Read Kaholo 14 (kit) reviews, specs, & where to buy – “As a build it your own kit I There are no other SUP boards in the world that are easier for a first-time. Kaholo SUP series. About Us. The Kaholo series Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) are designed for cruising, touring, fitness and recreational racing. They are a. I picked up a copy of Wooden Boat magazine, which contained an article on how to build the Kaholo, a wooden stand up paddleboard (SUP).

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Harris counted himself among the sceptics before trying one out in California in But a little faster. You achieve kayak-like speeds, but your visibility is vastly improved because your head is so much further off the water.

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You can see more, see further, and in clear water you have a much better view of sea life than you do in a kagolo. It’s also a major workout — every muscle in your body is at work as you ride over waves and work the long-handled SUP paddle.

If taking a walk is wup, taking a walk on water is healthy and the view is better. Harris says he can imagine it changing one of his hobbies — wandering marinas on foot looking at boats — to a Kaholo.

Building a Kaholo SUP | A hollow wood Stand-Up Paddleboard

Nature lovers can paddle quietly through the shallows. It took 18 months and many prototypes to refine the Kaholo SUP. Working with surfing and paddleboard guru Larry Froley of Gray Whale Trading in California, John created a board with that rare quality of being fast enough to race but stable enough for first-timers.


Tracking is great and a fine bow with a kayak-derived shape lifts the Kaholo up and over waves.

The tail shape and twin fins facilitate surfing. The board is okoume marine plywood, stitched-and-glued together and sheathed in glass fabric, with a grid suo bulkheads and stiffeners inside to make the kaaholo stiff and light. It can be built in a week. The foot version of the paddleboard is better for larger paddlers or those accompanied by dogs or small children. Please note that as the result of customer feedback the latest Kaholo kits come with just one, more conveniently situated, carry handle.

A detailed Kaholo 14 build log with lots of photos can be read on our forum.

Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard

Some people like to add a hatchbut this is not included in the kit. This is intended for pre-build study or to help with the decision to purchase.

This is the comprehensive manual that accompanies the kit; reading it will help you decide whether or not you can build the board. It describes all of the techniques that will be used during the build and also a step by step guide to construction.

It contains a photograph or diagram of every step. The manual does not contain the cutting instructions so it is not possible to build the board from scratch using only this. These study plans are intended to give you an overview of the construction of the board.

They can be printed for carrying around. After credit card authorisation the plans will be sent to the email address put on the order form. When you have studied the plans, your next step might be to order the printed instruction manual, which will walk you through the project step-by-step.

Kaohlo plans and manual contain sufficient information on the cutting of the panels to make it possible to build the board from scratch rather than a kit.


The plans for the Kaholo contain full-size drawings for every part. The frames sets contain all the internal plywood frames bulkheadsprecision cut from premium marine plywood. When building a paddleboard from plans, these pre-cut frames will save you the time-consuming job of cutting the intricate frames by hand, without having to buy the complete kit.

This does not include the long plywood stringers that slot into the frames and support the deck. To use these frames, you need to be using version 5 plans or later, because the location of the bulkheads has changed.

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If you are using an older plans set, we can supply frames for them too, but you will need to contact us to get them. Deck pads for the Kaholo paddleboard are available in the standard 0. This black self-adhesive foam sticks to the paddleboard deck to improve traction and provide cushioning to protect your knees. The deck pads are computer-cut with rounded corners and a peel-and-stick backing. Align the pads carefully — the adhesive is emphatically waterproof and will last for years and years.

Order the deck pads kit upgrade with a Kaholo paddleboard kit to replace the included short deck pads with long ones. Bundles of epoxy and consumables for building or repairing canoes, kayaks and boats. Special Offer Eco epoxy upgrade for a small boat kit.