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Kahuna Creations: Kahuna Big Stick -- Stand Up Paddle Skating PDF Print E-mail
By: Stand Up Paddle Surfing Magazine   
Monday, 16 June 2008

If you've ever daydreamed about stand up paddle surfing to work, the store, around campus, or on the boardwalk, the Kahuna Big Stick is what you've been waiting for. Land-stand-up-paddling has been made a reality by the boys at Kahuna Creations. Stand Up Paddle Surfing Magazine’s editor met up with ImageKC rider and surfing legend Buttons Kaluhiokalani and Kahuna Creations founder Steve McBride at Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu to get the real deal on the Kahuna Big Stick and Kahuna Creations skateboards, surfboards, and snowboards. “I have to admit," says Nate, "I had my doubts about the Big Stick. I wondered if it would feel awkward. That idea was squashed when Steve handed me a Big Stick and Buttons showed me how to use it. It's a sweet piece of equipment. There are a lot of good vibes surrounding the company. Everyone who came to the demo on that day was greeted at the KC tent with smiles, stickers, catalogues, posters autographed by Buttons, as well as drinks and energy bars from KC sponsor Pit Bull."


Q: What is Kahuna Creations?

SUPSURFMAG EDITOR: Kahuna Creations is a company built around board riding in all elements, be it surf, snow, or pavement. According to KC, “The Hawaiian Kings invented board riding thousands of years ago, resulting in the creation of all board sports. Those Hawaiian surfers found a purity and freedom that shaped their world. Kahuna Creations pays tribute to those ancient board riders by fusing the soul of surfing and the Hawaiian spirit into all our products.”


ImageQ: What is the Kahuna Big Stick?

SUPSURFMAG EDITOR: The Kahuna Big Stick Classic is a solid oval shaped wooded shaft with a rounded T-grip handle and stationary rubber wheels that grip the pavement and deliver the power of the stroke. The latest pricing from KC’s website puts the Original Wood models retailing for $89.00. Models with Hawaiian print fabric inlays and a carbon fiber weave sheathing retail for $149.00. The sticks come in 5’0, 5’6” and 6’0 lengths in both Original Wood and Carbon Fiber Weave models.  Original wood models weigh only 16 ounces.


Q: Does it have wheels?

SUPSURFMAG EDITOR: The “wheels” are stationary. The rubber is designed with enough grip to grab the pavement with each stroke and yet still allow the rider to lean on the paddle while carving on downhill runs. The wheel shape is used to maximize the life of the rubber. As the rubber wheel wears down on one side, it can be pulled off, rotated, and put back on.


ImageQ: Is the Big Stick used mainly for balance and carving or for propelling yourself forward?

SUPSURFMAG EDITOR: Both. The Kahuna Big Stick eliminates the need to push with your feet. You pull yourself forward with the strokes the same way you use a paddle on a stand up paddle surfboard. The stick is also used to stabilize yourself while turning and carving.


Q: How does the stroke feel as compared to that used on a stand up paddle surfboard?

SUPSURFMAG EDITOR: I was honestly surprised how identical the stroke felt compared to a stand up paddle surf stroke. I thought it would be different, however, it wasn’t. Although I was only using the equipment for no more than half an hour, the stroke pattern and the muscle groups used felt the same as those used on a stand up paddle surfboard. The Big Stick seems to be a great way to train and stay in shape for stand up paddle surfing when the waves are down or when you just can’t make it to the ocean.




Q: What is the right length?

SUPSURFMAG EDITOR: I am about 6’ tall, the company's founder, Steve McBride recommended the 6’ Big Stick for me. In his opinion, you can get a longer, smoother stroke with a longer stick. I personally preferred the shorter 5’6”. I felt like I got more power and more control out of it. I tend to prefer a shorter paddle in the water. For me, with the shorter stick, I could keep my knees bent, carve, and switch the stick from side to side without having to stand upright and without stretching to reach the top of the handle. In the surf my paddle is pretty short, only 4.5”-6” over my head. If you are used to using a shorter paddle on the water, you’ll probably be happiest with a shorter one on the land and vice-versa.


Q: Classic Wood or Carbon Fiber Weave?

