Americans have always been trailblazers, from laying the track on the first intercontinental railroad to hacking through the petrified forest of national flags on the moon. Conquer the final frontier, the ocean, with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $35 for a two-hour standup-paddleboard rental with a one-hour lesson for one (a $70 value)
- $65 for a two-hour standup-paddleboard rental with a one-hour lesson for two (a $140 value)
About 50 miles from Albuquerque at the Cochiti Recreation Area, nascent paddleboarders spend one hour learning the sport from Jim Wood and his instructors, followed by an hour of floating and exploring independently.
Blue Dog Paddle Adventures
Though Jim Wood spends most of his time on a surfboard, the lifelong surfer lives more than 500 miles away from the nearest ocean. Raised on the sunny shores of Southern California, he recently made the trek to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he fell in love with the natural beauty of the Rio Grande. Determined to get his new neighbors out on the water, he founded Blue Dog Paddle Adventures, where he and his staff run daily lessons and guided tours.
In a sport that combines components of surfing and canoeing, boarders stand upright on surfboards and propel themselves through the gently lapping waters using a single paddle. Legend has it that it first emerged thousands of years ago in Polynesia as a means of rapid interisland transportation and quickly spread to neighboring Hawaii. Today, Blue Dog launches expeditions from various points along the Rio Grande, leading paddlers through guided tours or allowing them to branch out on their own to explore the river’s Class-I rapids and award-winning mermaid preschools.