Stand up paddle surfing (SUP), or in the Hawaiian language Hoe he’e nalu, is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage. SUP appears set to become the most talked about aquatic pastime since modern surfboards first hit these shores 50 years ago.
The popularity of the modern sport of SUP has its origins in the Hawaiian Islands. In the early 1960s the Beach Boys of Waikiki would stand on their long boards and paddle out with outrigger paddles to take pictures of the tourists learning to surf, This is where the term “Beach Boy Surfing” originated.
The first “modern” surfer to bring Stand Up Paddle Surfing out of Hawaii and onto mainland USA was Vietnam veteran, Rick Thomas. In 2000, Rick – on a 11ft Muñoz board, and with a Leleo Kinimaka paddle – introduced California to the new sport. (*)
Surfers have converted because of the versatility of the new sport. Stand up paddle boarding offers surfers the ability to catch more waves in a set, as well as offering a better view of incoming sets.
SUP adds a whole new dimension to riding waves or just exploring the coast. With a BIG fitness benefit, SUP has plenty of people (including our top surfers) grabbing a paddle and learning a whole new way to play in the ocean.
Whether you want to rip in waves, explore the coastline & marine life in harbours, lakes or rivers or just paddle around and enjoy the fitness benefits, Paddle Surfing is an amazing sport that can change your life. Best of all, anyone can try it – a ton of fun for the whole family, no matter what your age!
RICHIE LOVETT, FORMER PRO SURFER “The fist time I did it, I jumped up and I was immediately hooked. It was like the first time I ever went surfing back as a, young kid at eight years old. I got that feeling again at 34, so yeah, it was pretty cool.
It’s a serene thing. And you’re out there by yourself and you can be paddling along and you’ll see fish and stingrays and you’ll see the contours of the reef and the sand bars and the formations of all the, of all these things that are going on around you. And it’s, it feels special. It feels, I guess spiritual in a way, without sounding too corny.”