Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard Configurations:
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Standard Configurations:
Kaholo 12-6 Complete Kit
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Kaholo 14'0" Complete Kit
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Alternative Configurations:

Kaholo 12'6" Hybrid Complete Kit
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Kaholo 14' Hybrid Complete Kit
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12'6" Wood Parts Only Kit
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14' Wood Parts Only Kit
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12'6" Plans & Manual Only
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14' Plans & Manual Only
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Manual Only - Print
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Manual Only - Emailed PDF
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12'6" Study Plans - Emailed PDF
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14' Study Plans - Emailed PDF
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Additional Components:

Kaholo 12-6 Frames (For Plans Builders)
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Kaholo 14 Frames (For Plans Builders)
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Fin Box Kit
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Materials List for Plans Builders:
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Popular Accessories:
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Supplies List for Kit Builders:
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Recommended Add-Ons:

Mana Glass SUP Paddle by Sawyer
Item Ships FREE with Base Kit!

$ 300

Why are Stand-Up Paddleboards all the rage? Because they're ridiculously fun, like walking on water.  We made a lot of believers out of folks who have tried out our new Kaholo SUP kits at shows across the country.

Build This Board in a Week:


It's taken five years and more prototypes than we care to count to refine the two Kaholo SUP boards. Working with surfing and paddleboard guru Larry Froley of Gray Whale Trading in California, we've created two beautiful hollow wooden boards with that rare quality of being fast enough to race but stable enough for first-timers.  Tracking is great and a fine bow with kayak-derived shaping lifts the Kaholo 12-6 and 14 up and over waves.  The tail shape and twin fins facilitate surfing on long swells once your skills build up to that.

With their uncanny speed, the Kaholo 12-6 and Kaholo 14 have found a following among racers.  The 14 is better for larger paddlers (or those who might carry along dogs or small kids).  The 12-6 is more compact, better 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, or better-looking.  But you don't give up one bit of performance if you build your own Kaholo!

Kaholo 14:

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:

12'6" Length
4-1/2" Thickness
29-3/4" Width at the rail
28" Width at the waterline
29 pounds

Kits include premium nonskid deck pads, cut to shape, breather tubes, and custom laminated skegs.  The comprehensive instruction manual suggests ways to customize your board with fabrics and other stylish tweaks, as seen in the photo gallery.

Designer John C. Harris counted himself among the skeptics before trying out his first SUP in California in 2006.  "It's the most amazing sensation---as close to walking on water as you're going to get.  But a little faster.  You achieve kayak-like speeds, but your visibility is vastly improved because your eyes are so much higher off the water.  You can see more, see further, and in clear water you have a much better view of sea life than you do in a kayak."

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 healthy, taking a walk on water is healthy AND the view is better.  Harris says he can envision shifting one of his hobbies---wandering marinas on foot looking at boats---to a Kaholo.  Nature lover?  Paddle quietly through the shallows.

CLC's own Sales Manager Nicky Stimpson
became the first woman to paddle the length
of the Chesapeake Bay in 2021, part of the
Bay preservation fundraiser, Bay Paddle
Read More Here!
Scott Mestrezat built and paddled a Kaholo 14
2400 miles the length of the Missouri River

Read more about it here or
check out the YouTube video of the trip.

Construction is similar to the popular and highly refined San O' 14 and 16 paddleboards (which are too narrow for stand-up paddling).  The Kaholos are okoume marine plywood, stitched-and-glued together and sheathed in fiberglass and epoxy, with a grid of bulkheads and stiffeners inside to make the boards stiff and light.

Standard Kaholos -- both 12'6" and 14' -- are built entirely by stitch-and-glue methods. A hybrid version also is available, with a stitch-and-glue hull and a deck assembled using strip-building techniques.

Kaholo kits come standard with a pair of relatively shallow fins that are intended to be permanently fixed on the underside of the board for tracking in all conditions. Some builders may prefer to use a single, deeper fin for performance, speed, and versatility. This is where the optional Fin Box Kit comes in. This modification should be performed as part of the building process; retrofitting is not recommended.

The Fin Box option allows for the removal and exchange of the fin itself, whether to make storage easier or for optimizing performance by selecting a different fin for different conditions. For example, some paddlers prefer to use a smaller fin for racing and a larger one in heavier chop.

Which Kaholo Stand-up Paddleboard is right for me?

Paddler Skill Level >> Novice Intermediate Advanced
Kaholo 14 120-200 lbs up to 230 lbs up to 280 lbs
Kaholo 12-6 80-150 lbs up to 190 lbs up to 220 lbs