Magazine article Sunset

Summer Comebacks

Magazine article Sunset

Summer Comebacks

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Two nostalgic pleasures-outdoor theaters and stand-up paddling-are new again

THEN A'60s pastime for Waikiki's beach boys

NOW The hottest new surf sport-no waves required

Stand-up paddling

The water sports craze for those of us who can't hang 10

WHAT IT IS

Stand-up paddling (SUP) first made waves on Oahu's Waikiki Beach in the '60s, when surfers began standing up on their longboards and paddling with canoe oars. Now it's attracting surfers and nonsurfers alike.

HOW IT WORKS

SUP requires a board that's thicker and wider than a normal surfboard, an oar, and a little balance.

HOT SPOTS

Hawaii, coastal towns like Santa Cruz and Malibu, and the "flatwater" scene (otherwise known as lakes, ponds, and possibly your Swimming pool). Inland, rentals are available from Lake Tahoe to Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

HOW TO TRY IT

Many shops offer lessons, like BlueLine Stand Up Paddle Surf ($85; Santa Barbara; bluel/nepaddlesurf. com); Kayak Connection ($55; Santa Cruz, CA; kayakconnect'ton. com); and Perfect Wave Surf Shop ($30; Kirkland, W A; perfectwave.com).

THEN Drive-ins

NOW Outdoor movie theaters

Stats overhead Perhaps it's a revolt against $10 popcorn, but these days, outdoor movies are more popular than ever. Enjoy the show

TOP DOWN FILM FESTIVAL PORTLAND

THE VIBE

Cutt movies and arthouse screenings take place on the top of a hotel parking garage.

SHOWTIMES

Dusk on Thursdays through August 27 ($8 per person; nwfilm.org)

HOT TICKET

Boris Karloff at his spooky best in Son of Trankenstein, August 20

CONCESSIONS

Grade's Restaurant next door has a food stand at the show; we love their bourbon-y Mint Julep Ice Cream Sandwich. …

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