How to Become a Snowboard Photographer

Do you love snowboarding? Do you get warm fuzzies when looking at epic snowboarding pictures? If you want to unite your love of both, try your finger at snowboard photography. It’s truly one of only a few professions that embodies the true essence of creative expression and personal style. You’re probably thinking “Hurry up and tell me what it takes to become a successful photographer; I am heading to the slopes now.” Whoa! Slow your roll. We’ll get to that in a moment. A successful snowboard photographer can creatively fuse elements together (rider, weather, location, lighting, etc.) to capture the nature of the environment. Yes, the environment. Don’t be so consumed with capturing the “trick” but rather the environment. The whole is always greater than the sum of its parts! Now let’s run through some basic guidelines to get you started.

Build Your Equipment Quiver camera quiver

Capturing the snowboarding “moment” requires one thing: a camera.  Work with what you have. Building a quiver can take years and there are so many cameras that can to the job. But as a wise man once said, “The best camera for the job is the you have with you!”  Simple enough, right?  Once you save up a enough money for a  a nice camera, it’s time to choose your lens or glasses as they call ‘em in the biz. Never rely on just one lens when taking snowboard pictures. Always travel with a diverse range of lenses. For example, a fisheye lens captures that up close and personal shot of the rider with room for complementary scenery.  A 50 mm  lens will allows for straight-on shots with little distortion. When shooting from a distance, a telephoto lens will be your best friend. Remember to always bring your equipment with you. Practice makes perfect. Don’t be hesitant about trying new angles and experimenting with various focal lengths. It may take years before you begin making money but do not get discourage. Just keep shooting with you friends and having fun. Who knows, maybe one day you will become the next Andy Wright, Dean Blotto Gray or Bob Plumb.

Assemble A Strong Portfolio

Just like your parents’ photo album of you in embarrassing tub Photos and birthday cake melees, begin assembling an online portfolio of your best shots. Grab a snowboarder and photography buddy and go through the fresh pics of the day and collectively choose the best ones. Remain objective and open to criticism. There’s no whining in photography! Axiom 1: Monet’s first paintings were widely considered unfinished and aesthetically unpleasant. Now look at his work. At first, It’s OK to shoot your buddy that has less skill and coordination than a water buffalo. But as your skillset progresses, shoot with skilled riders who know what they’re doing.  Network with riders who can catch massive air and perform complex tricks consistently. Though shooting with advanced riders won’t improve your photographs overnight, it will give you an idea of what photographing professionals is like.

Got My Pictures, Now What?

After you’ve impressed your buddies and parents with your “eye,” it’s time to begin submitting your pictures to snowboarding magazines. Most publications accept submissions via email. But it is always a good practice to utilize social media sites like Tumbler, Facebook and Instagram. Reach out to local shops and small-time snowboard companies and inquire about their photography departments or need for fresh photos. A shop will often times hire a photographer to shoot its sponsored riders or may be looking for a photographer to shoot team trips or local events. Attend local contests and video release parties. At these events, network with fellow photographers, riders and industry leaders. Get your name in the game. The more you become known in your local snowboard scene, the more likely it is that you’ll be recognized as a promising photographer.

Inspired? Now that you have the basics on becoming a snowboard photographer, get out there and start shooting! Also, look for my article in the coming months ” Click. Click. Pass” on how to monetize your photos.

 Pictures from last year’s finalists:

Submit your newbie or seasoned-veteran snowboard pictures to where you and a rider can win a new Rossignol setup and trip out west to compete in the final round of Gnartography.

The GRE BC Giveaway – Win $5000 In Gear – Ended

The House has partnered with Team Rider Garrett Russell, SASS Global Travel, GearJunkie.comUnder Armour, Teton Gravity Research, Marker, and LINE Skis to film an epic 4-part ski web-series beginning August 23 in Bariloche, Argentina entitled: The Garrett Russell Experience: Another Time,  Another Place. Check out @thehouseboardshop on instagram to follow all the action!

