A brave rhinestone cowboy domesticated the first wild wave by strapping a saddle to its frothy mane and proudly riding it to shore while whipping its watery hind legs. Learn the legendary secrets of wave taming with today's deal: for $55, you get a three-hour introductory surf lesson (a $95 value) from Adventure Out at either Linda Mar Beach (a.k.a Pacifica State Beach) in Pacifica, or Capitola Beach in Santa Cruz.
Designed with newcomers in mind, Adventure Out's beginner surfing lessons instill the basics necessary to catch waves, including ocean awareness, wave safety, water etiquette, paddling, balance, push-up and pop-up techniques, and similar techniques such as mop-tops and push-pops. Each lesson starts in shallow areas before venturing into deeper waters. All Adventure Out instructors are CPR and lifeguard certified with years of experience, ensuring the safety of even first-time wave riders. Eighty percent of the day will be spent in the water, 20% on shore, and 10% in the exhilarating “110% Zone” known only to surfers and drill sergeants.
Adventure Out provides the wetsuit, board, and booties, but you should bring a towel, bathing suit, sunscreen, snacks, and water. Bring friends for encouragement, especially if they are comfortable swimmers or are about to turn back into a reverse mermaid. Check the availability of upcoming lessons here.
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.