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CycleBar Westgate West Hosts Benefit Cycle Ride to Help ‘Fragile Bone Disease’ Foundation on Oct. 7

CycleBar Westgate West will host Ride for Isla, a charity ride to benefit the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, on Oct. 7.

San Jose, CA, October 03, 2017 — CycleBar Westgate West will host Ride for Isla, a charity ride to benefit the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, on Oct. 7.

The 50-minute ride will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 7 at CycleBar Westgate West with CycleStar instructor Pegah Olfat.

Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a genetic bone disorder characterized by fragile bones that break easily. It is also known as “brittle bone disease.” The term literally means “bone that is imperfectly made from the beginning of life.” A person is born with this disorder and is affected throughout his or her lifetime.

Pegah is also the sponsor of the ride. Her best friend’s daughter Isla was diagnosed with Type V OI in July. There are eight types of OI and Type V is the rarest.

“Because there are fewer than 20,000 US cases per year, this disease is considered very rare,” said Olfat. “Please Ride for Isla and your donations will go to further research for Osteogensis Imperfecta!”

Register here to donate and book your bike:

Class Detail

Participants are asked to arrive by 11:45 a.m. Dessert treats will be provided by Just Bakecause following the ride.

CycleBar Westgate offers CycleGiving rides, which are a philanthropic movement where we partner with local organizations and charities to help them raise donations by creating exciting and energetic indoor cycling rides for companies, teams, groups, and families to help raise proceeds that benefit their cause. If you have interest in setting up a CycleGiving ride for your school, charity, or any non-profit close to your heart, please contact don.dasher@cyclebarwestgatewest.com.

About CycleBar Westgate West

Founded in 2017, CycleBar Westgate West is located in San Jose, California, and serves the greater Silicon Valley area. CycleBar delivers a premium indoor cycling experience via daily classes in its state-of-the-art CycleTheatre. CycleStar instructors lead workouts set to an invigorating mix of music and lights, helping riders reach their workout goals.

CycleBar Westgate West

5293 A Prospect Road

San Jose, CA 95129

http://westgatewest.cyclebar.com

westgatewest@cyclebar.com

(408) 579-7811

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://westgatewest.cyclebar.com

CycleBar to Open West San Jose Location Grand Opening Event Open to the Public

Event Will Be Thursday, June 15th Enjoy Nibbles, Wine and Tour the New Space

Premium Boutique Indoor Cycling Studio is Perfect for People Seeking Expert-led Specialized Fitness Training in a Fun, Motivating Environment

San Jose, CA, May 29, 2017 – CycleBar, an emerging concept in premium indoor cycling, is holding a Grand Opening and ribbon cutting at its newest Bay Area location on June 15th. CycleBar Westgate West is conveniently located in West San Jose just minutes from Campbell, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale — within easy reach of people who live and work in these communities.

Save the Date:

The Silicon Valley Organization will host an open house and grand opening ribbon-cutting event from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 15th.

Join CycleBar And…

Sip wine, savor small bites

Tour the facilities

Meet and talk to CycleStar instructors

Get a card for a free ride and win raffle prizes

Please RSVP to westgatewest@cyclebar.com

5293A Prospect Road, San Jose, CA

CycleBar has quickly made a name for itself in the fitness community with its unique approach to indoor cycling. Instructors conduct classes in a theater-like setting, complete with music, visuals and lighting that combine to deliver a motivational, multisensory, communal experience as class participants dig deep to meet their workout goals.

“As an avid cyclist, I know firsthand that indoor cycling is seen as a compromise when open-road cycling isn’t an option — but CycleBar is different,” said Don Dasher, owner of CycleBar Westgate West. “Training at CycleBar isn’t just a rainy-day replacement, it’s an immersive, entertaining cross training experience with instructors and classmates that make the workouts extremely rewarding.”

Save the Date:

* July 1-Aug. 31

At the heart of CycleBar is a passion for giving back to the community. CycleGiving is a philanthropic movement that partners with local organizations and charities to help them raise donations by creating exciting and energetic indoor cycling rides for companies, teams, groups, and families to help raise proceeds that benefit their cause.

CycleBar Westgate West invites community groups, non-profits and charities to host a CycleGiving ride for their group, starting July 1 and going through Aug. 31.

Groups need up to 50 riders to host a fundraising ride, or can share the room with another group with each group providing up to 25 riders. Charities can make more than $1,000 with one 50-person ride.

CycleBar will provide a CycleStar instructor and staff to facilitate the 50-minute charity ride — as well as access to the community room for a social gathering after the ride. As always, CycleBar will provide all guests with the royal CycleBar treatment, including amenities (shoes, towels, water bottles, fresh fruit, etc.).

For more information or to set up a ride for your group, email westgatewest@cyclebar.com.

CycleBar offers a variety of payment plans including pay per ride or monthly memberships and provides concierge amenities including free towels, shower facilities, lockers and shoes. Classes take place in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre, led by CycleStar instructors who motivate their class to reach performance goals. Each ride is added to the rider’s CycleStats, which measures and logs six key metrics to track the progress of their fitness journey. Each rider also receives the class playlist via CycleBeats

Riders 15 and above of any ability are welcome at CycleBar. For more information, visit http://westgatewest.cyclebar.com/ and follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/CycleBarWestgateWest/, Twitter twitter.com/CB_WestgateWest and Instagram www.instagram.com/cb_westgatewest/.

