Planet Haolewood

A toolbox, a change of underwear, and a surfboard.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

I tried stand-up paddling, a new kind of surfing for the first time the other day. Among surfers, it’s controversial because the use of a paddle gives stand up paddlers an “unfair” advantage over regular surfers in the competition to catch waves, but to me it looks like fun and I was happy to try it.

As I pulled up to a calm section of river where my friend was already practicing, I became so excited that I a) left my keys in my ignition and the door unlocked and b) left my flip-flops so close the rivers edge that they floated away with the rising tide. Fortunately, no one steals cars on Kauai and flip-flops sell for about $3 a pair.


At 7/08/2008, Anonymous Saskya said...

Looks kindof fun, but can you call it surfing if there are no waves around?

At 7/09/2008, Blogger Cee said...


At 7/09/2008, Blogger BOR-ee-us said...

Most people start by practicing on flat water. Experienced stand-up paddlers surf real waves, however.


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