Congrats to Sean O’Malley

Check out some of the prizes below. 
– winner selected October 25st, 2014 –


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Follow the Action at #theGRE and #GarrettRussellExperience on instagram

GARRETT RUSSELL EXPERIENCE  – Another Time, Another Place 
Bariloche, Argentina 

The Most Fascinating Ski Story of the Year: THE GARRETT RUSSELL EXPERIENCE. The world will get a glimpse into the exhilarating life and mind of Garrett Russell, the most captivating and charismatic professional skier on the planet. “The mountain is my wife and my enemy…It consumes my life…I’ve got to learn to love it beyond fear,” says Russell. Every summer for the past decade, Garrett Russell has been chasing winter to the Patagonian Andes as a Ski Guide for SASS Global Travel to share both his passion for skiing and his metaphysical beliefs with other skiers who are searching for a life-altering event.

Teton Gravity Research will be publishing a pre-trip article in conjunction with “The Giveaway” and will be launching the webiseries beginning in October with accompanying articles describing the experience and reactions to skiing in the Andes. Unique Under Armour and LINE Skis gear reviews and travel tips from Garrett will be published on Coordinated Social Media initiatives also commence on August 15 and will be using #GarrettRussellExperience, #theGRE, #ChasingWinter, #TheHouseBoardshop, and #FriendsOfTheHouse.

Look no further for the most fascinating ski story of the year. It is time for more than knowledge of the procedure, more than an understanding of the lifestyle of skiing. It is time for THE GARRETT RUSSELL EXPERIENCE.

How To Stay In Shape For Winter Sports

Fitness-for-winterHopefully that light bulb in your head has gone off like the time you awakened in a cold sweat remembering that school project you had 6 months to complete is due tomorrow. Now that you’ve spent most of your summer lying on the beach, drinking malt beverages and munching on foods that are not part of the FDA’s dietary plan, it’s time to begin that dreaded training program. No worries, your inflated midsection and wobbly legs will be magazine ready in just a few short months

Follow these simple suggestions and you’ll be prepared for the upcoming winter season.  What you are about to read are simple suggestions to help guide you in the right direction, sorta like how Yoda guided Luke Skywalker.  Always consult with a physician and qualified trainer before starting any workout program. Strength + Balance = Core Competency

OK, you’ve made it to this section, so your motivation is somewhat apparent.  Figuring out which sport-specific strength and conditioning exercises to do is a battle in itself.  When starting a new program, take it slowly and work up to the desired fitness level.  Keep it simple for now.  A continual, basic workout program will make your snowboarding or skiing season easier, thus reducing nagging injuries (strains, pulls, etc.).  One must never forget, the turtle has always beaten the hare.  How’s that for peace of mind?

Peace through strength.  Focus on muscular endurance and strength training.  Choose exercises that work multiple muscles, like squats, deadlifts, cleans.  Trampoline exercises build lower-body strength and fast-twitch muscle explosiveness.  These are a few exercises that condition the major muscle groups and will help you to endure the rigors of a long winter season. Balance is strength…literally!


Balance is to snow sports as peanut butter is to jelly l.  Keep your knees out of braces by strengthening the large muscles in your legs: quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.  If you’re willing to work hard, fast results will come. Mix body-weight (i.e., mountain climbers, wall sits, push-ups, pull-ups) and free-weight exercises (i.e., bench press, incline press, squats, curls,) for optimal results.  Ensure you incorporate a balance board or Bosu ball for an even greater sense of balance.  After following a basic workout routine, transition to more of a specific training regime to condition the mind, body and spirit.

Let’s get to the core of it.  Your core strength is uber-important in skiing and snowboarding.  So if your core is weak, odds are that you won’t be ready to conquer Kitzbuhel or even the bunny hill for that matter. Participation in activities that incorporate core strengthening, balance and endurance are critical in helping your postural alignment.  Activities like SUPing and biking are great for strength, balance and endurance, while skateboarding is great for flexibility and precision. Oh, and let’s not forget  running, which is excellent for endurance and strengthening the knees. 


Stay Healthy, My Friend Injuries, sminguries.  They are merely unintended or intended consequences (depending on how daring you are) of doing the activities we love; it’s sorta like taking one for the team.  But there are, however, certain proactive things you can do to at least minimize injuries. (such as: Helmets, knee pads and elbow pads) Warm-up and stretch-out!  Your excitement may be your downfall.  So don’t rush from the car to the slopes without first doing some warm-up exercises. Take at least 15 minutes to warm-up to increase body temperature. Healthy boarder says, “Warm muscle are pliable muscles; cold muscles are brittle muscles.” Do you fall like you have rigamortis?  Knowing how to fall is one of the best ways to protect your knees and other body parts.  If you feel yourself going down, do not sit.  Instead, go with the fall, keeping your knees flexed and landing on your side.  Use your poles to stop your slide rather than trying to stand up to regain momentum. If your first reaction is to put your knee, thumb or elbow down, you’re more prone to injury. Quite while you’re ahead!  Heard that before?  Fatigue is the enemy of common sense.  Almost 90 percent of injuries happen during the last run.  Skifucius says, “If you’re not fresh, get the hell off the mountain.” The End confucius-quotes-af

Shred Argentina This Summer!



