Have you felt the stoke of cranking back on your board, laying out your paddle, and feeling your entire body glide? When you capture the thrill of either stand-up paddleboarding or Kahuna Creations land paddling you finally feel alive. I have been land paddling for 12 years and paddleboarding for 9. Land Paddling got me into stand-up paddleboarding, and it’s amazing how much the two sports parallel each other. Not only does Land Paddling feel like stand-up paddleboarding, it actually conditions your body for paddleboarding in very unique ways. Here’s how:
Riding a longboard equipped with a Kahuna Stick gives you a complete, all-body workout. It’s a workout you can modify at your own will. You want a killer, muscle ripping workout? Try racing up hills. You want a mild, light workout? Coast down any beach boardwalk or bike trail, keeping at a moderate pace.
All these workouts transition into paddleboarding. You’re building your core, arms, chest, and back. You may not expect it, but you also work your legs. Most people are shocked that after a solid Land Paddle ride, their legs are sore. Whenever you ride, there is so much up-and-down, side-to-side movement that your legs are fully strengthened.
But wait for my favorite part of the Kahuna workout: the abs. With both Land Paddling and stand-up paddleboarding there is a tremendous amount of ab work, since you are essentially doing a million sit-ups to propel yourself (especially if you’re in good form). HOWEVER, when you are riding the street, you have a lot more force going downward than you do on the water. What does that mean? Your abs are forced to work harder in a downward motion on land than in the water. This downward force transfers into ripped abs. Not only does it give you more power for paddleboarding, it gives you an insane six pack.
I’ve been shocked at how bad 90% of the world’s balance is. However, almost everyone can Land Paddle without any problem. Trust me. I have literally taught tens of thousands of people how to longboard with a Kahuna Stick. Most people are hesitant to start riding, but when they step foot on a board, I usually can’t get them off. Once people start riding, they turn, carve, and dramatically improve their balance. It helped me get my balance nailed down, which totally helped me learn to surf and paddleboard the waves.
I will always remember my first big paddleboard race. I felt like I was about to give up the ghost and die. Every muscle fiber in my body was pounding to get my paddleboard to move. What was my problem? Well there were two. First I am going to go ahead and blame my gear. I was using a paddle a bit too short, and the board I was supporting was a demo board that I only used during the race. You might be able to guess my second problem: I didn’t prepare. Like at all. I paddled the course with my paddleboard ahead of time, but I didn’t do any type of endurance training. That’s where the Kahuna Stick comes in. If you’re anything like me, you can’t get to the water every day. BUT concrete isn’t hard to find. Land Paddle for a few miles as hard as you can, and watch your endurance shine. Work yourself as often as possible, and you’ll be crushing it on a stand-up paddleboard.
This is my take on how Land Paddling helps you stand-up paddleboard. Both are killer sports that make you feel free. Whenever you step on a board, all your worries seem to melt away. Endorphins kick in as you’re getting your workout, and you experience the ultimate thrill of board riding.
Land Paddling is so fun! Either way... riding by yourself or riding with family or friends, its a great way to get out and have a blast!
"There is something about board riding. When you ride, all your troubles vanish. Your mind and soul, for an instant, connect with something sacred. Our goal is to give everyone, of all ages, that feeling…Once you get it, no one can ever take it away."
Steve McBride, Founded Kahuna Creations in 2004
(Written by Kahuna Creations team rider: Cory McBride)
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The first weekend of October was stand up paddler’s paradise in Southern California. Rainbow Sandal’s Battle of the Paddle; the Super Bowl of competitive SUP, found its way down the West Coast at Salt Creek Beach. Two action-packed days of races brought some of the best riders from around the world into town, and of course Kahuna Creations as well.
Kahuna Creations took to the beach to teach the competitive SUP community about the amazing cross training benefits of land paddling. Paddlers of all ages loved the Kahuna stoke and excitement. The biggest names in SUP were on site, with a special guest appearance from SUP/surf legend Laird Hamilton. The venue was filled with amazing SUP attractions, physical therapy, art, and outdoor leisure booths to help ease the time between races. Between the energy and the beautiful beach, next year’s Battle of the Paddle 2015 at Salt Creek will be a must-attend.
November's Shop of the Month is Dive N Surf! Located in Redondo Beach California, Dive N Surf is one of the most popular surf shops in all of Southern California and is home to Body Glove. Dive N Surf has been in the surf business for almost 60 years! Kahuna Creations loves being a part of such an established shop.
