Like beating Poseidon in an arm-wrestling match or blowing up the moon, surfing allows people to command the power of the tides. Master the mystery of waves with this Groupon.
$20 for Two 30-Minute Indoor Surf-Wave-Machine Sessions ($40 Value)
Thrill-seekers can navigate the twists and turns of an indoor surfing arena, riding across a constantly moving wall of water. The FlowRider brings the thrill of waterborne recreation indoors, sending riders on a never-ending wave of rushing H2O as they speed, dip, and turn over a flowing oceanscape. Participants master the techniques of bodyboarding, wakeboarding, or surfing on the safely contained wave as excited spectators cheer from behind the glass splashguard. Guests should come prepared with their own bathing suits and towels.
Aqua Shop is in the business of defying physics; inside, water flows uphill. The FlowRider wave machine—an attraction usually reserved for theme parks or cruise ships—projects a frothy current blasted up a slanted ramp, emulating a wave for surfers, wakeboarders, and ambitious belly floppers to catch anytime, regardless of tide conditions. Before visiting, guests can check out the fun from the company’s live camera view, which shows off sweet rides and spectacular wipeouts during all business hours.
Water isn’t the only element Aqua Shop harnesses. The emporium of all things extreme hosts shred sessions on its Big Wave mechanical surfboard and encourages visitors to fire foam balls back and forth in the Cannon Ball Blaster arena. The in-house Thrill Zone features a padded obstacle course with a climbing wall, a slide, and a secret portal that grants one wish from Kelly Slater’s magic bald head.