$25 for Two-Hour Introductory Kiteboarding Lesson at Helm of Sun Valley ($60 Value)

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In a Nutshell

Instructors impart kiteboarding basics on land at Third Avenue, including launching, steering, and landing

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Expires Aug 29th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Appointment required. Subject to weather conditions. Valid for ages 13-80. Under 18 must have legal guardian consent. 90 lb weight min. 260 lb weight max. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Before man conquered his fear of water, he amused himself with dust sports such as pushing boulders off cliffs, wrestling tumbleweeds, and falling in the dust. Conquer the big blue with this Groupon.

$25 for an Introductory Kiteboarding Lesson ($60 Value)

Kiteboarding lessons taught by local kiteboarders span two hours. Held on land atop the sand at local hot spot Third Avenue, classes help students master safely launching, steering, and landing kites. At the end of classes, they can opt to purchase a trainer kite and instructional DVD for a discounted price.

Helm of Sun Valley

Over the course of 50 years, the family that runs Helm of Sun Valley has amassed an inventory of top-shelf gear for wintry recreation and summertime watersports. Before stocking their shelves, the shop's athletic staffers take skis from Alpina, kiteboards from Cabrinha, and water skis from Connelly for test spins to appraise their performance. Standout sports gear snags a spot inside the store, along with apparel and accessories. Employees also rent out and tune up equipment. They specialize in fitting snowboard boots to feet, sometimes fashioning custom ZipFit liners by molding foam around arches. New kiteboard owners can master the sport by attending lessons, during which instructors teach basics on land before waving pupils onward into frothy crests.

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