Before ocean surfing, thrill seekers were forced to sneak onto the stage at rock concerts before leaping board-first onto waves of angry humans. Learn to ride waves that can’t punch you in the head in retaliation with today's Groupon: for $79, you get admission to a Weekend Watersports Clinic, which includes a trio of three-hour lessons in standup paddle boarding, surfing, and kayaking, from Ocean Experience Surf School (a $195 value). All classes convene on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m., and guests can spread lessons out across any weekend through October 24, with the option to select a different sport at each lesson. All sessions are capped at 20 people and a Groupon-sporting adult must accompany children under 12.
Ocean Experience has introduced countless water cowboys to the ebb and flow of nature since 1990. Across a trinity of three-hour lessons, Ocean Experience's expert wave-wonders guide students through the fundamentals of surfing, kayaking, and standup paddle boarding, granting them a savvy set of water-trotting skills to flaunt in the face of shade-sporting suns and naysaying mermen. Customized to the skills of each group, lessons cover balance, technique, etiquette, and water safety before spending two hours tackling the water's frothy spumes and lock-tousling zephyrs. All necessary equipment is included.
Ocean Experience Surf School
Over the course of its 22-year existence, Ocean Experience Surf School has helped somewhere in the neighborhood of over 15,000 students to safely discover and refine their passion for watersports. Students 6 or older hop atop surfboards, paddleboards, and kayaks for on-the-water practice under the care of experienced instructors during private lessons and group classes.
The local press and community showers the school's companion retail outlet with praise, which won both the Best Surf Shop and Best Skate Shop in CityBeat's 2010 Readers' Poll. In an effort to give back to the community, the organization runs an afterschool sports program offering surfing and skateboarding lessons to kids up to 18 years old and adults with a note from a certified kindergarten teacher.