Though volleyball and polo easily transition into water sports, other sports have not fared as well, as evidenced by aqua-chess and water fencing. Ditch your waterproof kneepads and try a true water sport with today's Groupon from Maui B's on Orange Avenue. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get a beginner's paddleboard training lesson (a $75 value).
- For $50, you get four paddleboard fitness classes (a $100 value).
Availability may be limited; Groupon users must call ahead for reservations.
Maui B's experienced instructors outfit students with wide-bodied paddleboard before launching them into the waters of Lake Ivanhoe, where they can practice stand-up-paddle techniques in a picturesque, natural setting. Simply launch the board into the water, step on, and relax as the broad paddleboard holds your feet buoyantly above water. Once aboard, students can begin stand-up paddling, which challenges balance and works core muscles in a beautiful, outdoor setting. The beginning lesson teaches paddleboarding basics such as paddle gripping, stance, steering, and front-side turning. A digital photograph of budding water legs commemorates the day.
Those more adept in paddleboarding may enroll in fitness classes, which enhance calorie-burning paddling with on-board calisthenics that test balance, resistance, and the ability to think fast once ill-mannered trout start flinging water balloons. Board rental is included with beginning and fitness classes, and sessions cap at five students so instructors can provide individual guidance to each student's form.
Maui B's Paddle Boarding
Scotty Bumbalough was first introduced to standup paddleboarding while living in Maui. Having mastered various other watersports, he sought a new way to navigate the shoreline—one that leant itself to leisurely exploration as well as a great workout. As soon as the island’s locals told him about paddleboarding, he was in the water learning from none other than the sport’s originators. An enthused Scotty decided to share his new discovery with fellow Floridians, and, upon returning home, he founded Maui B’s. With lessons available in locations such as Orlando, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and Cocoa Beach, Maui B's continues to spread Scotty’s appreciation for paddleboarding across the Sunshine State. The company’s experienced instructors are always seeking out new ways to utilize their paddleboards; along with lessons for beginners, the crew regularly leads eco tours, on which groups can take in the region’s natural splendor while spying on manatees or Dan Marinos snoozing in the sun. Fitness classes and paddleboard yoga get bodies in shape for solo adventures with rented boards and paddles.