What You'll Get
For $30, today's side deal gets you a two-hour paddleboard lesson and tour (a $60 value) at Washington Surf Academy, located on Seaview Avenue. Get out on Greenlake or Shilshole Bay Sunday or Monday morning at 9 a.m., or on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. All the necessary equipment is included, though you must bring a change of clothes, bathing suit, and your own shredded, 22-pack abs. In order to depart, lessons must meet a required number of participants (six people for Greenlake, four people for Shilshole Bay).
Surfing's less extreme cousin, paddleboarding, allows you to admire the scenery and the joy of being on the water without having to worry about riding the toughest waves or impressing the most insular group of surfing, skydiving bank robbers. During your two hours, the Surf Academy’s chillaxed lifetime bromates, Andrew Drake and Jim Simpson, will cover proper technique for standing up without toppling. The pipelining pair has more than 40 years of surfstruction experience between them and can transmit their knowledge of the waves to young and old, masters and novices, Berts and Ernies. Bring a friend and enjoy the motion of the ocean with today’s side deal.
Though May through October is ideal boarding season, you may redeem this deal anytime up to its expiration date (so long as the weather is safe and beauteous).
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 1, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Lesson meet min. participant number in order to run (Greenlake: 6; Shilshole: 4). 24-hour advanced reservation required. 24-hour cancellation policy or Groupon is forfeited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Washington Surf Academy
It's been more than three decades since Andrew Drake rode his first wave, but his passion for surfing stays strong. Washington Surf Academy is the embodiment of his passion and has grown to include instruction not just for surfing but for paddleboards as well. Unlike a gingerbread man's enemies, Mr. Drake's classes don't take a cookie-cutter approach. "Every person is a unique case," he says. The diversity of his clientele is one of the things Mr. Drake finds most rewarding. "Some people will have huge fears, and it is nice to see them get over them. This one time, this lady was freaking out, but I talked her into it, and she loved it so much that she bought a board from us on the first day."
By helping them to float out of their comfort zones, Mr. Drake and his team open people up to the hidden world off Seattle's coast. With snow-capped peaks in the distance, surfers can conquer waves and paddleboarders can float beneath bald eagles flying to their next college history lecture.