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Video of A Few Dolphins Who Joined Our Paddle on Maui

Aloha friends who love all there is to love about stand up paddling on Maui, here’s a short little video for you.

This time of year not only is it peak whale watching season but once in awhile a few special friends join us as we paddle. I’m talking about playful spinner dolphins. While I was out for a long distance training session with my good friend Barb Utech, we were approaching mile 11 in the calm waters near Makena Landing, just south of the Four Seasons Maui Resort.


Another fellow paddler was heading towards us and to our delight, we saw a flurry of activity around him and then fins. We knew they were the friendly ones so we slowed our pace to take advantage of their presence. Barb was overwhelmed as we were so focused on our training it was a more than welcome rest!

Enjoy!

Suzie Cooney
Suzie Trains Maui, LLC

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Nevada SUP Paddler Scott Boyles checking in with a Big Win and Big Stoke

Nevada SUP Paddler Scott Boyles checking in with a Big Win and Big Stoke

One of the many rewards of helping people with their stand up paddling stroke/fitness/technique is getting emails, photos and updates of their stoke and even better, wins in their local events. Makes a coach proud!

I had the chance to catch up with Scott Boyles at this year’s Battle of the Paddle at Dana Point where I could see from the fire in his eyes, discipline and strength in his body that this was only the beginning for him.

Scott Boyle and Suzie Cooney at the BOP at Dana Point, CA 2012

Suzie & Scott
2012 BOP Dana Point, CA.

Scott came to Maui with his wife Cheryl last year and took a lesson with me to improve his stroke. He was incredibly technical which I enjoyed all the more. He got it and he got it fast. As a student, he was a quick study and understood the finer nuances that take most people a little more time to grasp. With his anatomical knowledge and practice, I knew he’d have big breakthroughs too.

As he was already in excellent shape, it didn’t take him long to find his true core power ( about 5 minutes! ).  He was able to understand how to use and transfer that power directly to the board and water. Impressive.

Scott writes:
“[I had] paddled [only] twice in my life. My wife Cheryl and I went to Maui, called Suzie Cooney. She invited us on a community downwinder from Paia Bay to Kanaha. Could barely stay on the board! Then I took a personal paddle lesson from her, and she demonstrated the great ability to coach technique, but more importantly communicate in an effective way. She was also so laid back as was the community she introduced us to, it really made it a awesome experience.

Went home, bought a board and set the goal to complete the 22 miler across Tahoe race (supported by a lovely wife who knows I need a “focus” on a physical activity).  [I] achieved that in 2011. Did a number of other races, many sponsored by South Lake Tahoe Stand Up Paddle. Trained more, paddled lots, coached more by Tracy Day, bought another board a Flatwater Paddle, a fricking rocket. Then won the 18-55 age group in the 12′ 6″ class in the 2012, 22 miler. By the way, all at age 50!

Suzie is definitely a high ranking ambassador of SUP awesomeness, along with many others.”

So when I saw Scott again, as a trainer, of course, I noticed his ripped abs and asked if he’d share his training secret. He makes it look so easy!

Scott Boyle performs the plank on an SUP

Scott Boyle defying gravity in plank pose on his SUP

“For my abs: I do crunches once every couple months or so, up to 5 reps maybe 3 sets max. They are hard on the back and really unnecessary! (I learned a lot about true core strength following my second lower back surgery.) Ab strength is totally built on exercises that are based on core and balance as the primary foundation.”

Scott also came in 3rd in age group and 8th overall in the famous Tahoe Nalu long distance race.

I’m sure we’ll see and hear more of Scott’s wins, but most importantly he is spreading the stoke of SUP and is living proof that stand up paddling is a great way to stay in shape, build new strength and offers an amazing way to strengthen the core.

Having also experienced serious back issues myself, it is truly amazing how the body can respond. Proper guidance from your medical team is paramount. Scott rebuilt his lumbar foundation and amazingly is able to maintain his flexibility, range of trunk strength, leg strength and core strength. These combined components will enable him to enjoy SUP at this level and allow for a higher quality of life.

Scott Boyle winsScott, you are definitely an inspiration to me, and now you will reach thousands more.

Mahalo Scott for sharing and hope to see more photos. Maybe at next year’s OluKai Ho’olaule’a. We’d love to have you again.

Your fan,
Suzie Cooney, CPT of Suzie Trains Maui, LLC


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What You See Is How You Perform: Increase Your SUP, Surf, Dirt Bike or Any Sports Performance With Visualization Training

by Suzie Cooney, CPT
Suzie Trains Maui

See the finish line, the crowd cheering you on the last buoy turn, the last surf heat before the horn, the last lap of your mountain bike or dirt bike race and see your personal victory!  Okay, now adjust the speed and tempo, add a little more weight to the bar, do a few more balance tricks and turn up the music.

