Two-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Rental or a 90-Minute Beginners’ Standup-Paddleboard Lesson at SUP Shack (Half Off)

Santa Cruz Harbor

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In a Nutshell

Instructors lead students through basic core-strengthening maneuvers and rent out fast, versatile boards

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Expires Jun 19th, 2013. Limit 1/person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. 48hr cancellation notice required, or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Must be 18+; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 2-hour rental option valid only for those with prior SUP experience in Santa Cruz Harbor. Must be able to swim or supply own life vest. Valid only within Santa Cruz Harbor. Valid only for new customers or customers who haven't visited in the past 12 months. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not valid 5/23/13-5/28/13 or during holiday weekends. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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In groups of three to six, beginners learn the basics of standing up, steering, and paddling during the standup-paddleboard lesson, which includes a board and paddle rental. Then they take a tour of Santa Cruz Harbor with the instructor and learn which spots are the best for exploration and which are off-limits. Lessons are offered Mondays, Tuesdays, and Sundays at 10 a.m., and are recommended for those who have not paddleboarded in the past year or have never paddle boarded in Santa Cruz Harbor. The two-hour rentals give riders a chance to hit the waves on a fast 10-foot Angulo board after the lesson or on a separate date.

SUP Shack

Trudie Ransom knows just how addictive the sensation of standing above the waves can be. After just a few trips out on her board, she not only began training with the standup-paddleboarding master Andy Whitman from Angulo boards, but also opened up SUP Shack. From her experience shadowing Whitman, she decided the best way to introduce people to the sport was with Angulo's soft, 10-foot boards, which serve as an easy surface to learn on while spending a day on the waves or taking one of the shop's classes or tours. Classes never contain more than six students, allowing each student to have the one-on-one attention needed to master the art of balancing and maneuvering the board. Once pupils are sure of their strokes, the shop's instructors lead guided tours that slip out across the rippling blue mirror and past the sights of the harbor or tackle the more advanced paths past sea-lion habitats. Late-evening tours pause as the sun sets over the ocean, filling the sky with color like somebody inciting peacocks to riot.


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