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Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Hawaii!

paddleboardA cross between surfing and kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or SUP as it is known, has taken the world of water sports by storm and is one of the most popular water activities in Hawaii.

Celebrities like Emma Stone, Rhianna, Kathy Griffin and even Cher have all been spotted paddleboarding in Hawaii. According to a recent report by The Outdoor Foundation, Stand-up paddleboarding is the most popular activity amongst people trying an outdoor activity for the first time.

Originally implemented by surf instructors in the 1960’s to watch over their students, it’s no surprise the sport originated in Hawaii. Known here as Hoe he’e nalu, SUP also goes by stand-up paddle surfing, and the islands are full of spots to try your hand at the sport for the first time.

For those who’ve never tried the activity before, paddleboards are typically longer than your average surfboard. You can sit, kneel or stand on the board using a paddle to navigate through rivers, lakes and  ocean waters. Newcomers to the sport will want to stick to areas free of rough or choppy water and keep to calmer areas until they become comfortable with balancing and more familiar with navigation. Avid boarders with lots of experience may want to hit the waves.

If the fun factor isn’t enough to get you to try it out, stand-up paddleboarding is also a fantastic full-body workout. Your legs and core are engaged while standing and maintaining your balance, while the paddling works the arms.

There are a number of companies and surf shops in Hawaii that offer everything from rentals to lessons to paddleboard tours allowing you to take in some of our state’s best scenery! The Hawaii Hideaways concierge service would be happy to help you find a local shop or operator so that you can try the world’s fastest growing outdoor activity for yourself!