At Elite Muay Thai, a team of martial-arts instructors passes martial-arts wisdom to trainees in a range of daily classes. Day and nighttime classes include muay thai kickboxing, jiujitsu, mixed martial arts, and general fitness.
Pirate's Island and Pirate's Cove plunge putters deep into a thicket of thieving pirates, buried treasure, and stowaways tangled in rigging. Players select an appropriately sized putting club and a golf ball of any color, asserting individuality while creating polychromatic turf art. Putt through two 18-hole courses (one at the Daytona Beach Shores location), skirting shimmering waterfalls that conceal skeletons and spelunking convocations behind translucent veils. The golf course abuts a glorious gift shop, and snacks are available for additional gold.
Though its name may imply that the shop deals only in boards, Daytona Board Store covers all the ocean-taming essentials you might need. Bouyant watercraft of all sizes cover the space, including surfboards, paddleboards, and bodyboards. The staff also crafts their own boards in the shaping room in back.
And those are just the shop's specialties that don't involve getting wet. Surf camp gives kids a whole new perspective on their time in the ocean and surf teams for adults always lead to at least one participant lobbying for the team to be called the Sharks.
Plan B Cycling's velocipede virtuosos ready bi-wheeled roadsters for competitive racing and leisurely rides with professional tune-ups, earning them the 2008 title of "Best New Shop in North America" by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. Before lubing the chain and adjusting gears, brakes, and bearings, they'll commence the basic tune up by removing dirt from the body and obsolete Football Ballet League trading cards from the spokes. One of these staffers then perform a wheel truing to align wobbly wheels, refill the tires with air, and helm a safety check and test ride to ensure bikes are in tip-top shape. A superior tune-up builds upon the services in the basic tune-up, tacking on a wash and wax of the frame and wheels, as well as a thorough cleaning and greasing of the bottom bracket. They'll also check the bike chain and tire wear. Otherwise, the premium tune up involves a complete overhaul of the bike, commissioning bike gurus to disassemble the entire road warrior before degreasing and polishing all of the parts. New bar tape revivifies lackluster handlebars and new cables stream hours of entertainment from HBO. Premium customers also receive a free tune-up within six weeks of service.
The Golf Hub is helmed by teaching professional and owner Steve Roberts, a player who has championed a number of section PGA tournaments over his career. Roberts lends his time-earned expertise to golfers looking to improve through lessons or the outfit's offering of irons, apparel, and accessories by such brands as Nike and Titleist. During individual instruction, Roberts analyzes each player's personal swing profile with TrackMan technology, identifying issues in skills such as backswings and follow-throughs. The Golf Hub also punches up each ball's individuality by performing custom labeling onsite, emblazoning orbs with anything from personal photos to company logos to lost-cat flyers.
Florida Tennis Center's one-hour clinics acquaint beginner and novice racqueteers with tennis fundamentals in an instructive, competitive environment. Players are grouped by age and ability, so baseline apprentices can begin to master tennis's trying techniques among those equally versed in the art of yellow-orb smashing. Glide across one of the complex's 24 green-clay courts as the ball machine serves up shots to batter cross-court with a textbook low-to-high forehand, a firm-wristed volley, or a highly illegal—but still impressive—scissor-kick. The club provides free loaner racquets to those yet to wrangle their own set of strings and the final class consists of a one-hour supervised practice match where players can test their meddle against fellow classmates and berate imaginary line judges.
Norm White has more than 25 years of bicycle-industry experience under his spandex waistline, and puts his know-how to work at Daytona Bicycle Center, which he cofounded with his wife, Carla. The Whites outfit cyclists with an array of bikes for all riding styles and maintain the shop's inventory with comprehensive repair and maintenance services. Pedal-powered contraptions produced by Trek conquer roads, races, and mountain trails, and accommodate riders of all experience levels and ages. Before making a purchase, clients can take bikes for a spin to make sure that the saddle is comfortable, the gears change smoothly, and the wheels stay on. Each new bike comes with a free tune-up, and subsequent maintenance packages can be purchased for everything from basic adjustments and cleanings to complete disassembly. The shop also dispenses high-quality parts and biking apparel, such as shoes, gloves, and robotic legs that pedal for the biker.