Captain Doug loves catching striped bass. Sometimes, he even breaks out a fly-fishing rig to intensify the fight, a practice that would soon deplete the strength of lesser fishermen. But with more than a decade of learning the patterns of striped bass, Captain Doug knows how to find, hook, not get eaten by, and coach clients through landing one of these freshwater leviathans. Now part of the pro staff at Champion Boats, he takes parties out on his 24 Bay Champ boat, supplying anglers with all the equipment they need. Also an enthusiastic trout fisherman, Captain Doug can take anglers out on the Chattahoochee River, or all the way to the Rocky Mountains to catch trophy rainbow, cutthroat, and brown trout in the Snake River and the Green River. Especially memorable catches earn a place in the captain's heart, as well as in his photo album.
Competitive angler Rob Jordan pilots year-round adventures on Lake Lanier, a 38,000-acre haven for trophy-winning largemouth and magnum spotted bass. He and groups of passengers embark on guided trips aboard the brand new 250-horsepower 2014 Nitro Z-8 boat equipped with Lowrance HDS sonar that spots schools of fish in the depths and top-of-the-line Shimano tackle to pluck them out. The captain explains the craft's technology and helps his charges reel in squirmy swimmers the old-fashioned way as well ? stopping to measure, weigh, and photograph any of the frequently-caught trophy fish for a replica mount before returning them to the water. He also provides all rods and gear as well as a digital camera to document catches levitating from the pier.
Inside each Sky Zone location, a wall-to-wall half-pipe made entirely of trampolines gives children and adults a venue where they can safely hop, bounce, and somersault to their hearts' content. The vast, taut, springy flooring doesn't end at the walls, but instead the trampolines continue upward to form angles perfect for crawling up, springing off, or sliding down. Visitors can meander along the bounceable terrain in the open trampoline arena, throw themselves into giant foam pits, or sharpen their competitive edges in trampoline-assisted sports such as dodgeball. SkyRobics classes merge gravity-defying fun with fitness during instructor-led workouts that include calisthenics, core exercises, and strength-building aerobics to help guests shed calories without hurting their joints or taking a wrong turn on a treadmill.
Get Air brings the backyard-trampoline experience indoors?and then takes it to the next level. Individually sewn trampolines cover thousands of square feet on the main court, sitting flat or at an angle to the wall. Visitors have ample room to bounce through the air or fling themselves into foam pits, all while cameras record and replay spectacular landings on flat screens.
In addition to the open-jump areas, Get Air includes separate sections for trampoline dodgeball games and gravity-defying slam dunks on padded basketball hoops. Elsewhere, a slackline and a wobbly rope ladder challenge balance skills. Get Air even features a separate play area for small children, who safely bounce under the watchful eyes of their parents and NASA talent scouts.
Being a kid can be stressful. Between avoiding cooties, losing your teeth, and renaming all of your action figures, sometimes you just need to burn off some steam. That's where Kids Up comes in.
A sweet escape from childhood tribulations, this indoor kingdom of play is home to bounce inflatables and so much more. Foam-cushioned floors lead to a playhouse with three obstacle-ridden levels that challenge kids to solve fun puzzles before sliding back to the ground, where they'll find an interactive dance floor that lights up with each step. There's even fun to be had for kids 5 and under, who can safely play in a padded arena while their parents take advantage of the playground's free wireless Internet access.