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Best of Santa Cruz County 2018: Health & Recreation

The best health business, fitness instructors, gyms, yoga studios, surf spots and more

Surf School Santa Cruz won Best Surf School in our 2018 Reader's Poll.

 

Best Bike Shop

Bicycle Trip

  1. Best of Santa Cruz Best of Santa Cruz County 2018 bicyclesElectronic bike sales have more than doubled in the past year.
  2. They now account for 20 percent of total bike sale revenue at Bicycle Trip, says manager Mike Moore. E-bikes start at $1,400, with an average price of about $3,000.
  3. Bicycle Trip has four metal pipes that altogether can hang a total of 120 bicycles from the ceiling. Each rack comes down with the flip of a switch.
  4. The store launched the nonprofit Project Bike Tech in 2008 to teach repairs and maintenance to budding adolescent bicycle mechanics at local schools.
  5. Owners Aaron Jacobs, Rachael Jacobs and Berri Michel just purchased a bike shop in Capitola’s Brown Ranch Marketplace, which they’re renaming Bicycle Trip Capitola. They’re remodeling the store right now, and they plan to remodel the Soquel Avenue location next. JACOB PIERCE

 

Best Golf Course

DeLaveaga

  1. Best of Santa Cruz Best of Santa Cruz County 2018 DeLaveaga golfThe toughest hole on DeLaveaga’s 18-hole course is the notorious 10th hole, a 590-yard monster par-5 with little room for error on its narrow fairway.
  2. Rumor has it there’s a retired dentist from Aptos who teed off on the 10th one spring day in 2009 and is still trying to get to the green.
  3. The architect of DeLaveaga is course designer Bert Stamps, whose work also includes the Mesquite Golf Club in Palm Springs, the Las Vegas National Golf Club, the San Luis Obispo Country Club and several others.
  4. Yes, you can play golf at DeLa without clubs or balls. The course accommodates those who love disc golf with an adjacent 27-hole course for disc golfers. Plus, twice a week—Wednesdays and Sundays in the afternoon—the regular course’s front nine is opened up for disc golfers.
  5. The current head pro at DeLaveaga is Tim Loustalot, who played on the PGA tour throughout the 1990s. WALLACE BAINE

 

Best Surf School

Surf School Santa Cruz

  1. Owner/operator Bud Freitas has been surfing since he was 6 years old, growing up a quick dash from the surf breaks at Pleasure Point.
  2. Today, Freitas oversees a dozen instructors in teaching not only the fundamentals of surfing, but also the finer points of surf culture, from love of the ocean to behavior out in the line-up. “To us,” he says, “it’s all about respect for the ocean and respect for everyone in the water.”
  3. After operating at Pleasure Point for more than eight years, Surf School Santa Cruz has now opened a West Side branch, and is taking novice surfers out on the break at Cowell Beach.
  4. Freitas estimates that about 60 to 70 percent of his clientele are adults coming to surfing for the first time, and that it takes about six to 10 hours in the water for a newbie to feel comfortable on a surfboard.
  5. The surf school offers private lessons, which means that your lessons are either one-on-one with an instructor, or with a small group of your own choosing. WB

 

Best Yoga Studio

Luma Yoga

  1. Best of Santa Cruz Best of Santa Cruz County 2018 Luma YogaLuma Yoga has had more than 95,000 studio visits since opening in 2012.
  2. It offers childcare for parents taking classes.
  3. There are prenatal and postnatal classes for soon-to-be and new mothers.
  4. Besides yoga classes, the studio offers wellness services like acupuncture and massage.
  5. Luma hosts yoga teacher trainings specializing in toddler and teen yoga. GEORGIA JOHNSON

 


 

Acupuncture Clinic

Five Branches University

200 7th Ave., #115, Santa Cruz

476-8211, fivebranches.edu

RUNNERS-UP Communi-Qi Acupuncture, Dr. Maureen Rozenn

 

Bike Shop

Bicycle Trip  

1001 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz,

427-2580, bicycletrip.com

RUNNERS-UP Another Bike Shop, Epicenter, Family Cycling Center

 

Cannabis Dispensary

KindPeoples Collective

3600 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

140 Dubois St. Ste. C,

471-8562, kindpeoples.org

RUNNERS-UP CannaCruz, Santa Cruz Naturals

 

Chiropractor

Dr. Rhodes Walton  

317 Potrero St. C, Santa Cruz,

425-9500, santacruzcore.com

RUNNERS-UP Dr. Masi Bayless, Dr. Duncan McCollum

 

Crossfit Studio

Seabright Crossfit

1619 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz,

600-7867, seabrightcrossfit.com

RUNNERS-UP Crossfit West, Studio 831

 

Dentist

Karen L. Coslett, DDS

2901 Park Ave # C1, Soquel

476-6900, santacruzfamilydentistry.com

RUNNERS-UP Kevin Ippisch, DDS, A. Gavin McClure, DDS

 

Doctor (MD)

Steven Leib, MD

9500 Central Ave., Ben Lomond, 336-3200

RUNNERS-UP Rachel Abrams, MD, Kimberly Owens, MD

 

Doctor (ND)

Juli Mazi, ND

2840 Park Ave., Ste. A, Soquel, Santa Cruz,

731-5882, thrivenatmed.com/naturopathic-doctorjulimazi

RUNNERS-UP Tonya Fleck, ND; Aimée Gould Shunney, ND

 

