up paddle boarding is a becoming a very
popular pastime. It was originally called
"beach boy surfing", named after the famous
Waikiki beach boys, who combined their
outrigger canoe paddling skills with their
surfing skills. Stand up paddle surfing
(SUP) begins on flat water, where you can
get your balance on the oversized boards.
Stand-up boards are larger and more stable
than surfing longboards, which makes them
more stable. The boards are ridden standing
up, so some initial balance is required. The
rider uses a long shafted paddle for
propulsion and steering. There are different
strokes you learn to help you turn, and to
make you go. (Steering is more about
paddle-work in the beginning).
Standup has grown into a worldwide
phenomenon. It has become many things to
different people; a recreational pastime, a
competitive sport and a great way to get a
core workout. Standup has become
popular on lakes and rivers. It has great
appeal for wave surfers. and many devotees
participate in long distance events,
traveling between the islands (crossings),
touring along coastlines, or exploring bays
appeal about standup paddle surfing is that
no previous experience is required, and you
do not have to be super fit to give it a
try. It is much less demanding than regular
surfing. Therefore it appeals to all ages,
young and old. This makes it a great
activity that families can share and do
Once you have your balance, this is a very
pleasant way to tour the ocean, and to
explore the reefs. If you are feeling more
adventurous, you can try to catch some small
waves. Maui has some gentle surf that is
easy to ride. Most people will be fully
satisfied (and exhausted) after their 1-2hr
SUP session. We supply all the beginner
equipment, and a variety of sizes to
accommodate different people sizes. Bigger
folks will need more floatation. Advanced
surfers can rent from a selection of
differing board sizes and types.
standup session begins with a land lesson to discuss
technique, safety and theory, we practice some of the
skills you will need later in the water. We begin close
to shore on the flat water until you get comfortable
with the basics, balance and steering.
Each class is small and personal. We
go at your own pace, slow and steady, or as fast as you
can assimilate the information.
Beginner SUP Lessons are held at Kalama park in Kihei.
just south of the whale statue. All lessons are by
appointment. Lessons must be pre-paid MC, Visa and Amex
accepted. Gift certificates are available for purchase.
Minimum age for adult group classes is 9 years old.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children's
lessons available for kids 6years and up.
Beginner Stand-up surfing Lessons are
held at Kalama park in Kihei. just south of the whale
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
BEGINNERS: Stand Up
Paddling is a lot of fun. Learn about safety,
etiquette, and the core techniques. Start out in the flat
water, get your balance and off you go. Groups are small
and personal. Or you can have a private or semi-private
lesson. Customized lessons allow you to choose the start
times, and lesson length. Some fitter people may want a
longer session, no problem.
SUP in the waves, start small and get some longer rides.
at this level we are working on timing and turning. The
wave does all the work, if you know how to find the
sweet spot. We have multi day classes that can span you
whole vacation, or be your regular weekend activity. With some practice you will be
catching on before you know it. We provide all the equipment.
Lessons seven days a week, year round. Lesson
start times are 8am and 10am.
Advanced SUP surfing
sessions are held at on the North Shore weather
permitting. All lessons are by appointment. Minimum age
for adult group classes is 9years old. Children must be
accompanied by an adult. Children's lessons available
for kids 6years and up.
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