Until mankind first stepped outside in 1934, nature was thought to be a fanciful myth, like yogurt or the clutch hitter. Spend a few hours frolicking through the fresh air of truth with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a standup paddleboard lesson and a guided Mission Bay tour from Isle Surfboards on the waterfront of the Santa Barbara Cove (a $55 value). This Groupon can be combined with friends’ Groupons for a semiprivate lesson of up to eight individuals.
Isle Surfboards, a standup paddle and surfboard company founded by savvy surfers Marc Miller and Doug Pate, teaches people of all ages and skill levels the art of standup paddle boarding, which marries surfing and kayaking, off the white-sand shores surrounding the Bahia. Armed with paddleboards and paddles, students head out to the chop for a 90-minute core-strengthening, balance-improving session, the first 30 minutes of which are spent learning about proper equipment usage, technique, safety guidelines, and seaside etiquette, and the next 60 of which are spent taking on the briny deep and fending off aggressive mermaids with their paddles during the guided paddle tour around Mission Bay, a 4,235-acre aquatic park full of quiet coves, native wildlife, and unmonitored children.
340 W 26th St.
National City, California 91950