SUPSURFMAG EDITOR: The carbon fiber adds extra weight to the stick but at the same time adds strength and a slick -looking fabric underlay. The carbon fiber will also prevent the stick from wear and tear that will naturally occur from occasionally banging the stick on the side of the skateboard. On the flip-side, if you want a basic lightweight model, the Wood Classic is the one for you. Carbon fiber weave models are guaranteed for a year against breakage, however, according to Steve, they’ve never had one break yet, carbon fiber or classic wood.


ImageQ: What about longboard-skateboards?

SUPSURFMAG EDITOR: I tried out three models: The Pohaku Surf Rider (which is the same template as the Pohaku Wahine Rider), the Duke Classic, and the Hukilau Classic. Without being a longboard-skateboard expert, all of these boards were smooth and fun. In my earlier days, I was a skate park rat and I still keep my skateboard in the back of the car for those days when I find a smooth parking lot, so I’ve still got my skateboard legs, and I had a lot of fun on all the Kahuna Creations skateboards. I think my personal favorite was the Duke. The board was smooth and fun with minimal flex. However, I’m excited to learn how to use the flex in the Pohaku Surf Rider to add to the forward momentum of the board. Just like surfboards, there’s a different skateboard available for different conditions. The Magma and Hydro performance Longboards are their highest performing downhill boards. I’ll have to get on one of those next time.


ImageQ: How were the surfboards?

SUPSURFMAG EDITOR: Although KC isn’t producing stand up paddle surfboards, the prone paddle boards at the beach that day, looked real nice. I didn’t paddle any of them out, but shapes looked like a lot of fun and the glass job felt strong. I was most drawn to the Kahuna Hybrid. The outline and slightly turned up nose rocker seem to me that it would be fun in most conditions.



Q: Did you learn anything about the snowboards?

SUPSURFMAG EDITOR: Being here in Hawaii, we didn’t get into much on the snowboards. However, Steve is from Utah, and in my opinion, they have the best snow on earth. They take their snow toys seriously over there. Contact Kahuna Creations for more info about their snowboard line up.


Q: You’ve had nothing but good things to say about the product. Are you giving biased information because of all the free stuff and smiles at the tent?

SUPSURFMAG EDITOR: No way. I’m telling it like it is. Now that I think about it, if there was one thing that I think would be a great addition to the KC lineup, it would be a super lightweight all carbon fiber Kahuna Big Stick. But at the same time, wood is a renewable resource and has so much soul to it.


Kahuha Creations rider Buttons Kaluhiokalani
Q: What are your final overall impressions?

SUPSURFMAG EDITOR: I’m sold on the Kahuna Big Stick and KC longboards. I was really impressed. During the summer, when the waves are down on the North Shore, guys like me sometimes go into this wave-deprived depression. There are waves on the South Shore, but with gas prices and traffic, it’s too much. We do flat water paddles, but there’s always this deep-seeded desire to lean on the paddle and carve into a turn. The KC skateboard/Big Stick combination filled the void, fired up those core stand up paddle muscle groups, and after the demo day I went home smiling.


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feed33 Comments
October 24, 2011

I personally use the adjustable Kahuna big stick with the blade shaped bottom and a 56" Dregs supertanker board. The stick works well for me fully extended which is a little over my six feet in height. I'm 44 and hadn't been on a skateboard in 30 years when I decided that land SUP looked like it would be as fun as water SUP. Let me say, it is better because I can do it every day. My kids, 7 and 9, are both suddenly into it, too, so I got them each a long board 36" and 40" respectively. Instead of shelling out for two more big sticks, I made them each one out of bamboo, which I dried on the porch for a couple of weeks. Then I used a "Kong" dog toy for the bottom (I cut the hole in the top a little bigger with scissors and slid it onto the base of the stick, drilled a hole through it and the stick, and bolted it on it with 1" washers on each side) and a racquetball for the handle (again, cut a small hole with scissors and slide onto the top of the hole, secured with duct tape). I sanded the stick where the other hand goes and wrapped it with some tennis racket grip tape. The bamboo was free and the kong, racquetball and tape cost about $16.

