Before ocean surfing, thrill seekers were forced to sneak onto a rock concert stage and leap board-first onto waves of angry humans. Learn to ride waves that can’t punch you in the head in retaliation with today's Groupon: for $20, you get two half-hour sessions on the indoor surf wave machine at Adrenalina in Plano (a $40 value). This Groupon also includes a 25% discount on retail products (excluding skate items) at the sports shop, which was established by Adrenalina TV show creator Zalman Lekach.
A sanctuary for outdoor enthusiasts and extreme sportsmen, Adrenalina's adventure cave is stocked with sports gear and the FlowRider, a wave machine that churns out a never-ending sea swell customizable to each surfer's abilities. Every 30-minute wave session is limited to eight participants, includes a surfboard or body board, and is led by an instructor who ensures safety and leads the team in reenacting scenes from Point Break. The FlowRider spews its perpetual waves across a padded surface, so falls won't result in skinned knees or shattered dreams.
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.