Like contact lenses, rushes of adrenaline improve the performance of the senses but ruin the experience of naptime. Set aside the shuteye with today's Groupon: for $95, you get a two-part intro to wakeboarding lesson at Wake Experience in Long Beach (a $190 value).
Head coaches Nick and Julz Heaney draw from their experiences as professional wakeboarders to unveil the mysteries of the sport for students of any skill level. The two-part private lessons take place back to back on the same day, first on land and then on water, for about one and a half to two hours of hydro-taming instruction, though students can stay for up to four hours. During the land portion, an orientation covers boat and safety basics and sea-shanty harmonizing. Students also practice turning on heel and toe in order to develop the muscle memory needed to control the board on the water. Once the wake mavens deem their apprentices worthy of buoyancy, the lessons take to the water, where either a Pro 09 MasterCraft X-Star speedboat or a team of harnessed dolphins awaits.
Private lessons provide all necessary equipment, including Hyperlite wakeboards and a selection of wetsuits, though boarders should bring their own suntan lotion, towels, and cameras. Students may invite friends, family, and optimistic bullhorns along, as the boat can seat a cheering section of up to eight people.
5255 E Paoli Way
Long Beach, California 90803Get Directions