The latest in water sports. Stand Up Paddleboarding, commonly know as simply Paddleboarding, is derived from its Polynesian roots. The Hawaiian translation is “Ku Hoe He’e Nalu” which means “to stand, to paddle, to surf, a wave.”
Originating in the Hawaiian Islands in the early 1960’s, the Beach Boys of Waikiki would stand on their long boards and paddle out to take pictures of the tourists learning to surf. This is where the term “Beach Boy Surfing” originated, another name for paddleboarding. In the early 2000s Hawaiian surfers started paddleboarding as an alternative way to cross-train while the surf was down.
Today, the sport has taken water sports by storm with its appeal to all ages and levels of fitness, growing exponentially! Unlike surfing, paddleboarding is very easy to learn. In paddleboarding, one can paddle on the beach, intercoastal, open ocean, in harbors or any large body of water. The standing height over the water allows a stand up paddleboarder to see both deeper into the water and further across the surface of the water. The variety of wildlife one will see while paddleboarding is incredible!
Whether you’re paddling across flat water enjoying the wildlife underneath you, catching waves at your favorite surf break, or using the paddleboard as a platform to snorkel, free dive, or catch lobsters from, you can be assured that you will love the sport as much as we do!