By Suzie Cooney
Life and you are trending! New beginnings and looking down the line of life begin here. Lean back, enjoy the ride into the New Year as great adventures await you. This is the happiest place for me to be as no wave or ride is ever the same. Release yourself from fear, don’t try, do and always treat others as you would want to be treated. Mahalo for your friendship and support! IMUA
Keep it simple and be real and do what you love the most. Everything else will work itself out. Trust me.
Stay tuned for more to come and see you on the water.
I can’t wait to hear from you and learn what you’re up to in the New Year. Please leave your comments and thoughts as to what’s important to you! You all rock!
This exercise for stand up paddling is designed to increase your total purchase power from your entire shoulder complex directly to the blade of your paddle. It also engages and strengthens your entire core! RESULT: Maximum stroke power!
This exercise is GREAT for surfers too and is for all levels of paddlers.
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Everyone knows how much I practice and train myself and all my clients to increase their SUP performance on the Indo Board Balance Training Gear. All levels of paddlers can enhance their training. You can’t miss this opportunity to give this gift to yourself! When you train the brain to fire and execute the same muscles you use when you’re going deep, or doing downwinders, buoy racing, channel crossings, distance or just going out to have fun; by training with this Indo Board gear your paddling skills will skyrocket. See my recent articles / videos at the bottom of this post! CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW
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Everyone knows Maui is “no ka oi” meaning the best; for stand up paddling. Meet Klaus and Val from Florida visiting family here for the holiday. Their friend from Seattle referred them to me to get some new perspective and paddling techniques Maui style. Here on Maui one either has lots of wave boards or open ocean downwind boards and some of us lucky enough to have both. Since they haven’t gotten into wave paddling yet, I decided to put them each on a 14ft Naish Carbon Glide to get the feel of a real rocket. They loved them.
Combined with the new Naish 2014 Makani carbon and glass vario paddles, they were super stoked by their ease of use, lightness and power. I always like to try different boards when I can so I can appreciate the finer points and lines they all have to offer for every type of paddler and/or conditions.
Later in the session, Klaus at 6’1″ was even brave enough to venture on the Javelin LE 14ft open ocean race board. It’s only 23 inches wide and he handled it like a pro the first few strokes! I think next here he wants to check out the new 26″ wide version that will offer him more stability.
Val was eager to find her power and learn a more efficient stroke and after a very short time was out paddling us! She understood all of the technical nuances she had never heard of before and was a very quick study. From understanding the proper blade entry to exit, how important it is to keep the blade up and down for maximum purchase and power and finally how to get the power she needed directly from her obliques. She’s powerful now so look out Klaus!
It’s always fun to meet new paddling friends and to see them discover new ways to have even more fun and improve their paddling skills. I hope they come back real soon.
Before You Step On The Water Hop Aboard The Indo Board Balance Trainer Gear
For years I’ve been training myself and people from around the world to up their SUP performance. I could not do it without the Indo Board Gigante Flo Cushion combined with the Indo Board Pro Kicktail. This is a winning combination if you’re into surfing, stand up paddle surfing and downwinders, or if you simply like to cruise around. Go deeper, paddle the distance, cut that buoy turn, and carve harder with new-found strength.
I’ve produced lots of videos and articles, ( see links below ) using this gear and it still rings true that the better your brain is trained with proprioception work and functional training such as this type of training, the better you’ll perform out there on the water. Time and time again my clients and I notice a HUGE difference when you’ve put a bit of time into your land training. Right away you will feel the transfer to all the muscles you need to manage small surf, big surf or if you’re looking simply to improve your balance.
Most people rely on their large muscles, such as the hip, the knee and the ankle, to literally push them through a bottom turn or to catch a glide on a downwinder. However, if you can call up all of the tiny finer muscles to fire first then signal the larger muscles to jump in, your performance could increase ten-fold. Additionally, everyone talks, core core core.. it’s true. The core is everything excluding your extremities so train it, as it’s one of the many benefits that you’ll gain when using this gear.
I literrally could not continue my career as a coach and trainer and professional paddler without the Indo Board Balance Training Gear. I’d have to retire as a checkerboard champion or something like that.
No but seriously, I’m very sincere when I write this. You’ll have a blast and you’ll really improve at the sport you love.
Check out all my videos and learn how I train the pros. Get your gear right here or look for the links in the sidebars of this post. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me through my website. I’m happy to help. I’d love to learn how you’re SUP and surf game has improved! Please leave a comment.
Here’s are links to some of the videos and articles that show you how to train: http://www.standuppaddlingfitness.com/sup-videos/sup-fitness-tips/#.UnrbbRa6Xww and also http://www.standuppaddlingfitness.com/category/indo-board-sup-training/
Suzie Cooney, CPT
Owner of Suzie Trains Maui, LLC
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Suzie Cooney – Professional Ocean Athlete & Personal Trainer – Joins Bluesmiths
“I am very impressed with this high quality ocean garment. With Maui as our playground and testing ground, I put this paddling shirt to the test, time and time again. Paddling downwind Maliko runs, distance, wave riding, or just cruising and training, I’m protected, I get performance and I love how it feels and looks. “
We’re excited to let you know that long-term friend and all-around stand-up paddle (SUP) and fitness guru, Suzie Cooney, will be working with us a key member of our R&D test crew.
