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.
In pursuit of sunnier weather and a more outdoorsy lifestyle, Kristi Vacanti left the Midwestern town of Omaha, Nebraska and settled in LA, where her love of fitness led her to became a personal trainer. Like many, she soon became distracted by the stress of her job. Because of its professed ability to calm the mind and body, Pilates caught Kristi's attention, and she began taking classes at Sebastien’s Pilates Plus. Sebastien Lagree’s approach to the exercise regimen had such an effect on her that she decided to become certified in Lagree Fitness, his proprietary blend of Pilates and strength training, which she shares with fitness seekers to this day. At her three studios, Kristi and a team of instructors lead intense 40- and 55-minute classes that combine resistance exercises with ProFormer Pilates in sessions centered on the idea that students need more intense rather than longer workouts. Movements isolate the core, hips, and thighs to a degree that provokes muscle failure, which, like not wearing your skin, is one of the best ways to achieve muscle definition.
Surrounded by craggy peaks, three men in bright-red helmets stand in the midst of wilderness, surveying the mountains around them as their group of hikers break for a snack on the rocky ground. This interface with the majesty of nature is all in a day's work for this trio of adventurers—Paul Mangasarian and Jakob and Daniel Laggner. Still, their passion for open-air exploration grows with each expedition they lead. Paul, Jakob, and Daniel cofounded Treks and Tracks with the dream of orchestrating excursions into nature that combine ancient means of travel—such as sailing, horseback riding, and hitchhiking on a centaur—with modern sports ranging from surfing to rock climbing. Though they focus on introducing novice outdoorsfolk to unspoiled wilderness around the world, Treks and Tracks' cofounders also strive to leave the awe-inspiring surroundings they visit as pristine as they found them by rigorously upholding practices of environmental stewardship on each expedition.