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My family from Hawaii and Manhattan Beach brought along an inflatable stand up paddle (SUP) board with graphics designed by my board designer cousin-in-law John Thomas himself. When you see the board, you’d think the board is not inflatable and you’d be amazed that it is rigid and made of some kind of high-tech material. So unlike any cheap China-made PVC inflatable water toy, it’s pretty expensive with mylar fibers. Living close to the beach in America, apart from having a lovely vacation house with an awesome view of Paoay Lake in Ilocos Norte, paddle boarding is second nature to them.
“The sport has become so in,” they say, but “it has been around for ages.” In Hawaii, where stand up paddle surfing originated, it’s called “hoe he’e nalu”. In Ilocos, we do have the “rakit” made of bamboo poles.