, a 60-minute power Vinyasa class that detoxes as it energizes the body and mind. Aside from a variety of scalable yoga classes, instructors also provide nutritional advice and host workshops that can help students deal with the overwhelming joy that comes from being able to touch their toes.
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.
The boutique fashion store St. Bernard Sports revamps the wardrobes of men, women, and children with apparel from major brands such as Lilly Pulitzer, Tibi, and 7 for All Mankind. Sperry boat shoes and Tommy Bahama swim trunks look just as much at home at a backyard pool party as they do in a bathtub, and Trina Turk drop earrings with red square stones focus the attention upward, as do Ray-Ban sport aviators. The boutique also gears up clients for sporty adventures with wakeboards, snowboards, and skis.