There is a little misconception that stand up paddle is the “new thing” and the modern idea of surfing is the purist’s sport. The truth is that stand up paddle is the real old school sport here and has been seeing a huge resurgence in the last 5 years. Just take a look at the names that have embraced the sport. Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama, Gerry Lopez, Buzzy Kerbox, Brian Keaulana, Loch Eggers, Sean Ordonez, Slater, Machado, Malloy brothers, and many more.
The Hawaiian term for stand up paddle is Hoe He’e Nalu. Let’s break it down in Hawaiian… “hoe” means paddle, “he’e” means to surf or slide, and “nalu” means wave.
The old school sport of stand up paddle originally gained notoriety when the beach boys of Waikiki grabbed some outrigger paddles and used them to paddle on long boards. In the past 5-10 years, stand up paddle has been growing hugely popular as people see how much fun they are. You don’t have to be a guru to have a great time out on the water. Not everyone is going to be able to shred huge waves like Laird, but everyone can experience the incredible feeling that is gliding down the front of a wave. And when the swell isn’t happening, you can get a great workout just paddling over the ocean and connecting with nature. You’ll see amazing things out there.
We have the perfect stand up paddle boards for rent in Waikiki for you. Our boards are nice and stable for beginners and have great glide. No time like today to get your ancient Hawaiian on. Stand up paddling will connect you with the ocean in ways you have never experienced before.