The Hawaiian owners of Kula Nalu Ocean Sports take pride in their heritage and Hawaii's surf culture. As a way of sharing this pride with others, they pass on their extensive knowledge through surfing and standup-paddleboard lessons. Staff members certified in CPR, first aid, and basic life support start each lesson by analyzing each student's physical condition and adapting the lesson to their learning style and skill level.
Lessons begin at Kula Nalu's specialized training facility. In that controlled environment, the staff teaches all the principles of ocean safety, from wave identification to dealing with on-water mistakes. Onsite simulators allow students to practice catching and riding waves without worrying about taking a spill or giving the right-of-way to wayward ghost ships. These sessions ready surfers for the moment the instructors take them to a nearby beach to begin their on-water practice. In addition to surf and standup-paddleboard lessons, the staff also provides personal-training sessions and competitive surf training that delves into the sport's mental and physical demands.
True to its name, Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons is a food festival and pro competition that celebrates barbecued meats and the refreshing pink fruit in equal measure. Under a main tent at Huntington State Beach, watermelon is used in watermelon-carving demonstrations and seed-spitting contests. Meanwhile, more than 50 culinary teams from around the country?and a few from the show BBQ Pitmasters, as well as states such as Iowa, Kansas, Nevada, and California?clash on the grills. Each prepares their best takes on chicken, pork, and brisket, which are then judged throughout the weekend by professionals and lions disguised as humans. More than a dozen small-lot craft beers provide ideal pairings for these meats, and an outdoor stage encourages guests to dance off the grub with live performances by Maureen and the Mercury 5, Lil' Mo, the Dynaflos, and other artists. In the end, all of this revelry is for a good cause?all proceeds go to support programs that benefit the city's homeless.
It's obvious at a glance that Cary Ortiz loves his life. At Learn2Rip he spends his days skimming the ocean waves, not only teaching beginners how to follow suit, but helping more advanced surfers take their skills to the next level. And thanks to his relentless positivity and logical lesson plans, his academy has become the official surf club of Disneyland California Adventure Park, and has been employed by the Girl Scouts of America to help scouts earn their surfing badges.
With so much time spent on the water, its no surprise that Cary views the beach as his second home. To keep that home clean, he augments his surf workshops with vital lessons about environmental awareness and always reminds his clients to wipe their feet before entering the water. Cary also regularly participates in educational and activist events, from Save Our Beach fundraisers to an ocean-cleaning effort spearheaded by CSULB marine biologists.
A surfing museum might be a rare occurrence, but a surfing museum established by a non-surfer is virtually unheard of. If it was going to happen anywhere, it would be Huntington Beach, where surfers have been taking to the ample West Coast waves for nearly a century. Today, the waters of Huntington Beach host more than 50 surfing competitions, and its streets boast a Surfing Walk of Fame and vibrant public art honoring the ancient Hawaiian pastime. Museum founder Natalie Kotsch, fell in love with surfing culture after moving to Huntington Beach and established the museum to share the rich history of International surfing with visitors to her adopted city. The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum, while modest in size, houses a carefully curated collection of permanent and rotating exhibits all year long. Visitors can peruse the rare items on display at their leisure.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Cinco de Mayo is a holiday about togetherness and Latino culture. As runners tread the path between the beach and state park enjoying the beautiful ocean views, they'll compete for cash prizes including an iPod Nano and trophies. There are even phantom prizes awarded randomly to participants regardless of their race time. Everyone's a winner at the end, with the after party featuring Latin music, beer, and tacos at Dos Toros in Downtown Huntington Beach. Every entrant's participation also benefits the Save A Warrior Foundation, which is dedicated to helping veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress.