Red sky at night is a sailor’s delight, but red sky at morning means the ship's been steered inside a volcano. Discover further aquaformation with today’s Groupon to Mackite in Grand Haven. Choose between the following options:
- For $17, you get one stand-up paddle lesson (a $35 value).
- For $50, you get a kiteboard starter class (a $100 value).
Open 365 days a year, Mackite's surf shop stocks all manner of boarding gear for humans seeking sliding excitement atop solid, liquid, or snowy matter. Mackite's instructors will have each student standing upright on the water within the first 10 minutes of its family-friendly 90-minute stand-up paddle lesson and making wry observations about funny things that happened to them the other day within 20 minutes. Next, you and up to eight other aspiring aquanauts learn basic paddling techniques, including how to turn without bribing passing otters to tow you. From there, students will be free to test out eight types of water-top tablets as they learn to identify each board’s sweet spot and find one suited to them. Bring sunscreen, a swimsuit, drinking water, and water socks or booties for cold-water conditions. All other gear, including leashes and life vests, is provided by Mackite.
Adrenaline junkies can get a first taste of kiteboarding, which combines the best parts of kite flying, snowboarding, and water skiing but eliminates the worst parts of shark wrestling. Though you won't do any actual kiteboarding during Mackite's 90-minute starter class, the on-land tutorial gets you familiar with rigging, managing your lines, flying techniques, and controlling power foil trainer kites ranging in size form 1.8 square meters to 5 square meters—speeding your graduation to full-size kite if you continue working with your trainer. Mackite provides all the trainer kites needed for the class, but students will need to bring their own sunscreen, water, and weather-appropriate clothing.
MACkite Boardsports Center
Located in harbor-friendly Grand Haven, MACkite Boardsports Center offers a diverse range of land and water equipment ideal for enjoying Michigan's seasonal splendor. Guests can peruse a range of amphibious goodies, including stand-up paddleboards, kiteboarding gear, and electric longboards. When the seasons shifts to winter, they will find plenty of snowboarding and snow kiting gear along with a helpful service staff that can tune up pairs of skis and or a snowboard. The team's passion for all things kiteboarding, stand-up paddleboarding, and snowboarding is reflected in the store's inventory. Whether it's a Cabrinha Switchblade or a Rome SKS snowboard, team members always ride the gear they stock and relay their recommendations to customers in earnest.
106 Washington St.
Grand Haven, Michigan 49417