Seal Sports' stable of sturdy single-person kayaks facilitates lengthy nautical excursions. Each vessel comes equipped with a comfy seat, paddle, and flotation vest. Once deck hands set up shop and draw an anchor tattoo on their foreheads, they can push out from the shoreline to glide atop the placid brackish waters of nearby Lake Pontchartrain or meandering Bogue Chitto River. Kayaks are rented out for periods of 24 hours on weekdays—allowing ample time for cruising, picnics, and general sightseeing. Meanwhile, weekend rentals let clients pick up their boat on Friday, take children around the waterfront on Saturday and Sunday to prove that SpongeBob Squarepants isn’t real, and drop off the equipment on Monday.
When Darryl and Larry Massey founded their flagship sporting goods store, Massey’s Professional Outfitters, in 1972, they never dreamed it would become an empire. But that’s exactly what happened. Within a handful of years, the father-and-son company had sprouted five locations stocked with a range of recreational equipment for outdoor enthusiasts. Though an undulating market and shifts in consumer interests challenged the company, Massey’s remained dedicated to equipping its clientele with gear from revered brands such as Patagonia, North Face, and Lowe Alpine. Today, their legacy is carried on by family members who share their vision of focusing on the needs of each consumer, whether the client wants to rent a kayak or requires specialty footwear for hiking or wading through a swimming pool of cake batter.
There are many ways to explore Lacombe's natural landscape, and Bayou Adventure gives you access to just about all of them. There are bike rentals for rolling along the surrounding nature paths, while kayaks allow sightseers to traverse the water or just stay on land and fight with paddles. For those looking to fish or hunt, Bayou Adventure keeps a wide assortment of equipment?as well as bait?in stock, from tackle to turkey necks and chicken livers. And for anyone not officially sanctioned for either activity, the outpost helps you start your journey by offering hunting and fishing licenses.
Coral Reef's instructors help fledgling divers to fall in love with scuba diving, guiding students as they master buoyancy-control skills and environmental awareness. The scuba teachers oversee divers as they advance from beginner to master scuba diver in small and private classes at their PADI five-star facility, where water shimmers in both indoor and outdoor pools. Additionally, instructors teach specialized skills such as cave diving, rescue diving, and how to become a certified scuba instructor. They also pull up their anchors to take regular diving trips to exciting, watery locals such as Panama City Beach and William Howard Taft's tub.
Founded by passionate fly fishermen, Uptown Angler's virtual and real shelves brim with a huge variety of tackle, rods, and essential accessories for fly fishing excursions. With rods from Sage, Orvis, and Winston and hundreds of flies, fishermen can customize their lure of choice. The shop also carries sunscreen, instructional books and DVDs, and boat accessories. The knowledgeable staff leads lessons on proper fly-fishing techniques including terminology, roll casting, and rigging without accidentally flying away.
Headed by two former LSU runners, Louisiana Running Company is both a source of high-quality running gear and a social hub in the running community. Patrons can peruse sweat-wicking apparel, watches designed to be worn in motion, and shoes by brands such as Brooks and Mizuno. A shoe-sizing process with video gait analysis ensures a supportive fit. In addition to supplying gear, the shop's staff organizes free running groups and updates customers with news on races throughout the state.