Excelling at watersports, like aging gracefully or enjoying dried fruit, requires acceptance of pruney fingers. Outfit yourself for aqua play with today’s Groupon to Aquaholics in Kennebunk. Choose between the following options:
- For $37, you get a 90-minute standup-paddleboarding scenic tour (up to a $75 value).
- For $37, you get a 90-minute standup-paddleboard workout tour (up to a $75 value).
Aquaholics' expert instructors and guides build upper-body strength on the scenic shores of Kennebunk beach with fun and challenging standup-paddleboarding classes. Sea strokers suit up in provided wetsuits or presoaked tuxedos before taking to the water on weekend mornings from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for surf-conquering rides that cruise past the picturesque views of Saco Bay, Biddeford Pool, and Timber Island. Led by an Iron Man triathlete, the workout tour fuses the bicep-building of paddleboarding with intraride core exercises. After the 90-minute marine adventure concludes, land legs can peruse the surf shop's offerings, taking 10% off wetsuit and standup-paddle-gear purchases and 25% off clothing and accessories purchases the day of their tour. Boarding sessions take place rain or shine but do not operate during lightning storms due to the lessons learned from Benjamin Franklin's kite-surfing incident.
Thanks to improper equipment and a lack of professional training, Nanci Grenier Boutet endured four years of splashes and bruises before she could reliably stand up on her surfboard. Nanci founded Aquaholics to save others from a similarly waterlogged fate, and it was not long before she began to make waves in Maine’s dedicated surfing community. Nestled in a space that once housed a church, her surf shop has earned local renown for its selection of quality wetsuits and beach gear available to rent or buy.
When Nanci and her staff aren’t outfitting wave riders with professional equipment, they take to the ocean themselves during year-round surf and paddleboard lessons. CPR-certified instructors coach boarders of all skill levels in private surf sessions or group classes capped at three students per instructor. Large parties can opt for abbreviated surf lessons with a less-structured approach that lends itself to mild mayhem. Alternatively, standup paddleboard lessons impart various techniques for mounting boards and steering clear of siren rap battles during guided tours of Maine’s waterways.