If you haven’t already seen it, you will. Stand Up Paddle boarding and surfing is the latest retro craze. For years, we we’re reluctant to give it a try because we feel tied to our own roots of surfing (shortboarding.) But, finally we gave it a shot and rented some boards from Boss Frog’s Dive & Surf in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii in Dolphin Plaza (ask for Benjammin.)
And WOW! It’s a lot of fun! Now we’re all hooked. It’s like going snorkeling without getting wet (if it’s calm and you don’t fall.) From looking down over your board, you can see the reef clearly as well as any sealife. Turtles are everywhere!
We had a great time, but we also have a few decades of surfing experience under our belts. For those new to it, it’s really best to have a stand up paddle boarding lesson.
Not only is it fun for the views of Maui and sealife, we enjoy it because it’s great exercise and a lot of fun. Sometimes we’ll put some snorkel gear on our board (attached to the leash) and go out to spots that are difficult to access.
When it comes to surfing, it can make a really bad day good. I don’t recommend taking them out in big waves, but riding tiny waves is really fun. I feel you have more of an advantage in surfing larger waves with a short board or regular longboard. Some would disagree, but we suggest only riding the SUP boards in really small waves or just for distance exploration.
Here’s a video from the boards the last time we went out. We rode from the Makena Golf Resort to Little Beach and back. We got up a little late, so it had a bit of bump. It was still a lot of fun, but we suggest going out before the wind hits around 10-11 in the morning while it’s still glassy. If there is wind, make sure to go up wind to start. Save going down wind for when you’re tired and coming back. Also, always be safe and don’t ride over shallow reef or areas you don’t know. Be careful!
We rented our boards at Boss Frog’s Dive & Surf. You can call and rent boards on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii by calling (808) 661-3333.
A friend of mine was telling me how much fun Stand Up Paddle Boarding is. Would love try it one of these days. Thankyou for the useful tips.
Paddle boarding is so fun! You get your balance down really quick and your off! Wear polarized glasses so you can see into the water and look for turtles and fish! And go earlier in the morning, better with no wind. Have fun!