Paddleboarding has a hawaiian heritage and translates in hawaiian to Ku Hoe He'e Nalu; to stand, to paddle, to surf, a wave. It's history dates back to the 1950's when the beachboys (surf instructors) on Waikki Beach used to stand up and paddle out to the surf break using their regular surf boards and a one bladed paddle.
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Today, due to modern technologies and designs, paddleboards are lighter and more manoeuvrable, and paddles are lighter and more powerful. This has enabled paddleboards to have a much broader use e.g. surfing / flat water cruising / racing / white water paddling/ fishing / all round paddling and for just having fun on! There are now many different types of paddleboards on the market for people to choose from, to suit their paddleboarding needs. For example race SUPs, wave SUPs, all-rounder SUPs, fishing SUPs, ocean rescue SUPs etc… What you choose to do on a SUP is really up to you.