Free SUP Clinics

Free Blue Planet Stand Up Paddle clinics and board demos: 


Blue Planet Surf brings you free clinics and board demos with safety, board design, advanced paddle technique clinics for intermediate and advanced paddlers and a introduction to SUP for first timers.  Try our demo fleet for free, learn beginner and advanced paddle technique at the clinics and get advice on equipment.  
Demo boards by  Blue Planet, Starboards, Riviera, Aquaglide, and more, including SUP race boards, click here for our most current list of rental boards.  We bring all the boards on this list to the beach, as long as they are not rented out at the time.

Hosted by Blue Planet Surf Shop and other guest businesses.  

Please note:  We love to get people on the water and paddling but we are also a business and are doing this as a free service to customers that support our shop and keep us in business.  Our clinics are intended for serious customers that want to try SUP and are interested in purchasing a board from us.  We want to help you choose the board that is right for your needs.  These clinic are not a free lesson and board rental for anyone, they are for Blue Planet customers interested in purchasing from us.  If you are not interested in purchasing a board from us,  please check out our SUP rentals and SUP lessons.


PLEASE SIGN UP BY 8:15 AM and attend safety brief to demo our boards.  Registration closes at 8:15 sharp. Sorry, we can not accommodate anyone showing up late.

 

Next clinic dates (tentative, please check back before clinic or sign up for newsletter for updates):

 

Sunday, June 15th, 2014 

and

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

 

The clinics will be held from 8 am to 10 am only at the Ewa end of Ala Moana Beach park, close to the shower at the West end of the beach park, see map below.  Just look for the Blue Planet tent and boards lined up on the beach.
 
Schedule:
 
8:00-8:15am- Sign up and basic instructions for entry level paddlers (please bring ID and show up on time for this free introductory clinic).  

8:15 am- Sign up closes, mandatory safety briefing. You must sign up by 8:15 am and attend safety briefing to participate in the free board demo.  You must attend the safety brief to be allowed to use our equipment.  Demos are limited to 10 minutes per board to give everyone a chance to try different boards. 
 
9:00-9:30am - Advanced paddle technique clinic with Robert Stehlik, Jeff Chang, and guest coaches.  
 
10:00- time to pack up, all boards need to be out of the water by 10 am.  If you can, please help us wash off and carry boards to the cars. You are welcome to bring your own paddle and board to the free clinics.
 
Valid ID required to sign up for demo. 

Support/ donations:  
The purpose of the clinics is to help newcomers choose the right equipment and to teach the basics.  SUP is too much fun not to share the stoke and we want to continue offering free clinics, but in order for us to be able to continue to offer these clinics, we depend on making sales as a result.  
If you have no intentions of purchasing equipment from our store, please rent a board from us instead or at least consider making a donation to help offset the high cost of equipment and employees.  A minimum $5 donation per person is suggested and we will give a free instructional DVD or other gift to anyone donating $10 or more.  We also ask you to please support the businesses that make these clinics possible.  We will usually make a special offer available to clinic participants that are interested in buying equipment and this offer is usually only good for the day of the clinic.

For more information, please call or visit:
Blue Planet Surf Shop
540 Ward Ave.
Honolulu, Hi 96814
Tel. 808 596 7755
 
The map below shows the location of the signup tent and Blue Planet Surf Shop on Ward Ave.  The red lines are the area of the board demo, please stay within this area only when demoing boards.
Demo participants must be good swimmers, participation is at own risk.  Valid drivers license or ID required for liability waiver, must be over 18 yrs or supervised by adult.  Please help us pick up trash while enjoying the beach.
 
Available now: SUP Clinic DVD with two hours of video content, including basic instructions, advanced technique, SUP surfing technique, downwind clinic,  and many bonus videos. 
Get this DVD at the clinic with a min. donation of $10.
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Aloha!
Below are a couple of videos from past clinics, so you know what you can expect on the Clinic day:

Blue Planet's free monthly SUP clinic video on May 12th, 2012 from Zen Waterman on Vimeo.

 

Blue Planet SUP clinic/ demo day Nov.6.2010- Board Design Clinic from Zen Waterman on Vimeo.

 

SUP Clinic on March 23rd, 2014- So many boards to choose from...