August 24, 2011

I love innovation!

Thanks for adding fuel to the "anything is possible" fire, Buttons!

Now, if you could just figure out the Rosen-Einstein stable worm hole thingy. You know, move through space/time and score the best all time surf! (think about that next time you're tubed!)

August 05, 2011

I've had my big stick three days and I have been riding with it for three days!!
Love it. Problem without it, I was always gaining to much speed on downhills,having to roll off into the grass and hope to not take out an ankle on the spill.
Brake works great on this and of course helps out on the uphills and with the abs workout.
Buying one for my bro in Honolulu for his borthday!

July 18, 2011

I'm a Canadian living in flatland - West Palm Beach, FL. Recently I got into SUP'ing, and ordered a Kahuna Creations adjustable MOKO sight-unseen for's amazing and I was cruising and quasi-carving on my shiny new longboard to the amusement of my wife and neighbours in my first hour. Not sure what my HOA makes of me, but the MOKO was a great investment and I'm already feeling the benefits (PS> I'm 35, 6'1" and 210lbs and shrinking ;-) To the haters on this've obviously never tried one...if you think they suck.

April 25, 2011

Thanks for the awesome review, SUP Surf Mag! I love it!

February 24, 2011

I need some help with this. I'm 56, fit, and really dig this long skate board with Kahuna Big Stick. I', 5'7" - 144 lbs. Can someone recommend ---
1 - what length stick I should get
2 - what type of skate board
3 - approximately what this would cost
4 - where can I buy one.



George Terrman
November 27, 2010

My buddy Jeremy told me to buy one of these. Best decision I've ever made. This thing really increases core strength. My abs burn when I'm done. I'm buying one for my wife and our three kids. Never to young to start shredding the sidewalk!

Jeremy Blartman
November 22, 2010

after posting this comment, my friend came online here. he just recently purchased a big kahuna board and loves it. just thought i'd give everyone in here an update if you will. lol

Jeremy Blartman
November 16, 2010

the big kahuna stick is great. it really optimizes the carving of longboarding. beware! you can pick up a lot of speed. but don't worry! the stick doubles as a brake. good idea. kahuna co. you have a satisfied customer. thank you so much. it has really made a difference in my life. it makes me knee pain go away! and i think some girls in the park might think its cool. lol. yeah!

October 20, 2010

when i first saw this i thought (like 'this sucks' wrote) the idea was totally stupid too but then i actually tried it and was totally stoked. it's so much more fun than having to push and the workout is insane. i do a ton of stand up in waves etc and although this isn't the same thing it still kicks ass. anyone who doubts should at least try it first before dissing it. it rocks.

hannah Finlay-Jones
October 16, 2010

my dad bought one coz he absolutely obsessed with stand up paddle boarding. i enjoy it too, but was blown away by the awesomeness of the KAHUNA BIG STICK! i rode down to the beach with my friend and we showed everyone; they were all amazed at how cool it was. I love it and want another one. so much fun

Dick Forphree
October 13, 2010

kewl. lol. mine

September 14, 2010

i broke my achillies at the beginning of summer, the big stick allowed me to get back on my longboard and not have to worry about re-injuring my achillies; i just hop on and start paddling, and it's a great core workout.

September 06, 2010

this is so dumb just get a peice of wood and the end of a rubber malet and put them together and ta=da a stick! you dont even need rubber

Jeffery White
August 31, 2010


YES! I just received my KC Big stick here in Charlotte about 2 weeks ago and I'm not exagerating when I say that the guys at Kahuna have reinvented the wheel of longboarding. I'll generally go to a local park with big sweeping paths and the Big Stick has not disappointed. As a matter of fact, I'm headed to the low country day after tomorrow with my family and will have my board and KC Big Stick in tow for the paved trails at Wild Dunes. Get one. You won't regret it. By the way, I'm 42 and this thing makes me feel much fun.

August 31, 2010

I live in the low country of South Carolina. Thank god for longboard surfboards down here. We have zero hills it is flat flat flat so I don't ride my skateboard as much as I should. Way to much pushing and i am 43 yrs. old. Would this be good for flat landers like me??

