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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


  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


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


Bike Shop

Bicycle Trip  

1001 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz,


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


Cannabis Dispensary

KindPeoples Collective

3600 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

140 Dubois St. Ste. C,


RUNNERS-UP CannaCruz, Santa Cruz Naturals



Dr. Rhodes Walton  

317 Potrero St. C, Santa Cruz,


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


Crossfit Studio

Seabright Crossfit

1619 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz,


RUNNERS-UP Crossfit West, Studio 831



Karen L. Coslett, DDS

2901 Park Ave # C1, Soquel


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,


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



Veronica Franco @ La Raux

2165 41st Ave., Capitola


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


Golf Course


401 Upper Park Road, Santa Cruz,


RUNNERS-UP Pasatiempo, Seascape



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,


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


Massage Therapist

Cala Remick  

317 Potrero St., Suite C,Santa Cruz,


RUNNER-UP Jenny Call



Jaimi Jansen @ Santa Cruz CORE Fitness

317 Potrero St. Suite C, Santa Cruz,


RUNNERS-UP Jocelyn Dubin @ Nourish, Healthy Way



Mark Joiner

1773 Dominican Way, Santa Cruz,


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

RUNNERS-UP Down Works, Patagonia


Personal Trainer

Beau Jansen @ Santa Cruz CORE Fitness

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



Way of Life

1220 41st Ave., Capitola,


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



Pleasure Point Pilates  

22602 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz,


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


Running Store

Fleet Feet

26 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos,


RUNNER-UP Santa Cruz Running Company  


Sailing Charter


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

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,


RUNNERS-UP Boardroom, Skateworks



Helm of Sun Valley

1408 41st Ave., Santa Cruz,


RUNNERS-UP Outdoor World, Play It Again Sports


Spa (pampering)

Well Within Spa

417 Cedar St., Santa Cruz,


RUNNERS-UP Caress Day Spa, Chaminade    


Spa (soaking)

Well Within Spa

417 Cedar St., Santa Cruz,


RUNNER-UP Tea House Spa, Sage Float Spa


Sporting Goods

Play It Again Sports

4770 Soquel Drive, Soquel,


RUNNERS-UP Outdoor World, Santa Cruz Running Company


Stand-up Paddleboard

SUP Shack

2214 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz,


RUNNERS-UP Covewater, Kayak Connection


Surf School

Surf School Santa Cruz  

3548 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz

345 Swift St., Santa Cruz,


RUNNERS-UP Club Ed, Richard Schmidt


Surf Shop


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,


RUNNERS-UP Seahorse Swim School, Simpkins Family Swim Center  



Rasa Tavangar

555 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz


RUNNERS-UP Lena Axelsson, Emmanuel Denike


Yoga Instructor

Hannah Muse

RUNNERS-UP Maya Lev, Victor Dubin  


Yoga Studio

Luma Yoga

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

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




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