While navigating the waves, remaining upright is vital for spotting the edge of the earth in time to savor how wrong science was. Stand up to geology with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $11 for a one-hour soft-top standup-paddleboard rental, designed for experienced Santa Cruz Harbor SUP users ($20 value)
- $23 for a 90-minute semi-private standup-paddleboard lesson, designed for swimmers who have surfing and canoeing experience ($45 value)
During lessons—which include board and paddle rentals—students practice the basics of standing up, steering, and paddling. Then they take a tour of Santa Cruz Harbor with the instructor and learn which spots are the best for exploration and which are off-limits. Lessons are offered at 9 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday, and also at 3 p.m. on Sunday; they're recommended for those who have not paddle boarded in the past six months or have never paddle boarded in Santa Cruz Harbor. Lessons are meant for one to four people; larger groups must book a group lesson.
Trudie Ransom knows just how addictive the sensation of standing above the waves can be. After just a few trips out on her board, she not only began training with the standup-paddleboarding master Andy Whitman from Angulo boards, but also opened up SUP Shack. From her experience shadowing Whitman, she decided the best way to introduce people to the sport was with Angulo's soft, 10-foot boards, which serve as an easy surface to learn on while spending a day on the waves or taking one of the shop's classes or tours. Classes never contain more than six students, allowing each student to have the one-on-one attention needed to master the art of balancing and maneuvering the board. Once pupils are sure of their strokes, the shop's instructors lead guided tours that slip out across the rippling blue mirror and past the sights of the harbor or tackle the more advanced paths past sea-lion habitats. Late-evening tours pause as the sun sets over the ocean, filling the sky with color like somebody inciting peacocks to riot.