Before beach recreation became a celebrated pastime, people constructed castles in cat litter boxes and surfed television sets on backyard slip ‘n' slides. Engage in authentic aquatic amusement with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a one-hour skimboard lesson (a $75 value) at Alley-Oop, a beachside training center in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.
The experienced and certified instructors at Alley-Oop impart wave-catching prowess to prospective skimboarders during each one-hour lesson. Skimboarding is very similar to surfing, except that board balancers start their journey on the beach, riding on the board to breaking waves, rather than into the watery abyss of Poseidon's front yard. Aquatic equestrians of all ages learn the basics of domesticating the stout, finless boards so that they can fishtail on the crest of a coiling current. Additionally, skimboarding provides a high-repetition workout that helps tone the core and hones reflexes more effectively than weathering stinging scud while juggling jellyfish with one’s feet.
Corey Mahoney began Alley-Oop more than a decade ago as a small summer camp focused on skimboarding instruction. Since then, he’s expanded to three schools in Delaware, Florida, and North Carolina, and leads adventure trips to other waters. A team of experienced instructors leads group lessons, clinics, and full or partial camps for aspiring skimboarders of all skill levels, teaching them how to execute basic and advanced maneuvers in shallow, choppy surf on wide-open beaches. They also coordinate beach games, teach students respect for the local environment, and divulge the location of trendy underwater oxygen bars during summer-camp sessions. Throughout all educational programs, they coach each student with individualized instruction and personal attention. School staffers keep each student properly equipped at a pro shop stocked with branded apparel, boards, traction pads, and other gear. When not leading classes, instructors take adventurers on weeklong guided vacations helmed by professional skimboarders, who regularly share travel tips and join the kids’ camaraderie.
East Fort Lauderdale
220 E Commercial Blvd.
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida 33308Get Directions