Visualizing your win, your finish or any goal you set out for your racing or training I guarantee will get you that trophy or medal or simply help you get to the next phase of your training and sport.  We watch the networks play over and over in slow motion,  two competitors going handle bar to handle bar on the dirt track, paddlers digging as deep and fast as they dig deep into last turn back to the beach,  or the Olympic speed skaters pushing off those last few  powerful  meters.

You can do the same during your training. If you’re a surfer and while you’re performing a weighted squat on your INDO Board, you see the green room and the spray of huge dragons breath; popping you out of that tube standing tall touching the back of that blue wall.  For example, when I’m on my spin bike, I close my eyes as the music carries me across the ocean on my Naish Glide at warp speed, catching every bump and trough possible, or better, turning on the face of a big wave.

Whatever your sport, your mental game and how you see yourself as an athlete makes a critical difference in how you perform.   Do you see yourself as an athlete? Are you looking to build your game and confidence?  I’m not a scientist, but what I do know is that the subconscious captures images of our desire outcomes and holds them and when an opportunity mimics the situation, it retrieves that image and allows our minds and body to shape and make that true.

I have the pleasure to introduce to you my training client, Stephen. Here is his awesome story on how his visualization training became an exciting reality, to a successful 27 mile stand up paddle race finish. The race was Saturday April 23rd, 2011. It started from Honolua Bay, Maui across the open ocean channel to the island of Molokai. Sport, stand up paddle, partner Mike Owens.  ( photos by Joshua Kjorven )

“ I would like to help contribute, it was one of those crazy ideas one gets while I was watching Connor and Dave battle it out in the Pailolo Channel on last year’s race. It was in November when I first watched the video of the battle where Connor ultimately won. Watching him paddle, getting that imprint of his paddle stroke, and ability to read the swell was captivating. I thought with a little practice “I could do that” and why not, what could possibly go wrong? I never think about the details (they usually become a barrier),I  just stay focused on the goal, and the details usually work themselves out in the end.

I set up our indoor pool to train and get in shape during the winter months, and then arrived in Maui to start training with you and Jeremy. Jeremy corrected my paddle stroke, and taught me to catch bumps on the four Maliko runs we did, plus several days in the harbor. Suzie helped me focus on my balance and strengthened the areas that I needed to improve upon, and it really helped. In reality was I ready for such a crossing and be a contender? No but my goal was to do it, learn it, and experience the rush, get the confidence, and then do it again next year, hopefully solo.

Getting ready for the Maui to Molokai Challenge!

My partner was Mike Owens, we did a great job, for first timers, and we had fun. And we will do it again next year. I started visualizing this goal in November, and kept at it since then, but on the beach that morning I was just grateful to have the opportunity to do such a thing, everyone was giving us course instructions, Jeremy was saying this will be an experience of a lifetime and to enjoy it, but once we put the paddle to the water… That visualization, the memory of Jeremy’s instructions and Connors video all came in to focus and that made the difference.It was a great day, emotional and draining but I will do it again next year for sure.”        Stephen

This is an excellent example of how Stephen’s visual training of seeing his successful outcome and all the steps he needed to take to get there, seeing himself as an athlete, a competitor and a finisher!  Good job Stephen!

 What I suggest is that you get real clear on what you want to see. Get real specific with how you want to perform. Do you want to go faster, carve bigger turns, or catch bigger glides or simply finish? Focus that imagery on just that. See in your mind over and over again that perfect picture of the outcome.  Some people also explore hypnosis.

When you look in the mirror at the gym, get hyper focused and don’t be embarrassed of how strong you think you look. Right on! That’s what I want.  Growl, sing see the confetti!  If one of my clients is training for a big event and we’re squeaking out one more set or rep, I just love to whisper in their ear, “this is when you win.”     I’ll also say, “Are you not the fierce competitor I know?  Then do it.”

Now I’m not the mean trainer you see on TV, but I do give my clients the tools to help them get real with themselves and give them lots of positive images while we are training. I am the one that will keep you very positive and erase any negative and mental obstacles. If you don’t have a trainer, I suggest you try and do the same.

Develop a mantra that you say to yourself as you have your image. This is also a very powerful tool I suggest to my clients that get’s them very fired up and focused.  I don’t care if it sounds totally silly, or if it’s a string of unusual sounds, it’s what resonates with them,   If it makes sense to them and get’s them to that place they must go, then say it. I know people hear me when I’m surfing, SUP surfing or training down Maliko. I talk to myself all the time out loud. 

