The popularity of the modern sport of Stand Up Paddle Surfing also has its origins in the Hawaiian islands. In the early 1960s the ‘Beach Boys of Waikiki’ would paddle out on their long boards with outrigger paddles to take pictures of the tourists learning to surf. The term ‘Beach Boy Surfing’, another name for SUP Surfing, came from this. Rick Thomas is credited as being the first modern surfer to bring Stand Up Paddle Board Surfing to the mainland. In 2000 Rick introduced California to the new sport of SUP Surfing as an alternative way to train while the surf was down. Stand Up Paddling has since become huge in the States as well as Europe. From a competition point of view, SUP Surfers now have their own divisions in many outrigger and paddleboard races.