Recently, I have found myself daydreaming often. I have been escaping summer heat and the noise of the cluttered concrete jungle with flashes of snowfall, powder slashes, waves of cold smoke streaming up from the edges of my skis in the mountainous expanse of my mind. But this brief respite from the doldrum of summer is not enough to satisfy the hunger of the skier within, the slumbering beast. I must feed my passion with the meaty center in the initiation of the turn, that feeling in my gut as the flex in the soft creamy goodness whomps me through the arc, the “phhlooohh” of a cloud, the sensation of the snow boiling up from my knees to my hips to my chest, the satisfying cold sting as my face cuts through the blanket of white with a frozen smile. Search yourself. Can you live without this for another second?! NO!

What are we to do? Where can we turn? How can we possibly survive until next winter?! TRACK WINTER DOWN!

As the snow leopard stalks it’s prey, so must you go on the hunt. Join House Rider Garrett Russell while he is #ChasingWinter in Bariloche, Argentina ski guiding fro SASS Global Travel. SASS Argentina is a full service, big-mountain, backcountry, skiing and snowboarding camp for all ages. They take advantage of the winter season in the Southern Hemisphere to crush pow while others are sitting in air conditioning or sweating it out on a glacier. Shred some of the most sought after terrain in the world and join Garrett and the SASS Crew in the Patagonian Andes.

SASS takes over an entire hotel compound right at the base of Catedral Alta Patagonia, South America’s largest resort. Every morning clients will have the ability to choose how they want to spend the day on the mountain. Your guide or coach will help you accomplish your goals while shredding with a small group that is on the same page in terms of both skill level and desired terrain.

This is the perfect opportunity for those looking to push themselves into the terrain they have always fantasized about. Learn what it takes to shred big mountains and the backcountry not only better but properly.

The All Star cast of guides, coaches and logistics staff are there to help you experience the culture and the copious amounts of snow and fun to be had in Argentina this summer. Seek out that which enriches your soul. Plan for pow. Plan for fun. Plan with SASS.


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By: Paddy O’Connell

SUP Yoga for Beginners


It was only a matter of time before yogis (one who practices yoga) took their practice to the paddle board. After all, a stand up paddle board is fairly stable has a grippy surface similar to that of a traditional yoga mat. SUP yoga challenges the yogi to be graceful with their movements and to find stillness within each posture. It’s a fun way to energize and transform your regular practice. Adding the element of water increases the amount of core stability needed for each posture. Those without a regular yoga practice will can also benefit from some SUP yoga with proper guidance and a positive attitude! If you are interested in getting a Paddleboard  for yoga check out our selection SUPs here.

A few did bits about SUP yoga – if you begin to loose focus, you’re balance will be challenged and the board may begin to gently wobble. This is a good thing because a wobbling board is a good indicator that you have either moved too deep into the posture or are not connecting with your body. Whether on the board or on the mat, a sense of grounding and stability is essential for every pose – Reverse Warrior to Plank to Chaturanga. There’s a true sense of oneness with nature and self that comes with a floating yoga mat. It’s an incredible way to be present, let go and be challenged. As with any yoga practice, the breath should be constant and steady.

Ready to feel the warmth on your body, breath salty air and bust out some Crows on water? Here are some pointers for anyone to get started with SUP Yoga.

