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Learn to Stand-up Paddleboard in Maui
Stand-up paddleboarding is becoming a very popular pastime and is fun for all ages. Also known as “SUP,” 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 paddleboarding (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). Catching waves is the next step for the students.
Stand-up 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.
Stand-up 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 and inlets.
The great appeal about stand-up paddleboarding 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 together.
All ages and sizes can do stand-up paddling. Once you have your balance, this is a very pleasant way to tour the ocean and to explore the reefs. Just cruise and relax, or pick up the pace for an isometric workout for your core muscles.
Stand-up paddle surfing is a great way to get fit without having to work out. It is a way of exercising without even realizing it; just have fun. When you are on the board the constant motion engages hundreds of small muscles from the soles of your feet into your legs and core midsection. They all come alive through the process of balancing and stabilization.
Some mobility is required as you go from kneeling to standing, but there is zero impact on knees and ankle joints. Paddling engages the shoulders, arms, chest and back. Go at your own pace, rest whenever you like, slow or fast, it’s up to you. 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 SUP session. We supply all the beginner equipment, and a variety of sizes to accommodate different people sizes. Bigger folks will need more floatation (please let us know if you are over 220lbs). Advanced sup-surfers can rent from a wide selection of different board sizes and types.