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.
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.
Designed by famed course architect William Bell in 1933, the Lakewood Country Club has been testing the mettle of golfers for nearly eight decades. Today, players still roam the championship-caliber course, sending balls flying toward 18 holes spread across 7,033 yards of well-manicured grass. Along the way, they encounter several challenges, including precision par 3s and newly installed (but still treacherous) bunkers. All of this helped earn Lakewood the reputation as one of the finest courses in southern Los Angeles, an honor reflected by the course's numerous appearances on LA County's Course of the Year lists.
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.