Popular New Sport Is Easy To Learn
Stand up paddle boarding has become the popular new water activity for young and old alike in Hawaii and around the world, in part because it is easy to learn and a fun way to experience the ocean. Once you develop some skills on your stand up paddle board you can begin to ride some small waves, and then bigger waves if you choose.
When learning to stand up paddle board it is best to find calm water and avoid windy conditions. During the summer months the ocean waters of Kauai’s north shore are typically very calm and provide some fun opportunities enjoy stand up paddling along with great scenery.
One of the best north shore beaches for learning stand up paddling is Hanalei Bay where you can also venture up the Hanalei River which meanders slowly through the verdant landscape. As long as it hasn’t been raining hard, you can paddle upriver to the Hanalei Bridge and then enjoy the assistance of the gentle current as you make your way back to the rivermouth at Hanalei Bay.
Paddling out in the waters of Hanalei Bay is also fun for beginners when the ocean is calm. Don’t go too far from shore as there are ocean currents in the deeper waters, and windy days can also affect your ability to paddle back to shore. Mornings are generally best for stand up paddle boarding to avoid too strong of wind, though afternoons are sometimes nice as well.
Kalapaki Beach on Kauai’s eastern shore is another good place to learn the sport of stand up paddle boarding. Kalapaki Bay is relatively well-protected from the open ocean usually providing calm waters near shore, and often small waves offshore which are often ridden by surfers and stand up paddle boarders. This is a nice beach for paddling along the shoreline to hone your skills and gather the courage to try to ride the typically small, hospitable waves.
Taking a stand up paddle boarding lesson is highly recommended so you receive proper ocean safety tips and benefit from local knowledge. Visit lifeguarded beaches and check with the ocean safety personnel about the best areas for stand up paddle boarding.
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