The colorful specks flying above Indian River Lagoon are not rainbows, they’re giant kites. Whereas in the past if you wanted something to pull you through water you had to have a boat or a willingness to touch any kind of dorsal fin, kiteboards take out the middleman by uniting a board, thin lines, and a long, billowing kite soaring high above to keep riders buoyant as they soak up sun. Endless Windz’s certified PASA kiteboarding instructors teach their students the ropes of these whimsical devices during private and group lessons. The staff doesn’t make students go straight to the water, however, instead offering introductory on-land instruction in a safe and easy to learn environment. Once students are confident enough to go out on their own, the staff can provide jetski assistants called "downwinders" for extended rides, or help them purchase the best Naish, F-One, or Ocean Rodeo kites and boards to suit their needs.
Bows, mounted game heads, and military memorabilia decorate the walls at Action Gun & Archery, but this instructional facility's archery equipment isn't just for show. Staff instructors teach one-on-one, hands-on lessons that cover the basics of hunting and target-shooting. Practice is held on the facility's 20-yard indoor archery and crossbow range, which offers a chance to shoot at real targets. On the other hand, customers can aim for digital targets—a Techno HUNT simulator lets users practice their bow technique on virtual, moving prey without the danger of touching a weird forest bug. Action Gun & Archery also houses a shop filled with Victory arrows and bows by brands such as Bowtech, Hoyt, and Mathews. Not all of the wares are pre-made and name-brand though: the shop's technicians craft custom arrows and bow-strings upon request, and also repair compound and traditional bows.
At Master Lowell's Mixed Martial Arts, experienced martial artists help clients increase flexibility, develop self-defense skills, and relieve stress through classes in disciplines such as MMA, Brazilian jujitsu, and muay thai kickboxing. In his earlier days, Master Jonathan Lowell competed internationally in martial-arts tournaments, winning medals in California and Florida state competitions and training in Japan and Israel. Today, he imparts the wisdom he has gained over the decades through his gym's varied curriculum.
Treasure Coast Surf's instructor Andres Arroyave has ridden waves in Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, and Puerto Rico. Given this depth of international surfing experience, he doesn't have too much trouble teaching technique to beginning and intermediate riders on the East Coast. His methods see that individuals learn to stand up on the board and ride independently, while never interfering with the enjoyment and relaxation they derive from the sport.
When the warm season arrives, the team at Epic Boardsports strives to get locals and visitors out and enjoying nearby tropical waterways such as Banana River lagoon. For the uninitiated as well as the experienced, knowledgeable guides lead stand-up paddleboard tours around the lagoon to share local lore and point out manatees, seabirds, and dolphins playing Jenga in their natural habitat. The team also gives paddleboard lessons at Banana River or on the ocean, and rents and sells top-flight Hawaiian Pro Designs surfboards for aquatic adventurers looking to go paddle-less. Kiteboards by brands such as the versatile Jimmy Lewis, designed to enhance every style of boarding, give wave athletes one more way to soar over the sea. Fostering a year-round passion for extreme board sports, the team can send skiers down powder-covered mountainsides in style with boards, boots, and accessories.
Students of all levels glide through Mi Salsa Caliente’s 800-square-foot studio space during energetic salsa classes led by enthusiastic instructors. In beginner sessions, fledgling hoofers grasp basic foot patterns such as the side rock, the back rock, and the weightless moon rock to the tune of infectious beats. Intermediate and advanced hip swayers build upon existing skills by adding more complicated steps, such as the Besito and the Siete Moderno, to their repertoires. Advancement to the next level requires salsa scholars to be able to confidently demonstrate their dancing skills and know the names and hand signals of each turn without stitching cheat sheets into the hems of their skirts.