Beginner SUP: Surftech Kaiwi-Kai


Beginner SUP: Surftech Kaiwi-Kai

14′ X 28″ X 5.75″ (325.4 LITERS)

Downwind paddling is one of the true joys of standup paddling. The Kaiwi-Kai was designed by surf and SUP legend Gerry Lopez specifically for paddling with the wind at your back and the combination of a planing hull through the tail (flat) and a displacement hull in the nose with a bit of rocker makes it ideal for just that. But that combo, along with the extra thickness for stability, makes it a solid choice for general paddling situations, too.

This gear review originally ran in our 2014 Beginner’s Guide as “Boards to Begin.”

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