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Jun182010

What is "Land Paddling"? Gear and Initial Impressions.

Tools of the trade. No, I don't want to trade.

I recently found out about "Land Paddling" and fell in love with it.  You get on a longboard armbreaker skateboard and push yourself along with a Kahuna Big Stick, a lot like stand up paddle surfing.

I've done it a few times with a homemade push stick, a tennis ball on the end of a bamboo rod, which was pretty fun but not as effective as I wished.  The tennis ball was eaten up pretty quickly, but the bamboo stick was light and stiff.

I ordered the Kahuna Big Stick for $89 and waited patiently for it to come.  The difference it made was tremendous.  The carbon rubber bottom and nicely shaped handle at the top was like adding icing to a cake.  

The workout goes like this - You get a longboard skateboard and push yourself along.  When going downhill, you swoop side to side like surfing, working your balance coordination like crazy.  When on the flats, you "paddle", working your abs, lats, shoulders, arms, and forearms pretty nicely.  When going uphill, you can pretty much triple the flat land workout.

When you put it all together, it's like surfing, casual flat water paddling, or intense white water "holy sh*t, look out for that rock!" paddling, depending on the amount of slope you are on at the moment.  If you get up enough speed on a downhill, it can even be, "Holy sh*t! I'm going to die at Pipeline!" intense.  

What's really nice is that you are actually going somewhere and it's as challenging as you make it, so you can put in an hour of land paddling and not even know it.  I did 40 minutes of it last night and woke up today nicely sore and could definitely feel it during my swim.  Sweet!

You will either need some prior skateboarding experience or a full body helmet for the first few days.  If you're good with that, it is an awesome way to get in a great upper body and core workout while cruising around your neighborhood.  I give it a big thumb's up.

 

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FYI I'm 46 and have been Big Stickin' for over a year and you do NOT need prior skateboard experience. The boards are like coffee tables with wheels, big and unforgiving and very easy to ride. Just surf the youtube videos, watch how people do it then start in a flat, well paved, safe, empty parking lot and get the stroke down. Avoid hills and populated areas until you get the manuevering down. If you have kids it's great for them too as they have kid big sticks that are shorter. Get's them away from the XBox and outside!

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I'm thinking of picking up a bigstick and longboard, too. Summers in Wisconsin are too short. I paddleboard, but adding land paddling to the mix will extend my season. And being able to keep it in the back of the truck and go anytime is a big plus!

Thanks for the article.

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November 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

I've been an avid Big Kahuna rider for over 5 years. Their products are unmatched in quality. My original Kahuna Big Stick and Big Kahuna Board are still usable, but I've opted for new boards and sticks because of the updated graphics and trends. Don't want to be seen on an outdated Big Kahuna Board. LOL. That would be bad. LOL.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Barbane

Hey Kevin, just read your post. I really want to encourage you to check out the products that Big Kahuna makes. They are unmatched in quality. Don't fall for cheap imitators. If you do, other Big Stickers like D and I might Stick circles around you and make you dizzy. J/K. But really, Big Kahuna all the way. American made. Also they have the newest designs. I think I saw a black light design on their website. LOL.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Barbane

Hey D, just read your post. Glad you like Big Kahuna products as much as I do. They are really easy to use. I forgot to tell Kevin that. He was thinking of getting one. I don't have kids FYI but if I did, I can imagine taking them to the park and Big Stickin' with them. As it is I get a lot of thumbs up and people yelling things like "Is that a Big Kahuna Board and a Kahuna Big Stick?" to which I reply "Yeah." It's funny how much a product can change your life. I have abs now. Never did before the Big Kahuna Stick. It just gives you such a core shredding upper body muscle twitch long distance workout. I'm impressed. Keep on Big Stickin' D, and if you're ever down to Big Stick together, Big Stick on out to Ogden, Utah where I'll be Big Stickin' on my Big Kahuna Board.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Barbane

Kevin, they are really easy to use

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Barbane

Hey nfljerseyonline, just read your comment. It doesn't really have anything to do with Big Stickin' but if you are into fashion, I've got a surprise for you. Big Kahuna Creations has hats. Here is a link. http://www.kahunacreations.com/apparel/all/kc-tribal-snapback.html It's well worth the investment. I get comments from people all the time. One time in the parking lot of Ace a worker said "Is that a Kahuna Creations Tribal Snapback Hate?" and I said "Yeah" and she said "You ride" and I replied "Yeah" and she said "Cool" and then she said something else, but I couldn't hear her.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Barbane

Hey Anthony, just read your response. You reminded me of something cool. On Kahuna Creations' webstore you can buy a flag. http://www.kahunacreations.com/apparel/flag/flag.html. If you buy two you can sew them together on 3 of the four sides, and then buy two more and roll them up with some cotton balls inside and sew them together along the rolled seam and at the top and bottom and sew them on the two you sewed together then you'll have a comfy carrying pouch for your Big Kahuna Board. I had my aunt do the sewing.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Barbane

Anthony, did you ever read what I typed? Kevin, have you bought a Kahuna Creation Big Kahuna Board and Kahuna Big Stick yet?

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Barbane

Alright. Well I'll check back here in a couple days. Don't want to spend all my time staring at a screen when I could be Big Stickin' like my buddy D. LOL. And his kids! LOL.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Barbane

Okay guys. Just got back from a nice Big Stickin' session. Who's with me? LOL.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Barbane

Okay. I decided to imagine that I had just "Land Paddled" for the first time in order to re-create the article above for your reading pleasure. LOL.:

The other day I found out about "Land Paddling." It's insane. There was a video of a man doing it. I wanted to try. I hopped on my favorite banana (what I call a longboard) board (my old [I'll get to that {why it is old} in a minute] Arbor), grabbed a stick from the yard and started pushing. My pecs burned. My abs ripped. My pecs pumped. "Holy f***ng s**t," I thought, "this is insane." I imagined myself as the man in the video and started doing a low "cool-guy" stance.

