What You'll Get
The ability to negotiate the unpredictable temperament of the sea helps surfers handle the oddities of everyday life and defeat villainous marlin-whales. Today's Groupon tests the gumption of your cursed tiki idol through a 90-minute group surfing lesson with Surf Diva for $30, a $60 value. Join the Party Wave with other aspiring wave kahunas and learn to paddle, pop up, and ride the surf under the seafaring eye of expert surf professors.
Surf Diva teaches the athletic and spiritual value of oceanic communion by instilling the lessons of the great blue sea into land-walking, lung-wearing humans. Each 90-minute lesson guides students of all experience levels through the basics of wave catching, ocean awareness, wave breaks, water safety, surf etiquette, paddling, balance, underwater breathing, and pop-up techniques. Students learn the addictive rush of flying over the ocean on the soles of their feet as the dormant predictability of dry sand is replaced by geysers of sea-mist and the distant echo of maritime folklore.
Surf Diva was founded by twin sisters Izzy and Coco Tihanyi at a time when surfing was dominated by men and horses. Izzy started surfing at a young age, and the sisters' passion for wave riding has drawn a slew of women to the once all-girls school. Surf Diva now boasts over 50 instructors and is open to all genders, ages, and ability levels. All of Surf Diva's inspiring instructors are certified in CPR and first aid, giving pupils the confidence of training under a capable, watchful, human eye.
Your Groupon includes a wetsuit and a surfboard, but be sure to bring a bathing suit and a towel. Party Wave co-ed group lessons take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. every day at La Jolla Shores. Call ahead to schedule your lesson.
The Tihanyi twins and their visionary school have been featured in the Los Angeles Times. Yelpers give Surf Diva a four-star average, and TripAdvisors are thrilled to be catching waves, giving it an average of 4.5 owl eyes:
- two girlfriends came with me to the Surf Diva Surf School weekend beginner's clinic, and it was AMAZING! they make learning to surf fun, safe, and stress-free. – hadashi, TripAdvisor
- I liked the fact that the shop is owned by women and thus, I thought, a little more sympathetic to someone like me who is 39 and out of shape. – Travelisha, TripAdvisor
- We both caught waves on our first attempts and had a wonderful time. We came away wishing we lived near the ocean and could do this sport more. – Family, TripAdvisor
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 26, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. May buy multiple as gifts. By appointment only, must reserve at least 3 days in advance. Classes are subject to availability. Not valid with other offers. 3-person minimum for a class to run. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Surf Diva
When twin sisters Izzy and Coco Tihanyi decided to pursue a career that combined their passion for surfing and their love of the ocean, their calling came in the form of starting Surf Diva. Before long, they were on course to becoming a lauded school for coed surfers in California and Costa Rica. Augmenting the pair's teachings is their team of certified instructors, all graduates of their school's intensive training program and certified in CPR and first aid. Committed to their expertise in surfing, many of the instructors also hold down careers as firefighters, paramedics, and snowboarders, granting them the combined know-how to put out beach bonfires with a casual backflip.
The team's instruction ranges from coed group lessons and competitive coaching sessions to two- or five-day women’s weekend surf clinics. When they're not teaching surfing, crew members commit themselves to alternative teaching programs in yoga and standup paddleboarding, helping surfers to conquer the water with their bodies as well as with their very buoyant hearts. The twins' Costa Rica program also helps women and families hone boarding skills abroad while becoming fully immersed in the Costa Rican culture.