Build Your Own Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard

Location: Spaulding Marine Center, Sausalito, California
Dates: Monday, July 17, 2023 - Saturday, July 22, 2023

This Class in Sausalito, CA, is offered by the Spaulding Marine Center;

for registration and class inquiries, please call 415-332-3179 ext 2 or email

Registrations for this class are through the Spaulding Marine Center, 415-332-3179 ext. 2

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All inquiries not about boat technical details to Spaulding Marine Center, 415-332-3179

Instructor: Peter Brewster with Jay Grant

Tuition & Materials: 

Materials (kits priced separately):

  • Kaholo 14: starting at $1325
    • 14'0" Length
    • 4-5/8" Thickness
    • 29-1/2" Width at the rail
    • 27-1/2" Width at the waterline
    • 32 pounds
  • Kaholo 12-6: starting at $1325
    • 12'6" Length
    • 4-1/2" Thickness
    • 29-3/4" Width at the rail
    • 28" Width at the waterline
    • 29 pounds

Other Considerations:


Kaholo SUP - Build Your Own Boat in One Week
Kaholo Stand-up Paddleboards
Kaholo 12-6 - Build Your Own Boat
Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard - Build Your Own Boat

First seen in Hawaii, SUP boards have exploded in popularity. This freshly rediscovered sport has the paddler standing on a long surfboard, propelled by an extra-long paddle. SUPs have caught on in numbers that are more than simply faddish. Why? It is as close as you can get to walking on water. The increased visibility of the standing position changes your entire perspective on your local waters. And unlike surfing, anyone can do it! While some enter races and venture into the ocean, most use their boards to explore bays, rivers, and quiet waterways all over the world.

In this one-week class, you will build either a 12-1/2-foot or 14-foot Kaholo paddleboard. It took more than five years for the team at Chesapeake Light Craft to develop the Kaholo designs, boards with that rare quality of being fast enough to race but stable enough for first-timers. Tracking is great and a narrow nose with kayak-derived shaping lifts the Kaholos up and over waves. 

The 14 is better for larger paddlers, 190lbs or more (or those who might carry along dogs or small kids). The 12-6 is more compact, best for smaller-statured paddlers, and it fits in several increasingly popular racing classes. There are no other SUP boards in the world that are easier for a first-time boatbuilder.
Larry Froley, Kaholo SUP designer and avid SUP paddler, leads this build-your-own class. Starting from a computer-cut Chesapeake Light Craft kit, you’ll build your wooden Kaholo stitch-and-glue style. Okoume plywood panels are joined to form the board’s shape, and the interior reinforced with a grid of aircraft-like frames for stiffness and light weight. Epoxy and fiberglass add strength and durability. Proper deck pads and carrying handles are included. You may add whimsical decoration to your board, such as Hawaiian fabrics beneath the fiberglass. There are many SUPs, but the one you built yourself will be absolutely unique.