Live2kite's Richmond and Greenbrae locations facilitate wave-riding instruction while also supplying maritime hobbyists with billowing chutes, sturdy boards, and stylish apparel for kitesurfing, standup paddleboarding, and wakeboarding. Canopies by makers such as Ozone, RRD, and Slingshot float upon air currents, free from the interference of kite-hating trees. Rental gear equips wave riders for hours at sea, and lessons impart kiting and paddling basics as well as more advanced tricks and tactics for surfing atop dolphins.
It turns out that karate isn't just useful for taking down opponents. Goju Karate's instructors use the Japanese martial art as a jumping-off point for classes that teach endurance, meditation, and other noncombat skills. For aspiring black belts who want to learn the traditional skills of karate, there are fast-paced general classes that focus on combination techniques and how to match a black belt with any outfit.
When Cliff Hodges, the founder and CEO of Adventure Out, graduated from MIT with a degree in electrical engineering, he knew a traditional desk job wasn't for him. According to Technology Review, he quickly gave up his engineering career for the wireless world of the great outdoors, where he began to hike, climb, and surf his way around the world, always staying true to his philosophy of environmental respect and protection.
His travels and business accomplishments have gained some measure of notoriety; he's coached on MTV's Made, consulted for ABC News, and was selected as one of four winners of the 2011 Santa Cruz County Civic Service Award: The Nextie. Adventure Out was also identified for meeting survival skills training standards by The New York Times best-selling author Tim Ferriss in The 4-Hour Chef.
Today, he and his program consultant Tom McElroy lead excursions into the California wilderness to teach backpacking and survival skills, including the tracking of animals and wild ice-cream trucks, and they also guide novices through surfing, rock-climbing, and mountain-biking sojourns. Through fundraising, Adventure Out has helped save Castle Rock State Park from closure and a portion of their proceeds is put directly back into the park.
At Breaking Away Bicycles, cycling enthusiasts and mechanics facilitate two-wheeled joyrides with a full line of bikes and accessories, repair services, and custom bike fittings. Apparel from brands such as Hincapie, Louis Garneau, and Castelli prepares cyclists for safe road riding and off-road jaunts through nature. In the repair shop, mechanics service bicycles of all makes and models, inspecting shocks and custom-fitting bikes to conform to the needs of riders or earth-dwelling former mermaids. For those in search of a new ride, Breaking Away Bicycle rents out mountain bikes and sells cycles from brands such as Ellsworth, Raliegh, Blue and KHS.
MarinMMA is the home of Gracie Jiu jitsu black belt Mikyo Riggs. Mikyo has trained with world class fighters in Jiu Jitsu and MMA. He has competed in Bjj and Kickboxing and learned from top champions in wrestling, boxing, Muay Thai, and MMA. MarinMMA teaches Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
A PGTAA-certified golf instructor, Jim Murray draws on a life as a high-level junior and collegiate athlete to help club-toting clients of all abilities take their games to the next level. Add new dimensions to your repertoire of wedge wizardry in a one-hour short-game group lesson, where Jim helps players roll it close to the pin with parabolic flop shots, precise chips, and light backspin achieved by caroming the ball off fellow players’ spines. Group lessons are held on Sundays from 1–2 p.m.