Jon Jepson draws on his experience navigating the seas for 20 years while captaining Makani Catamaran's crew in a 65-foot luxury vessel that he helped build. He strives to combine grand prix sailing with charter boat comfort while capably navigating waters from Seattle to the Panama Canal.
During morning, afternoon, and evening cruises, Captain Jon's staffers sling refreshments as the ship clips through the waves at speeds of up to 30 knots, zipping past paddling sea turtles or schools of dolphins. Inside the $1.8 million catamaran, an LCD television with a Bose surround-sound system immerses viewers in in-depth exposés of Davy Jones's locker. Below two billowing sails, tanners loll on special nets at the ship's stern, and bartenders pour soft drinks or stronger stuff to fortify them.
The Nashville International Auto Show showcases rovers from the entire automotive spectrum, including classics and new models from major manufacturers, as well as the latest environmentally friendly machines. Feel free to mount the finely upholstered saddles of more than 200 debut motor-carriages like the Chevrolet Cruze, Acura TSX Sports Wagon, and Cadillac CTS Coupe, or pedal to the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Camaro Concept exhibit, which provides an up-close look of the ethanol fuel-powered car's custom paint job, advanced performance parts, and detachable beard.
Souled Out Surf rents and sells boards perfect for riding waves or cruising calm waters. The expert staff might recommend a custom longboard or an ultra-wide standup paddleboard, which is stable enough to support beginners. They also train new boarders during private and group lessons.
Evan Duffin-Barnes first took to a surfboard at age two, sporting floaties and a diaper. During his childhood on Oahu’s southeast side, he spent his entire life learning to longboard, shortboard, and bodyboard on the area’s intense shore breaks. His love of the water continued throughout his youth as he was both a high school swimmer and embarked on a college surfing career. Nowadays, Duffin-Barnes, a semi-professional surfer and avid big wave rider, enjoys tow-surfing and owns Island Surf Academy, where he passes on surfing expertise and the other topics he has studied since before he was potty-trained: safe ocean exploration and respect for the environment for future generations.
Novices slowly gain the confidence to ride in the zen-like curl of a wave as instructors show them how to paddle and stand atop their board. More advanced boarders use the lesson to hone their competitive edge, and surf camps bolster kids’ confidence on a board and foster environmental awareness. As the sun rises each day and old fishermen stretch their arms in preparation for exaggerated gestures, the academy’s team of locals lead custom surf tours, guiding participants to the area’s choicest swells on jaunts that can include hikes, snorkeling, and picturesque views.
For at least a few minutes, Diamond Head Parasail allows passengers to experience the thrill of flight as they float above the waters of the South Shore while being towed by a lemon-yellow speedboat. Founders Greg, Mike, and Mamie Longnecker decided to share their lifelong passions for adrenaline-pumping thrills by offering the opportunity for visitors gain a bird's eye view of the the crystalline waters and the surrounding islands. As the boat picks up speed, a deckhand begins releasing line and the canopy lifts individuals or pairs into the air. For beginners, 500 feet of line is enough to provide a memorable introduction to parasailing, although the crew also offers extreme rides that let out 1,000 feet of line, which provides enough altitude for passengers to snag a particularly soft cloud as a souvenir.