What I strongly suggest when testing out your mantra with your visual, please don’t say negative things, like “you dummy, just one more stroke” or “I’m an idiot…  “. You get my drift. Positive words, positive images equal a positive outcome.

Takeaway: Say to yourself“ I am an athlete, a fierce competitor and I am strong”.   See yourself getting tubed, finishing your first 5 or 10k, rounding that last buoy, or hitting it full throttle across the line.

I’d love to read about what you see when you train and what the outcomes are? Are you faster, stronger? How did it change the way you train? We welcome your comments!

Aloha, Suzie Cooney, CPT

Should you like to learn more about Suzie and train with her on Maui for your next successful experience, go to her website at http://www.suzietrainsmaui.com

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Maui News Thank You Letters Jill Engledow of Wailuku Comments on STAND UP For Women's Health and Fitness Maui

Maui News, January 24th:

” Kudos to Suzie Cooney of Suzie Trains Maui and Tommy Callan of Beach Boy Events for putting on a wonderful, free stand-up paddling event for women Jan. 9.

They pulled together an amazing array of sponsors and helping hands to put women out on the water, some of us for the first time on a stand-up paddle board. As one of those beginners, I felt very well cared for, even though on the day of this event – with some 300 women and their boards showing up on the beach in front of the Four Seasons Resort – there was a serious shore break.

In addition to putting on a great fitness-oriented program with a slew of prizes for participants, Suzie and Tommy seemed to have pulled in a significant portion of the stand-up community on Maui to help. I especially appreciated the “board caddies,” a bunch of very fit and helpful gentlemen, who helped us with our boards and got us safely in and out of that hairy shore break.

Although I spent a lot more time in the water and climbing back onto my board than I did standing up, I had a great time, and I hope the event raised lots of funds for the American Breast Cancer Foundation.”

Jill Engledow

Wailuku

http://www.mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/527962.html

 Thank you Jill for your kind words and comments about the board caddies and all the volunteers, and especially the Four Seasons Resort Maui who contributed hugely to the day’s success and fun. We’re all so glad you attended and particiated in all the fun!

For more information on the SUP event of the year, and to see a short news video clip click here:http://www.standuppaddlingfitness.com/2010/01/mauis-womens-sup-event-huge-success-despite-heart-pounding-surf-check-out-video/

 

Suzie and Tommy!

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Dr. Susanne Bennett CEO of the Wellness For Life Center In Santa Monica, Calif Comments on STAND UP For Women's Health & Fitness Maui 2010

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Dr. Susanne Bennett

It was a joy to meet Susanne and learn of her journey to Maui for our special day. Her genuine, warm smile was contagious. As an experienced SUP paddler, she even brought her own board and her passion for the sport was quite obvious!  

Her  professional interests are in integrative and lifestyle medicine- specializing in chronic illnesses, allergies, environmental medicine, nutrition and detoxification.  

I really appreciate her kind words that she wrote and I wanted to share the following:

“Hi Suzie and Tommy,

Suzie, as promised here is some of my thoughts about the fabulous event that you created with Tommy.

The first information I received about your Stand up for Women and Health event was from my newsletter from www.supsurfmag.com. It was only one month away but I was determined to register and find some flights from SoCal to Maui! The location of the event in Wailea was perfect even with the intense shore break and Four Seasons Resort gave their best support and hospitality. From the moment I got to the registration booth I knew that it would be a very special day for me and that I would feel it close to my heart.

Everyone listened and received the beautiful Hawaiian chant and prayer, safety information and happily joined in on the warm-up exercises by Suzie. I could feel that each one of us ladies were here for many different purposes. We were all from different ages groups, nationalities and athletic levels and were here to feel the love and joy for ourselves, women and well being. I was honored to be in this community of paddling waterwomen- we share and receive energy, vitality and strength from the water.Ovi_SUP_0253

The board caddies and all the volunteers provided safe launches into the water through the big waves as well as getting back to the beach after the paddle. I entered the long paddle headed by Anne-Marie Reichman and with so many women on the water, I felt this sense of oneness with the beautiful waters of Wailea as well with my feminine side- my non-competitive and loving side. What topped the day was the magical humpback whales breaching during our paddle to Makena Beach and back. We must have seem over 20 breaches and each one was so divine!

Ovi_SUP_0555After we got back to shore, I felt so alive and peaceful. The Exhibitors and vendors gave out tasty drinks, food and information about their products. And it was so much fun for us to receive the donated gifts! They were awesome! Next year, I want to win the grand prize-a brand new SUP board!

