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. Rinse yourself off with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $49 for a semi-private 60-minute standup paddleboard lesson for two (a $110 value)
- $89 for a group 60-minute standup paddleboard lesson for four (a $200 value)
During each lesson, Surfs SUP owner and Paddle Fit–certified fitness instructor Christopher Patterson teaches paddleboarding basics to up to four students. The movements help strengthen the core, promote hip stability, and tone muscles throughout the body as students revel in the natural beauty of ocean water, beaches, and wildlife. Each lesson includes equipment, a water-safety overview, and land- and sea-based paddleboarding instruction.
Chris Patterson has spent his life searching for awesome waves. An avid surfer, he moved to Hawaii to tackle the famous waters of Diamond Head and Port Lock Point. After returning to his native Florida, he longed for the thrill those Pacific waves generated. Little did he know that his passion lay on a flat stretch of the Atlantic Ocean. When a friend introduced him to paddleboarding, he began to observe the natural wonders around him from a fresh and new perspective. While standing atop a huge board, he could watch sunsets and dolphins without battling glare. To share his newfound passion with others, he founded Surfs SUP, where he leads stand-up paddleboarding lessons, surf camps, eco tours, and fitness classes with a team of instructors certified in Paddle Fit, First Aid, and CPR. To foster as much waterborne fun as possible, he also rents boards and hosts birthday parties for pintsize surfers and paddleboarders.
Chris Patterson's first time on a standup paddleboard went the opposite of how most of his clients' first experiences go. "People don't think they can do it because it looks like a surf board, but once they do it, they're hooked," he said. But for Patterson, who had surfed Hawaii's waves for seven years, his first confident step onto a standup paddleboard resulted in immediately falling off. Hauling his humbled self back onto the board, he learned the proper stance, set to paddling, and began seeing the water in a whole new way. The upright stance, unlike surfing's crouched position, opened his vision to the all the water around him, including several feet away where dolphins crested beside his board.
The versatility of the sport inspired Patterson to launch Surfs SUP when he moved back to Florida, where the coast and inland waters afford abundant recreation. During semi-private and private small group lessons, Patterson’s students may encounter water-dwelling creatures such as manatees and dolphins. He's even had clients take out rentals for a day of fishing and bring back catches such as a 45-pound amberjack and a very large bundle of seaweed. Claiming training certification from the American Council on exercise, Patterson also leads on-the-water fitness classes that include SUP Yoga and Paddle Fit, which he learned directly from the program's founder, Brody Welte. Additionally, Patterson organizes a competitive SUP racing team and leads youth camps, where he applies training techniques he learned from teaching kids with cerebral palsy and blindness how to surf.