Before the invention of surfboards, waves were thought to be uncatchable, as proven by the ineffective wave lasso and peanut butter-baited wave trap. Seize the swell with today's Groupon: for $114, you get a three-hour surf lesson for two people, plus equipment, at Oregon Surf Adventures in Seaside (a $228 value).
A certified Surfing America member school, Oregon Surf Adventures preaches wave riding fundamentals and sea-sport safety. This three-hour beginner group lesson (a $198 value) includes gear rental (a $30 value), outfitting pupil duos with soft top boards, Quiksilver wetsuits, gloves, booties, and a temporary ability to command ocean creatures. With all instructors trained in first aid and CPR, classes maintain a low student-to-teacher ratio and begin with 45 minutes of schooling upon dry land. The salty syllabus then moves on to topics such as ocean awareness, water safety, equipment use, and Emily Post's surf etiquette.
Classes are available seven days a week at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. All classes meet at the Seaside Surf Shop. Students should check in 15 minutes early to warm up their Beach Boys harmonies.