Although volleyball and polo easily transition into watersports, other sports have not fared as well, as evidenced by aquachess and water fencing. Ditch your waterproof kneepads and try a true watersport with today's Groupon: for $35, you get an introductory paddleboard lesson from Maui B's Paddle Boarding, located in Gaston Edwards Park on Lake Ivanhoe (a $75 value).
Maui B's experienced instructors outfit students with wide-bodied paddleboards before launching them into the waters of Lake Ivanhoe, where they can practice standup 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 the aquatic depths. Once aboard, students can begin standup paddling, which challenges balance and works core muscles. Beginning lessons teach paddleboarding basics such as paddle gripping, stance, and how to keep the board steady while high-fiving passing porpoises. Students weave tapestries of ripples on the water’s surface as they learn steering and front-side turning before posing for a digital photograph to commemorate the day. Maui B's also invites Groupon customers to their store on South Semoran Boulevard in Winter Park.
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.