With rolling hills and lush, green woods in the background, expert instructors lead students out into the great blue Pacific for custom surfing lessons. During lessons, wave tamers certified in CPR, first aid, ocean safety, and mermaid diplomacy bestow burgeoning surfers with all necessary skills and ocean awareness, which helps surfers to keep their bearings and tackle whitecaps safely. Surf techniques and etiquette can be tailored to ease rookies into their comfort zones or amped up to challenge and heighten the skills of more experienced boarders.
Tamalpais Surf Club also rents boards and wetsuits for surfers looking to paddle out on their own, and their lending inventory includes vintage boards from renowned shapers. To throw more adventure into the mix, the team organizes yoga-surf retreats and surf camps in exotic locales such as Costa Rica and Hawaii, where groups can immerse themselves in the country's culture, cuisine, and bilingual waves.
Second generation PGA pro Frank Clark is a specialist in the art of the golf swing: he’s had more than 40 years of teaching and playing experience. Rather than rely on his intuition alone, however, Frank couples his keen sense of stroke with video analysis. That way, golfers can examine their own mechanics and identify areas for improvement. The camera used during the high speed video moves at 300 frames per second to capture every moment of the swing in fine detail, from backswing and contact to your follow-through and victory dance. Students can also soak up Frank’s wisdom through other lesson formats, including individual and group playing lessons and clinics on varying topics. Frank also offers Golf Fit classes, which allow students to hone the specific movements and and positions of the five basic golf shots while improving overall health and wellness.
Part miniature country club and part botanical garden, Putt'n Around Delray Beach weaves two outdoor 18-hole courses through a verdant jungle of more than 300 species of plants. In the Everglades course, coconut palm trees, flowers, and a tree autographed by past golfers provide shade for bronze statues of animals, such as manatees and alligators. Putt'n Around's ocean-themed course recreates a typical day of mini golfing at the beach, sporting crystal-clear waters and trick holes only visible with metal detectors. Putt'n Around adds more artwork every month and decorates the courses for holiday celebrations, erecting haunted trails for Halloween and replacing the green carpeting with tacky sweaters for Bill Cosby's birthday.
With both tennis legends and current ATP pro players haranguing the hard court, the 20th annual Delray Beach International Tennis Championships treats racket watchers to 10 days of singles and doubles action. On opening night, two world No. 1 titans of the '80s tennis scene, Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander suit up with seasoned skills and considerably longer shorts to square off against one another. First-round singles and doubles action kicks off the morning of February 27, with the second round, then quarterfinal stakes lining up in the succeeding days. Although not included in this Groupon, February 28 sees American Andy Roddick unpacking his more than 100 mph serve as he tries to take the title and nougat-centered tennis ball won last year by Aussie Mark Philippoussis.
Dedicated to communicating and celebrating the intricacies of Japanese art and culture for 33 years, The Morikami Museum has cooked up a visual feast of 5,000 art objects, rotating exhibits, 200 acres of lush, meticulously maintained gardens, and enlightening events such as tea ceremonies conducted in its Seishin-an tea house. The dual membership gifts up to two people unlimited access to the museum and gardens for one year, free admission to annual festivals, exclusive invitation to members-only receptions, and a host of discounts for events, local restaurants, and more.
A veteran of the arts, with more than 15 years of experience, Sarita Ciallella has performed her fair share of gymnastic, dancing, and acting routines. But it wasn't until May 2003 that these passions culminated in Virtuous Productions, a performing-arts community center where she could imbue kids, teens, and adults with her knowledge of the arts. Together with a dedicated staff of instructors, including dancers and acting coaches, Sarita's mission—to teach new artists creative skills in a purposeful and moral way—has never changed. Sarita and her team uphold the center's seven core values: excellence, innovation, teamwork, respect, integrity, social profit, and joy.
The schedule runs six days a week to keep dancers of any age or ability tapping, salsa-ing, and rhythmically stomping their feet across the studio's competition-size floor, which is made of the same material as the floor on Dancing with the Stars. Film and television classes teach aspiring stars how to emote for the camera and how to never lose a staring contest with the camera man, and the company's in-house shooting crew captures special moments with half- and full-day shoots that include editing, DVDs, and makeup applications.
Virtuous Productions also supports the arts through Virtuous Nites, which offer a safe, smoke- and drink-free environment for partiers to let loose and dance.