SG Kiteboarding conducts lessons all up and down the Bay Area, seeking out excellent wind conditions to get boards gliding across the surf. They start beginners out in shallow water to get them comfortable on the board. Kiteboarders learn necessary skills during balance and technique lessons, which teaches everything from basic turns and transitions to meteorology knowledge and speed control. For kiteboarders who are ready to move beyond their home waters, the team also conducts trips to Costa Rica, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico to conquer a whole new set of waves.
Part café, part bar, part…bicycle shop? Mojo Bicycle Café might raise the eyebrows of pedestrians passing by, but critics can’t get enough of it. Gayot praises Mojo as a “popular haunt for hipsters and bicyclists” that sticks to largely local, organic, and fair trade ingredients. And Daily Candy points out that “the nice guys in charge…all care about city riders,” since they happily equip even amateur cyclists with quality bikes, accessories, and organic wool and cotton athletic wear. Customers seem to share reviewers’ sentiments, flocking to the orange row home in which Mojo Bicycle Café resides. In the café, sip Ritual or De La Paz Coffee, snack on a sandwich, or take a glass of beer or wine to a sidewalk table. Back in the shop, hand over wheels for tune-ups or repairs, or test out a new bicycle from Jamis, Breezer, or other acclaimed manufacturers.
Club One's clean, eco-friendly facilities furnish fitness fanatics with access to hundreds of weekly classes, as well as pools, saunas, and state-of-the-art cardio contraptions. Over the course of the week-long membership, the only limiting factor to how many workout sessions you attend, including spinning, kickboxing, aqua fit, Pilates, and 12 types of yoga, is the tendency of the human body to catch on fire from sustained friction. Schedules and fitness features vary by location.
With five locations throughout the Bay Area, including three in San Francisco, Fitness SF caters to the needs of fitness enthusiasts and casual exercisers from Marin to Oakland. Each center brims with muscle-toning and pulse-raising equipment, allowing visitors a wide choice of activities, from pumping free weights to using ellipticals equipped with personal viewing screens.
Although personal trainers are on hand to help refine technique and design individualized exercise regimens, the gyms' classes encourage guests to work out in a more communal setting. Yoga and Zumba appear on every class schedule, but instructors at each location incorporate their own additional sessions, such as cardio kickboxing, Bollywood dance, and Pilates mat.
Many of the locations stay open until as late as midnight on select weekdays, which leaves plenty of time for a post-workout cooldown in the locker rooms.
The interior of Hybrid Training SF is like an athlete's playground—two speed bags, four heavy bags, and uppercut bags hang from the ceiling, and the floor is packed with yoga balls, kettlebells, and an assortment of cardio equipment. This array of training tools comes in handy during the gym's classes, which range from muay thai and boxing, to jujitsu tailored for kids, men, and women. Classes are led by a team of experienced instructors with diverse backgrounds in Brazilian jujitsu, and amateur boxing.