Science-fiction fans are eternally disappointed that society hasn't yet developed the technology that would allow them to strap on a jetpack and rocket to their destination. Though Indy Flight Academy & Watersports can't supply you with a futuristic vehicle for the daily commute, it does give extreme-sports enthusiasts the chance to blast off with its Flyboard water-powered jet packs.
The Flyboard—a water board with a pair of boots attached to it—is attached to long hose, which is in turn hooked up to the water jet exhaust of a jet ski. When the jet ski's driver hits the gas, the Flyboard and rider shoot up into the air atop high-powered streams of water. Riders can then fly around above the water or mimic a dolphin diving in and out.
It would be hard to place Freedom Kayak Adventures on a map, even if that map were drawn in waterproof ink. Although the business is headquartered in Indianapolis, its team rents out kayaks and standup paddleboards at Saxony Lake each summer. In addition, Freedom Kayak Adventures delivers kayak rentals throughout all of Indiana, including bodies of water such as Lake Monroe and Summit Lake. Once it arrives at the chosen destination, the team passes out safety gear and happily recommends scenic kayaking routes.
The squeak of athletic shoes. The swish of basketball nets. The resounding wallop of dodge balls connecting with their intended targets. These sounds are part of the regular soundtrack at Midwest Sports and Social Complex, where kids and adults alike work out their athletic affinities. Youth training sessions overseen by instructors Rhasim Ridley, a former Head Coach at Tarkanian Basketball Academy in Las Vegas, teach youngsters the fundamentals and advanced tactics of their chosen sport.
When the weather cooperates, staff members organize weekly outdoor competitive adult tournaments and three-on-three league games on two new, full-length basketball courts. Athletes can also join leagues for dodge ball games and street hockey, a worthy alternative to real hockey when ponds melt and hockey goals return to their underwater homes.
Watch the Jaguars dribble, dunk, alley-oop, coup-fourre, shimmy-shammy, and Irish chowder. Today’s side deal gets you $7 tickets to an IUPUI men’s basketball game at Conseco Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers. See the Jags take on the Ohio Bobcats or catch one of the two conference games against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles and in-state rival IPFW Mastodons. All tickets are for seats located in the lower-bowl, sideline-seating section and will be assigned at random. The Fieldhouse’s extra-wide special seating (20–22 inches wide or greater) is designed for optimal cheering, high-fiving, and close viewing of the action.
Beneath the flowing fabrics that run across the studio ceiling at Evolutions @ Yoga, experienced instructors lead a wide range of classes from gentle beginning courses to advanced core-strengthening sessions, which earned them a place as a finalist for 2011 Best Yoga Studio on Indystar.com’s The Indy A List. They also brought home a feature as the “best place to get started” in yoga in a 2011 Indianapolis Monthly article, in part for offering welcoming sessions geared toward beginners. A diverse range of classes includes several forms of the discipline, including Beginner Yoga, Intermediate, Prana Flow, Prenatal Yoga, and iCan yoga classes. Whether taking restorative sessions or advanced heated classes, all students take in the nurturing environment with its hardwood floors, spongy yoga mats, and flickering candles that flicker words of wisdom in Morse code.
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