Over the course of its 22-year existence, Ocean Experience Surf School has helped somewhere in the neighborhood of over 15,000 students to safely discover and refine their passion for watersports. Students 6 or older hop atop surfboards, paddleboards, and kayaks for on-the-water practice under the care of experienced instructors during private lessons and group classes.
The local press and community showers the school's companion retail outlet with praise, which won both the Best Surf Shop and Best Skate Shop in CityBeat's 2010 Readers' Poll. In an effort to give back to the community, the organization runs an afterschool sports program offering surfing and skateboarding lessons to kids up to 18 years old and adults with a note from a certified kindergarten teacher.
Ugly Dog Events' 5K races prompt participants to do more than run. In their The Trackdown event, held in 26 cities throughout the country, race participants exercise their minds as well as their bodies as they follow clues to find and open a briefcase full of cash. Armed with their smartest phone and their logical prowess, teams must travel throughout their city on foot, public transportation, car, or mounted atop giant alligators that roam the sewers in order to win.
With ever-changing exhibits that explore the story of women in America, the Women's Museum of California hopes to inspire future generations about the women who came before them. Only one of five such museums in the United States, the museum's staff diligently curates its collection to preserve evidence of these women's experiences.
History: Mary Maschal, a lecturer on women's history, was an avid collector of related historical memorabilia?so avid, in fact, that her friends urged her to share this collection with the public. The original collection was displayed in her home, but moved to its current space in 1997, where it soon evolved into a legitimate women's history museum.
Permanent Mainstay: Every year, the museum hosts the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and honors all winners in a permanent exhibit.
Past Exhibits: Beautiful, Brilliant, and Brave: A Celebration of Black Women highlighted the contributions of local African-American women to their communities.
Pro Tip: Visitors who want to delve deeper into women's history can make an appointment to peruse the museum's archives, which include the collection of Nancy Reeves, an influential feminist author and lecturer and San Diego Women's Hall of Fame inductee.
Special Programs: The museum hosts regular speaking events, workshops, and film screenings related to women's history.
Experienced crews at H&M Landing, one of San Diego's oldest sport-fishing companies, and Pacific Seafari Tours have been leading whale-watching trips since 1953 and 1969, respectively. Vessels float past the California Gray Whale's offshore migration to warmer waters during the winter, while summertime voyages sidle up beside blue whales, some of which stretch up to 100 feet and weigh up to 190 tons. Trained naturalists explain various sights on each tour, such as the sea lions and dolphin that gambol in both national and international waters, depending on the status of their travel visas.
With its fleet of luxurious vessels, Fisherman’s Landing leads equally adventurous, and often awe-inspiring, expeditions throughout the year. Its family-friendly half-day fishing trips encourage anglers of all ages to try their hands at snagging seasonal targets.
As a pod of 12 gray whales epically crashed through the waves, their mighty fins left a trail of mist in their wake. This jaw-dropping natural display didn’t come from the pages of National Geographic, but was actually witnessed live by a group on a whale-watching trip off the San Diego coast in January 2013. Private charter trips, meanwhile, offer a bit more flexibility as they cruise highly populated fishing zones such as the Coronado Islands and the backyard ponds of local celebrities.
Californians realize their nautical dreams at six harbors along the coast, thanks to the skilled guidance and boat rentals of Marina Sailing. The company's instructors—who are certified by the American Sailing Association—have been teaching people how to safely navigate Pacific waters since 1962. Whether looking to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat, navigate the ocean by following celestial bodies and stalled spaceships, or just spend a few sunshine-filled hours on the water, fledgling sailors can find the proper training and equipment from Marina Sailing's crew. A fleet of more than 80 boats features convenient amenities such as marine barbecues, stereos, and hot showers.