A child's name often determines their future path in life, with notable examples being high-flying skateboarder Tony Hawk or yoga master Yogi Berra. Achieve your full potential with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two skateboarding lessons (up to a $50 value) at Hazard County Skate Park in McDonough. Each class lasts two hours, and this Groupon can be used toward either private tutorials ($25 per class) or group sessions ($12 per class).
Crafted by the same wood wizards who built ramps at Woodward's renowned skateboarding camps, Hazard County Skate Park is chock full of ramps, rails, soapboxes, and sweet transitions to appease skaters of all ages and skill levels. Beginners can embark on a four-wheeled adventure, learning basic skills such as how to push properly, how to drop in, and how to perform a 900-degree spin by pressing up arrow while holding the B button. More advanced riders scoot closer to board mastery by focusing on kick flips, front 360 flips, the pop shove it, and various grinds and grabs. Private tutorials are offered any day of the week; simply call ahead to make an appointment. Social skaters may opt for two group classes, held Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. Classes are led by skate scientists Eli Williams and Shelton Halstead, who in addition to being talented teachers and avid McTwisters, also spend time singing "Defying Gravity" from the musical Wicked.
Located just about 45 minutes south of downtown Atlanta, the majority of the Hazard County Skate Park is found inside a cavernous 12,000-foot warehouse. The park also extends outside, where the smooth contours of a bowl welcome sunshine-loving board brothers and sisters. Fashion-conscious air artists can dress up in wares from the on-site skate shop, featuring a full collection of shoes, hats, hoodies, and industrial strength Wallride Be-Gone.