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. Revel in the wet stuff with today's Groupon: for $42, you get a one-hour stand-up paddleboard group lesson at Jacksonville Surf Training (an $85 value). You must schedule your class at least three days in advance.
Jacksonville Surf Training's whitecap-warrior instructors combine years of competitive boarding and passionate teaching to pass on their treasured tide-taming, Neptune-baiting discipline. Pupils can select between boarding on the St. John's river or paddle surfing in Jacksonville Beach. Upon arrival, the friendly coach supplies budding water levitators with their own paddleboard. After soaking in the basics of water safety, you'll learn how to stand on the board, infiltrate the waters, paddle along, and turn, feeling the exhilaration as liquid undulations buoy your board below. Though you may not be hanging 10 or racing jet skis right away, you'll carry a deeper understanding of balance, what it takes to ride, and full license to use the word cowabunga.
Once you've slipped fluidly over the surface of the water, gliding over sea cows and G.I. Joes with Barbie heads, it's hard not to spend all your spare time on a board. Plus, boarding is a great high-repetition workout that forces you to flex your arms while balancing your whole body in unison. Call ahead for scheduling and a reservation.
Jax Surf & Paddle
Surfing savant Tiffany Layton caught her first wave more than two decades ago and has been launching her board into open waters ever since. Tiffany's pastime evolved into a way of life about six years ago when she began surfing competitively and racking up an impressive list of championship titles. It was around the same time that Tiffany became certified to teach surfing, and today she shares her knowledge of the ocean at Jax Surf & Paddle.
Tiffany and her team of talented surfers welcome pupils of all ages and skill levels, encouraging healthy lifestyles through surfing lessons and camps and standup-paddleboarding lessons. They even host surf retreats in exotic lands—the next trip journeys to Costa Rica, the famous location where the ocean made its first wave while attending a rowdy futbol game.