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With today’s Groupon for a beginner surf lesson with Adventure Out, you can feel the pure exhilaration that can only be experienced when you domesticate a wild wave, strap a saddle to its frothy mane, and proudly ride it to shore while whipping its watery hind legs. For $55, you get a three-hour introduction to surfing at Linda Mar Beach (Pacifica State Beach) in Pacifica or Capitola Beach in Santa Cruz. It’s the perfect opportunity for anyone who’s been dying to learn how to surf, but wanted to wait until Groupon San Francisco was invented.
Designed with newbies in mind, the Adventure Out beginner surf lesson teaches you all the basics you need to know to catch waves: ocean awareness, wave breaks, water safety, wave etiquette, paddling, balance, push-up and pop-up techniques, and other similar techniques such as blow-up, mop-top, top-down, poop deck, clap-trap, and leap frog. You’ll start in shallow areas before venturing further into the ocean. Don’t worry if this is your first time on a board, all Adventure Out instructors are CPR and lifeguard certified and have a minimum of 10 years experience, ensuring you’ll be safe while you learn. Eighty percent of your day will be spent in the water; twenty percent on shore; and ten percent in the exhilarating “110% Zone” known only by surfers and Enron accountants.
Adventure Out provides you with a wetsuit, board, and booties, but you should bring a towel, bathing suit, sunscreen, snacks, and water. It is also recommended that you bring friends for encouragement and Adventure Out’s buddy system, which requires all beginners to tether themselves to a friend for safety purposes.
Note: You must be 13 or older to participate in AO’s surf lesson.
Adventure Out was a San Francisco magazine 2007 Best of the Bay winner and has been featured in countless area magazines. Folks who have taken Adventure Out classes and enjoy reviewing stuff online only have great things to say:
- “Since I was a wee little girl, I had always had a deep longing to learn how to surf. Everything about the sport, history, and culture had always been so alluring to me. Finally this past Saturday, I stopped being a beach bystander, and took my first lesson with Adventures Out. Let me tell you, I can’t recommend AO enough… it was probably one of the best investments I have ever made.” – Elizabeth L., Yelp
- “The best part about these classes were the instructors. I was worried that I was going to show up at the beach and have some local high school brat calling me “dude” and yelling “come on man, just stand up!”. I had 2 instructors named Mike and Jim (I think) and there were only 5 students in the class (talk about a great ratio!). They had me up and surfing within the first day - and trust me, I am no athelete [sic].” – griffdog, TripAdvisor
Activities Made More Intense on a Surfboard
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- Tantric sex
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When Cliff Hodges, the founder and CEO of Adventure Out, graduated from MIT with a degree in electrical engineering, he knew a traditional desk job wasn't for him. According to Technology Review, he quickly gave up his engineering career for the wireless world of the great outdoors, where he began to hike, climb, and surf his way around the world, always staying true to his philosophy of environmental respect and protection.
His travels and business accomplishments have gained some measure of notoriety: he's coached on MTV's Made, consulted for ABC News, and was selected as one of four winners of the 2011 Santa Cruz County Civic Service Award: The Nextie. Adventure Out was also identified for meeting survival-skills training standards by New York Times best-selling author Tim Ferriss in The 4-Hour Chef.
Today, he leads excursions into the California wilderness to teach backpacking and survival skills, including the tracking of animals and wild ice-cream trucks, and they also guide novices through surfing, rock-climbing, and mountain-biking sojourns. Through fundraising, Adventure Out has helped save Castle Rock State Park from closure and a portion of their proceeds is put directly back into the park.
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