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A Brief History Of Stand Up Paddleboard (or Wassup with SUP?)

Stand up paddle boarding is the fastest growing watersport in the world currently but it didn’t just come out of no where. I feel that newcomers to the sport don’t really know how this sport evolved. I was introduced to stand up paddle boarding (SUP) just as it was being discovered by more and more locals in Hawaii about 10 years ago. Even though aspects of this sport are new; it is really just an extension or blending of 3 different Hawaiian water sports; some dating back to before the Polynesions came to Hawaii in their large sailing canoes. Here’s a brief history of the new Hawaiian tradition of stand up paddle boarding.


Stand up paddle boarding has existed as a form of surfing since surfing was invented by the Polynesians thousands of years ago and refined by the Hawaiians. Duke Kahanamoku is known as the father of modern surfing (pictured above). Hawaiians were known as being accomplished watermen and waterwomen which means that they were profient at a number of water sports including swimming, surfing, outrigger canoeing, etc. As a young man; Duke won 3 gold medals and 2 silver medals at the 1912 Olympics for swimming. Using the noteriety of being an Olympian, he traveled the world and introduced his favorite sport of surfing to people around the world. Duke was also known to use a paddle at times when surfing. Other Hawaiians and locals used paddles when surfing but the tradition of surfing with a paddle had almost died out by the 1970s and early 1980s after the old-time paddlesurfers were beyond their surfing days (pictured below)

You just need to show up and paddle!

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Ready to walk on the wild side?

Our guided Eco-tours will open your eyes to a whole new way of looking at Palm Beach County. The Lake Worth Lagoon is a treasure of natural eco-systems living side by side with our urban environment. Let Paddleboard Connection’s, Vivian Caylor, a certified Florida Master Naturalist, take you for a walk on the wild side at the Snook Islands, Bingham Islands, Munyon Island in Palm Beach County or to other great nearby paddling locations a little north including Hobe Sound, Stuart and Port Saint Lucie. You gotta see these beautiful natural areas on a paddle board for an unforgettable South Florida experience!

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Special Events!

Want to plan a special activity for your next corporate outing or a party such as a wedding or a reunion? Paddleboard Connection will make your next party or event a hit! Imagine Sue from accounting out on the board! Or Crazy Uncle Dave? It’s a great way to connect with friends and family that’s totally different and fun!

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There’s no time to lose!

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Beginning of an outrigger canoe race

Coed outrigger canoe team

John Zapatocky stand up paddling in the 60s

Dave Kalama stand up paddling

Big wave surf legend-Greg Noll

Prone paddler in Hawaii

Prone paddler in Hawai

Prone paddler in Hawaii

Pops Ah Choy stand up paddling in the 70s

Outrigger Canoe Team in Hawaii

Hawaiian priests traveling between islands

A beautiful, lone Pelican