When twin sisters Izzy and Coco Tihanyi decided to pursue a career that combined their passion for surfing and their love of the ocean, their calling came in the form of starting Surf Diva. Before long, they were on course to becoming a lauded school for coed surfers in California and Costa Rica. Augmenting the pair's teachings is their team of certified instructors, all graduates of their school's intensive training program and certified in CPR and first aid. Committed to their expertise in surfing, many of the instructors also hold down careers as firefighters, paramedics, and snowboarders, granting them the combined know-how to put out beach bonfires with a casual backflip.
The team's instruction ranges from coed group lessons and competitive coaching sessions to two- or five-day women’s weekend surf clinics. When they're not teaching surfing, crew members commit themselves to alternative teaching programs in yoga and standup paddleboarding, helping surfers to conquer the water with their bodies as well as with their very buoyant hearts. The twins' Costa Rica program also helps women and families hone boarding skills abroad while becoming fully immersed in the Costa Rican culture.
Chopped! judge Aarón Sánchez stirs carne asada in a crackling skillet. Food Network star Ingrid Hoffman discusses Latin food trends. This scene plays out right in front of adoring fans, and they didn't even have to sneak into their homes to see it. Instead, they've come to the four-day 2013 Latin Food Fest, which gathers these and scores of other chef personalities—including TV host Daisy Martinez and Baja culinary icon Misión 19 owner Javier Plascencia—for a celebration of Latin-American, Caribbean, and Spanish cuisines. Here, cooking demonstrations elucidate the method behind recipes while panel discussions delve into the history and trends of Latin food and drink. Chef-curated food samples, cookbook signings, and meals, such as Aarón Sánchez's Chefs' Night Out dinner, bring audiences face-to-face with many personalities' culinary techniques. In the world of drink, a sommelier showdown challenges experts to find the best pairings for their wines and then fire the corks at each other for points.
The Taste of Latin Food Fest will showcase more than 60 regional restaurants, wineries and chefs, establishments which will pair tapas-sized food samples with sips of unique Latin beers, wines, and spirits. Throughout the festival, dedicated pavilions focus on specific topics—ranging from a ceviche and tequila bar to an olive oil tasting tent to our Flavors of Baja Pavilion and even a BevMo! Lounge where staff hold blind tastings of mezcal and rum. In addition to the tastings, the festival also delights other senses with live music, an art show, and a silent auction for culinary supplies and memorabilia.
When Larisa Hall was born, the doctors were not sure she'd ever be able to walk. She was born with severely clubbed feet and spent the next nine months wearing casts on both legs. But within six months, Larisa was up on her feet; and by the time she was five, she had discovered dance and never wanted to stop. Dancing proved to be a useful physical therapy—helping her gain coordination and overcome ankle pain.
Spurred on by her own triumph, Larisa founded Tap Fever Studios with the belief that everyone—no matter their age or level of ability—should have the opportunity to dance. To that end, she holds workshops for the hearing and listening impaired, as well as those who are developmentally disabled. Larisa also recently created a new method of dance called hand tap, which allows people with limited mobility to use special gloves and a wooden board to tap out rhythms while seated.
Over the Bridge Coronado Tennis brings together active amateurs and USPTA-certified coaches at an illuminated five-court facility for rousing matches and lessons. Players can start off with private or semi-private instruction to pick up fundamentals, or enroll in intermediate and advanced clinics to work the rust out of a rickety forehand. When ready to unveil their shiny new skills, players may sign up for the group's singles leagues or take advantage of Over the Bridge's player matching service, which recommends players of similar skill level and love of long walks on the beach.
Though ballerinas float across the stage with grace and seemingly little effort during performances, their strength comes from years of stretching and strengthening at the barre. At Cardio Barre, instructors lead students through classes that combine ballet-inspired workouts and light weights to help students achieve long and lean muscles. The toning and resistance exercises are designed to sculpt muscles primarily in the butt, legs, torso, and arms, while also preparing students for the new crosswalk signs that read “Stop,” “Walk,” and “Grand Jeté.”
Long-time La Jolla residents Gerhard Gessner and Alexandra Oehmigen-Gessner founded Prana Yoga Center in 2001 as a way to share their mutual passion for the ancient practice with fellow certified instructors, yogis undergoing teacher training, and students of all experience levels. Fluent in the styles of Hatha, Ashtanga, and Iyengar, Gerhard puts his 28 years of practice and training to use, leading challenging yet accessible classes, adopting an integrated, nondogmatic approach to the form. Known for his signature all-level Vinyasa Flow course, he is no stranger to tailoring course regimens to suit the diverse needs of his students. Gerhard and Alexandra, along with a massive team of 19 other instructors, also fill their robust class schedule with gentler Hatha yoga and specialty classes, such as prenatal yoga for mothers-to-be, teen yoga for girls, and kids yoga for little ones and overly stressed teddy bears.
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