Gear Review: Kahuna Long Board With Big Stick

If you are looking to keep the surf of Summer alive in your landlocked life, you might want to try a dry version of stand-up paddling (SUP). Riding a long skateboard by Kahuna Creations while paddling yourself about with a Big Stick is the skating version of the popular water sport. As you can see, Matthew McConaughey is a fan of skate paddling; I would say I am too, but I'm not quite proficient enough at stopping yet to really claim to be a fan.

The Kahuna boards are beautiful — I tried the 45-inch Haka Pua ($169) — as are the Big Sticks ($89). To see how it feels to use them, just read more.

I had fun paddling up and down my street. Not only is it an upper body workout, but the motion gets your heart rate up too. As someone who is accident-prone with no prior skateboarding experience, it just doesn't feel all that safe — hence the helmet. Falling into water while SUPing is much less daunting than wiping out on asphalt. I found stopping and steering difficult, but feel these skills would come with practice. And skate paddling is fun, so practicing to gain skills would be a good time.

Here are a few more detailed shots of the board and stick.




Check out this video clip of two dudes who know how to work the Big Stick.

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