A Brief History of Stand Up Paddle Boarding:
The first recreational stand up paddle surfers occurred in Waikiki in the early 1950s after the post war tourism explosion, before that paddlers have been using stand up paddle boards as a means of transportation between islands. In 2000 after a "flat season", water-men Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama and Brian Keaulana started paddling out on long boards using wooden paddles to get into the surf. Currently paddlers race on lakes, rivers, and canals, surfing waves and gliding over long distances along sea coasts, called "downwinders". Oh and lets not forget, practicing yoga postures on paddle boards, SUP Yoga! Want to know more about stand up paddle boarding? Check out this article in SUP World Mag.
A Brief History of Yoga:
For more than 5000 years people have been practicing yoga to find balance and a mind/body/spirit connection. Adventurous yogis started taking their practice outdoors using other less traditional surfaces than their mats, like slack-lines (YogaSlackers) and even each other (AcroYoga). There is no clear origin of when stand up paddle yoga began, but with the booming growth of yoga, it was only natural to take the practice out onto the water. The perfect combination of water and yoga was born!
A Brief History of SUP Yoga:
We find practicing yoga on the water begins to uncover our truest selves, and challenges us to be more present and mindful in our everyday lives. With the infinite sky above and the supporting water sway below, there is a perfect balance of the elements guiding us on our personal journey. Engaging in "ujaii" (oceanic) breathing, surrendering to the joy of being outdoors, the open air, the sun, the water, engaging your balance and breath, being fully present in your life! Paddle boarding and SUP yoga increases in popularity each year, partially due to the fact that virtually anyone can do it! Really!
SUP & Surf Etiquette:
- Be aware of local surroundings, kids, water, waves, boats, water depth, anchors, ropes, rocks etc...
- When paddling out as a group please launch one at a time to avoid the "regatta" onslaught to others in the water
- Be considerate and safe!
Looking forward to seeing you out on the water!!!