I have started to "SUP" in Dallas in preparation for my Christmas in Maui trip. Can anyone suggest the best places in Maui. I am a beginner....
Best place will depend on ocean conditions for each day. Where will you be staying, south or west?
SUP rentals are every where now.
We are staying at Kapalua...
If you want to ride waves than Ukumehame or Laniupoko or Puamana Beach parks will be best, if you want to just paddle around and get some exercise you can literally launch from any easy access and paddle anywhere, thats the beauty of Stand Up Paddling, the mobility, although winds can pick up or shift dramatically and turn your paddle into a nightmare so check weather reports before going in. Downwind is always easiest and no wind will make for the best wave riding and paddling I would suggest sticking to other areas where there are beginners and lifeguards if possible, (some of the best beaches on Maui have no lifeguards and are perfectly safe under the right conditions) ask a local politely if in doubt and take a lesson, you'll gain insight that you cant get on your own.
I'd make sure and take a lesson so that you can get information on recommended places and etiquette. I've seen Laniupoko when it looked like wall to wall SUP's.
I strongly discourage you from jumping the lanes at Laniupoko, Guardrails, Ukes, or Puamana. It will cause ill will and you could endanger yourself or someone else. Paddle boards are big--and heavy. If you are out and 'over your head' so to speak-your board could easily injure you or cause someone else injury.
Our rescue teams-and many locals-end up rescuing more and more SUP amateurs year round now. It happens on every shoreline, almost daily down south lately-and the same last winter up at Napili.
Surf etiquette isn't just about manners. It has its roots in safety, and is best learned from a lesson for visitors.
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