Over the course of 5 years I tried different types of sticks. Long, short, thick, skinny, bendy, stiff, knurled, straight. Then I decided to try different woods. Pine, balsa, madrone, oak, ebony, mahogany, particle board, bamboo. Then I tried different tips. The best tip was one I stole off of my aunt's walker. She didn't notice because I went a bought a new one at the medical supply store and put it back on before she woke up again.

But nothing that I could make was worth anything. I'm not good at making things. So I got on the internet and started typing. I think I Googled for 3 hrs straight. Finally I came across Kahuna Creations. My jaw dropped. This was what I was looking for all along. Years spent toiling with sticks and wood and the answer was waiting for me on the Google. Life is like that. You know? I immediately ordered the Kahuna Big Stick for $89 and waited patiently for it to come. A year passed and I decided to call Kahuna Creations. A dude answered. "Hello" I said. "Hi" he replied. "I ordered a Kahuna Big Stick from you for $89 and it never came" I said. "That's because you ordered it Media Mail and we can't send it that way" he explained. "Oh" I exclaimed. "PayPal us the extra $5 for Standard Shipping and we'll send it" he demanded. I immediately hung up and did as he asked. The next morning I heard the door bell ring. It was the neighbor, he needed a egg.

Then the Kahuna Creations Big Stick arrived. It has the carbon rubber bottom and nicely shaped handle at the top. Then I realized "I only have a crumby Arbor" and "I need a new board" so I ordered one from Kahuna Creations too. It came quick.

The first time I rode it went like this - I got on my new Kahuna Creation Longboard and pushed.

I started f***ing flying down a hill like "Woah" and swooped back and forth like a mutant bat surfer. My equilibrium instantly became toned. If I could describe it after that day I would say that it is nectar. On the flats, I "paddled", crushing my abs, mangling my lats, toning the living f**k out of my shoulders, pumping my arms up with muscle blasting blood, and engorging my forearms extremely nicely. When going uphill, I pretty much quintupled the flat land workout and started screaming like a wild veiny beast being electrocuted in a large vat gooey Rolo's centers.

I'm not a surfer, but I know that it isn't just like surfing, it is surfing. Locals only, bro! LOL.

The best part it, you look cool when you're doing it. I get a lot of thumbs up and people yelling things like "Is that a Big Kahuna Board and a Kahuna Big Stick?" to which I reply "Yeah." I also look like I'm chiseled from marble. My muscles are big and I rub oils on them too. I put in 30 minutes of paddling a day and wake up sore every morning. I have to soak in an ice bath just to fall asleep!

They are really easy to use. Just imagine yourself in a full body helmet for the first few days and you will feel safe and started getting f***ing ripped! I recommend it to everyone. Just make sure you ride a Kahuna Creations Big Kahuna Board and also use a Kahuna Creations Big Kahuna Stick.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Barbane

Hey Joel, D here, love the comments, want to go Big Stickin' sometime?

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterD

Joel isn't lying. One time I was walking across the parking lot at Ace and saw him carrying a 12-Pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon with a Kahuna Creations Tribal Snapback hat on. "Is that a Kahuna Creations Tribal Snapback Hat?" I gingerly cried out. "Yeah" he angrily yelled. I then became inquisitive. "You ride?" I demanded. "Yeah" he said. Then I muttered "Cool" and said how envious I was of him and his life and his muscles and the oils that he rubbed on them too, but he couldn't hear me.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAce Worker

To the author. You say "Tools of the trade. No, I don't want to trade." Are you sure you don't? It's been a few years since you wrote this article. I'll trade you my SUP set-up.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Kevin! Why didn't you respond to me? And yes D, I would like to go Big Stickin' as long as we go without Kevin.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Barbane

Why can't Kevin come?

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterD

I was in the park the other day and I saw a man riding a Big Kahuna Board with a Kahuna Big Stick. I gave him a thumbs up and screamed "Is that a Big Kahuna Board and a Kahuna Big Stick?" "Yeah" he whispered. That interaction changed my life. I went home and got busy. I didn't have the money to go out and buy a Big Kahuna Board with a Kahuna Big Stick so I decided to make one. First I went searching for a log. I found on on the side of the road. I tied a rope, lifted it onto a longboard, and drug it home. At home I pulled out my whittling knife and started to whittle. I whittled a deck. Then I whittled some trucks. Then I whittled some nuts and washers. Then I whittled some wheels. Then I whittled some bearings. Then I whittled some grip tape. Then I whittled a stick with a hand-whittled carbon rubber bottom and a custom hand-whittled nicely shaped whittled handle at the top. When I put it all together I felt excited. When I stepped upon it and pushed off for the first time, I felt downtrodden. It was not unmatched in quality like the Kahuna Creations Big Kahuna Board and Kahuna Big Stick. I am trying to save to buy the real thing now. If you want to donate to my cause look up my name on Kickstarter. Thank you. And thank you to whoever it was that I saw in the park on that day that changed my life forever.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge "Hank" Douglas

Four score and seven years ago Big Kahuna Creations brought forth on this continent a new longboard, conceived in fun, and dedicated to the proposition that killer muscle engorging upper body work outs are only possibly on the Kahuna Creations Big Kahuna Board using a Kahuna Creations Big Stick.

Because you ignored me Kevin.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Barbane

Sorry Joel.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

I forgive you Kevin.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Barbane

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