  • Wear what you’d normally wear to a yoga class – something close fitting, stretchy and quick drying. In the summer, a bikini or board shorts will be perfect. There’s always the possibility of getting wet, so bring a towel and change of clothes!
  • Know how to swim. You won’t be wearing a life jacket while doing yoga on a paddle board.
  • Take an intro to SUP Yoga class. Even if you’re an advanced yoga practitioner, it won’t hurt to follow a class the first few times. There’s always room for growth with any yoga practice! Stand up paddle board yoga is so poplar these days, it’d be hard not to find an instructor who hasn’t taken their class to the water!
  • Start with a warm up on land. Five to ten Sun Salutations would be perfect.
  • Once you hit the water, warm up by paddling. Get the blood flowing and begin to connect to your breath.
  • Find a quiet, calm spot on the water and paddle over to begin your class.
  • Keep in mind that yoga is more challenging on a paddle board, so take it slow and be mindful that you may not be able to move as deep as normal. As you can imagine, arm balances and standing one legged balancing postures are especially challenging. Don’t be scared, though! Trust the yoga and yourself.
  • If you like, end with a seated meditation. This will likely be easier than normal! Try dipping your fingertips in the water in final Savasana. Pure bliss!

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Best Places to Paddle Board

You don’t need a lift ticket, killer set of waves or a season pass to enjoy the growing sport of  Stand Up paddle boarding. All you need is a SUP and a sense of adventure and maybe a swimsuit – there are legit places to rent a board and take a tour at all of the hottest places to paddle. It’s easy to tie in an afternoon of paddle boarding to see a city, shoreline or mountains from a different perspective.


Bend, Oregon

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Voted as the top SUP Getaway for 2014 by Outside Magazine, Bend has claimed it’s fame as a mecca for paddle boarding. A 30 mile radius of the city offers flat waters, luxury accommodations in the mountains, 15 craft breweries, and an open air food truck court and beer garden. A perfect day of paddling in the mountains wouldn’t be complete without a local snack and cold one! You’ll find smooth waters on Cascade Lake and a killer view of the icy 9,065-foot Mount Bachelor Cascade Lakes in Deschutes National Forest. And of course, lessons, rentals and tours are abundant in this perfect summer mountain town. 

San Diego, California

SanDiego San Diego has some of the best water to paddle in California. There are three main flat-water spots: San Diego Bay, Mission Bay, and Carlsbad Lagoon — and then, obviously, you have the open Pacific Ocean. San Diego Bay is my favorite for flat water. You can paddle around Coronado and have great views of downtown San Diego. LaJolla Cove is a great place to paddle out in the ocean. The shoreline is beautiful, and there is a lot to see in the water

Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe paddleboard


Surrounded by mountains, Lake Tahoe is pristine, incredibly clear and an unreal place to visit. The only drawback is that the water is cold. Thank goodness for the hot springs on Lake Tahoe’s north shore. Paddle just 30 minutes east along ponderosa forest to the granite-rimmed Crystal Bay. On the return trip, stop to warm up by the 120-degree Brockway Hot Springs, a three-pool cascade that warms the lake’s frigid waters. Yep…it’s pretty sick! Key West, Florida The relaxed pace of stand up paddleboarding fits well with the laid-back attitude of this island paradise. Tour the mangrove forests and all the natural beauty of Key West with an SUP tour. From stingrays to manatees, marine life is abundant in this diverse and protected ecosystem.


Why  not head straight to the source? Hawaii is where stand up pad­dling claimed his­tory. Locals and trav­el­ers alike hit the ocean to glide amidst the var­i­ous island’s beautiful shore­line. The Mecca of stand up paddle boarding in Hawaii is found on the North Shore of Oahu. Ali’I Beach is one of the most pop­u­lar pad­dling spots, which fea­ture calm, crys­tal blue waters. The pro­tected bay region is located on the south end of the beach and is great for novice SUP and swimmers.

Seattle, Washington 

Seattle, Washington paddleboard


Think lattes in the morning, paddle boarding by day, and fresh salmon by night. Seattle perfectly blends city and outdoor life. The city sits amidst pools of water and features several SUP destinations. In fact, exploring Seattle on water is one of the hottest trends in exploring the city. Lake Union, Shishole Bay, Green Lake, Lake Washington and Elliot Bay are a few of the paddling hot spots. Before heading out on the Puget Sound, however, be sure you are comfortable with your skills – especially on strong current days.

Whistler, BC

Lake Cheakamus, Whistler There’s a ton to explore once the lifts have closed in BC. Whistler has rapidly become a water sport destination where paddlers explore the cool pools of Alat Lake and Alpha Lake. The Canadian Rockies boast breathtaking water views unlike any other place in the world.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

With 86 degree water, sunshine and the wind-sheltered Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta is a killer spot for novice and seasoned paddle boarders alike. Feeling ambitious? Take a covered boat six miles offshore to Las Islas Marietas, a protected wildlife sanctuary, and spend an afternoon floating by the arid coastline, paddling above coral reefs, and scoping endangered sea birds perched on rock pinnacles.

