Paddleboarding is one of the safest maritime activities, due to the stability of its wide board and its upright stance, which scares off bears attracted to salmon-scented sunscreen. Skim the surface of skimming the surface with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a 90-minute stand-up paddleboarding tour from Beach Eco Tours in Virginia Beach (a $50 value). Outings launch four times per day (9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m.) from the Narrows Beach at Seashore State Park. Beach Eco Tours' experienced guides treat stand-up paddleboarders of all skill levels to scenic vistas as they traverse the calm flat-water tributaries leading to Chesapeake Bay. After a brief tutorial introduces oar operators to the delights of standing on a theoretically drinkable surface, they'll embark on a leisurely excursion through natural settings brimming with osprey, herons, pods of dolphins, and herds of migrating kraken. As you glide under open skies and bathe in the sun's stink eye, you'll pass within restraining-order-compliant distances of Virginia's waterfront homes and submerged supervillain headquarters. The final tour of the day, however, caps the aquatic perambulation with stunning views of the sunset.
After completing the tour, novices will have developed the skills and paddling songs necessary to defend themselves against roving bands of gondoliers, readying them to ride the waves out on the ocean.
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