Before catching real waves, surfers must practice on the beach using a “pop-up” technique first pioneered by adventurous toaster strudels. Make surfing part of a complete breakfast with this Groupon.
$55 for a three-hour beginners' surfing lesson for one (a $99 value)
A one-day version of Adventure Out’s regular two-day clinic, this three-hour lesson is offered in both Pacifica and Santa Cruz. CPR- and lifeguard-certified instructors tailor their clinics to complete surf novices or those with only limited experience, starting with an overview of ocean conditions and safety, wave etiquette, pushup and pop-up techniques, and finally, wave riding and balancing. Using provided gear, students start in shallow waters, venturing out further only if they’re comfortable.
When Cliff Hodges, the founder and CEO of Adventure Out, graduated from MIT with a degree in electrical engineering, he knew a traditional desk job wasn't for him. According to Technology Review, he quickly gave up his engineering career for the wireless world of the great outdoors, where he began to hike, climb, and surf his way around the world, always staying true to his philosophy of environmental respect and protection.
His travels and business accomplishments have gained some measure of notoriety; he's coached on MTV's Made, consulted for ABC News, and was selected as one of four winners of the 2011 Santa Cruz County Civic Service Award: The Nextie. Adventure Out was also identified for meeting survival skills training standards by The New York Times best-selling author Tim Ferriss in The 4-Hour Chef.
Today, he and his program consultant Tom McElroy lead excursions into the California wilderness to teach backpacking and survival skills, including the tracking of animals and wild ice-cream trucks, and they also guide novices through surfing, rock-climbing, and mountain-biking sojourns. Through fundraising, Adventure Out has helped save Castle Rock State Park from closure and a portion of their proceeds is put directly back into the park.