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Stand Up Paddle Boarding—What Is It & How Do You Choose One? February 23, 2017

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding—What Is It & How Do You Choose One?, Honolulu, Hawaii

Stand up paddle boarding is one of the most exciting and entertaining activities you can enjoy on a trip to Hawaii. You can learn the basics in a short period of time, but it takes years to perfect your technique. Go Bananas Watersports, the premier kayak rental service in Honolulu, HI, explains what stand up paddle boarding is and how to pick one for rental or purchase. Known throughout the islands as the kayaking and stand up paddle boarding outfitters, they have a wide selection of new and used kayaks for sale, as well as roof racks and other kayak accessories.

What Is Stand Up Paddle Boarding?

Stand up paddle boarding in Honolulu, HIStand up paddle boarding is like a cross between surfing and kayaking. You stand on the board as if you were surfing, but you navigate and propel yourself forward using a long paddle. Since it does not require waves for propulsion, stand up paddle boarding is ideal for rivers, lakes, and canals. Participants can use the paddle board for racing, sightseeing, fishing, and even yoga.

How Do You Choose a Stand Up Paddle Board?

Choose a board based on what you intend to use it for. For instance, shorter boards are more maneuverable, while longer boards are faster but less responsive. The flat, wide, "planing hull" is versatile and rides atop the waves, so it is steady in the ocean and other rough waters. It is a good choice for beginners. The "displacement hull" is longer, narrower, and has a pointed prow. It slices through the water, so it is good for racing and touring.

How Do You Select a Paddle?

When choosing a paddle, weigh qualities like performance, durability, and weight against cost. Carbon is the most lightweight and versatile material, but it is also the most expensive, while aluminum is very cheap but heavy. Fiberglass is a good compromise for mid-level paddlers. Paddle length depends on the use; it should be your height plus an additional 6 inches for wave riding, 8 inches for touring, and 10 to 12 inches for racing.

Go Bananas Watersports, the premier kayak rental company in Honolulu, HI, can outfit you with all the stand up paddle boarding equipment you need. Visit their website to view a product gallery, or call (808) 737-9514 to discuss your needs with a friendly, knowledgeable representative.

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