CLOTHING Find quality gear that has SPF protec-
tion built in — the cheap so-called sun-screening
threads don’t adequately block the rays.
HATS All the cool kids have them. Seriously, get
one you like and wear it in and out of the water.
SUNSCREEN Look for products that contain barrier
ingredients like zinc or titanium dioxide — the other
stuff won’t cut it.
SUNGLASSES Keep the spiffy for-looks pair in the
car. For the beach, get good lenses: Kaenon, Maui
Jim or Ray-Ban.
FEET Protect your feet with water shoes. The
islands’ ABC stores sell inexpensive ones; just be
sure they have a thick sole. You don’t want to acci-
dentally step on a sea urchin — it can ruin your trip.
TRANSPORT Planning on moving your boards
around? Rent a van from a company like Al’s Vans
on Maui. The weather or surf might be better a few
miles up and you don’t want to be stuck.
SUP 1 The best time to get out there is before
11 a.m., before the wind picks up.
SUP 2 If you’re planning on trying stand-up paddle-
boarding, get a board with a big square tail and a
soft top and deck pads. Falling will be less painful
and the kids will have a place to sit.
SUP 3 Put the athlete of the family on a smaller
board to slow her down and, presto, the group is
SUP 4 When balancing on an SUP keep your feet on
either side of the handle in the middle with your toes
in front and your heel behind the handle. If you stay on
your knees, choke up on the paddle; don’t hold from
the top. Finally, don’t take little steps on your board —
small hops work better to keep the board level.
An Extra Day in Paradise
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To stay four nights and get the fifth night free – that’s pure paradise.
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