About CycleBar Westgate West

Founded in 2017, CycleBar Westgate West is located in San Jose, CA and serves the greater Silicon Valley area. CycleBar delivers a premium indoor cycling experience via daily classes in its state-of-the-art CycleTheatre. CycleStar instructors lead workouts set to an invigorating mix of music and lights, helping riders reach their workout goals. For more information, visit http://westgatewest.cyclebar.com.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://westgatewest.cyclebar.com/

Lisa Hazen and Don Dasher Open CycleBar Westgate

For much of Lisa Hazen’s life, she has been immersed in competitive swimming —she is, after all, a four-time All-American swimmer for Stanford University. Her husband Don Dasher is an avid outdoor bicyclist, but not obsessively so.

San Jose, CA, April 25, 2017 – For much of Lisa Hazen’s life, she has been immersed in competitive swimming —she is, after all, a four-time All-American swimmer for Stanford University. Her husband Don Dasher is an avid outdoor bicyclist, but not obsessively so.

So there’s probably a little bit of wonderment on their part that they are now proud owners of an indoor cycling business.

“I’ve been a competitive swimmer my whole life,” says Hazen, who is a partner with Dasher in the new indoor cycling center CycleBar Westgate West in San Jose. “I’ve suffered some injuries over the years and indoor cycling is low impact so it doesn’t hurt me. People often don’t want to go to the gym to work out because they see it as drudgery. But this is fun and it’s a great workout. What could be better than that?”

In fact, Hazen, who has become an avid indoor cyclist since purchasing the CycleBar franchise, says cycling has helped her get back into shape to allow her to swim more. That’s a win-win, no matter how you look at it.

Hazen said she and Dasher, who have both spent the bulk of their careers in the high-tech industry in the Silicon Valley, had been looking into franchise opportunities to augment their income and for long-term security.

Dasher said he took a “serious dive” into the world of franchises, even to the point of working with a franchise consultant.

The couple found that indoor cycling was a growing sport with a positive upside. CycleBar, an emerging concept in premium indoor cycling, seemed like the perfect fit for the couple.

And even though Dasher is an avid cyclist — outdoor, he emphasizes — he found that indoor cycling is a whole different sport.

“I didn’t think I’d like it, I had that purist mentality, I thought indoor cycling was something you only did during inclement weather,” says Dasher. “It’s a different sport and once you realize that, you realize it’s a great cross-training workout. Training at CycleBar isn’t just a rainy-day replacement, it’s an immersive, entertaining cross training experience with instructors and classmates that make the workouts extremely rewarding.”

When asked if taking on a franchise without any experience in that particular field might be a huge leap of faith, Dasher agreed.

“That’s the nature of starting a business of any type, you have to take a leap of faith,” he says. “It could be a Subway franchise, you never really know until you get there. You bring your own strengths and weaknesses to any business.”

Both Dasher and Hazen have spent their careers in high-tech. Hazen is still working in high-tech, while Dasher was the victim of downsizing, which spurred him on to look into franchising and more financial security.

Hazen’s career has included companies such as Oracle, Automated Power Exchange, Medical Accuracy Device Company and Labcyte, which she currently works for.

Born in Sacramento, Hazen graduated from Stanford in 1986 with a degree in public policy. She swam with the Cardinal swim team all four years, garnering All American honors each year.

She met Dasher while they were both doing physical therapy; she was there to rehab a swim injury. Later, they joined forces to participate in a team triathlon event, she swimming, he on bicycle.

Dasher was born and raised just outside Philadelphia and moved to California in 1990, where he also worked at Oracle and other high-tech companies before his layoff.

CycleBar, an emerging concept in premium indoor cycling, has quickly made a name for itself in the fitness community with its unique approach to indoor cycling. Instructors conduct classes in a theater-like setting, complete with music, visuals and lighting that combine to deliver a motivational, multisensory, communal experience as class participants dig deep to meet their workout goals.

CycleBar offers a variety of payment plans including pay per ride or monthly memberships and provides concierge amenities including free towels, shower facilities, lockers and shoes.

Classes take place in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre, led by CycleStar instructors who motivate their class to reach performance goals. Each ride is added to the rider’s CycleStats, which measures and logs six key metrics to track the progress of their fitness journey. Each rider also receives the class playlist via CycleBeats.

“We brand ourselves as a premier indoor cycling center,” says Dasher. “I describe it as a cross between a boutique fitness center and a high-end spa.”

CycleBar WestGate West, which is scheduled to open on May 4, will be conveniently located in West San Jose just minutes from Campbell, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale — within easy reach of people who live and work in these communities.

Dasher says the success of the franchise will depend on getting the word out to those communities.

“It’s a matter of getting out in the community and making people aware we are here,” says Dasher. “We’ll take a conservative approach and let demand drive growth. Eventually we’d like to open in Mountain View and Santa Clara. That’s the plan.”

