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Paddle Boarding (Surfing)



Paddle Boarding (Surfing)

Paddle Boarding (Surfing) in Kauai

Stand up paddle surfing (SUP), stand up paddle boarding, or in the Hawaiian language Hoe he'e nalu, is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage. The sport is an ancient form of surfing, and reemerged as a way for surfing instructors to manage their large groups of students, as standing on the board gave them a higher viewpoint. This increased visibility of what was going on around them such as incoming swell.

A stand up paddle is a type of paddle used in stand up paddle surfing. The stand up paddle is used to propel an individual across the surface of the water while standing on a surfboard. The paddle consists of a blade, shaft and handle.

The proper form for paddle surfing requires a paddle of the correct length and size. A common rule of thumb is a "shakaā€¯ length, or 5 to 7 inches, above the rider's height. While standing on board, the rider holds the paddle with one hand on the handle and the other hand approximately 1/3 of the way down the shaft. The hand placement alternates depending on what side the rider is paddling on. When paddling on the right side the handle is held with the left hand and the shaft with the right, vice versa on the left side. When paddling, the blade is placed in the water 1 to 2 feet in front of the rider. The paddle is then pulled through the water with a motion similar to the rider punching with the top hand. The motion is continued until the blade is pulled through the water to a point approximately 6 inches to a foot behind the rider's body.
  • Black Pot Beach Park

    North Shore


    This beach is part of the Hanalei Bay and is packed with families every weekend. You will see tents and tarps setup for picnics, fires and BBQs. There is a grass lawn with shade for relaxing. You can rent surfboards and paddle boards. The mouth of the Han
  • Kalapaki Beach

    East Shore


    The white sands and gentle waters of Kalapaki Beach are ideal for sunning, swimming, and sailing. Kalapaki Beach also is the home of the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club, and Kauai Lagoons 40 acres of freshwater tropical lagoons that serve as a sanctuar
  • Ke'e Beach

    North Shore


    This is the last beach accessible by car on the north shore. Located literally at the end of the road, Ke'e Beach is probably the most visited beach on Kauai.
  • Kealia Beach

    East Shore


    This white sandy beach is about one half mile long and is a local surfing and body boarding beach. Swimming also can be good here when conditions allow. The northern end of this beach is generally calmer and better for swimming and body boarding.
  • Kekaha Beach

    West Shore


    This private long white sand beach is is popular fishing spot also well known for great sunsets and beach combing. This is officially the longest stretch of white sand in the state of Hawaii. From this beach there is a view of Niihau Island and Lehua rock
  • Kiahuna Beach

    South Shore


    This beach is a popular beach for beginner surfers, snorkelers and body boarders. You may see others getting first time lessons. The water is usually fairly clam inside the reef. Outside the reef surfers ride the waves, and the water gets much more choppi
  • Kilauea Bay

    North Shore


    This bay is where the Kilauea stream meets the ocean. The beach here is Kahili Beach and is a poplar surfing spot. The bay is calm and a good fishing or kayaking spot. The stream has a slow current, and many times the wind will blow you up or downstream.
  • Maha'ulepu Beach

    South Shore


    The beach is separated into three different parts: Gillin's Beach, Kawailoa Bay, and Haula Beach. The beach offers protection from the surf in parts and can be great for swimming. Fossils of extinct birds have been found in sand dunes along the shoreline.
  • Poipu Beach

    South Shore


    Poipu literally means "crashing waves" in Hawaiian. Poipu beach is located near the southern-most tip of Kauai. The beaches in this area are favorites for snorkeling and scuba diving. This beach consistently receives national and worldwide awards and is k
  • Polihale Beach

    West Shore


    This beach's is famous for it's gigantic 7 mile white sand shoreline. When rain comes to the west shore, it usually misses this lovely beach. Try a sunset here and watch the sunset set over Ni'ihau Island.
  • Prince Kuhio's (PK's) Beach

    South Shore


    This beach is a favorite for surfers. When the water is calm, snorkeling can be really nice (usually in the winter). Shore is small and narrow, not a great beach for shore activities. Some times of the year, the sand is nearly all under water.
  • Pu'u Poa Beach

    North Shore


    Pu'u Poa Beach is mainly used by guests of the St. Regis Princeville Resort and the Hanalei Bay Resort. Hanalei Bay Resort guests can take the steep and paved path that leads to the beach (or use the resort's shuttle). Guests of the St. Regis Princeville
  • Salt Pond Beach Park

    West Shore


    Salt Pond Beach Park is a wide, reddish-golden sand pocket beach on Kauai's south shore that is generally safe for swimming all year round. At both ends of the beach are rocky outcrops; a natural rock ridge connects the outcrops, creating a small lagoon.
  • Waioli Beach Park

    North Shore


    This beach is located at about the middle of the two mile long crescent-shaped bay of Hanalei Bay. Waioli Beach Park is is fronted by a large grass lawn and plenty of shady areas for relaxing in the white sand. The waves are often good for surfing along t

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