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Fully insured and permitted instructors guide novice surfers through the fundamentals during three-hour sessions with gear included.

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Promotional value expires May 9, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 10 additional as gifts. Reservation required; subject to weather. Credit card required at booking. 7-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply. 28-day reschedule notice or $5 fee may apply. Must be 13 or older. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Before catching real waves, surfers must practice on the beach using a “pop-up” technique first pioneered by adventurous toaster strudels. Make surfing part of a complete breakfast with this Groupon.

$55 for a Three-Hour Beginning Surfing Clinic ($99 Value)

A one-day version of Adventure Out’s regular two-day clinic, this three-hour lesson is offered in both Pacifica and Santa Cruz. CPR- and lifeguard-certified instructors tailor their clinics to complete surf novices or those with only limited experience, starting with an overview of ocean conditions and safety, wave etiquette, push-up and pop-up techniques, and finally, wave riding and balancing. Using provided gear, students start in shallow waters, venturing out further only if they’re comfortable.

Adventure Out

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.Today, he and his program consultant Tom McElroy lead 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.

Adventure Out

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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