Before ocean surfing, thrill seekers were forced to sneak onto a rock concert stage, and leap board-first onto waves of angry humans. Learn to ride waves that can’t punch you in the head in retaliation with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a one-hour stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, or skateboarding lesson (a $50 value) and a quick-dry T-shirt (street or water version, a $24.99 value) at Air or Earth, located in Mt. Pleasant. For twice the thrill, Groupon customers may upgrade to a two-hour lesson for an additional $25.
Located next to one another in a two-story center, Air and Earth satisfy the needs of thrill seekers with lessons in several gravity-defying action sports. Wave-catchers of all skill levels can take the surfing class to sharpen their balancing skills on the area’s tide-crashing beaches. Those who enjoy long and flat arm extensions can take the stand-up paddle boarding class, which preps students on navigating the seas while standing on a wide board. Call gravity's bluff with Earth's skateboarding lessons, where rookie boarders learn the proper foot position and pushing techniques before moving onto more advanced 180-degree spins and completing Pythagorean equations mid-air.
With no more than three to five people in each class, Air and Earth's down-to-earth, passionate instructors can be hands-on and direct with every board-riding prodigy. Hard equipment like helmets, boards and impact vests are included in this deal. Wetsuits and thermal protection are available for rent or purchase. Call ahead to reserve a spot.
Air & Earth
The crash of the waves. The smell of salt spray. Sudden gusts of wind whipping in from off the water. For most people, a trip to the beach is a once-in-a-while vacation, but for the aquatic athletes at Air & Earth, it's just another day at the office. Armed with an armada of paddle boards, surfboards, kiteboards, and skateboards, their instructors share their own water-walking know-how during lessons held on the gentle surf that laps the shores of Mt. Pleasant and the surrounding barrier islands. After learning the ropes atop their board of choice, customers can decamp to the board shop, where new equipment and accessories from brands including Palm Head Boards, Dakine, Smith, Olukai and Reef await new owners.