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.
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.
Located in Huntington Beach, RockStars Music Studios is one of the largest and most successful private music schools in Orange County.
Est. in 2004, more than 200 students come to RockStars every week for private lessons and our innovative group classes.
MyGym Children's Fitness Center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level?starting as young as 6 months and skewing up to 3 years and 3 months?and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions?a class for kids aged 6 to 9?emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. MyGym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
Six soccer fields, six batting cages, and eight volleyball courts–all under one roof. And that doesn't even include the spacious turf field or weight room. The sprawling, 42,600-square-foot Smack Center presents an ideal venue for HB Summer Camps. In these full- and half-day sessions, kids sprint for touchdowns in flag football games, rack up points in lawn bowling, and improve coordination during martial arts training while making new friends and learning that exercise is more fun than a birthday clown passing out free puppies. As campers work on their games, local school, club, and community coaches provide supervision and instruction.
Meadowlark Golf Club was built in 1922?well before engineering enabled drivers to hit golf balls hundreds of yards and rule-makers loosened restrictions on cannon use. So it makes sense that its course measures a bit shorter than most: 5,568 yards from the tips. But that doesn't mean it's a walk in the park by any means. Meadowlark makes artful use of its coastal terrain?just two miles from the ocean?with water hazards and strategically placed bunkers spread across the contoured fairways and greens, challenging players from the first tee shot to the final putt. After adding up their score, players can check out the seven big-screen TVs in the Spanish Colonial-style clubhouse's bar and grill, or recreate their best tee shots at a 30-stall, night-lit driving range.
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