Until mankind first stepped outside in 1934, nature was thought to be a fanciful myth, like yogurt or the clutch hitter. Spend a few hours paddling through the fresh air of truth with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a 90-minute stand-up paddleboarding group lesson and tour of Newport Harbor from Pirate Coast Paddle Company, located at the Newport Aquatic Center's launching dock in Newport Beach (a $60 value).
Pirate Coast teaches aspiring sea cruisers to put plank to water and glide across the ocean's surface on a surfboard powered by a long paddle. Learn the basics of paddleboard through land and water instruction while simultaneously strengthening the core, the part of the body the rest of the anatomy looks up to. During lessons, students will practice newly acquired skills on Newport Back Bay, where calm waters relax inexperienced paddlers and rock merbabies to sleep. When the learning is complete, a tour of Newport Harbor will display views of windblown bluffs, sandy beaches, and yachts glimmering in golden sunlight. Each student is equipped with a stand-up paddleboard, paddle, and personal floatation device (upon request).
In April and May, choose from late-Saturday-morning lessons or glide to paradise as the sun slowly succumbs to gravity during a Thursday-evening sunset paddle. Lessons are also held every Saturday and Sunday in June throughout the day. See the class schedule to choose your lesson.
- An hour or so of paddle boarding can really take your weekend up a notch in the thinking outside the box department. It's easy, breezy and if you fall in, who cares... it'll make for some hearty laughs, if anything! – Katie B., Pirate Coast Paddle Company, Yelp, 9/30/10
- The staff here are friendly and encouraging, rental rates are affordable, beautiful view of the Newport bay and homes.. seriously, what more could you ask for? – Jennifer D., Newport Aqautic Center, Yelp, 2/24/10
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