Esthetician

Veronica Franco @ La Raux

2165 41st Ave., Capitola

477-7070, larauxsalon.com

RUNNERS-UP Cheladee Bianchini @ Cheladees Holistic Skincare Studio, Hazel Chadwick @ The Nook

 

Golf Course

DeLaveaga

401 Upper Park Road, Santa Cruz,

423-7214, delaveagagolf.com

RUNNERS-UP Pasatiempo, Seascape

 

Gym

Toadal Fitness

113 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, 423-3764

1200 17th Ave., #108, Santa Cruz, 464-3764

6200 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 475-5979

2929 Mission St. Extension, Santa Cruz, 466-3764

269 Mount Hermon Road, Scotts Valley, 430-9200

RUNNERS-UP In-Shape, Santa Cruz Core

 

Martial Arts

Sanford’s Martial Arts   

4626 Soquel Drive, Soquel,

475-9676, sanfordkarate.com

RUNNERS-UP Kaijin Mixed Martial Arts, Minorsan Self-Defense & Fitness

 

Massage Therapist

Cala Remick  

317 Potrero St., Suite C,Santa Cruz,

425-9500, santacruzcore.com

RUNNER-UP Jenny Call

 

Nutritionist

Jaimi Jansen @ Santa Cruz CORE Fitness

317 Potrero St. Suite C, Santa Cruz,

425-9500, santacruzcore.com/services/nutrition

RUNNERS-UP Jocelyn Dubin @ Nourish, Healthy Way

 

Orthodontist

Mark Joiner

1773 Dominican Way, Santa Cruz,

475-5500, joinerortho.com

RUNNERS-UP John A. Hedrick, North Coast Orthodontics

 

Outdoor Store

Outdoor World

1440 41st Ave., Capitola, 479-1501

136 River St., Santa Cruz, 423-9555

theoutdoorword.com

RUNNERS-UP Down Works, Patagonia

 

Personal Trainer

Beau Jansen @ Santa Cruz CORE Fitness

santacruzcore.com

RUNNERS-UP Jason Lenington @ Toadal Fitness, Carina Reid @ Toadal Fitness

 

Vitamin/Supplements

Way of Life

1220 41st Ave., Capitola,

464-4113, wayoflife.net

RUNNERS-UP New Leaf Community Markets, Santa Cruz CORE Fitness, Staff of Life

 

Pilates

Pleasure Point Pilates  

22602 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz,

477-9019, pleasurepointpilates.com

RUNNERS-UP Agile Monkey Pilates Studio, Body in Motion, BodyFit

 

Running Store

Fleet Feet

26 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos,

662-0886, fleetfeetaptos.com

RUNNER-UP Santa Cruz Running Company  

 

Sailing Charter

Chardonnay

790 Mariner Park Way, Dock FF, Santa Cruz, 423-1213, chardonnay.com

RUNNERS-UP O’Neill Yacht Charters, Pacific Sail

 

Skate Park

Derby Skate Park

508 Woodland Way, Santa Cruz

RUNNERS-UP Scotts Valley, Skypark

 

Skate Shop

Bill’s Wheels

1240 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz,

469-0904, billswheels.com

RUNNERS-UP Boardroom, Skateworks

 

Snowboard/Skiing

Helm of Sun Valley

1408 41st Ave., Santa Cruz,

462-6800, helmofsunvalley.com

RUNNERS-UP Outdoor World, Play It Again Sports

 

Spa (pampering)

Well Within Spa

417 Cedar St., Santa Cruz,

458-9355, wellwithinspa.com

RUNNERS-UP Caress Day Spa, Chaminade    

 

Spa (soaking)

Well Within Spa

417 Cedar St., Santa Cruz,

458-9355, wellwithinspa.com

RUNNER-UP Tea House Spa, Sage Float Spa

 

Sporting Goods

Play It Again Sports

4770 Soquel Drive, Soquel,

475-1988, playitagainsports-soquel.com

RUNNERS-UP Outdoor World, Santa Cruz Running Company

 

Stand-up Paddleboard

SUP Shack

2214 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz,

464-7467, supshacksantacruz.com

RUNNERS-UP Covewater, Kayak Connection

 

Surf School

Surf School Santa Cruz  

3548 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz

345 Swift St., Santa Cruz,

428-3647, surfschoolsantacruz.com

RUNNERS-UP Club Ed, Richard Schmidt

 

Surf Shop

O’Neill

Multiple Locations

RUNNERS-UP Arrow, Freeline

 

Surf Spot

Pleasure Point

RUNNERS-UP Hook, Steamer’s Lane

 

Swim School

Adventure Sports

303 Potrero St. #15, Santa Cruz,

458-3648, asudoit.com

RUNNERS-UP Seahorse Swim School, Simpkins Family Swim Center  

 

Therapist

Rasa Tavangar

555 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz

607-8607, holisticpsychotherapywithrasa.com

RUNNERS-UP Lena Axelsson, Emmanuel Denike

 

Yoga Instructor

Hannah Muse

hannahmuseyoga.com

RUNNERS-UP Maya Lev, Victor Dubin  

 

Yoga Studio

Luma Yoga

1010 Center St., Santa Cruz, 325-2620,

lumayoga.com

RUNNERS-UP DiviniTree Yoga, Pure Power Yoga, Santa Cruz Yoga

 


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1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Jaimi Jansen

    March 28, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Corrected info:

    NUTRITIONIST
    JAIMI JANSEN @ SANTA CRUZ CORE FITNESS
    317 Potrero St. Suite C
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    425-9500

    Thank you!

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