Surfing is full of its own fun terminology, such as "hang ten" and "I am Poseidon incarnate and I rule these seas." Be a superhuman surfer with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $45 for a 1.5-hour weekend adult group surfing lesson with half-day board rental (a $95 value)
- $65 for a 4-hour weekday surf camp with half-day board rental (a $130 value)
It's not easy to pull yourself from the water onto a surfboard, or to stand on one without losing your balance—never mind riding the graceful arc of a wave just before it crashes onto the shore. But the Skudin family makes it a lot less intimidating during weekend adult group surfing lessons, held Saturday and Sunday at noon. Taught in a safe, judgement-free environment, these lessons accommodate novice surfers ages 18 and up with a guest-to-instructor ratio of 3:1 or less. A rash guard and three-hour surfboard rental are included.
Alternatively, surfers of all ages can gain a more in-depth knowledge of the sport with comprehensive surfing, surf-safety, and ocean-safety lessons taught by NSSIA-certified instructors on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout the summer. This camp includes not only surfboard, wetsuit, and rash-guard rentals, but snacks, beverages, and a T-shirt as well.
- Surfboard rentals
- Summertime kids surf camps, adult surf camps, and group surf lessons in Rockaway; standup paddle lessons at Long Beach at the Bay
- Staff of professional competitive surfers and nationally ranked lifeguards
Who They Are
Nationally ranked lifeguard and co-founder Cliff Skudin has conquered the massive swells of Outer Reefs Hawaii and Nelscott Reef during professional competitions. His business partner and brother, Will, is a four-time contender in the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards. Their aquatic family history does not stop there, however. Among the ranks at Skudin Surf are three other amphibious Skudins—including a synchronized swimmer and a trained EMT—as well as a handful of instructors, lifeguards, and pro surfers who have been embraced by the family. Skudin Surf has been featured in a number of publications, including the New York Times.
Surfing, it seems, is much more than a mere sport to the Skudins. It’s also a free-spirited form of therapy. Brothers Cliff and Will launched the non-profit Surf For All to bring the sport to kids with autism, cerebral palsy, and visual impairment, among other disabilities. They also partner with Wounded Warriors to provide lessons to military members, and provided assistance with rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy.