Learning a paddling sport requires a commitment to arm movement paralleled only by cheerleaders, Olympic-level gymnasts, and the world record holder for longest air-drumming solo. Rock on with today's Groupon: for $60, you get a two-hour lesson in stand-up paddle (SUP) surfing for two people (a $120 value) from XtremeLife Sports, valid anywhere in Lee County.
SUP surfing aficionados at XtremeLife Sports skillfully demonstrate the movement and balance requirements essential to this innovative water sport. The love-child of surfing and canoeing, SUP surfing entertains both adults and children, and it incorporates a fierce core workout, rewarding abs for their unfailing loyalty to posture. Under the steady support of private instruction, participants learn the basics of the sport, practice land-based surfboard balance, and fashion a sandcastle offering to Poseidon before venturing into the sparkling blue-green waters of the Gulf Coast. Upon completion of the initial training, novice SUP surfers take to the seas, perfecting the art of standing up on the board, vertical paddling, and proper placement of surfing lingo.
The experts at XtremeLife Sports equip trainees in style with Coreban SUP boards and paddles for the day. Tested in Hawaii and South Africa, this gear helps surfers conquer myriad extreme weather conditions, including fierce winds, high waves, and heckling from sharks. And just as in puddle snorkeling, participants must be able to swim before going in the water.