It’s Indian summer in San Francisco, and temperatures are on the rise. As are the local luminaries in our annual Hot 20, er . . . Hot 30. That’s right. We were so impressed by the crop of talent and brains moving the needle this year—in fields as diverse as technology, music, education, sports, and arts—that we added 10 bright stars to our list.
Quick jabs, explosive flicks, and tricky footwork: Fencing is often described as a physical game of chess. The age-old sport, which was once a way of resolving chivalric disputes among the European aristocratic class in the 18th century, has evolved into a most sophisticated and well-to-do athletic event—right up there with dressage and polo—and Alexander Massialas might just be considered its local ringleader.
Forego Route 80’s Tahoe-bound traffic, and escape to Telluride, Colorado with your sanity intact. Here the slopes are still rugged and untamed, and the southwestern climate ensures light, fluffy snow. With runs so pristine, you won’t want to leave the mountain—and with so many restaurants and cafes, there really is no need.
Whether you're a bareback champion or a wishful greenhorn, the Skyline Equestrian Center and Ranch in the Oakland Hills is the perfect place for learning the basics of horseback riding. Starting at $40, group and individual lessons cover English-style riding, as well as tacking, grooming, and handling. More advanced equestrians learn how to take on dressage and some jumping techniques. 5750 Redwood Road, Oakland, 510-336-0850, skyline-ranch.com
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