Before man conquered his fear of water, he amused himself with dust sports such as pushing boulders off cliffs, wrestling tumbleweeds, and falling in the dust. Revel in wet, clean fun with today's Groupon: for $79, you get three one-hour, semiprivate paddleboarding lessons (a $150 value) at Paddle Core Fitness in Huntersville's Latta Plantation Park.
Led by an exercise physiologist, Paddle Core Fitness's sculpted staff propels clients of all experience levels into fitter form by blending standup paddleboard instruction with core conditioning. Unlike regular surfboards, which require swimming skills and long, golden locks to operate, a paddleboard provides stability and buoyancy with an oversized design. During three one-hour lessons, one of Paddle Core Fitness's expert instructors will guide two to three pupils through different techniques in gliding across the waters of Mountain Island Lake. Paddlers sharpen their stroke skills for smooth-water wayfaring, with positions ranging from facedown hand paddling to full-on standup stances that can help strengthen the core and improve posture for impressing merpeople at the sand bar's single mixer.
Paddles churn the crystal waters as a rainbow of boards slips silently across the surface of Mountain Island Lake. The shoreline, dappled with trees that shiver with cavorting wildlife, falls away behind the board's passengers as they stand in the middle of the aquatic expanse. Though the view is much different from the oceanic coastlines more commonly associated with the sport, the meditative calm and athletic challenge remain.
With roots in Hawaiian culture, the unique method of riding a board takes advantage of the surfer's panoramic viewpoint and ability to avoid far-off swells and bossy tugboats. The act of constantly balancing and paddling, while simple, tones core muscles and enables participants to silently observe surrounding wildlife. Sup Charlotte keeps adventurers afloat on Riviera boards, which they sell and use in lessons to keep riders of all experience levels gliding more gracefully than swans looking for parking.
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