Volume 15 Number 6 - Winter 2006
Beachboy Paddle Surfing
By Todd Bradley
So much of surfing is about changing perspectives, going from the open shoulder to the tight cylinder of a bending tube, tropical reef conditions to forest lined shores, big waves to small waves. Hoe he’e nalu is another shift—from prone paddling to standing up with a paddle—that’s drawing converts like a tent revival with spiked lemonade. You see them these days gliding the smooth water outside, then digging in with that long paddle, picking up a rising swell and rushing shoreward like Polynesian royalty.