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A student on a surfboard works on her stand up paddling technique and enjoys the new perspective on the marine life

Stand Up Paddling Lessons in Waikiki

This is your chance to learn how to stand up paddle board in Hawaii, our fastest growing water sport. Big Wave Dave provides lessons in stand up paddling, and supplies the paddles and stand up paddleboards for all skill levels. We’ll teach you advance 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.

History of Stand Up Paddle Board in Honolulu

This Hawaiian sport goes back to the 1940’s. Stand up paddle surfing is a mix between surfing and paddling. It all started back in the day when Waikiki beach boys stood on their long boards while navigating with outrigger paddles, to take pictures of tourists onshore. 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.

Stand up paddle boarding is excellent for surfers and non-surfers as it gives an isometric workout, which is a cardiovascular workout that strengthens the core muscle groups. Some do it because it’s the best workout on the water; others use it to access surf that is difficult to tap with prone paddling. But the reason this ancient style is becoming so popular is simply that it’s a fun new way to experience being on the water.

The renaissance of Stand Up Paddling 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 Stand Up Paddling as a division at his father’s famous surf event and party, Buffalo’s Big Board Classic at Makaha. It was hugely popular and got major media attention - stand up paddling was up and running.

Advantages of Stand Up Paddle Board in Honolulu

The beauty of the sport is all that is required is a body of water; no wave needed a river, harbor, lake or any body of water will do when you are not by the ocean. One of the advantages of Stand Up Paddle Surfing is the angle of visibility. Because of the standing height over the water, once 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 water or the incoming swells of the ocean rolling in on the horizon.  You will be blown away by how much fun you will have while getting a great workout.

All Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons include:

  • Usage of the Stand Up Paddle Board, Paddle and Leash
  • Basic Ocean Awareness
  • Stand Up Paddle Board Etiquette
  • Basic Paddle Technique
  • Advanced turning techniques
  • How to build speed and catch a wave

Ten daily surf lesson times to choose from:  First Lesson 7:30 Last Lesson 4:00


Big Wave Dave enjoys a break in the waves wtih his surfboard off Waikiki beach on Oahu

Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson Rates in Waikiki

Private Stand Up Paddling Lesson: $149 per person (1 on 1 instruction)

Semi-Private Stand Up Paddling Lesson: $119 per person (2-3 people per instructor)

Note: There are no group lessons for stand up paddle lessons.

Please contact us for corporate rates/discounts.

Answers to Common Questions about Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons

  • Lessons are 1.5 hours long.
  • All stand up paddle board lessons will include extensive land training and surf ethics.
  • All of the equipment necessary for the lesson is included: stand up paddleboard, paddle, leash and instructor.
  • We are experienced with students who have special needs.
  • Lessons are available year round. Reservations are required; space is limited, so please book in advance.
  • Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson Photos available.
  • Corporate groups, school organizations, team building retreats, organized outings welcome.
  • Discounts offered for “Honeymoon” lessons.
  • Don’t forget your swimsuit and sun block.

Lessons are typically started in a very shallow area, with calm water. After balance is maintained, off to the ocean to explore and catch waves.



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