Stand Up Paddle Anyone?

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This weekend I went out to Hawaii Kai in east Oahu to support one of my friends who was competing in the 15th Annual Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships. More than 250 stand up paddle boarders start from the island of Molokai and race the 32 miles across open ocean to Oahu. The channel the athletes cross is the Ka’iwi Channel, also referred to as the Molokai Channel, and can be known for large waves and shifting currents. Challenging and grueling, the race -- which finishes at beautiful Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai -- is great to watch! You can picnic and hang out in the sun while having a great view of the race. The fastest contestants finish in just under five hours!

If you're tempted to try Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) yourself, you are in for a great time. The sport, called hoe he'e nalu in Hawaiian is an ancient form of surfing that has regained popularity in recent years. Some people actually think it is much easier to learn than surfing because boards are longer, providing more stability and a long paddle helps board and rider travel smoothly across the water. There are numerous place to rent boards and try SUP, but some of our favorites are:

Wet Feet Hawaii: http://www.wetfeethawaii.com
Paddle Surf Hawaii: http://www.paddlesurfhawaii.com
Aloha Paddle Surf: http://www.alohapaddlesurf.com

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Posted by amy on 16 Oct, 2011

Look forward to trying that

Look forward to trying that out.