More than 10 pro and amateur battles swarm the fight card in the California Fight Syndicate's first L.A. event. At the top of the bill, Joseph “Leonidas” Henle, a popular cast member from The Ultimate Fighter's 11th season, locks knuckle horns with middleweight Hector Carillo. After a sabbatical from the cage to focus on a second career as a miniaturist, fellow Ultimate Fighter alum Jesse “Powder” Newell heaves shin sandwiches at fellow featherweight and MMA veteran Aaron “Blood Spiller” Miller. Between fights, fans can cool down from the carnage by checking out the California Fight Syndicate's ring girls, who entertain the crowd with alluring double-dutch routines. Swift jabs, fierce kicks, and vicious takedowns rattle a cage set up in the historic Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, which hosted the Academy Awards in the '60s, when they were much more hardcore.
Situated along Surfrider Beach and across the street from the famous Malibu Pier, Malibu Surf Shack has been a destination for ocean activities since it first opened its doors in 1972. Crashing waves and surfboard migratory patterns lure instructors to the point-break beach. Here, the pros teach small classes how to shred and duck atop waves. Students can rent boards and other watercraft including kayaks and standup paddleboards to join in on the fun. Inside the retail shop, boards from brands such as Walden and McTavish await their next wave-riding excursions. Malibu Surf Shack's staff demos all of the new and used gear, letting customers try boards or take them to a romantic dinner before making long-term commitments.
Since Pepperdine moved to Malibu from Los Angeles in 1972, the school's athletics program has accrued accolades in a variety of team and individual activities, becoming one of only 16 NCAA Division I schools to win men's national titles in five different sports. In addition to the Waves' national championships in baseball, women's sand volleyball, and men's tennis, the men's volleyball team claimed five titles between '78 and '05, prompting opponents to bring metal detectors to matches in hopes that new trophies were buried under the floorboards. Among the more than 100 individuals and teams lining the Waves' hall of fame, several Pepperdine alum have gone on to careers in everything from the pro tennis circuit to Major League Baseball.
In Indian culture, Moksha signifies the release from transmigration, or the endless cycle of death and rebirth. It's fitting that Moksha Restaurant Bar & Lounge bears the name, as it has reinvented and added to its menu of traditional Indian cuisine numerous times to critical acclaim. It recently won America's Best Food Award in the Los Angeles Times. Moksha's clay ovens steam with tandoori chicken and chicken tikka, while pots of curries bubble with seasoning and assorted vegetables. Indo-Chinese dishes such as lettuce wraps, fried wontons, and General Tsao's chicken give the menu pan-asian flare. Vegetarian dishes populate every page of the menu, from curries overflowing with veggies to tofu masala.
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.