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What is Stand Up Paddleboarding?

Stand up paddle surfing (SUP), or in the Hawaiian Language Hoe he'e nalu, is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage. The sport is an ancient form of surfing, and reemerged as a way for surfing instructors to manage their large groups of students, as standing on the board gave them a higher viewpoint. This increased visibility of what was going on around them, such as incoming swell or waves.

SUP'ing in the early 1960s, the Beach Boys of Waikiki would stand on their long boards, and paddle out with outrigger paddles to take pictures of the tourists learning to surf. This is where the term "Beach Boy Surfing", another name for Stand Up Paddle Surfing, originates.

The sport benefits athletes with a strong 'core' workout. SUP'ing is popular at warm coastal climates and resorts, and is gaining in popularity as celebrities are sampling the sport, and cross-over athletes are training with SUP. SUPs have been spotted around the globe, anywhere there is easy access to safe waters, as well as in the surfing lineups of the world. Another reason for the rise in popularity of stand up paddleboarding is that, unlike surfing, paddleboarding is very easy to learn. Within one hour you can become very comfortable in the water and on your board. Stand up paddleboarding is also more popular with women because of their lower center of gravity, women are more often skilled at paddleboarding than men.

Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama re-introduced the ancient sport of paddle surfing to the modern water sports world. The first "modern" surfer to bring Stand Up Paddle Surfing out of Hawaii and onto mainland USA was Vietnam veteran Rick Thomas.

Andrea Moller and Maria Souza, both Brazilians living on Maui, were the first woman team to cross the Molokai to Oahu channel stand up paddling, in 2006.

Surfers have converted because of the versatility of the new sport. Stand up paddle boarding offers surfers the ability to catch more waves in a set, as well as offering a better view of incoming sets.

River SUP'ing is gaining popularity in the boating community due to the skill and agility required to navigate rapids and obstacles, or just the fun of cruising a meandering stream!

After more than 13 years of teaching extreme watersports, KITESPORTS now offers SUP classes for getting learners going confidently! We have the a huge selection of boards to make the experience easy, fun & exciting for individuals & groups! We pick locations that are scenic & out of the wind, so your SUP skills will progress fast!!

This low impact sport is great for strengthening your core muscles, curing you from back pain, or other injuries. This is also the perfect sport for girls and ladies, due to the lower center of gravity of the feminine body they out skill their male competitors easily! You're getting in shape while having fun!! Get into it!!


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