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 today’s Groupon to Tri Shop Santa Cruz. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get a 90-minute beginner standup paddleboard lesson (a $60 value) and $100 toward an Angulo board purchase within seven days of the lesson.
- For $20, you get a four-hour standup paddleboard rental (a $40 value).
Founded by endurance enthusiast Trudie Ransom, Tri Shop Santa Cruz trains and equips athletes partaking in both triple-tiered events and paddleboarding pastimes. By the end of a 90-minute lesson, confident swimmers with no prior surfing, paddling, or standing experience can glide around Santa Cruz Wharf having absorbed the basics of standup paddling (SUP). Intro course graduates unable to return to solid ground after the thrill of aqueous asphalt receive a $100 credit toward the purchase of a new Angulo board within seven days of the lesson ($759+). Those who select the board-rental option can keep their standup steed for up to four hours of watery mischief. SUP also affords wave walkers a core-toning workout as they maintain upright equilibrium atop a board while fending off chain-swinging porpoises.
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.