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.westgatewest.cyclebar.com

CycleBar to Open West San Jose Location in Spring 2017

Premium Boutique Indoor Cycling Studio is Perfect for People Seeking Expert-led Specialized Fitness Training in a Fun, Motivating Environment

San Jose, CA, April 6, 2017 – CycleBar, an emerging concept in premium indoor cycling, is set to open its newest Bay Area location on May 4. CycleBar Westgate West will be conveniently located in West San Jose just minutes from Campbell, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale — within easy reach of people who live and work in these communities.

CycleBar has quickly made a name for itself in the fitness community with its unique approach to indoor cycling. Instructors conduct classes in a theater-like setting, complete with music, visuals and lighting that combine to deliver a motivational, multisensory, communal experience as class participants dig deep to meet their workout goals.

“As an avid cyclist, I know firsthand that indoor cycling is seen as a compromise when open-road cycling isn’t an option — but CycleBar is different,” said Don Dasher, owner of CycleBar Westgate West. “Training at CycleBar isn’t just a rainy-day replacement, it’s an immersive, entertaining cross training experience with instructors and classmates that make the workouts extremely rewarding.”

CycleBar Westgate West will host a number of upcoming events to celebrate its grand opening as well as opportunities for local charities to raise funds for their organizations.

They include:

* April 20 — Not Open To The Public Media Opportunity Only

CycleBar Westgate West hosts a special “Peek A Boo” event so folks can get a sneak peek at the new CycleBar venue. People can walk through the venue, check out the equipment and facilities, enjoy wine and passed appetizers, listen to tunes from a DJ and meet CycleStar instructors. The event is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at 5293 A Prospect Road, San Jose.

Events Open To the Public

* April 24-May 3

CycleBar Westgate West is offering free private group rides from April 24-May 3 to celebrate its grand opening on May 4. Free group rides will be offered morning, afternoon or evening. Please schedule your group ride in advance by emailing westgatewest@cyclebar.com and you will be sent a link to send to your group to sign up for a free ride. Find out in person how you can rock your ride!

* May 4-14

Grand Opening CycleBlast! Open to the public for normal operations, all classes are free during this period. Visit http://westgatewest.cyclebar.com/ for more information and to enroll in a class, or just drop in! 5293A Prospect Road, San Jose.

* June 27th

Save the date for our Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce open house and ribbon cutting June 27th 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.. Details to come soon!

* July 1-Aug. 31

At the heart of CycleBar is a passion for giving back to the community. CycleGiving is a philanthropic movement that partners with local organizations and charities to help them raise donations by creating exciting and energetic indoor cycling rides for companies, teams, groups, and families to help raise proceeds that benefit their cause.

CycleBar Westgate West invites community groups, non-profits and charities to host a CycleGiving ride for their group, starting July 1 and going through Aug. 31.

Groups need up to 50 riders to host a fundraising ride, or can share the room with another group with each group providing up to 25 riders. Charities can make more than $1,000 with one 50-person ride.

CycleBar will provide a CycleStar instructor and staff to facilitate the 50-minute charity ride — as well as access to the community room for a social gathering after the ride. As always, CycleBar will provide all guests with the royal CycleBar treatment, including amenities (shoes, towels, water bottles, fresh fruit, etc.).

For more information or to set up a ride for your group, email westgatewest@cyclebar.com.

CycleBar offers a variety of payment plans including pay per ride or monthly memberships and provides concierge amenities including free towels, shower facilities, lockers and shoes. Classes take place in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre, led by CycleStar instructors who motivate their class to reach performance goals. Each ride is added to the rider’s CycleStats, which measures and logs six key metrics to track the progress of their fitness journey. Each rider also receives the class playlist via CycleBeats

Riders 15 and above of any ability are welcome at CycleBar. For more information, visit http://westgatewest.cyclebar.com/ and follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/CycleBarWestgateWest/, Twitter twitter.com/CB_WestgateWest and Instagram www.instagram.com/cb_westgatewest/.

About CycleBar Westgate West

Founded in 2017, CycleBar Westgate West is located in San Jose, CA and serves the greater Silicon Valley area. CycleBar delivers a premium indoor cycling experience via daily classes in its state-of-the-art CycleTheatre. CycleStar instructors lead workouts set to an invigorating mix of music and lights, helping riders reach their workout goals. For more information, visit http://westgatewest.cyclebar.com.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://westgatewest.cyclebar.com

Carmel Entrepreneur to Open CycleBar Indoor Premium Cycling Studio Franchise in Carmel Rancho Shopping Center

CycleBar is the First Premium and Only Indoor Cycling Franchise in America

Carmel, CA, March 30, 2017 — Successful Carmel entrepreneur Heather Sommers is set to open an indoor cycling studio CycleBar, a new concept in premium indoor cycling that offers a high-energy workout in a concert-like atmosphere, on Carmel Rancho Boulevard in Carmel.

Sommers worked for 25 years in the beauty industry as a self-employed hairdresser, mentor and teacher.

Sommers has also been involved in a number of charities, including Sophisticates of ATSC (Assessment and Treatment Services Center), to support children and families in need of counseling services, Red Rhino Orphanage in Kenya, Africa, that houses 25 children and our local Kinship Center of Monterey County that places children from Monterey County in foster and permanent adoptive homes.

