The reality is that by choosing to move ourselves across, over and through the magnificent waters of our world via a board and a paddle we have chosen to be self-powered. That sets the stage for a number of metaphors. Does it inspire you to share your story? Share why you chose SUP or any other power-related tale- we’re interested.
We have one section of this site dedicated to SUP Muses. We define SUP Muses as a category of SUP influencers whose stories inspire! Do you know a SUP Muse like Candice Appleby, Karen Wrenn, Suzie Cooney, Heather Relyea Baus or Brit Oliphant – let us meet them.
SUP Ambassador: I live in Oregon, home of the paddle family of Meg and Dave Chun and their KIALOA paddles. I came by my first Kialoa paddle by borrowing those owned by friends. Over time I have come to admire the technology, feel, strength and lightness of my KIALOA paddle design, but my first connection and commitment to the Kialoa company came from their attitude and traditions. (Design video chat here)
This next piece is from their website: Born on the Island of Oahu in 1991, KIALOA Paddles grew out of Dave Chun’s love for the sport of outrigger canoe racing. Driven by the desire to build the best paddles in the world, Dave started crafting wood paddles on his parents’ lanai. Shortly thereafter, he met Meg, a mid-westerner transplanted to Hawaii. It was a marriage of west and east, island heritage and mainland progressiveness. The Chuns moved the company to Bend, Oregon in 1992, bringing the Aloha spirit with them.
Against all odds, they started an outrigger club in the High Desert. Nowadays KIALOA makes a full line of stand up, outrigger and dragon boat paddles. As a KIALOA Paddles E’lele (ambassador) I take my role with a grain of fun and plenty of listening – to all of you!
I believe that as a global water loving “family” we can accomplish our mission to preserve our planet’s waters and help move them to be even more healthy. One of the cornerstones of the Kialoa vision is Malama: Stewardship.
Thanks for the piece on Dave Chun and Kiola paddles. I have an outrigger and SUP paddle from him. He surely is a master
Nice article about Dave, he’s a great guy, but the title referred to Malama, and there is a great paddlemaker here on Maui named Malama Chun. Imagine my confusion.