CONTRIBUTED BY MELANIE HAMMONS
Snorkeling? SCUBA diving? Surfing? What about Stand Up Paddle boarding? The water activities on Okinawa are pretty much endless.
My husband and I had our mind set to try Stand-Up Paddle board (SUP) before leaving Okinawa.
I did some research and ended up coming across Okinawa Surf & Stand Up Paddle.
Kazu is an Okinawan local, but speaks great English. He founded the company back in 2005, and Tyler joined on board earlier this year, and is the “English speaker” of their small team. Both can help you with setting up lessons, purchasing boards/paddles.
They also offer surf lessons/guides and guided nature tours. So I decided it had to be the way to start things up. They just started a weekly meeting at the Kadena Marina, where you can rent a board, share a board, share some tips but mostly have fun SUP together!
The first contact with Tyler was great, very accommodating as far as day/time and all others questions. They are open for lessons pretty much every day from sunrise to sunset.
We had to cancel our first meeting, but a few weeks went by and we were able to schedule again! Success! Baba park on Tuesday at 4pm, time and day were set. They usually offer their lessons at the Kadena Marina but the marina is closed on Tuesday so they had to find an alternate location. The weather was beautiful and the sea was as calm as possible.
Tyler and Kazu (the owner) met us there. They had everything ready for us (board and paddle). A quick brief was given, and here we go! First we tried it on our knees, paddling out, U turn,…
Then came the challenge do it all, standing UP on a floating board. Well, I am known to not have much balance on solid ground, so this was promising.
Once we got a good grip on everything we were out in the open water!
We paddle all the way to the Kadena Marina, flat water, small waves, and a fall here and there! But this was all part of the fun! Tyler and Kazoo stayed by us the entire time but without being overbearing. The experience was awesome. The lesson lasted 2 hours. I could have stayed on the board forever, feeling so free floating on the water. I tried myself to take on some small waves but that didn’t work out very well for me. It didn’t take away my fun though. It was an amazing experience and can’t wait to get back on it as soon as possible.
For once I did better than my husband! Give it a try it’s well worth it! You never know, you may find yourself a new addiction — I know I did!
Their office is a mobile one so be on the lookout for the van —
Phone: Kazu: 090-8201-9313(jpn) or Tyler: 080-4619-2973(engl.)
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Hi! I was curious if anyone knew the pricing of this service, the times they are open, and what time(s) during the year that they’re available? Thank you, anything would be appreciated!
Sunset shot is a very nice picture taken along with the cloudy weather picture.
Saw this write up last night and knew immediately what I want to do with my husband on a rare day off without kids! I have been watching people SUP for years and just haven’t had the time, money, childcare to do it. We contacted them via their FB page last night and at 10:00 this morning we were in the water, learning. It was a great time and I can’t wait to go again.
Thanks for the positive feedback everyone. You all rock!
I’m here to inform all patrons that our business e-mail has changed to NaturalSurfOkinawa@yahoo.com
And as always, we are taking students!
I tried emailing the listed @yahoo address, but haven’t heard back. Anyone know if this company is still in business?
I just had a lesson with Kazu and it was PERFECT!!! Contacted through Facebook, noe email. Looking forward to meeting again to test a possible board for purchase. Highly recommend having a lesson – it will make this an amazing experience. Erin
Sorry about nor responding! We’ve been in the process of revamping the school. Rest-assured we are going strong and taking students!
Me, a friend, my teenage daughter and a couple of her friends went SUP boarding with Tyler and Kazu. We had a blast and my daughter has since taken up a desire to surf and Tyler has been very helpful in that regard as well. We met Kazu and Tyler at a central location where we followed them to a local beach. They provided everything. All we had to do was show up. Definitely get some friends together, book a lesson and I promise you will have a great adventure.Just a warning though…..SUP boarding and surfing can be addictive but there is nothing like the feeling of being in the open water being active not to mention what an incredible but fun complete body work out it is!
I have been paddling with Kazu and Tyler for almost a year now and if you have anydesire at all to paddleboard Natural Surf should be your first choice. Very accomadating with great gear and prices.
I reccommend it to anyone who loves the water.