Through CycleBar’s CycleGiving®, a philanthropic movement which partners with local organizations and charities, Sommers hopes to create exciting and energetic indoor cycling rides for charitable causes with corporations, private groups, and families to help raise proceeds that benefit their cause.

This not only allows her to give back to the community, but promotes overall health and wellness with a one-of-a-kind fitness and communal experience.

CycleBar Carmel Rancho, which offers a pay-per-class packages and unlimited monthly ride model, with no membership necessary, will open on May 15 at 26135 Carmel Rancho Boulevard A-3.

CycleBar also offers concierge service and amenities, including complimentary towels, showers, lockers, and cycling shoes.

The dynamic classes take place in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre and are led by CycleStar instructors who take participants through a 50-minute high-energy ride fueled by pumping playlists by CycleBeats and CycleStats to drive performance for the riders.

The CycleTheatre features tiers for 48 bikes plus LED lighting, wide-screen graphics and state-of-the-art audio with a DJ booth.

Riders can also track performance data via CycleStats and can download music used in the class session. After class, riders cool down with fresh fruit and enhanced water, while aromatherapy helps guests relax throughout the facility.

CycleBar Carmel Rancho will host a number of upcoming events to celebrate its opening as well as opportunities for local charities to raise funds for their organizations.

They include:

* May 10

CycleBar Carmel Rancho hosts a special “Peek A Boo” event so folks can get a sneak peek at the new CycleBar venue. People can walk through the venue, check out the equipment and facilities, enjoy wine and passed appetizers, listen to tunes from a DJ and meet CycleStar instructors. The event is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at 26135 Carmel Rancho Boulevard A-3. Please RSVP to Marci Bracco at (831) 747-7455 or at marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com.

* May 15-24

CycleBar Carmel Rancho is offering free private rides from May 15-24 to celebrate its opening. Free rides will be offered morning, afternoon or evening. Please RSVP to Heather Sommers at heather.sommers@cyclebarcarmelrancho.com and you will be sent a link to sign up for a free ride. Find out in person how you can rock your ride!

May 25-June 5

Cyclebar Carmel Rancho will be offering free community Cyclebar Rides from May 25-June 5. Rides will be offered morning, afternoon and evening. Please go to Carmelrancho.cyclebar.com to sign-up for your free ride starting May 15.

* June 7

The Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the Carmel Chamber will host a joint open house and grand opening ribbon-cutting event from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7. Sip wine, savor small bites and enjoy music from a DJ while you tour the facilities, meet and talk to CycleStars AKA: Instructors, get a card for a free ride and win raffle prizes.

* June 6 and forward

At the heart of CycleBar is a passion for giving back to the community. CycleGiving is a philanthropic movement that partners with local organizations and charities to help them raise donations by creating exciting and energetic indoor cycling rides for companies, teams, groups, and families to help raise proceeds that benefit their cause.

CycleBar Carmel Rancho invites community groups, non-profits and charities to host a CycleGiving ride for their group, starting June 5.

Groups need 48 riders to host a fundraising ride, or can share the room with another group with each group providing 24 riders. Charities can make more than $1,000 with one 48-person ride.

CycleBar will provide a CycleStar instructor and staff to facilitate the 50-minute charity ride — as well as access to the community room for a social gathering after the ride. As always, CycleBar will provide all guests with the royal CycleBar treatment, including amenities (shoes, towels, water bottles, fresh fruit, etc.). With any CycleGiving Ride there is no upfront cost to the charity.

June 6 and forward

Cyclebar is passionate about creating connections within the community and also knows how important it is to create Team Experiences in the work-place as well. Cyclebar offers corporate and small businesses another opportunity for team building for its employees.

Cyclebar Carmel Rancho invites local businesses to host their next team building experience at Cyclebar.

CycleBar will provide a CycleStar instructor and staff to facilitate the 50-minute charity ride — as well as access to the community room for a social gathering after the ride. As always, CycleBar will provide all guests with the royal CycleBar treatment, including amenities (shoes, towels, water bottles, fresh fruit, etc.).

For more information or to set up a ride for your group, contact Heather Sommers at

heather.sommers@cyclebarcarmelrancho.com.

About Heather Sommers

Heather Sommers, owner of Heather Sommers, LLC, DBA CycleBar Carmel Rancho, has a strong background as a successful entrepreneur and successful corporate leader.

For 25 years, Heather worked in the beauty industry, where she has successfully developed and maintained a profitable clientele as a self-employed hairdresser. During her last five years in the industry, Heather’s continued growth afforded her the opportunity to employ a full-time assistant, thus allowing her to expand her personal business and income. This gave her another opportunity to teach and mentor another stylist in her field daily.

Her commitment to excellence and education propelled her into teaching roles as a color and haircutting educator/specialist. With her passion for education, it allowed her to join successful companies such as Toni & Guy International and Paul Mitchell Systems, where Heather was fortunate to create and implement curriculums for both companies. Her skills also led her into management opportunities in these companies.

