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How to SUP Standup Paddle Surf

  How to Standup Paddle Surf – SUP by David Dorn. Standup PADDLE Surfing is a modern revival of an older surfing style from EARLY PART OF THE  last century. The original INSPIRATION for this sport may have come from fishermen standing in their canoes and catching waves. This skill has now evolved into the sport we now know as Standup paddle boarding. Boards: Standup Boards are wider than regular surfboards, and usually have more volume. This adds to their stability at slow speeds. This is known a static stability. The greater the static stability the easier the board is to learn on. This simply put means bigger is better. When learning How to SUP Standup Paddle Surf, larger riders will want larger boards. Longer is not always more stable. Mostly it is the width that aids initial…

How Waves are Made

How Waves are Made “Understanding the elemental forces that create our ocean waves, and the processes that deliver the surf to our beaches will help you to better appreciate the different surf conditions that exist, and to better participate in ocean surfing sports. Wind, weather, tides, and land-forms all have their effect on the types of wave that we experience at the shoreline. Lets take a look at the basics of How waves are Made”. Aloha, David Dorn. Ocean Waves Formation: Ocean waves are usually formed by a distant wind. Usually storms generate strong winds that act on the ocean’s surface for several days. The strength of the wind, and the duration it blows have a factor on how the resulting waves will be. The area which the wind affects the surface is called the fetch. The larger the fetch,…

Surfing 201

Beyond Basics Surfing Course for Intermediates Surfing 201 in the follow on course for surfers who have mastered the basics covered in Surfing 101. Surfing 201 takes a deeper look into understanding the forces that we use in surfing and the techniques we will use to catch more waves, and ride more waves. Before reading this section you should have already read Surfing 101 and the section of How waves are made. Reading the Waves: Understanding the surfing area is crucial to understanding how the waves work and distribute their power. Most beginners cannot get into position, because they lack the skills or knowledge. or they have failed to read the conditions correctly. This diagram illustrates the typical surf break scenarios. The waves are breaking away from shore on a shallow bottom, either a reef break or a sandbar….

Gear Guide

    Maui Gear & Equipment Guide EQUIPMENT GUIDE RECOMMENDED GEAR FOR YOUR LESSONS   GEAR GUIDE RECOMMENDED GEAR FOR AFTER YOUR LESSONS     EQUIPMENT GUIDE RECOMMENDED GEAR FOR YOUR LESSONS The learning experience is challenging enough without having the wrong gear. We have found that using equipment specifically designed for learning or chosen for its user friendly characteristics, will enhance the learning process. We recommend using this Gear Guide. You will have greater success, more fun, and maintain a higher level of motivation. Use the equipment recommended in this Gear Guide.     Personal Gear and Supplies you should Bring for All Lessons: Wear Sturdy Swimwear (board shorts), this goes for men and women. Wear a rash-guard shirt; If you are buying one, get a long sleeved rash-guard. Bring your booties (reef shoes) if you have…

General Information

GENERAL INFORMATION Action Sports Maui is the center of Watersports Lessons and Ocean Sports Education, tours and adventures, and is Hawaii’s original kiteboarding center. For a quick overview of our school go to our “At a Glance” page. Our Instructors are full-time, well trained professionals that are dedicated to their sports; Surfing, Standup, Windsurfing, Kiteboarding. Take a look at our Action Calendar  for special events & Clinics. And don’t forget to check our Kite-van out at Kitebeach at Kanaha Beach Park, and our new Surf Center in Kihei. Hawaii is one of the best and easiest places to learn to surf. Being located in the center of the Pacific Ocean. Pure ocean swells combined with our off-shore reefs give us a variety of quality waves to ride. In the summer the south shore has the better surf, with a swell originating in the south…