From his comprehensive dive shop, NAUI-certified scuba instructor Michael Simpson leads basic and advanced scuba courses as well as excursions into the deep unknown around the San Diego area. With the help of Simpson and his staff, Poseidon's Divers also organizes scuba-diving and snorkeling excursions that explore local aquatic gems such as caves, La Jolla Cove, wrecks, and beaches where groups may encounter playful seals, wildlife, and meditating octopi. Michael also gives surf lessons and cleans up the beach with the 1302 Dive Frogs, the dive club at Poseidon's Divers.
Every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., the affable instructors at Pacific Surf School educate students with the healing benefits of yoga alongside the radical benefits of surfing. For the first hour, a series of specific yoga poses will help increase blood flow, improve breathing, and stretch surfing muscles to ensure nimble thumbs and pinkies are prepared for tubular signaling. After the banquet of stretching has ceased, the next two hours are devoted to beginner surf lessons. All equipment is provided, including the surfboard, Lycra wetsuit, quality instruction, and surfside lingo. The pre-meditated yoga session will perk up your surf skills by instilling feelings of focus, body-mind awareness, and the ability to attract suitors with a newly acquired phytoplankton glow.
In an increasingly digital age, the team at Pacific Beach Photography still believes that there is no substitute for prints and wall images. From documenting a family’s history to capturing a surfer catching their first wave, Pacific Beach Photography is there to help memorialize the moment. Photographers specialize in surfing pictures, baby photos, engagements, weddings, events, and lifestyle portraits, and they always bring a fresh perspective to each job in order to keep their work from going stale. Pacific Beach Photography happily hosts subjects in its natural-light studio, or staffers venture out to local beaches and destinations for vibrant, dynamic scenic shoots.
Carmen Ridenoure's family wasn't surprised when she decided to make photography her career—she'd been staging photo shoots since age 9, with the help of old wedding gowns, disposable cameras, and her sister. Since then she's earned two photography degrees, explored photojournalism, and opened Reaction Photography Studios. In all her work, she says on her website, her goal has remained the same: "to look at ordinary moments and capture them in an extraordinary way." Her portfolio overflows with intimate candid and playfully posed portraits of young couples and newlyweds as well as children, family, and pets. She often shoots on location, framing her subjects in the surrounding woodlands or even gritty industrial settings.
Kevin’s Bartending Services matches bonded and insured cocktail mixers with revelers at weddings, corporate events, and private parties. In addition to bartenders, the company outfits partiers with event coordinators, servers, and bussers who tend to guests. The staffers arrive 30–45 minutes before the events start and clean up afterward; hosts need only to provide the alcohol. Kevin’s Bartending Services has a California liquor license and two liability policies, making it a safer choice than buckling a seatbelt on a tire swing.
WaveHouse San Diego exhilarates guests with a nonstop beach party that spans four restaurants, various bars, wave machines, and a 400,000-gallon saltwater pool. Guests catch 10-foot waves in the FlowBarrel, which pumps 100,000 gallons of water per minute to simulate the powerful waves and inter-island motorways of Hawaii. After a session of backflips and wipeouts, surfers can fuel up on burgers and brews at the Bar & Grill before grooving out to a live show on the outdoor stage.