Learn to SUP – Standup SUP Paddle Board Lessons

Standup is fun, and the lessons make it easy to learn.What is SUP? Stand Up Paddle Surfing aka “Stand Up Paddleboard” (SUP) has become a very popular sport. SUP has a distinctive Hawaiian style. SUP Standup can now be enjoyed by anyone, no experience required. Stand up paddle boarding, also known as “SUP” was originally called “beach boy surfing”, named after the famous Waikiki beach boys. The famous Waikiki beach boys were legendary water-men who combined their outrigger canoe paddling skills with their surfing skills and were the first SUP-surfers.

catching waves is the next step for the students.Standup SUP has grown into a worldwide phenomenon. It has become many things to different people; a recreational pastime, a competitive sport and a great way to get a core workout.  Standup has become popular on lakes and rivers. It has great appeal for wave surfers, and many devotees participate in long distance events, traveling between the islands (crossings), touring along coastlines, or exploring bays and inlets.

Who can SUP? The great appeal about standup paddleboarding is that no previous experience is required, and you do not have to be super fit to give it a try. It is much less demanding than regular surfing. Therefore it appeals to all ages, young and old. This makes it a great activity that families can share and do together.

Learn to SUP: Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) lessons begin on flat water, where you can get your balance on the stable SUP boards. Stand-up boards are larger and more stable than surfing longboards, which makes them more stable. The boards are ridden standing up, so some initial balance is required. The rider uses a long shafted paddle for propulsion and steering. There are different strokes you learn to help you turn and to make you go. (Steering is more about paddle-work in the beginning). 

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All ages and sizes can do Standup paddling.Relax & Cruise: Once you have your balance, the Standup paddleboard is a very pleasant way to tour the ocean, and to explore the reefs. Just cruise and relax, see turtles, sit and stop for a rest break, or pick up the pace for a core muscle workout.

Fun & Fitness: Stand-up paddle surfing is a great way to get fit without having to go to a gym working out. But it doesn’t feel like exercising it feels like fun. When you are on the board the constant motion engages hundreds of small muscles from the soles of your feet into your legs and core midsection. They all come alive through the process of balancing an stabilization. Some mobility required as you from kneeling to standing, but there is zero impact on knees and ankle the joints. Paddling engages the shoulders, arms, chest, and back.

Go at your own pace: rest whenever you like, slow or fast, it is up to you. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can try to catch some small waves. Maui has some gentle surf that is easy to ride. Most people will be fully satisfied (and exhausted) after their SUP session. We supply all the beginner equipment, and a variety of sizes to accommodate different people sizes. Bigger folks will need more flotation (please let us know if you are over 220lbs). Advanced sup-surfers can rent from a wide selection of different board sizes and types.

Standup land lesson precedes the water session.Group Lessons are a great way to try SUP: Lessons start in the morning (usually 8 am) at our Kihei Location 6-days a week. Every standup session begins with a brief land lesson to discuss technique, safety, and theory, we practice some of the skills you will need later in the water. Then we begin the water part of the lesson close to shore on the flat water near shore until you get comfortable with the basics. Then we go further out and begin to explore our ride area and interact with the ocean. Each Standup Group class is small and personal and has people of a similar skill level. Each individual student receives plenty of attention from the instructors.  Click here to Book Now.

 group lessons are always small and personal.Where to SUP: Our regular Beginner Group SUP Lessons are held daily at Kalama Park in Kihei. Just south of the whale statue. Check out our driving directions on our Maps Page. Call ahead for availability. Lessons usually start at 8:30 am Monday thru Saturday. All lessons are by appointment and must be pre-booked. Gift certificates are also available. The minimum age for adult group classes is 9years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children’s lessons available for kids 6years and up. All students must be able to swim. Life jackets available on request (please ask ahead of time). Please come to your lessons rested, fueled and energized, and be ready for a great new water sports experience.

Choose from one of the following Lesson Types

Stand-Up Paddleboard  “SUPPING” 1.5 hrs group  $65.00 pp+Tax 
We start you out with a short 5minute land lesson, then learn the basics in calmer water, before setting out for a tour around the reef. You will love this fun activity. Our experienced instructor/watermen will take you through the basics in our 1.5-hour beginner group lesson. Each lesson can be tailored to your skill level. *When Booking, choose your Date and Time, then select “Stand-Up-Paddle Class” as your lesson type.

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Semi-private stand-Up Paddleboard  “SUP” 1.5 hrs  $89.00 pp+Tax 

We also offer Semi-private sessions for couples or family ($89 pp). We do private family groups. Your very own instructor just for your group. Semi-Private sessions can be adjusted to fit your schedule and your needs.  *When Booking, choose your Date and Time, then select “Semi-Private Class” as your lesson type.

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Stand-Up Paddleboard  “SUP Private” 1.5 hrs private  $145.00 +Tax
For any level of SUPper who wants special attention. We work on the skills you want appropriate to your level. Beginners learn at an accelerated pace, intermediates can try some waves, and advanced SUPers have the options of downwind coast tour. All equipment is provided. These classes are suitable for all ages, and no experience is required. (Private $145.00). Call ahead to make a reservation. *Some conditions apply, see our terms and conditions page. *When Booking, choose your Date and Time, then select “Private Class” as your lesson type.
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Beginner Stand-Up Paddleboard Lessons are held at Kalama Park in Kihei, just south of the whale statue.



Stand-Up Paddle Boarding – What’s your level?

BEGINNERS: Stand Up Paddling is a lot of fun. Learn about safety, etiquette, and the

core techniques. Start out in the flat water, get your balance and off you go. Groups are small and personal. Or you can have a private or semi-private lesson. Customized lessons allow you to choose the start times, and lesson length. Some fitter people may want a longer session, no problem.

INTERMEDIATE: SUP in the waves, start small and get some longer rides. At this level, we are working on timing and turning. The wave does all the work if you know how to find the sweet spot. We have multi-day classes that can span your whole vacation, or be your regular weekend activity. With some practice, you will be catching on before you know it. We provide all the equipment. Lessons seven days a week, year round. Lesson start times are usually 8 am. 

ADVANCED: Advanced SUP surfing sessions are also held at various locations according to weather conditions. All lessons are by appointment. All private lessons taught a private or semi-private. Weather conditions vary. Call ahead and we can schedule according to the best conditions.

The minimum age for adult group classes is 9 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult (onshore). Children’s lessons available for kids 6 years and up. Please let us know if you have any medical condition or physical/mental disabilities that may be a concern during a water activity. For more information about our school policies and cancellation policy click here.

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