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.
Licensed massage therapist Cathy Camp helps relax the sore muscles of tension-toting customers in a serene environment filled with soothing music. Deep-tissue massages dig to the core of sinewy stress, kneading away at tight tendons. Cathy customizes every massage to each patron’s individual needs by altering pressure, targeting trouble spots, and tracing out grocery lists on backs so they’re stored in the subconscious. Therapeutic oils and balms help soothe hides, letting clients sink into the depths of peaceful relaxation. A multifaceted massage expert, Cathy specializes in treatment of sciatica, headaches, muscles sprains, fibromyalgia, and symptoms stemming from sleeping on pinecone-filled mattresses.
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, Inc., he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
Baker extraordinaire Missy ? of Missy's Cupcake Creations ? loves making and sharing delicious cupcakes, so much so that she earned the popular vote for best cupcake from the Ventura County Reporter's Best Of Food & Drink contest. Her intimate, sweet-smelling shop features row after row of gourmet mini-cakes, some stuffed with fudge and titled chocolate thunder, some flavored like maple syrup and sprinkled with bacon. She also serves some simple savory eats such as hot dogs and hamburgers, for those who wish to stop by for meal before sinking teeth into one of her guaranteed-moist cupcakes, which come in regular and mini sizes.
The individual attention of personal training and the camaraderie of team workouts converge at The Edge, a 3,000-square-foot kettlebell gym inside Personally Fit’s workout studio. Here, certified personal trainers lead three types of functional fitness classes that use tools such as weighted sleds and suspension-training harnesses to increase strength, burn calories, and gear up for Santa’s annual reindeer tryouts. During the studio’s signature kettlebell classes, students sculpt limbs and cores using cast-iron weights shaped like small cannonballs. To help to prevent injuries and reap each motion’s benefits, a Russian Kettlebell–certified instructor stresses proper form throughout the workout. The earth’s gravitational pull powers TRX classes, which help up to 10 students to master body-weight exercises using suspension-training straps. Since each movement can be tailored to a variety of skill sets, these workouts suit the needs of new exercisers and seasoned athletes alike. Built around a circuit of cardio and strength stations, boot camps boost fitness levels with sandbags and battling ropes, not piggyback rides from Richard Simmons.