Courtesy of Hans Hedemann

New Sport: Paddleboarding

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Interested in surfing but can’t commit the time? Stand-up paddleboarding is surfing made easy: the platform is wider, longer, and more stable than a standard surfboard, and a long paddle makes maneuvering simple. Riders can catch waves but also zip through smooth water. On Oahu, Turtle Bay Resort (doubles from $430) arranges lessons through Hans Hedemann (lessons from $75), an outfitter that also runs classes in Waikiki. On the mainland, the hub for the sport is Santa Barbara: BlueLine Paddle Surf (lessons from $75) is located a block from prime paddleboarding territory on East Beach.

—Jennifer Flowers

America's Top Summer Activities 2009

America's Top Summer Activities 2009

New Sport: Paddleboarding

Interested in surfing but can’t commit the time? Stand-up paddleboarding is surfing made easy: the platform is wider, longer, and more stable than a standard surfboard, and a long paddle makes maneuvering simple. Riders can catch waves but also zip through smooth water. On Oahu, Turtle Bay Resort (doubles from $430) arranges lessons through Hans Hedemann (lessons from $75), an outfitter that also runs classes in Waikiki. On the mainland, the hub for the sport is Santa Barbara: BlueLine Paddle Surf (lessons from $75) is located a block from prime paddleboarding territory on East Beach.

—Jennifer Flowers

America's Top Summer Activities 2009

Courtesy of Hans Hedemann

America's Top Summer Activities 2009

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