Dive N Surf employee Alex enjoys a night riding session with the Shaka Surf Longboard and Haka Kahuna Stick. “It’s super smooth and fun to ride!” Alex says, excited for a land paddle break after work.
California natives, or any other riders cruising by the area, stop by Dive N Surf on 504 N Broadway, and come say hi to Tracy or any of the other friendly employees to check out the Kahuna selection.
With Winter on our heels, we have no intention of slowing down the adrenaline. Kahuna Creations is so excited for another year with the Kahuna Snow Stick. Last year we completely sold out of the Kahuna Snow Stick, and there has been even more growth and anticipation for this Winter season!
The Kahuna Snow Grip is used for snowboarding, and can be popped on any land paddling Kahuna Stick you already have, making it a functional, interchangeable piece of equipment year-round.
When the mountain levels out, snowboarders used to have to hop, jump, or kick off a binding just to get through the flat sections. With the Kahuna Snow Stick riders easily paddle through the flats and carve it up all over the mountain.
This is amazing for advanced snowboarders that want deeper carves. A Snow Stick also brings a world of entirely new possibilities in terrain parks. It makes cross-country snowboarding possible, and nothing beats the Kahuna Snow Grip to help newbie snowboarders keep their balance, none of which we’ve ever seen before.
This is another completely original sport by Kahuna Creations, but honestly, we can’t figure out why it hasn’t been done before. We worked with incredible engineers to create the perfect Snow Grip even in the worst snow conditions. Any snowboarder, new or advanced can appreciate the need for a Kahuna Snow Stick.
Kahuna Creations appeared in a special feature on University of Southern California’s Annenberg TV Network during October. Reporter Isaac Moody was recently introduced to the land paddling craze and couldn’t help but share it with the USC community. The piece featured Kahuna Creation’s Hank Rubenstein ripping around the beautiful campus and teaching the community about the fitness benefits and fun of land paddling.
This month’s featured Board Rider comes from Santa Catarina, Brazil! Alex Foizer is the owner of MONX Board Sports. He is a well-known advocate of Land Paddling, or as they call it in Brazil, “Street SUP”. Luckily, the Kahuna team has picked up just enough Portuguese to get to know Alex a little better.
Alex is a Jack-of-all-Trades in board sports, and can be found on any board, and of course land paddling. He loves long land paddling rides, and his sessions often go for an impressive 20 Kilometers.
“I use land paddling as training for endurance,” says Foizer “ I train for board sports and teach others to surf and stand up paddle out of the water with the Kahuna Stick.”
Alex spends his time with variations of surfing, and is always looking for new ways to contribute to these sports, especially in his Brazilian hometown.
“Street SUP is perfect” says Foizer, “It can also be great preparation for other sports. I teach others to Street Sup when learning to surf, kite surf, windsurf and wakeboard. It’s a great method of physical conditioning.”
Alex Foizer loves cruising through life with a board under his feet, Kahuna Stick in hand, and a smile on his face. Thanks for sharing the Kahuna love out in Brazil!
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School is back in session and fall is just around the corner. At Kahuna Creations we are soaking up the warm sun and getting our hoodies ready for beautiful fall rides. As the water starts to get colder, it's a perfect time to grab your Kahuna SUP style longboard and Kahuna Stick and enjoy a long land paddling session in the fall leaves. Spread the love and ride on!
The New Shaka Surf™ is Here! We released the new Shaka Surf™ SUP style longboard this past month honoring the true Aloha Hawaiian Spirit. The ancient Hawaiian Pohaku petroglyphs are expertly woven into the motif, spreading the love of the Hawaiians. Master Board Shaper and artist, David Ray Gould, created the perfect board for both carving and land paddling!
Kahuna Creations was a big hit at the 2014 Outdoor Retailer show held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kahuna Creations was the buzz of the Show making several appearances in the show's highlight videos.
People are spreading the love and posting pictures from all over the world of our longboards and kahuna sticks. We are now highlighting a picture everyday from the Kahuna family! These pictures will be posted everyday to facebook with a shout out to the rider that posted it. We choose one fan picture a day from either Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and highlight that rider on all our social media channels.
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Meeting at Maui and Sons skate shop on the Venice Beach boardwalk, we explained the company's origins, fitness benefits, SUP cross training function, and how much fun our riders have.
After the interviews Lori got on a board herself and filmed our weekly riders as they paddled around the boardwalk.
It was so much fun to teach Lori who took to land paddling like a natural. After Lori finished up the piece we paddled off into the sunset for our weekly ride!