Madison, Wisconsin midwest-paddle-fest-2

Wisconsin’s state capital is surrounded by flat-wate, clean lakes, making perfect conditions for paddlers. Madison is the host of the Midwest Standup Paddle Festival half every year in July. You’re sure to find an abundant selection of boards for sale and rentals. While Lake Monona is the biggest and most popular, there’s also Waubesa and Kegonsa which are equally awesome for paddle boarding. 

St. Lucia 

St. Lucia

Head down to the Caribbean, St. Lucia in particular, and you’ll find the island’s twin pitons, rolling rain forests, and turquoise waters. St. Lucia offers the perfect combination of calm waters, luscious scenery, and secluded bays for paddle board adventures. 



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With 10,000 lakes to choose from, every outing on your paddle board will be different from the last. The urban paddling in and around Minneapolis is probably some of the most unique in the country. The chain of lakes including Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, Cedar Lake and Lake Harriet, each has a different view of the Minneapolis sky line. With abundant trees, green space and gorgeous houses, it’s hard to believe you’re within city limits. Even better, you can hit each of the connecting four lakes on your morning paddle. Heck, why not grab lunch lakeside at the Tin Fish or Bread and Pickle. Head north a few hours to paddle the rocky shoreline of Lake Superior. Novice paddles should take caution as the water up there can be quite ocean-like! Calm, clean, wind protected lakes of all sizes are scattered across the entire state of Minnesota.

Black Bear Safety Tips Infographic

Before you go camping in bear country, there are a few things that you’ll need to know about your potential four-legged guests. First, chill—black bear attacks are not common. In fact, most conflicts between humans and black bears occur when we don’t tidy up our food and garbage or when people approach them to feed them. Don’t do that. Instead, learn a few tips on how to handle a black bear and the best way to avoid one of those famous hugs that they are known for.

Black Bear Safety Tips


Black Bear Safety Tips – An infographic by the team at The-House


How To Adjust Avid BB5 Disc Brakes

You’ll need a 5mm hex wrench and a Torx T-25 driver. Let’s start with the assumption that the rotor, caliper, and cable are properly installed on the bike, and that the rotor is true.


1. Loosen the (2) black CPS mounting bolts with a 5mm hex wrench to a point where the caliper body can move freely.


2. Loosen the inboard pad adjustment knob using a Torx T-25 driver.


3. Slide a business card between the outboard, fixed brake pad and the rotor (be sure the biz card is between the outboard fixed pad and the rotor, not the inboard adjustable pad and the rotor), then tighten the pad adjustment knob until the rotor and business card are snugly clamped between the brake pads (you should not be able to pull out the business card). This aligns and centers the caliper over the rotor while leaving a business-card-sized gap on the fixed side.


4. With the business card still in place, re-tighten both CPS bolts to lock the caliper in place.


5. Loosen the pad adjustment knob and remove the business card.

6. Tighten the pad adjustment knob until the pad just barely touches the rotor, then back off one click to eliminate pad/rotor contact.

This method is more precise than the method outlined in the Avid BB5 Instruction Manual. It perfectly aligns and centers the caliper body and brake pads over the rotor. I’ve found it to be the most consistent way to minimize lever throw and ensure full engagement when using BB5 road calipers and road levers. And once you’ve  done it a couple of times, it takes all of 5 minutes.

Full credit for this method goes to Tim Grahl at Blue Collar Mountain Biking. I’ve only reproduced it here to make sure it’s available for our readers. —Alan




Join Man of the People, #PaddyO and as they travel to the Indian Himalayas this upcoming winter. Come along as they journey to Gulmarg, a powder-seekers paradise in Kashmir, northern India, in search of fresh lines and cultural (mis)-adventure! This trip will be an amazing opportunity to ride some of the world’s best snow and discover a world little-known to most Western riders. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the hardy few. Come experience this life-changing event firsthand this February with team!

