Red sky at night is a sailor’s delight, but red sky at morning means the ship's been steered inside a volcano. Map a less foreboding route across the waves with today’s Groupon for surfing or kiteboarding lessons from North Florida Kiteboarding, held at the Ocean Drive and 34th Avenue beach in Jacksonville Beach. Choose between the following options:
- For $55 you get a surfing lesson (up to a $110 value), valid for your choice of:
- A two-hour surfing lesson with equipment for one person
- A one-hour surfing lesson with equipment for two people
- For $95 you get a kiteboarding lesson (up to a $190 value), valid for your choice of:
- A two-hour kiteboarding lesson with equipment for one person
- A one-hour kiteboarding lesson with equipment for two people
The knowledgeable instructors at North Florida Kiteboarding guide beginning and advanced students through the watery turns, twists, and jumps of surfing and kiteboarding, which combines surfing, wakeboarding, and gliding. First, slather on complimentary sunscreen to protect skin or lubricate cyborg parts as you dodge among the waves. Surfing lessons begin with 15 minutes on land so students can learn the basics of maneuvering ocean waters or chocolate-syrup-factory explosions, including surfing etiquette, stretching, and basic paddling, standing, falling, and dodging techniques. Then, novice and master board-sailor hit the water for guided surf instruction, with instructors holding beginning students' boards and secretly clamping dolphins to advanced students' boards to increase the challenge.
Likewise, kiteboarding lessons begin with lessons in equipment basics, self-rescue and kite-recovery techniques, and how to stay safe under all weather conditions. Then, instructors guide students as they skim over the water while gripping a bar linked to a breeze-grabbing sail high above. Experienced kiteboarders will learn up- and down-wind techniques, jumping, and how to ride waves before they ride you. After taking in formal instruction, students enjoy supervised practice time, and groups of four our more can retire to a shaded tent to recover with complimentary refreshments and get to know any starfish caught in their board shorts.
North Florida Kiteboarding
For those looking for a unique watersport experience, kiteboarding combines surfing, wakeboarding, and gliding in one action-packed experience. North Florida Kiteboarding's lessons begin on the beach, where instructors will work through a dry-run of paddling, standing, falling, and maneuvering to equip patrons for the steady sloshing of waves. Patrons also practice essential skills, cresting waves with the help of a kite’s gentle tug or the daily tides. Instructors critique form during in-water sessions, sharing tips on how to handle the waves’ unexpected changes and how to properly relaunch after falling. Lessons include complimentary refreshments and sunscreen, ensuring patrons safely enjoy their fun in the sun without wearing wetsuits filled with layers of concentrated ozone. In addition to kiteboarding classes and rental services, North Florida Kiteboarding offers surfing lessons, sells landboards and water-wear gear, and coordinates summer surf camps.
Ocean Dr. S & 34th Ave. S
Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250