People often go to southern California for its white-sand beaches, looming mountains, and temperate climate. But what if you could experience them all in 30 minutes? At Malibu Paragliding, clients do just that during paragliding and paramotor adventures. Strapped in to their paragliders, they jump from a mountaintop, soar above the trees, and land softly on the shore. While journeying through these vastly different landscapes, you may spot wildlife or actors being chased through the woods by David O. Russell.
If you didn't know any better, it would be easy to assume that The School of Shred is a place to learn guitar, or at least a place to practice the art of destroying important documents. Instead, the school teaches its students how to shred through waves, shred across pavement, and shred down mountainsides. It's a fitting business name for owner Corey Oswald, who has seemingly spent more of his life moving on some kind of board than on his own two feet. Corey has more than 20 years of experience surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. But today, and for nearly a decade now, he helps others get their shred on by offering group and private lessons in all three sports.
Professional, award-winning surfers and lifeguards comprise the team of instructors that equips students with gear and sends them paddling into the ocean. To ensure safety and capitalize on ideal waves, the seasoned athletes check ocean conditions and Poseidon's mood before taking groups or individuals out to sea. As beginners become proficient at catching waves, the instructors level up their curriculum and teach intermediate or advanced feats. Islands Surf Camp stays active in its community by donating time and gear to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, SURF, and Echo Malibu.
Eighty-one-thousand vines grow across Malibu Family Wines' 90-acre vineyard, producing eight varietals in total, including cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, and malbec. Once bottled and corked, many of the vineyard's Semler and Saddlerock wines end up at the tasting room in Los Olivos, a homey space with indoor and outdoor seating, occasional live music, and a large wooden tasting bar where customers are free to smell, sample, and swirl away. Those who enjoy the wines can rejoice knowing there's more where that came from?the vineyard expects to increase its vine total to 100,000 in the near future.
Malibu Gym is one of the largest gyms in Malibu, and its certified instructors and trainers are dedicated to helping clients meet their fitness goals. Group classes include offerings such as boot camp and spinning, and the top-of-the-line equipment includes cardio and weight machines from brands such as Star Trac and Hammer Strength. There’s a steam room and spa onsite, as well as a lounge area with snacks and available childcare.
Connemara Ranch, featured by the New York Times, is perched amid breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the Malibu countryside, beckoning visitors to its pristine grounds for both the expected—trail rides and lessons—and the unexpected—equine-therapy sessions. Founder Talley Hutcherson taps into her extensive background in equine therapy to lead groups and individuals through programs that address trauma, addictions, and self-esteem as the clients learn about riding and bond with their horses. Talley harnesses the gentle nature of horses to build confidence and communication skills in her students, encouraging participants to commune with their equine companions through learned horsemanship techniques.
Beyond connecting with her community, her ranch has been graced by the likes of celebrities including Brad Pitt, Billy Crystal, Cindy Crawford, and Mr. Ed’s great-great-grandson.