Stand Up Paddle Board Surfing Beyond the Popular Surfing Spots

The Ocean is Bigger on a Stand Up Paddle Board

“Every innovation goes through three stages: ridicule, opposition, then self-evidence,” says board designer Corran Addison. “With SUP, we’re somewhere between the second and third stage.” This quote appeared in a three-year old edition of Outdoor Magazine concerning the territorial nature of the surfer and the intrusion, at least in their minds, of the stand up paddle boarder. Can SUPers, the folks who actively participate in the fastest growing water sport, exist in harmony with the renegade beach surfers?

Pau Hana Big EZ SUP

Take this board anywhere there is water.

Probably not. But then again, why should you even try. Beyond simple courtesy, the simple fact of the matter is that the ocean and all of its waves, surf, and breaks is much bigger on a stand up paddle board.

When you take to the surf with a board like the Pau Hana Big EZ 11’ Bamboo Paddle Board, built to be the ultimate crossover board, you won’t need to assimilate. Let’s face it, surfers are locked into the best, and often the most easily accessed breaks. They already face competition for those same waves with body boarders, towed surfers, body surfing animals, kayaks as well as the internal feuds between long boards and short boards enthusiasts. But that doesn’t mean you need join the fray. Those waves may seem like the best places to take your SUP but the very nature of paddle boarding is the freedom to find your own best place.

A SUP board like the Pau Hana Big EZ allows you to go beyond those areas. This board’s versatility, able to navigate all sorts water conditions gives you that ability.

The vast majority of paddle boarders have no access to the surf. Instead, they are running rivers, navigating bays and marinas, and enjoying the peaceful nature of land-locked bodies of water. And most of us will focus on our board purchase to best use these nearby conditions. But this board can take you further.

Because of its stability, which boast a weight limit of up to 325 lbs., and because you may encounter a variety of water conditions in accessing these off-the-beaten-path breaks, this board can take you where you want to go and when you get there, surf your SUP on what’s available. At eleven feet in length with a width that is a hair’s breadth away from a full 33 inches, this board creates an easy entry point for those new to the sport and a satisfying experience for more skilled SUPers.

One of the reasons surfers are so territorial is the easy access to premium waves. Surfers are limited by where they can go and these historical breaks are often treated with a great deal regional protectionism. So if you are going to access these specific points, show a bit of etiquette. Keep in mind that surfers are often waiting for the waves from a much lower point of visibility. Not so with SUP. Your visibility can extend well beyond the average surfer. You can venture further and when you catch a wave, ride it longer. So be aware of who is in the water and where they are located.

The best thing you can do is look for points considered too mushy by the surfing crowd, fat offshore reefs, and even beach breaks considered unworthy by the surfing elitist. In each of these situations, a SUPer with a board like the Big EZ will find their own place on the ocean and, unlike the surfer, have fun getting there.

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