Suzie is one of the most dedicated and enthusiastic ocean athletes we know. As a sponsored paddle-boarder and windsurfer (Naish) as well as a deeply experienced personal trainer, Suzie has lots of research and development credentials.
The way we see it, if we build gear that really works for Suzie’s ultra-amphibious, active lifestyle, we will remain on-track in our quest to develop the hardest-working, most versatile waterwear on the planet.
Suzie has been testing our gear for some time now. In these photos, she’s wearing The Kanaha Hydrophobic Ocean Shirt.
Learn more about our hydrophobic shirts here and see more photos. Click here
Welcome to the team, Suzie!
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A big win for our Naish SUP teammate Kai Lenny from Maui, Hawaii, who won the prestigious the Battle of the Paddle in Dana Point, California; demonstrates his talents many times over with one of the thickest line ups of amazing SUP athletes from around the globe.
Below is a video snippet of Kai Lenny and “the buoy turn”, provided to us by Distressed Mullet; that has people shaking their heads!
For full race results click here.
Congratulations to the entire Naish SUP Team for doing a stellar job and making the podium rock. Wow, it’s such an inspiration to paddle and train with you all.
I hope this inspires all of you to practice your buoy turns!
Aloha, and see you on the water.
Suzie Cooney, CPT
I must first tell you I am the pickiest person around when it comes to sunscreen products and gear for my skin. I have tried many products out there and am thrilled to share with you a watersports performance sunscreen that holds up, doesn’t sting my eyes, get all over my truck and paddle AND the biggest bonus is that I won’t be harming the fish or reefs when I wipeout.
To rediscover RAW Elements was so awesome as I’ve heard about in the past, now I get to be apart of their team and share with you and the stand up paddling world how you can protect your skin and do right by the planet.
My two favorite products of the line I use everyday here on Maui, is the new and very cool Eco Tint Stick, with an SPF of 30 and I also apply the ECO SPF 30 lotion. This broad spectrum, all organic, all natural organic and skin safe sunscreen is the best compliment to my outdoor lifestyle and is no longer a chore or hassle.
The crew and developers at RAW Elements are water people and they get it. It’s so awesome to finally work with a company who lives the talk and understands what we water people need. I can honestly tell you that is the sunscreen that you will dig to use and not worry about your skin or the waters that you paddle in. With any sunscreen it’s recommended to be reapplied for your maximum protection about avery hour or so. It’s so easy for me to carry the ECO Tint on my long distance training paddles. I just put in a watertight pouch in my Camelbak and reapply if I need.
I hope you’re totally stoked now to find and try some too. To find a store where you can try the RAW Elements USA skin gear, go to http://www.rawelementsusa.com
We’d love to hear your feedback and what you thought after you try yours on your next stand up paddling adventure.
Mahalo for stopping by and see you on the water!
Suzie Cooney, CPT
Sometimes you just don’t know who’s coming to Maui until you get the call or text. This time it was the Boss Man himself, Chris Parker of SUPracer.com. With a little fire and fear in his eyes, he had no idea what to expect especially when I introduced him to the “Ring of Fire” , the Indo Board Gigante Flo Cushion along with the TRX Rip trainer; with a workout all designed to make him even a better stand up paddler.
The trepidation is common but easily put to ease when someone steps into my SUP stoked out studio. You see Chris is often on the other side the interview and this time we laid down two sessions to make him shake and quiver but all in all it was good times and heaps of fun!
Here’s a quick shot of Chris getting his game on as he learns to load his body to down through his hips for more leg power on the Indo Board Pro Kicktail Board atop the Gigante Flo Cushion with a 15lb kettle bell. Right away he got it as our goal was to slow the shaking down and get real focused. This was one of the many things he loved.
I’ll let him tell you the rest here, in his article on SUPRacer.com: http://www.supracer.com/suzie-trains-maui/
To get your SUP legs going and to learn all the stuff Chris learned in our two sessions, I offer SKYPE training via the internet in any time zone. This is a blast and very effective if you can’t hop on a plane to Maui. In the mean time if you really want to improve your stand up paddling performance, get the gear that I train with, the IndoBoard Gigante Flo Cushion, and my favorite combined with the Pro Kicktail board. Then let’s train together virtually. I also have awesome videos you can watch on my website here at http://www.standuppaddlingfitness.com/sup-videos/sup-fitness-tips/#.UjekgBa6Xww
Alright Chris, thanks again for coming to Maui and it was fun paddling Maliko with you!
Suzie Cooney, CPT
Owner of Suzie Trains Maui
You can contact Suzie through this website for professional SUP instruction, coaching and training.