Wai Nani Surf & Paddle was created out of the passion, enjoyment and escape that one can experience on a Stand Up Paddleboard.
During the winter of 2009, in Florida, Co-Founder Stachia Fey organized a paddle with eleven members of her family (ages 3 to 70) to explore the Banana River near Coco Beach. The memorable experience lasted 2 1/2 hours. Young manatee swam right under the boards, stingrays glided through the water and the splendor of Mother Nature was alive and pulsating. Stachia’s 3 year old son fell asleep while she paddled sitting down, lunch was brought in a cooler and eaten next to the mangroves. It was like no other experience.
She was convinced her close Minnesota friends had to buy boards so they could play together on the abundance of beautiful waters our Midwest region has to offer. Holly Evans and Christine Thompson, both avid Lake Minnetonka sailors and passionate water enthusiasts, researched the sport and in a few weeks, we all had stand up paddle boards and paddles of our own.
At our inaugural board party celebration in April 2010, Wai Nani Surf & Paddle was created. The group loved the idea of beautiful water and wanted to pay tribute to paddleboarding’s Polynesian origin. Wai Nani, pronounced why-na-nee, means “beautiful water” in Hawaiian.
Our vision is to bring like minded people together to experience the stoke of SUP.
Photo: Stachia and Christine unwrapping Wai Nani’s very first shipment of stand up paddleboards in 2010.
Our Commitment to the Industry
Wai Nani Surf & Paddle is also the First Official Minnesota Member of the Stand Up Paddleboard Industry Association (SUPIA). SUPIA was founded to serve the stand up paddle industry for the betterment of the sport and the community as a whole. Wai Nani Surf & Paddle is not just a passive member, we are active participants within the association working with national and global SUP leaders to help shape the future of this emerging sport. To learn more about SUPIA, please visit www.supindustry.org.
Wai Nani Surf & Paddle Owner/Operator, Holly Evans, serves on the SUPIA National Board of Directors (appointed in 2015) and continues to maintain a leadership role now as SUPIA’s Vice President and Executive Committee Member (appointed in 2016.)