Gulmarg is a small town in northern India in the Pir Panjal range, one of 6 mountain ranges which form the Himalayas. This is the first mountain range to be hit by storms sweeping across the Indus Plains and needless to say, Gulmarg receives a ton of snow, on average 15m (50ft) per year. Skiing Magazine recently called this one of the top 10 snowiest resorts in the world. Luckily, there is a gondola to access all this snow and huge amounts of terrain, including one of the highest peaks in the world (topping out at 13,054ft or 3,890m). From there, 4,260 foot vertical powder runs (1,300m vertical) await!

The mountain is so big with so few skiers/boarders around and regular enough storms that it does not get tracked up. A busy day on the mountain is maybe 200 to 300 people. If you know where to go, you can always find untouched lines in Gulmarg. 95% gondola accessible backcountry, the skiing and boarding is out of this world! But don’t think it’s just about the skiing and riding…you will see some incredible wildlife in Gulmarg; the ever present Snow Monkeys running on rooftops, the elusive Snow Leopard, or perhaps a Eurasian Black Bear.

An international ski trip this epic includes the entire cultural experience. Kashmir is a Muslim state, but is part of India. The local Kashmiri’s are some of the friendliest and most hospitable people in the world. They are warm and welcoming and eager to meet Western tourists, of which they’ve met relatively few. They are very curious about people from outside of their country and you will get to meet many of these wonderful people during your stay in Kashmir and in India. We finish our 2 week trips back in the capital of Kashmir, in Srinagar on the houseboats on Dal Lake. The houseboats are converted barges that have been turned into little floating hotels and your captain takes care of everything for you. All you have to do is relax, rewind, and reminisce about all the incredible experiences you have just been through.

All this wouldn’t be possible without the help of a quality tour company and a team of the best guides available. We are working with The Adventure Project, a US-based tour operator who has been operating in Gulmarg since 2011. They are experts in putting together trips to Gulmarg and take care of all the details for you: the accommodation, the international and local guides, the transportation, the houseboats, and provide safe and epic untracked pow runs.

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SUP Surfing


Messy and small waves can frustrate any surfer. For a decent surfer, a small wave is like riding the bunny hill. It gets old fast! In comes stand up paddle surfing. A larger board with a paddle is like an unexpected two-for-one at happy hour. 

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Descending from its Polynesian roots, SUP surfing is a variant of surfing where the surfer uses a paddle to move through the water while standing on a surfboard. The Hawaiian translation is Ku Hoe He’e Nalu meaning to stand, to paddle or to surf a wave.

SUP surfing can be enjoyed without mastering the hardest part of surfing — propping up from a prone position and actually catching the wave. SUP surfing offers instant appeal and accessibility to all kinds of surfers. It allows them to paddle to far away and little known breaks that are uncrowded, and it increases the number of waves a surfer can have in a session and the range of conditions that can be surfed. 

History of SUP Surfing300-dpi-Zab-Team

Stand up paddle boarding and stand up paddle surfing go hand in hand. Catching and surfing a wave on a paddle board is, of course, much more challenging than going out for a sunset paddle on a glassy lake. The modern popularity of stand up paddle boarding, or SUP, originates from the Hawaiian Islands. Beginning in the 1940s, surf instructors in Waikiki like Duke Kahanamoku and Leroy and Bobby AhChoy would take paddles and stand on their boards to get a better view of the surfers in the water and incoming swells. From time to time they would surf the waves in themselves using the paddle to steer the board. Later, in the early 1960’s, the Beach Boys of Waikiki would stand on their long boards and paddle out with outrigger paddles to take pictures of the tourists learning to surf. This is where the term “Beach Boy Surfing” originates, another name for Stand Up Paddle Surfing.

It wasn’t until the last decade that the term “SUP surfing” was coined. Well known surfers like Dave Kalama, Brian Keaulana, Rick Thomas, Archie Kalepa, Laird Hamilton and Fletcher Burton were stand up paddle boarding and surfing in some form for years without any attention. Things changed in 2003.  ‘’Beach Boy Surfing’’ was added to the world-recognized ‘’Buffalo Big Board Contest’’ at at Makaha beach. With an overwhelming response of 49 participants, a photo of Laird Hamilton was snatched up by the surfing media. In a matter of months the first stand up boom had begun.

Golden Rules of SUP Surfing For Beginners

  1. When Learning avoid busy areas.
  2. Always wear a leash.
  3. Hone your skill befor entering the surf.
  4. Learn from experienced Stand Up Paddle Boarders.
  5. HAVE FUN!


How to Launch Into The Surf