Adrenaline-pumping jams propel stationary bicyclers over imaginary hills and jumps during Revolution Fitness's calorie-crushing spinning classes. Throughout the classes, you'll vary your pedaling pace, feeling the burn of uphill climbs and the breeze of straightaway stabilized cycling. Try strength training and yoga for a less intense workout. During group strength-training classes, skilled instructors will lead the class in increasing body strength and speeding up molasses-like metabolisms. Yin yoga relieves physical and emotional stress through a series of deep poses that are held longer than those used in traditional yoga sessions or calendar photo shoots.
Action Watersports' experienced instructors lead groups of seafaring paddlers on rolling adventures that buoy confidence and coordination. During each lesson, a wave maven and a fleet of up to five paddlers hit the frothy drink for roughly two hours of gliding above schools of fish and merpeople tea parties. Tap into core muscles to maintain balance and burgeoning biceps to propel you forward on the muscle-powered schooner. Lesson leaders structure courses to help boarders hone basic paddling techniques, so each pupil feels confident, water-worthy, and superior to aimlessly drifting seaweed. Swimming ability is recommended, and classes are available by appointment any day of the week, with 24 hours' notice, until July 1.
Marina del Rey Boat Rentals lets fun-seekers explore the Santa Monica coastline at their own pace with a fleet of reliable vessels. Kayakers paddle through leisurely cruises past multi-million-dollar yachts and penthouses in a single-seat craft for two hours, a two-seater for one hour, or two single-seat kayaks for one hour to practice synchronized sailing routines. Any adult with a drivers’ license can take up to eight passengers for a meandering jaunt around the harbor on a Duffy electric boat, outfitted with AM/FM radio, portable music-player connection, and a dining table perfect for light lunches or divvying up bullion. Customers with previous boating experience can rent a sleek powerboat to turn heads at mermaid prom with the hum of 40- to 75-horsepower engines beneath comfy seats and bow cushions. Marina del Rey Rentals provides all riders with flotation vests to guarantee a safe and secure excursion.
The Coast Guard–approved Odyssey treats up to 42 seafarers to three levels of indoor and outdoor seating. Carefully controlled with hydraulic stabilizers and piloted by a certified crew, the 58-foot-long yacht glides through the salty sea air in pursuit of frolicking dolphins or sets off into the sunset. Buffet tables and ice chests help make harbor cruises ideal for parties or company events, whereas fishing excursions facilitate sporty bonding. A big screen TV is on board, along with a full stereo system with karaoke capabilities that blasts tunes, and guests may bring their own MP3 players, food, alcohol, and freshly caught sea-bass piñatas.
They're out there somewhere. White sea bass. Captain Allyn Watson hunts the elusive fish aboard The Dreamer, a 46’ vessel that cruises the Pacific at speeds of up to 15 knots. He knows the waters well; after all, it’s that expert knowledge that helped him placed first in Hubbs Sea World Research Foundation's white sea bass competition for seven consecutive years. He's not alone this time, however. Today, Captain Watson’s accompanied by a faithful crew and a group of passengers, each armed with a fishing pole and a hunger for seaward adventure. As they drop anchor in the middle of calm waters, lines fly from all sides of the boat. It’s a bad afternoon to be a sea bass.
Allyn Watson is just one of the independent captains who works out of Pierpoint Landing. There, their eight boats occupy spots at the docks, ready to carry groups on fishing adventures that can last anywhere from a few hours to weeks at a time. Aboard the 75’ Toronado, Captain Ray Lagmay and up to 49 passengers take overnight trips to catch barracuda, rockfish, and other targets. Meanwhile, the Southern Cal and its leaders, Captain Ryan and Captain Mitch, snag similar fish during shorter, half-day trips.
Miles into the Pacific Ocean, Harbor Breeze Cruises' captain tells a story. He speaks of a whale making the journey from the Bering Sea in Alaska to Scammon's Lagoon in Baja California, Mexico, right when—as if on cue—a whale breaks the water's surface. Its blowhole fires a plume of water into the air as sightseers, spread across two decks, feast upon views of the majestic creature and their camera shutters snap furiously to capture the moment.
Up to 80 feet long, Harbor Breeze's double-decker vessels, such as the Triumphant and the Christopher, allow groups of up to 150 strong to visit the habitats of a diverse group of marine wildlife with unimpaired views from stadium seating; tours often spy whales, dolphins as they leap into the air, and harbor seals as they sign traffic signals to passing boats. Aquarium of the Pacific partners with Harbor Breeze to photo ID marine wildlife and conduct research on tours. Aside from tours, Harbor Breeze Cruises also charters boats for weddings and memorials.