During her employment, Heather was also involved in multiple charities. She was a member of the Sophisticates in Newport Beach that raised money for an Orange County Charity ATSC, to support children and families in need of counseling services. As a strong believer of service/charitable work, Heather also supports an orphanage in Kenya, Africa, Red Rhino Orphanage, which houses 25 children. Heather travels annually to Kenya to visit the children.

Heather is married to Richard Sambado, who is owner of Primavera Marketing Co. in Linden, California, a specialty marketer of cherries, apples and walnuts.

Heather and her husband purchased a home in Carmel 3 ½ years ago and quickly connected with a local charity, The Kinship Center of Monterey County, where she has been a White Party Committee Member for the past 3 years.

Heather lives in Carmel Valley full time with her husband, two kitties and three dogs that are the loves of her life!

CycleBar Carmel Rancho:

Address: 26135 Carmel Rancho Boulevard A-3, Carmel, Ca. 93923

Phone: 209.598.2800

Email: Heather.sommers@cyclebarcarmelrancho.com

Website: Carmelrancho.cyclebar.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/cyclebarCarmelrancho

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.carmelrancho.cyclebar.com/

Popular Fisherman’s Wharf fishing and whale watching outfit, Randy’s Fishing Trips & Whale Watching, sold and will become two outfits to be operated as separate fishing and whale watching enterprises

One of Old Fisherman’s Wharf’s venerable institutions, Randy’s Fishing Trips & Whale Watching, has been purchased and divided into two new outfits, Discovery Whale Watch and J & M Sport Fishing.

Monterey, CA, March 30, 2017 — One of Old Fisherman’s Wharf’s venerable institutions, Randy’s Fishing Trips & Whale Watching, has been purchased and divided into two new outfits, Discovery Whale Watch and J & M Sport Fishing.

The two companies, one focusing on whale watching, the other on sport fishing, will officially open on April 1, with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony set for May 9th at 5:00 p.m.

Randy’s Fishing Trips & Whale Watching, which has been operating on the wharf since 1949 and since 1981 by Peter Bruno, was one of Monterey Bay’s top whale watching and sport fishing outfits, with two boats operating, the 61-foot Chubasco and the 53-foot Sur Randy our primary boat.

Discovery Whale Watch offers daily 3-4-hour whale watch trips narrated by a marine biologist/naturalist as well as ash scattering trips, private charters and other outings. Their mission statement is: “We strive to provide our passengers with an inspiring, educational experience on Monterey Bay.”

Trips are weather permitting and travel to different locations within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to view whales and dolphins and other wildlife throughout the year.

J & M Sport Fishing specializes in sport fishing trips for a variety of species, including salmon (in season), rock cod, ling cod, Dungeness crab, sand dabs, squid, mackerel, halibut and albacore.

The new owners of the two outfits are John Mayer and Mathew Arcoleo. They are currently updating the Chubasco to make it more comfortable and accommodating as a whale-watching vessel and making Sur Randy a fishing-only boat. They plan on adding a third boat to the fleet, which should be ready in time for the April opening.

About John Mayer

John Mayer was practically destined to become an owner of Randy’s Fishing Trips & Whale Watching.

At age 14 he got his first job washing boats at Randy’s Fishing. Within a couple of weeks he became a deckhand and by the time he was 18, he had logged enough hours on the ocean to apply for a captain’s license. And he got it.

He continued to crew on Randy’s boats as well as fill in as skipper when needed. He spent almost a dozen years working at the Fisherman’s Wharf institution.

In his late-20s, John decided to join Monterey Bay Whale Watch, where he ended up spending seven years and logged 3,000 trips out into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

“I adapted quite well,” he says of the transition from mostly fishing trips to whale watching. “Whale watching was just as interesting to me, if not more. What really gets me going is I really like to try and figure out what’s going on in the ocean. All the little things out there and how it all fits together.”

Born in Santa Cruz, but raised in Pacific Grove, John, now 36, has always had a deep and abiding interest in the ocean. So being a partner in both a fishing and whale-watching enterprise is a dream come true.

“It’s something I’ve been dreaming about since I was a deckhand with Randy’s Fishing,” he says. “I’ve always admired and respected the people doing this. But this is an expensive business to get into and I said I would only do it if the right person came along. And in Mathew, I couldn’t ask for a better partner.”

John actually met Mathew through Mathew’s daughter, who was an intern with Monterey Bay Whale Watch. When Mathew came to Monterey with his daughter, the two men got to talking and found out they had similar visions.

The result was Discovery Whale Watching and J&M Sport Fishing (J&M taken from their first names, of course), in which they are 50/50 partners.

“We want to educate people and provide a great experience for them,” he says. “We want to tell the story about the ocean, its animals and its environment. And we’re putting together an all-star cast to do that.”

About Mathew Arcoleo

Mathew Arcoleo has spent almost 30 years in the high-tech industry in the Bay Area, but his roots are in Monterey and especially on Fisherman’s Wharf. You could say it’s in his blood.

Mathew’s great-grandfather was the first person to start a sport fishing enterprise on Fisherman’s Wharf and his grandfather and father both owned Frank’s Fishing Trips on the Wharf.

Not only that, young Mathew was affectionally known as a “wharf rat,” hanging out in his dad’s shop and working as a deckhand on his boats as a teen-ager before he left for college.

