Excelling at water sports, like aging gracefully or enjoying dried fruit, requires acceptance of pruney fingers. Engage in aqua play with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a 90-minute introductory stand-up paddleboarding lesson from SUPGirlz (an $80 value). Classes take place on Toronto's Kew-Balmy Beach by the intersection of Hubbard Boulevard and Maclean Avenue.
SUPGirlz's experienced instructors introduce groups of up to seven students to stand-up paddleboarding, a sport that entwines the giddiness of aquatic enjoyment with the benefits of a full-body workout and natural sightseeing. Introductory classes cover on-board fundamentals, including standing up on the board, proper paddling technique, and stoic stares into the distance. Basic exercises strengthen stomachs, arms, legs, and backs while relieving stress and improving balance. Gaze at the city skyline from Lake Ontario while embracing an activity that dates as far back as ancient Polynesian times, when water was invented. Groupon-buying graduates of the introductory class can sign up for up to 40 90-minute PaddleYoga classes for $20 each on the day of their session (a $30 value).
Ancient Polynesian athletes had the right idea with stand up paddleboarding. As paddlers catch gentle waves and soak in the sun, the sport whips their bodies into shape as a side effect, leaving toned bellies, arms, legs, and back in its wake. At SUPGirlz, staff members—all of whom have roots in surfing and other boarding activities including wake-, skate-, and snowboarding—share their passion for the water-based sport with students of all abilities. Their classes range from beginner paddles to SUP Bootcamp, an intense workout that, much like a grizzled seadog's life, is divided between land and sea. Surfers who have have SUP’d before and are thinking about buying a board can take the board review class. During this two hour class, students will learn about different SUP boards available. Several times a year, a scenic fishing village in Ecuador sets the stage for their all-inclusive camps, which incorporate yoga, surfing, and stand up paddleboarding into nine days of outdoorsy fun.
Hubbard Blvd. & Maclean Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M4L 1B8