Before man conquered his fear of water, he amused himself with dust sports such as pushing boulders off cliffs, wrestling tumbleweeds, and falling in the dust. Leave dry land behind with today's Groupon at Extreme Windsurfing in West Atlantic City. Choose between the following options:
- For $17, you get a windsurfing rental, including rig and sail (a $35 value).
- For $25, you get a one-hour standup-paddleboard lesson with board rental for one person (a $50 value).
- For $49, you get a one-hour standup-paddleboard lesson with board rental for two people (a $100 value).
- For $95 you get a one-hour standup-paddleboard lesson with board rental for four people (a $200 value).
Extreme Windsurfing outfits aquatic adventurers with top-shelf gear and instills beginners with basic skills in the shallows of Lakes Bay, about an hour's drive from Philadelphia. Experienced sea shredders can take to the waters on their own with one-hour windsurfing rentals. Explore the bay on the heels of a warm sea breeze, tacking amid the waters' crests and troughs, and writing the name of a favorite state legislator in your wake. Paddleboarders, whose ranks span from children to their grandparents, stand atop a long, stable board, propelled by a handheld paddle. One-hour beginner-friendly lessons begin with mounting the board, and progress to proper paddling strokes and efficient stances. Choose to relax while skimming the flats or tame rowdier surf. Once ensconced in surf, students are taught to catch waves without butterfly nets or water-baiting butterflies, practicing appropriate surf etiquette all the while. Paddleboarding affords an excellent core workout and introduces landlubbers to the concept of walking on water.
For many, the waters off Atlantic City look like an average place to enjoy a day on the beach, but to the instructors of Extreme Windsurfing, it’s one of the best spots for windsurfing, kitesurfing, and standup paddleboarding along the Atlantic coast. Over an expanse of 300,000 acres of water, thermal winds skim over shallows that possess little current, sparse boat traffic, and no Moby Dicks. In this watery playground, Extreme Windsurfing’s instructors—all laying claim to teaching certifications in their areas of expertise—lead lessons that teach riders how to harness the power of the wind and the paddle. Back at the pro shop, gear rentals accommodate experienced sportsmen, and storage lockers give them places to stash valuables. Between outings, a 300-foot deck, snack bar, and beach let guests relax before they head back out.