Born and raised in Monterey, Mathew attended Monterey schools as well as Monterey Peninsula College before he left to attend San Jose State, where he got a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He also got his MBA at Santa Clara University and was well on his way to a thriving career in the semi-conductor industry.

But he also knew that he would be drawn back to Monterey some day.

“It’s something I’d always thought I’d do one day,” he says about his return to Monterey and a business partnership on the Wharf with John Mayer, a fellow “wharf rat.” “I always thought of Monterey as my home. I even have a boat that I take out fishing or whale watching with my daughter, sons and friends.”

And to solidify the Monterey connections even more, John Mayer was captaining the boat for Monterey Bay Whale Watching when Mathew scattered his dad’s ashes at sea; one of the principals of MBWW, Richard Ternullo was a cousin of his; and his daughter, Brooke, worked as a summer intern on one of MBWW’s boats, which also happened to be captained by John Mayer.

It was on one of these excursions that Mathew and John started talking about their own venture on the Wharf.

With Randy’s for sale, Mathew and John thought it was their chance to fulfill that shared vision, but only if they could do it the right way, and that was with two separate outfits and another boat added to the fleet.

“We believe in having two companies, each one focusing on its core,” says Mathew, who currently lives in Campbell, California. He has a wife, Carrie, an elementary school teacher, daughter and two sons. Mathew hopes to return to Monterey one day. “Discovery Whale Watching is for whale watching. The boats used will be clean and set up for that. J&M Sport Fishing is all about fishing.”

Discovery Whale Watch

J & M Sport Fishing

66 Fisherman’s Wharf

Monterey, CA, 93940

(800) 251-7440

(831) 372-7440

info@discoverywhalewatch.com

www.discoverywhalewatch.com

www.jmsportfishing.com

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.jmsportfishing.com

Funky Bots Launches Atomic Bands for Smart Bluetooth Body Motion Gaming

Los Angeles, CA, 2017-Mar-23 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — Funky Bots announces the launch of Atomic Bands on IndieGoGo. Atomic Bands are smart bluetooth gaming and the first wearables for gesture based gameplay. They feature advanced bluetooth motion tracking, single or multi player options. No camera or remote control needed and most of all these bands teach players real skills. Features include: gesture recognition, haptics for advanced rhythm training and a rad wireless oracle charging station. Play augmented reality games and make fitness fun.

DETAILS:
Atomic Bands are a pair of wearables, worn on the wrists or ankles, that aim to accurately approximate full skeletal body tracking. They have haptic feedback, OLED displays and LED lighting to give a variety of feedback points as part of dance, martial arts and fitness focused gameplay. These smart bluetooth gaming devices offer new options for Augmented Reality gaming. No camera, console or remote control needed. Single or multiplayer options. Make fitness FUN!

Atomic Bands were chosen as one of the Top New Gadgets of CES 2017 (CNET, BBC Science, 2one5 and NewsHacker). “The perfect product for the fitness junkie, the gamer, and everyone in between was being showcased at CES this year. Funky Bots Atomic Bands are super-hero inspired and here to make all of your dreams a reality, seriously. The Atomic Bands are a new device for body motion gaming and are the first of their kind offering single and multiplayer options. You can learn those sick dance moves that have always been on your bucket list or create things in an AR 3D world with the simplest gestures with advanced real-time motion tracking and pattern recognition.” – 2one5, Best of CES

Atomic Bands add a whole new dimension to body motion gaming. Now gamers can play anywhere and don’t have to stand in range of a camera. Players can move anywhere and still be in the game. Moreover, the devices are connected to an entire Funky Bots app platform where players learn real movement skills: how to toprock, salsa or practice monkey kung fu. Seamus Byrne of CNET wrote, “Don’t dismiss these bands as just another gaming peripheral. Atomic Bands want to become the Duolingo of dance and martial arts education.”

Funky Bots currently is developing innovative gesture based games to be available with Atomic Bands. They created three apps that were chosen by Apple as Best New App as well as the first motion sensor apps for Taichi and street dance. They were also winners of the Alcatel Innovation Challenge (Paris) and part of the Technogym Wellness Accelerator (Venice).

ALL these games for Atomic Bands will be FREE to download on iOS and Android platforms. This means after players have Atomic Bands, they no longer have to pay for games (which normally runs between $20-40 EACH! for Kinect or Xbox… ) Funky Bots is also releasing an SDK so developers can also create games for the Atomic Bands as well. The devices are on pre-order at IndieGogo and scheduled to ship in October with titles such as KAPOW (fighting robots Rockem Sockem style), House Dance with Jardy (Youtube king of house dance), Sonic Utopia (where players can make music and bend air with gesture), Monkey Kung Fu, Gym Rat, and more…

Atomic Bands feature an innovative Yin Yang design where the two sides come together like a Temple of Doom inspired magic oracle, so charging the device is fun, not an eyesore with cords hanging everywhere. The oracle base station uses innovative wireless charging to power up the devices. The LEDs lights and OLED screens make it as fun as pinball on your wrists. Advanced piezo haptics with 2 different microhammers for musical rhythm training means players can feel both the BASS and the HIGH HAT beats. Boom KLAK, Boom Boom KLAK. The devices also have advanced pattern matching and gesture recognition, which approximates skeletal tracking of body movements without the use of a camera or infrared technology.

