Standup paddleboarding was invented when an impatient surfer brought out a weapon to beat the waveless ocean into compliance. Enjoy the calm he accidentally discovered with this Groupon from New Smyrna Stand Up. Choose from the following options:
- For $45, you get a 90-minute standup-paddleboard tour for two (a $90 value).
- For $85, you get the above tour for four (a $180 value).
- For $65, you get a sunset standup paddleboard tour including a wine-and-cheese picnic for two (a $130 value).
- For $120, you get the above tour for four (a $260 value).<p>
The sunset standup paddleboard tour includes the following: * A 90-minute river tour at sunset (a $45 value/person) * A wine-and-cheese picnic (a $20 value/person)<p>
New Smyrna Stand Up’s waterway shepherds meet paddlers at various locations along the Indian River, introduce them to the basics of paddleboarding, and then set out on guided tours of the river. During aqueous lessons, the paddle gurus teach apprentices proper foot placement, board control, how to turn, and how to out-sing sirens. Next, merry bands traverse the scenic mangrove-lined Indian River, serenely gliding across the tranquil waters.
Sunset tours entice romantic paddlers as they glide atop the crystal waters, watching the sun’s leisurely descent cast a cascade of reds and golds onto the waves. A light picnic of wine and cheese sets the scene as guests lounge on the shore, spying and imitating marine mammals and birds. After each adventurous outing, New Smyrna Stand Up’s resident shutterbug posts paddling photos taken that day in a Facebook album and on neighbors’ fridges.
New Smyrna Stand Up
For years, New Smyrna residents have paddled throughout the marshy backwaters of the Indian River lagoon, finding solace among the area's gentle tides, unclouded skies, and abundance of marine life. United by a respect for their natural surroundings and a knack for paddleboarding, a local family joined forces to form the award-winning New Smyrna Stand Up. With dolphins and manatees swimming below and ospreys sailing above, the experienced guides lead tours down the river, journeying out into the ocean when weather permits. In the summer months, the center conducts children's camps, in which youngsters learn paddleboarding techniques while exploring the area's ecosystem. They study local wildlife and marine creatures and learn to identify the origins of passing inner-tubers by the shape of their heads. In addition to tours and camps, the staff offers paddleboard rentals and standup-paddleboard surfing lessons.