Video: 5 Steps for Stand-Up Paddling Success

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Many moons ago, I learned to stand-up paddle {SUP} on vacation. Within seconds I was hooked—core strengthening and serenity, anyone?—which prompted me to paddle on every future vacation involving a body of water.

Eventually, SUP'ing only while away wasn't enough—I wanted to do the sport all the time!—so Mr. Trip Styler and I purchased two heavy-duty inflatable boards we store in our city condo and transport with us anywhere we want to glide on water {each board folds up into a big backpack}.

Fast forward seven years, a dog, and a baby later, and we still love it. While Dog Styler's a seasoned SUP pro, this summer, we're hoping Baby Styler can join in the fun. 

Thinking back to my favorite SUP-sational travels, the most calm and gorgeous place I learned was in the protected ocean lagoon at The Fairmont Orchid on Hawaii Island. So taken by the experience, I returned there on vacation a few months ago and shot this how-to SUP video for the Expedia Viewfinder Travel Blog.

PS - Don't miss my epic encounter with a curious turtle in the video below!

[photos by @tripstyler]