Point Reyes Outdoors leads hiking, biking, and kayaking expeditions through the unsown hills of the Point Reyes National Seashore and the tranquil waters of the California coast. During kayak tours, explorers jaunt through the tidal waterways of Drakes Estero and sunset forays into Tomales Bay. Guided nature hikes explore the local bounty of flora and fauna such as marine mammals, wildflowers, or migratory lawn gnomes.
Nature specialists, such as biologists, nurses, and certified kayak instructors, lead all tours and provide insight into the landscape and its inhabitants. Point Reyes Outdoors also rents out mountain bikes, which guests can use to pedal through a circuit of nearby trails that climb Fir Top mountain or stretch out to Wildcat Beach.
At Robin Waugaman Training at Meadowbrook Farms, sturdy steeds prance around 75 acres of open space and five arenas that include an indoor arena and a newly refurbished jumping arena. Expert trainers lead lessons that focus on riding skills such as confidence, body control, and communication for students of all skill levels. Meadowbrook Farms also offers more for the equine enthusiast, including horse boarding and facility rental for events such as weddings or photo shoots.
Rhythms Dance Center tones bodies with energetic rhythms and graceful steps. Its kids' classes, designed for ages 3–18, train young dancers a variety of styles including jazz, contemporary, ballet, and pom. Classes including jazz, cardio dance, and tap for beginners, give adults the same opportunities to move to music and burn calories.
Mikyo Riggs began his martial arts training in 1990, instantly drawn to freestyle fighting before the world knew it as mixed martial arts. In his quest to become the best fighter he could, he studied boxing, muay thai, and enshin karate, and earned a black belt from Ralph Gracie in the grappling art of Gracie Jiu-jitsu. Eventually, though, he realized he didn't want to just use these techniques in the ring, he wanted to help others along the path he'd followed. So, he founded Marin Mixed Martial Arts in 2006.
Today, his school teaches students of all ages a wide range of martial arts—exactly the way Mikyo himself learned. Alongside Jiu-jitsu they teach muay thai kickboxing, kali stick fighting, wrestling, and a women-specific Jiu-jitsu and self-defense class. Yet no matter the class, the staff applies a simple, singular core value: 100% technique. They believe that more than strength or speed, practice always wins, so they encourage their students to bring discipline and focus to their training. Students have responded positively, voting the studio the Best Martial Arts School four times, most recently in the Pacific Sun's 2013 Reader's Choice Awards.
At Breaking Away Bicycles, cycling enthusiasts and mechanics facilitate two-wheeled joyrides with a full line of bikes and accessories, repair services, and custom bike fittings. Apparel from brands such as Hincapie, Louis Garneau, and Castelli prepares cyclists for safe road riding and off-road jaunts through nature. In the repair shop, mechanics service bicycles of all makes and models, inspecting shocks and custom-fitting bikes to conform to the needs of riders or earth-dwelling former mermaids. For those in search of a new ride, Breaking Away Bicycle rents out mountain bikes and sells cycles from brands such as Ellsworth, Raliegh, Blue and KHS.
A PGTAA-certified golf instructor, Jim Murray draws on a life as a high-level junior and collegiate athlete to help club-toting clients of all abilities take their games to the next level. Add new dimensions to your repertoire of wedge wizardry in a one-hour short-game group lesson, where Jim helps players roll it close to the pin with parabolic flop shots, precise chips, and light backspin achieved by caroming the ball off fellow players’ spines. Group lessons are held on Sundays from 1–2 p.m.