Although surfing ocean waves impresses onlookers, surfing radio waves provokes backseat drivers and corrupts galactic syndication of Kasey Kasem. Countdown your own top 40 radical waves with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a 90-minute surfing lesson at Jacksonville Surf Training (a $65 value), located in Jacksonville Beach. 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. Upon arrival, the friendly coach supplies budding break-breakers with their own board. After soaking in the basics of surfing and ocean safety, you'll learn how to stand on the board, paddle out, and ride the waves, feeling the exhilaration as swells buoy your board below. Though you may not be hanging 10 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, surfing is a great high-repetition workout that forces you to focus on your core and use your whole body in unison.
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.