Humanity’s plans to domesticate sharks for coastal transportation are currently on hold due to unforeseen snags in the development of seaweed saddles. Take to the waves in a tried-and-true way with today’s Groupon to Stride Stand Up Paddleboards. Choose between the following options:
- For $45, you get a two-hour On Water Yoga: Learn to Paddleboard lesson (a $99 value).
- For $45, you get a two-hour standup-paddleboard adventure course (a $99 value).
Lessons take place on Saturday and Sunday at Mountain Island Lake in Huntersville or Lake Norman in Mooresville, depending on availability and factors such as water temperature and water levels. Lessons run from May 1 to September 31; call to check for availability for August and September dates.
Trained by national paddling champion Luke Hopkins, Stride Stand Up Paddleboard's professional instructors impart the secrets of their waterborne crafts on calm waters, leading students through two-hour On Water Yoga sessions or adventurous excursions. After outfitting students with a trusty paddle and a Stride Airlite HD paddleboard, which can also turn into a kayak, instructors cover basic safety precautions, showing how to board vessels in kayak position, paddle gamely in standup, seated, and kneeling postures, and stare down sharks by making faces at them until they blink. In On Water Yoga sessions, aqua-yogis build muscles by striking poses while poised on boards, learn powerful new forms for paddling, and get acquainted with the dimensions of their board. During two-hour paddleboard adventures, which are limited to 10 explorers, plastic flotillas make their way out to aquatic pastures where students play games, practice mounting their boards in deeper waters, and learn on-water balance, all while participating in a guided nature paddle tour of part of the lake. Supportive instructors treat all students as if they walk on water, imparting privileged tips to develop graceful strokes and effective directional paddling.
Paddleboard equipment and flotation devices are provided. Students must be able to swim and should wear footwear that will cling to their feet, lest their shoes slip off and sink down to the lake's sunken statue of a shouting Gene Hackman.