Friday, May 11, 2012

Stand Up Paddle Surfing in Kihei Maui

Laura getting ready to go
Every time we walk by Cove Park in Kihei Maui we are amazed at the number of people trying Stand Up Paddle Surfing.  It seems to be getting even more popular than traditional surfing possibly because it is easier to master and not so extreme.
I guess is was originally called "Beach Boy Sufing" over in Waikiki and the idea is that surfing skills are combined with outrigger canoe paddling skills, hence the long shafted paddle and oversized board. I haven't tried it yet but have heard from friends that it is an excellent workout for the feet, legs, core, shoulders, arms, chest and back which sounds to me pretty much like a full body workout. 
The main thing seems to be getting your balance and then experimenting with different strokes and steering techniques.

Getting her balance and preparing to stand up

In between strokes
My friend Julie says she is beginning to like it even better than kayaking because she is high enough to have a great view of the coral, turtles and any other sea life you might be lucky enough to see.

Julie hanging out looking for turtles
Riding the waves can be a bit tricky but like anything else, practice makes perfect. There are a number of places on Maui that offer rentals and lessons. The photos are of some of my friends who love Stand Up Paddle Surfing. I think one of these days I am going to give it a try. It looks like too much fun!!!!!

Belle and Gordon over in Kaanapali