Before ocean surfing, thrill seekers were forced to sneak onto a rock-concert stage and leap board-first onto waves of angry humans. Learn to ride waves that can’t punch you in the head in retaliation with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a spot in a two-hour group surf clinic at WB Surf Camp in Wrightsville Beach (a $75 value).
Pitching its tent on salty waves and sandy sands, WB Surf Camp helps aspiring surfers learn how to tame a wild wave and ride it safely back to shore. The surf school's two-hour group clinics are taught by expert instructors, who share surfing basics such as board position, paddling, safety, water etiquette, and how to fall without getting wet. After 45 minutes of ground training, students migrate to the ocean for more than an hour of water-based instruction. The surf session boasts a 3:1 student-to-teacher ratio, and all necessary equipment is provided—including a board and a rash guard—to get pupils off their bellies and onto the backs of passing dolphins. Surf safety is Surf Camp's main concern, which is why all instructors are certified in CPR and first aid and trained in water safety. As an added precaution, all boards are equipped with rubber-tip safety fins to prevent fin cuts.