FEATURES
These rad new gaming bands not only teach players real skillz through body motion gaming, but also allow players to create new AR worlds in 3d. Gestures can make music, bend air and build whole cities.

  • Bluetooth single or multi-player options
  • Real time motion tracking without field of view restrictions
  • Advanced pattern matching technology
  • 9-axis sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope
  • NFC communication
  • Piezo haptics for rhythm training
  • Wireless Yin Yang oracle charging station
  • OLED screen & RGB LED lights
  • Onboard audio + Speaker
  • Upgradable Firmware and audio over the air
  • Syncing 50-100 ft range unobstructed
  • iOS and Android compatible
  • Apps for street dance (popping, house dance, breakdance, locking), martial arts, fitness training for correct form analysis, free weights and kettle bells, augmented reality game play, creative play where gestures create soundscapes and 3d environments.
  • 2-3 hours battery life for constant use
  • Straps for wrist and ankles

Tech in Asia praised the innovation of Atomic Bands, “These haptic motion trackers literally show you how to groove. These weird wearables can teach you dance or kung fu.”

The Indiegogo crowdfunding site offeres complete details, full specifications and full list of pledges available starting at $159 for earlybird backers with shipping expected to take place during October 2017.

About Funky Bots
Based in Los Angeles (US), Antwerp (BE) and Prague (CZ), Funky Bots was founded in 2014 by Rosa Mei. The Funky Bots team is made up of professional performing artists and athletes, movement junkies who want to teach the world to dance, groove and create music and new 3d worlds with gesture. The company has created three apps which have been featured by Apple as Best New App (7 Minute Chi, Funky Bots and BoomKLAKers) as well as the first motion sensor apps for tai chi and street dance. Funky Bots was the winner of two accelerator programs, The Alcatel Innovation Challange (Paris, FR) and The Technogym Wellness Accelerator (Venice, IT). As the only startup in the Augmented Reality Gaming section of CES 2017, Funky Bots beat the odds, with their Atomic Bands making four Best of CES Lists (CNET, BBC Science, etc). The Funky Bots team consists of top international gesture recognition and gaming experts as well as world champion dancers and athletes.

Contact-Details: FUNKY BOTS
3332 Manor Ridge Dr
Raleigh, NC 27603
t: 240-273-5766
e: info@funkybots.com
w: www.atomicbands.com

Self Defense Instructor Certification Course

SAFE International™ Self Defense

Toronto, ON, Canada, February 22, 2017 – SAFE International™ proudly offers a self-defense certification course for those interested in serving their community or workplace as a self-defense instructor.

Led by CEO and founder Christopher Roberts and Founder of Senshido International Richard Dimitri, this mobile self-defense instruction company has more than 25 years of self-protection coaching and training for ages 12 to 82. They have established SAFE International™ as Canada’s leader in the self-defense industry and are expanding their reputation across the border to the United States, Australia and Finland.

Since 1994, SAFE International™ has taught more than a quarter million people, reaching more students at schools, business associates and corporations every year. With a message that can save lives, SAFE International™ wants to spread these valuable lessons by certifying future instructors to join the cause. In a matter of five hours, instructors can equip a group of individuals in the fundamentals of self-defense, protecting themselves and those around them.

As an instructor, physical combative skills are taught that are based on human physiology and anatomy, not martial arts. Our teaching model is founded on the premise that when facing a real-life threat, one must act spontaneously. Instructors also teach their trainees the necessity of remaining mentally alert and exhibit situational awareness, no matter the setting. To ensure this, our training involves simulations of potential real-life scenarios to embed and establish the right attitude of response as second nature in our clients. Our SAFE International™ clients leave with a well-rounded education, possessing both the needed theoretical and the hands-on understanding, thanks to our knowledgeable trainers.

The SAFE International™ certification course is holistic and comprehensive, covering the basics of personal protection, as well as taking into consideration the legal, ethical, moral and psychological applications. This self-defense certification is applicable to all demographics, encompassing law enforcement personnel to middle school students to corporate businesspersons. Training modules cover actual real-life experiences, not only making the training applicable, but also memorable.

At SAFE International™, our curriculum is based on thousands of hours of experience, training and decades of research into criminology, behavioral psychology and violence and confrontation physiology. Those who were once deemed as vulnerable and weak are now equipped with the knowledge to deescalate scenarios and react to confrontation. Our trainers must have the leadership skill set to provide diverse and customized training courses to effectively reach each group of trainees.

SAFE International™ has put together several teaching modules, varying in levels of specific certification in order to give our instructors options and maintain affordability. Whether one is a novice or are experienced, the first module, SAFE International’s Core Curriculum, extensively covers the core fundamentals of the SAFE International™ self defense program, building a foundation for future certifications. In fact, the SAFE Core curriculum certification material is revised and updated every year – a consistent practice for the past 23 years – in an effort to maintain up-to-date information so as to corroborate with current reports of civilian violence.

Upon graduation, instructors will receive their official SAFE International™ certification, as well as marketing tools such as official SAFE International™ badges and banners. Our goal is to prepare our instructors scattered abroad so they have all the tools necessary to teach clients effectively.

