Video: Stand Up Paddleboarding off Kaanapali Beach, Maui

Posted on May 28, 2013 by

During our recent trip to Maui, we had the chance to take a crash course in stand up boarding — a sport I had long wanted to master. It wasn’t my first time; I’d tried it once in Spain and another time in Alaska but had never quite gotten the hang of it.

So armed with the aloha spirit (or rather, ‘never say die’ spirit), I was determined to get myself on the board and ride the waves. That morning, we met up with our instructor from Sheraton Maui’s activity center, Isaac, who briefly explained the basics of stand up paddleboarding and quickly sent us out to sea. The winds were blowing hard and the waves were rather choppy. Alberto had no problem and was on his feet almost immediately. I, on the other hand, struggled to maintain my balance but I hung on tight and kept going. Thankfully, Isaac paddled out to sea and guided me step by step, right on the water.

And like a miracle, I was soon gliding on the water like a pro, blazing a trail behind me. We spent all afternoon out on the sea, paddling over spearmint blue water and fish swimming beneath our feet. There couldn’t have been a better way to soak up Maui.

Here’s a video we took with our GoPro right on our paddleboard:

Intro to paddleboarding
Alberto on his paddleboard

Additional Information:

The introduction to SUP course is free with a paddleboard rental. Find out the schedule of the course at the Sheraton Adventure Club

Disclaimer: Our trip was made possible by Visit Maui, but all opinions expressed above are our own.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

3 Responses to “Video: Stand Up Paddleboarding off Kaanapali Beach, Maui”

  1. Kristy of Visa USA May 29, 2013 7:42 pm #

    It seems that your never say die spirit was paid off when you successfully glide on the water! Good job.

  2. Desmond - SUP BVI September 12, 2013 6:15 am #

    It may time some time to master SUP but when you do it's all worth it. I'm glad you didn't give up trying. BTW, great music. What song is that?

    • Nellie September 12, 2013 6:40 am #

      Thanks Desmond! I\’m hooked on SUP, though Alberto doesn\’t quite see its draw. The soundtrack is \”Don\’t Need You\” by Mike Kotulka. Glad you like it!

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