The staff members at Newport Cruisers don't want to keep all the fun for themselves. All bicycle enthusiasts, they share their love with customers by selling cruisers in all shapes and sizes from brands including Electra, Firmstong, and HBBC. Riders can sit upright on these bikes, which focus on comfort over speed, and personalize them with bells, baskets, and seat covers. The shop also rents out cruisers for up two weeks, which is great for when you can't get a bike to stop following you home.
Balboa is a dance form crafted in California across the first half of the 20th century. The closely-knit variation on swing dancing was shaped by antsy jitterbugs within the halls of historic locations like the Balboa Pavilion, where the conclusion of the Balboa Rendezvous event is held on Sunday. After Balboa strutters complete their sojourn at the educational stomping grounds of San Diego's Portuguese Hall and The Dance Center, a scenic voyage north to the Balboa Pavilion on the Balboa Peninsula ushers in one final day of swift-footed prancing, along with a question-and-answer session with the original masters of Balboa from the 1930s, still swingin' after all these years. Click here for the entire schedule of events.
If anyone can legitimately claim being born to surf, it's Clint Carroll. His father is the legendary surfer Corky Carroll, widely considered a pioneer of the sport. Clint's immersion was immediate: he started surfing at the age of 2—on a surfboard shaped by his father, which now lives in the International Surf Museum—and started teaching just more than 10 years later.
The Clint Carroll Surf School, which came along in 2000, gives novices and experts alike the chance to improve their technique under the surfing master's tutelage. Clint conducts lessons in private, clinic, and group settings, accommodating surfers who need one-on-one attention as well as those who take to the sport so quickly an agent jumps onto their board by the end of the lesson. Regardless of lesson format, Clint equips each surfer with all necessary gear—board, wetsuit, and leash—so that all they need is the enthusiasm to tackle the waves.
Amateur surfers are a lot like newborn fawns: they?re wide-eyed, full of life, and not so great at standing. That?s why head instructor and founder of Surfari Surf, Rick Gehris?along with his team of seasoned instructors?begins every first-time lesson by introducing a simple, achievable goal: stand. To increase the chances of success, Gehris and his instructors?well versed in Hawaiian, Californian, and Floridian surfing methods?hop right into the water to assist students as they cut into the waves. The instructors hang off the tails of their surfboards, stabilizing each board and repositioning students until they?re ready to take to the open water and try out their pickup lines on the nearest, cute-enough dolphin.
In addition to surf lessons and camps, instructors also show off their athletic prowess during standup-paddleboard lessons, which often are supplemented by independent board rentals.
J.R. practically started dancing as soon as she learned to walk, and began teaching dance when she was 14. Some say her love of dance is infectious, and with that passion it wasn't long until she had her own studio, with another location opening soon in Corona Del Mar. Today, she teaches students ages 4 to adults a variety of dance styles for performance and competition. Whether customers are trying to have fun or advance to the professional level, they all have the opportunity to perform at specials events or venues, such as LA Clippers games. Through these performances and their private studio, Solid Dance Crew aims to provide a Hollywood-like experience.
Rachel Burstein has been involved in dance for nearly two decades. As a performer, she's claimed numerous accolades, including a finalist finish on New Zealand's Dancing with the Stars in 2009. As an instructor, Rachel has transformed first-timers into award-winners. Her teaching isn't just for competitive purposes, though. Students can browse Rachel's flexible schedule and pick styles that interest them, which includes everything from the cha cha, rumba, and swing to salsa, foxtrot, and Argentine tango. The wide selection speaks to Rachel's vast knowledge of ballroom styles. It also prepares students to impress at non-competitive events, such as while attending a wedding or browsing the dairy section at the grocery store.