Catching a wave with a surfboard is a lot like levitating during meditation: a change in wind direction or good vibes can result in a wipeout. Stay afloat with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a full-day surfboard rental at Southern Spears Surf (up to a $35 value) in Galveston.
The enthusiastic staff at Southern Spears Surf, owned by native Australian and tide-guru Damien McDonald, harnesses their years of experience and expertise to suit up customers with the appropriate aquatic gear and equipment, available for rent or purchase. For beginners, a soft board cradles amateur arches on 8 feet of soft foam ($25 value); advanced riders typically choose long and short boards (each a $35 value), which are constructed from hard materials that conquer nature’s unruly swells like icy-veined lion tamers subduing their children at the mall. Adventurers of all skill levels can upgrade to a stand-up paddleboard rental ($40 value), which combines the excitement of erect posture with the thrill of handling oars.
Galveston Paddleboard Center
Though the native Texan and native Australian who founded Galveston Paddleboard Center grew up oceans apart, their love of surfing the very waters that once separated them now unites them. Both have traveled the world, from Costa Rica and Fiji to Indonesia, in pursuit of the perfect wave.
At Galveston Paddleboard Center—which is located within Southern Spears Surf Shop, they cater to fellow surfing devotees with a generous selection of short and long boards. To kit-out surfers, they sell surf-inspired clothing for guys and girls, as well as gear like wetsuits and wax to keep boards slip-free while eliminating the body hair that naturally grows from them.