Scott Graves
August 19, 2010

How about making the stick's wheels spin in only one direction... so that they grip when poling and glide when coasting? That would save the rubber and allow for a better glide experience?

Cool concept any which way.

August 07, 2010

I am stoked to find all this available. I am an old fart that has been surfing since I was 11(thats almost 40 yrs.). This is just what I was lookin for to get me of my azz and get out there with the lady. She is into the roller blading and this is my way to join her. Thanks KC.

Captain Planko
July 15, 2010

not interested. seems too much on the novelty/form side of cruising. i cruise up to 18 miles a day on my board, more weight in a board and an extra accessory doesn't appeal, also not seeing a kush ride, big rubber wheels (yeah)-the weight of them (no). i also prefer free hands, 'free hands' is a huge marketing niche in general from vaporizers :) , phones etc... the way the big stick is marketed, it seems every order should come with a leash to attach to your board XD

July 08, 2010

I can't wait to get my Big Stick! I haven't been boarding for that long, but I love it so much! When I head about KC, I flipped my wig...totally an awesome idea! It looks like such great exercise!

And for the hater below: dude, chill out. You're the first person I've seen who hates it. That means there's LOADS more people out there than you think that say it's amazing! You're one of the people in this world who gets into something, clings to it like glue, and then bashes anyone who doesn't partake in it the EXACT way that you do. You don't have the monopoly on longboarding, son. Have a beer and chill out.

June 08, 2010

Just ordered my Pohaku Surf Rider, and 5'0" Big stick tonight as an early gift for my 12th birthday. Excited, and can't wait to try it out.

Poco Lobos
May 14, 2010

Maybe we can try one out at the University of Outdoor Program? Dave

April 13, 2010

iv been longboarding for 10 years. i think id be nice to give my legs a rest and try this stick. im def down.

(this sucks) is an idiot
March 30, 2010

This is an awesome idea! I recently tore the ACL in my left knee and now that i'm able to walk around a little this still allows me to board!

February 13, 2010

This has got to be the best thing to happen to the boarding industry in a long time. I have not had a lot of time on longboards but I can't wait to get my hands on one of these! I live in MN and want to get a paddleboard out on Superior asap. Later....

Chris Vega
January 23, 2010

i like the double king pin trucks. These are the key to my chicago custom longboard.

December 09, 2009

Hey RickT, let us know how it goes. I have a mountainboard and am thinking of getting a paddle, always looking for a way to board (while in pittsburgh....)

December 09, 2009

Yeah I have made a paddle out of a rubber hammer head and used it here in Missouri were the river is to stinky to go paddle on. I have been using the rubber hammer head on the bike trails that and my disco ball helmet get a lot of comments. I have a pulled muscle that keeps me from surfing at the time and enjoying a flat land paddle is still in my grasp. It is a great work out for those of you who have any knee or him problems much better than jogging or biking. I want to save up and get a real stick BIG STICK from Hawaii. I had a longboard skate but am going to change to a mountain board by flexi and see what a difference it makes. But I know These guys on Islands have it all figured out no doubt there gear is best but my problem is I live near a gravel trail and that wount work with a skate board..Peace to all and stay stand up!

November 08, 2009

Hey "this sucks"...your sucha wingnut...some people cant alway get out on their board and I for one can tell you that from an exercise standpoint, "land paddling" has to be one of the most intensive core workouts I have ever done....

November 07, 2009

Actually many many SUP guys are loving the longboard and Big Stick on land. Blain Chambers, CEO of Paddle Surf Hawaii, swears by it.

check it out:

fyi, bad Kharma to dis something new and something that gets a whole new crowd off their butts and on a board. many many stoked Kahuna Big Stick riders out there.

Steve - Owner/Rider

this sucks
November 07, 2009

this is the dumbest idea i have ever seen. Its for people who don't know how to board. That video was stupid, whatshisface has no clue how to longboard. If you want to learn how to stand up paddle then go do that in the water, dont learn from a longboard, they are not the same.. at all. This product is a waste of time and money.

October 26, 2009

Where can I order a land paddle from? I live in Nova Scotia Canada...

August 26, 2009

woah thats new and different. I like it.

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