Want to walk on water? Try the hottest new water sport: Stand-up paddle surfing or SUP.
The concept isn’t new. Stand-up paddling originated in Waikiki about 60 years ago, when beach boy surfing, as it was known then, was commonly used to get past the occasional flat-surf day.
With the help of a lightweight paddle and an extra-wide, aerodynamic surfboard— and maybe just a little bit of balance—this activity is easier than surfing, and a lot of fun.
WAIKIKI BEACH SERVICES continues that Waikiki tradition, in the shadow of Diamond Head. Just like those beach boys of old, they assist anyone with their SUP adventure, whether they’re a newbie or experienced paddler. Private and group classes are available.
OHANA SURF PROJECT (OSP) offers private, group and family SUP lessons for all ages and skill levels. Osp picks up students at various Honolulu hotels for custom SUP lessons—all you need to do is bring your swimsuit, towel and a change
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At SURF N SEA on the North shore, you can rent a board and paddle out, or take a lesson from a licensed instructor. The surf shop is situated on a calm bay that provides the perfect arena for the whole family to learn the basics.
SUP also is popular on Kailua Bay, where KAILUA BEACH ADVENTURES houses the largest SUP collection on the island. The store rents equipment, offers lessons and conducts guided tours. TWOGOOD KAYAKS also offers a SUP package with a lesson, gear, free hotel pick-up and lunch.
• WAIKIKI BEACH SERVICES (808) 388-1510
• KAILUA BEACH ADVENTURES (808) 262-2555
• KAILUA OCEAN ADVENTURES (808) 554-5911
• OHANA SURF PROJECT (808) 599-7873
• SURF N SEA (808) 637-7873 OR (800) 899-7873 (SURF)
• TWOGOOD KAYAKS (808) 262-5656
• TY GURNEY SURF SCHOOL (808) 271-9557