The sport of SUP (using a paddle with a surfboard, or Hoe he’e nalu) has exploded in the past few years. The paddle allows you to move around to help catch a wave, or just tour like a kayak if the water is flat. There are SUP races all over the country now too.
My particular take on it is as a minimalist platform for freediving. When speed and storage are not issues, e.g., when you’re looking to freedive or spearfishing a few hundred meters from shore, what better platform is there than a “boat” that weighs about 20 pounds and can be launched from anywhere.
Right now, I’m using an inflatable Sea Eagle Long Board 11 for convenience, even though it’s a bit slow.
C4 Waterman looks like they have a high-performance inflatable, the iSUP.
Check out an iSUP review.
I have my eye on a few non-inflatable boards, including:
Check out Imagine’s Take Apart Split Boards