SAFE International™ believes that self-defense is not a luxury – it should be ready information that anyone can acquire. In a world that has potential danger lurking around every corner, SAFE International™ is committed to training mothers, fathers, sisters, siblings and children, so they can all return safely home at the end of the day. At SAFE International™ our loyalty is first and foremost to our clients as they further impact their students, friends, families and communities. If this message resonates with you, come join our self-defense instructor course today to see firsthand the impact you can have on your community. www.safeinternational.biz

http://www.safeinternational.biz/self-defense-instructor-certification.html

Contact:

Chris Roberts

SAFE International™

15535 Cooper Rd.

Lunenburg, ON

Canada K0C 1R0

1 800 465-5972

http://www.safeinternational.biz

Safe International offers First Nations Train the Trainer Self-Defense Classes for Aboriginal Protection

SAFE International™, a mobile self-defense business with certified partners in Canada, the US, and Australia, has developed a Self-Defense “Train the Trainer” program for First Nations to equip their communities with the training, knowledge, and information to protect themselves from violent victimization.

Lunenburg, ON, April 15, 2016 – SAFE International™, a mobile self-defense business with certified partners in Canada, the US, and Australia, has developed a Self-Defense “Train the Trainer” program for First Nations to equip their communities with the training, knowledge, and information to protect themselves from violent victimization. Since Aboriginal people are unfortunately twice as likely to experience assault, sexual assault, or robbery in their lifetime, SAFE International™ created a specific self defense certification that can be learned and implemented in the community to help people feel safer.

“Aboriginal people are almost twice as likely to be the victim of spousal violence as non-Aboriginals,” said Christopher Roberts, Founder and Instructor at SAFE International™. “Even worse, the homicide rate for an Aboriginal individual was almost seven-times higher than that of non-Aboriginals. At SAFE International™, it’s our goal to curb these alarming statistics and equip the community leaders with the training they need to protect their youth, teens, and adults.

The First Nations Self-Defense Classes are not Martial Arts programs, nor are they designed with complex techniques that take months to perfect. The self defense training focuses on the awareness and avoidance component of unexpected assault rather than just the physical part of self-defense. The ultimate goal is to train the Aboriginal people in identifying, avoiding, and removing themselves from situations that could turn violent.

“We know these are a serious and life-threatening situations we’re training people through,” said Roberts. “What’s so different about our courses is that we take a humor-based approach to sift through the honest and chilling information. We want our attendees to remember everything they were taught, and we believe the best way to do that is to make the entire course informational and fun at the same time.”

SAFE International intends to change the alarming statistics and ensure all Aboriginal people are free from harm. Our self defense “Train the Trainer” courses are currently available for communities in Canada and the United States.

For more information, or to signup today, visit: http://www.safeinternational.biz/classes/first-nations-self-defense.html

Contact:
Chris Roberts
SAFE International™
15535 Cooper Rd.
Lunenburg, ON
Canada K0C 1R0
1 800 465-5972
info@safeinternational.biz
http://www.safeinternational.biz

Safe International™ offers a Self-Defense Certification Designed for Communities

SAFE International™, a mobile self-defense business with certified partners in Canada, the US, and Australia, is offering a Self-Defense Certification for all interested individuals looking to not only improve their safety, but also bring the self-protection process to their communities.

Lunenburg, ON, April 10, 2016 – SAFE International™, a mobile self-defense business with certified partners in Canada, the US, and Australia, is offering a Self-Defense Certification for all interested individuals looking to not only improve their safety, but also bring the self-protection process to their communities. Unlike other Self-Defense Certifications, SAFE’s is designed to translate the self-defense process into an easy to apply business prospect for interested applicants.

“Our mission at SAFE International™ is to teach real self-defense skills to as many women, children, and men as possible,” said Chris Roberts, Founder and Owner of SAFE International™. “By creating a Self-Defense Certification that breaks down the crucial components of self-awareness and harnessed protection in an easy to grasp way, we are hoping participants bring their newfound knowledge back to their respective communities – and even pursue it as a business venture.”

SAFE’s certification helps entrepreneurs, inspired business owners, and regular people who have always wanted to operate their own business understand the self-defense principles while transforming it into a profitable and meaningful business.

“By the end of the Self-Defense Certification, all participants will be officially equipped as a SAFE International™ Certified Partner to not only protect their own lives, but the lives of people around them,” said Roberts. “Everyone wants to feel safer, especially in today’s world that is sadly filled with unexpected violence. We are encouraging any blossoming entrepreneurs out there to pursue our certification and establish an important business for all community members to associate with.”

Founded in 1994, SAFE International™ has been providing their practical and real-world knowledge of self-defense to participants and community members worldwide for over two decades.

For more information, or to signup with SAFE International’s immensely beneficial Self-Defense Certification today, visit: http://www.safeinternational.biz/self-defense-instructor-certification.html

Contact:
Chris Roberts
SAFE International™
15535 Cooper Rd.
Lunenburg, ON
Canada K0C 1R0
1 800 465-5972
info@safeinternational.biz
http://www.safeinternational.biz