Toyota Sports Center entices skaters of all ages with a trio of glassy rinks smooth enough to be commandeered for official practices by the L.A. Kings. When the pros aren't reigning over the ice, guests can practice axel jumps during skating lessons or show up for public skating sessions to lap the flattened glacier in search of preserved saber-toothed zambonis. Toyota Sports Center also educates aspiring Great Ones with beginners hockey classes, hosts youth and adult leagues, and encourages visitors to bulk up off the ice at the fitness center, which is outfitted with free weights and treadmills for those slowly reconnecting with exercise on solid ground.
Manduka was built on a simple idea—that a better yoga mat makes a significant difference for the body, mind, and soul, even during the hours off of the mat. Created for and by yoga enthusiasts, each mat, towel, yoga strap, water bottle, and bag is produced with the intention of enriching the yoga community. The result are technical- and purpose-driven designs that provide innovative products to more than 60 countries around the world. Aside from premium design, Manduka also promotes their ethos of quality, thoughtfulness and sustainability in all realms of their business.
Eco Dive Center’s dedication to water conservation shines through in its educational programs—the dive team teaches its students not only about scuba diving, but how to properly care for and respect the underwater world. It’s much more than just a water-safety school and aquatics emporium, although it does house dive gear from renowned brands such as Bare and Oceanic in its 5,000 square-foot store. And it does, of course, certify students in both basic open-water PADI skills and more advanced specialties, such as rescue and first-response.
Eco Dive has led underwater cleanup expeditions off of Santa Monica Pier, removing hundreds of pounds of trash in the process, and has enlisted the help of school children to spruce up local beaches. It has also partnered with area non-profits such as Heal the Bay, an organization that educates the public about reducing water pollution and administering splints if waves sprain their ankles.
The waters around Marina del Rey teem with seasonal gamefish. Beneath the ocean's surface, halibut, sand bass, and barracuda swim from Rocky Point to the Big Kelp Reef. That is, until they cross paths with The Betty-O, Spitfire, or the New Del Mar—the fishing boats of Marina Del Rey Sportfishing's fleet. Aboard these vessels, experienced guides help small and large groups cast lines and pull prize catches from the water.
But sometimes, the ocean's beauty makes anglers put down their fishing poles. Sea lions, dolphins, sea birds, and several whale species also make their home in the water. This diversity of wildlife prompted the owners of Marina Del Rey Sportfishing to start their whale and eco tour, during which sightseers can admire the ocean's majestic creatures and the teams of Aquamen who groom them.
Surf Concepts’ knowledgeable staff chats with fellow wave wranglers, sharing advice and swapping stories amid shelves brimming with O’Neill wetsuits, Billabong swim trunks, and apparel from South Bay’s own HippyTree. As patrons filter in from sun-steeped stretches of pavement, the crew also arrays decks and shoes from Almost and Vans for skateboarders or those looking to enliven a visit to The National Museum of Ramps and Stained Glass.
Seven days a week, the staff at Aviation Cyclery ensures smooth pedaling for casual and experienced cyclists alike with repair services and a large inventory of bikes and accessories. Using their vast knowledge of two-wheeled transport, they pair customers with small to large items that fill the shop from storefront to rear wall. These range from bells to baskets and helmets, as well as sleek vehicles such as cruisers and front suspension mountain bikes. Professional mechanics situated on one side of the store fix faulty bikes by inflating tires, truing wheels, and programming bells to play a warning for squirrels crossing the street.