Surf Hawaii - Surf School Teaches Stand Up Paddle on the North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

Stand Up Paddle Lessons - Core Workout and So Much Fun!

A Hawaiian sport originating as far back as the 1940s, stand-up paddle surfing is a mix between, you guessed it, surfing and paddling. Back in the day, Waikiki beach boys stood on their longboards while navigating with outrigger paddles, taking pictures of tourists onshore; thus the sport of stand-up paddle (SUP) was born. Now referred to as Ku Hoe He'e Nalu on the Hawaiian Islands, the sport is quickly gaining popularity all over the world because of its graceful simplicity and quick learning curve.

Students learning stand-up paddle on North Shore Oahu Sunset stand-up paddling
Children Stand Up Paddles Lessons Edison SUP Instructor

Enjoy! Sunset Paddle

Surf Hawaii - Surf School has lessons in the sport, and supplies paddles and specialized stand up paddle boards for all skill levels. We'll teach you advanced strokes for turning and catching waves, safety on the water, safe methods of carrying your gear, basic strokes and turns, correct stances and how to use the paddle for stability. Edison also recommends that the first lessons be in virtually windless conditions, so that means early morning or late afternoons. It's the most beautiful part of the day and the water, where lessons are undertaken, is usually like glass.

Learning to turn:
SUP is excellent for surfers and non-surfers as it gives an isometric workout, which strengthens the core muscle groups, and is great fun. Improved health means improved performance. The phenomenal core and cardiovascular workout of SUP is overshadowed only by how downright fun the sport is.

The renaissance of SUP can probably be tracked to a long summer flat spell in 2000, when serious watermen like Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama on Maui and Brian Keaulana, Mel Pu'u and Bruce De Soto at Makaha, seized on the idea of paddling their tandem boards as fitness workouts. It didn't take them long to realize how much fun this aspect of surfing could be. In 2004, Brian Keaulana introduced SUP as a division at his father's famous surf event and party, Buffalo's Big Board Classic, at Makaha. It was hugely popular, got major media coverage and the seal was broken. SUP was up and running.

Learn how to SUP!

All stand up paddle lessons include:

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90 minutes (private) $ 150.00 each
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2 hours (2-4 people) $ 85.00 each
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2 hours (5-7 people) $ 85.00 each
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Edison SUP Instructor
Above: Edison, Instructor, having fun with stand up paddling on North Shore...

Carlos, Ligia and Edison after along paddle
Above (left to right): Carlos, Ligia and Edison after a long paddle

Turtle resting on the beach
Above: A turtle resting on a North Shore beach

One difference between the modern idea of surfing and SUP is that the latter does not need a wave. In SUP, one can paddle on the open ocean, in harbors, on lakes, rivers or any large body of water. One of the advantages of Stand Up Paddle Surfing is the angle of visibility. Because of the standing height over the water, one can see both deeper into the water and further across the surface of the water, allowing better visualization of features others lower above the water may not be able to see, whether it is the marine life in the harbors, lakes and coves or the incoming swells of the ocean marching on the horizon. You won't believe the workout you will get from the sport plus the fun part of it!!

Edison de Paula - Surf Hawaii - Surf School Stand Up Paddling and Surf Instructor.

Phone: 1 (808) 295-1241
(Remember Hawaii is 5 hours behind East Coast, US during Winter and 6 hours during Summer)


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