The contemplative cousin to surfing's adrenaline rush, stand-up paddleboarding mingles the pleasures of the open sea with wry observations about airplane peanuts and how men never ask for directions. Steel yourself against the ocean's heckling with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get a one-hour paddleboard rental at Xtreme Kites in Miami Beach (a $20 value).
From its beachfront store, Xtreme Kites introduces landlubbing limbs to the joys of stand-up paddle surfing on a paddleboard, whose extended length and concave hull eases the learning curve for newbies. This ancient Hawaiian surfing method was rediscovered in the 20th century when surf instructors began using paddleboards to watch over their floundering flock and shepherd them away from the edge of the world. Paddleboarding boasts a natural immunity to the vicissitudes of high or low winds, and its elevated vantage point gives riders a heads-up for incoming swells and mermaid stampedes. An hour atop one of Xtreme's paddleboards is sufficient time to tone arms, tan torsos, and develop a taste for the sport.
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