The paddleboard has proven invaluable in our diplomatic missions to warmongering sea otter tribes, as emissaries often paddle out to appease their demands for whisker extensions and cases of their beloved Otter Pops. Promote a sugary armistice with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get a standup paddleboard lesson (a $60 value) and two hours of paddleboard rental (a $40 value) from Kitty Hawk Kites in Kitty Hawk (a $100 total value).
Glassy waters serve as a tranquil training ground for first-time paddlers, who develop graceful strokes and effective directional paddling during lessons before charting their own marine pathways through the Outer Banks. Lessons start with an overview of terminology and paddleboard anatomy. After successfully locating the epoxy heart and carbon fiber arteries of the board, students take to the beach for practice and an overview of safety protocols, such as what to do if your arm grazes a patch of icky seaweed. Once the 1.5-hour lesson has ended and students feel confident in their abilities, they may paddle their epoxy flotillas through aquatic pastures lined with lush trees for two additional hours. As the shop is located on a calm bay, paddlers need not fret about circumnavigating the ocean’s frothy swells or encountering joust-happy swordfish.
6150 N. Croatan Hwy
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina 27949