Being an avid surfer and short boarder, I never thought I’d surrender and get a stand up paddle board. But after years of not being able to surf because of no surf, too big surf, or not enough time to drive to where there was surf, Steve and I started to wonder if we should jump on the SUP bandwagon. We wanted a way to stay in shape and get in the water no matter the surf conditions and getting a SUP seemed like the way to go.
For about one year I started researching and asking around about what kind of SUP to get and where to get it. I ended up at Blue Planet Surf. Owner Robert Stehlik was the first person I spoke with, and he was so knowledgeable and nice, so I brought Steve back on another day to pick out two boards. After browsing through their large inventory of SUPs we were even more confused with what size and type of board to get. Some friendly staff members in the store then told us about a free SUP clinic coming up in a week that we could go to and demo boards. They gave us a website to check out at www.getupstanduphawaii.com.
We attended the free clinic a couple week later and got to try out about a dozen boards each, and we finally figured out what size and shape would work for each of us. The next day we went to Blue Planet and bought our new boards. Steve got the 11’0 Wave Guru, and I got the 10’2 Easy.
We wanted to be able to take our two beagles out on the water with us, so Robert put custom deck pads on both of our boards. Also, we opted for the package deal and paid an extra $250 and got a SUP board bag, carbon fiber paddle, leash, and fins. Robert also recommended paddle guards and rail protectors, since we were beginners. Walking out of the store that day we seriously had everything we could ever need for a day out in the water.
After having our boards now for a couple months, I have got to say that I LOVE mine! It took a couple sessions for me and Spencer (my beagle) to get use to the board and paddling out, but now each session gets better and better and I really love my SUP. The custom deck pad that goes all the way to the nose of the board is great for our dogs.
If you are looking for a SUP board I highly recommend visiting Robert and his friendly staff at Blue Planet Surf on Ward Avenue. They are the SUP experts! Also, if you are a newbie like me, I do recommend attending one of their SUP clinics to help you figure out if stand up paddle boarding is for you and what type of board you really need.