Thank you Suzie and Tommy for providing this gathering, not only for the love of the water and paddling but also to bring awareness to our beautiful bodies and health. Stand up paddling is one of the best ways to keep your heart open and body strong which is a great start to prevention of all illnesses including cancer. Please count me in for next year’s Stand Up for Women and Health, I will definitely make a commitment to join you every year.”

Mahalo and Aloha,

Susanne
Dr. Susanne Bennett, CEO
Wellness For Life Center, www.drsusannebennett.com
PURIGENEX, www.purigenex.com
PurGlo, www.purglo.com
1821 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Clinic: 310.315.1514
PURIGENEX/PurGlo: 877.787.4469

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Maui's Women's SUP Event HUGE Success Despite Heart Pounding Surf! Check out Video

 
photo by Nicole Sanchez

photo by Nicole Sanchez

STAND UP  For Women’s Health & Fitness at the Four Seasons Resort Maui, January 9, 2010 was

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photo by Simone Reddingius

definitely the place to be!  Although the pounding West swell did keep some on the beach, for those who braved the over head-high beach break, everyone went in smiling and came out smiling! No injuries to report, only two broken boards.

Congratulations to all the women who so bravely participated. These women water warriors earned their stripes today for sure!

photo by Nicole Sanchez

photo by Nicole Sanchez

It was quite a site! The beach covered with boards, groovy music; the buzz and adrenaline was everywhere. Besides the beautiful back drop of the waters of Maui with whale spouts appearing now and then, women of all ages from all over the globe were about to partake in a worthy cause to support women’s health and STAND UP to breast cancer. Since this was a FREE event, donations were and are encouraged through our website to support the American Breast Cancer Foundation.

Early before dawn, the army of volunteers, retail shops and sponsors appeared. Flags in the sand, tables up, tents up, and then the stage! Soon a sea of eager smiles with boards and paddles in hand began to appear, ready for a day of adventure and fun. The thought on everyone’s mind with the over head-high beach break was..” hmm this should be interesting!”

Photo by Nicole Sanchez

Photo by Nicole Sanchez

The day began with a beautiful blessing, delivered by Maui’s own Wilmont Kamaunu Kahaialii Jr. His words and heartfelt grace touched everyone and assured our day to be peaceful and safe.

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photo by Nicole Sanchez

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photo Nicole Sanchez

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photo by Simone Reddingius

Groovy tunes by DJ DEL SOL and DJ CIA brought the women to a state of bliss as I prepared them for some dynamic stretching, light core work and modiefied strength training.

We were really fortunate to have Tiare Lawrence, C4′s pro rider who happens to be due any day with a

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photo by nicole sanchez

new baby girl, come up on stage and do her paddle instruction and tell us why the ocean and stand up paddling is so important to her. She didn’t answer her cell phone today, so maybe her daughter has come!

 With such a strong West swell, the beach was peeling fast with a huge over head-high beach break all the way across, and rolling swells behind it!  At least 7-8 waves per set coming through with only small lulls in between and forget a safety channel. Nail biting, knee knocking for some and rightly so. Just in case we were fortunate to have on the waters as our safety patrol, North Shore Explorers that had a team of Clay Everline,MD. Mike Adrian to shoot the day and Chris and Todd as the captains.

 Harry Donenfeld News correspondent of Harry Thankyou TV, geared up to get some fun water shots see below!

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Loch Eggers, big wave surfer and water safety specialist, made sure that safety was in the forefront of everyone’s mind. His team of board caddies, which included Milton, who tows from a helicopter; Robby Funk, Carlos M, Chris W, Bruce and Larry from Paia, Ian H, John and Michael Leake, Gary Tuttle, Ironman Phil McGain, Joel Edwards,Mark H, Jon Graham,

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photo by Simone Reddingius

Dennis O, Lenny Cappe,

Phik McGain photo by Simone Reddingius

Phik McGain photo by Simone Reddingius

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hero caddie by Simone Reddingius

Kevin Hager from Hawaiian Island Surf, Jeff from Big Kahuna, Ralf Sifford’s team from Second Wind, Nitzan and Dave from Naish and so many more heros made the day safe.  Common sense, fast thinking and timing was critical. On the beach was Dr. Rick Sands and on the boat, Clay Everline, MD.

Teri, who held the front line in the registration tent writes,  “It was truly an inspiring event and I am honored to have played even just a small part in this and would gladly volunteer again! The conditions were scary for beginners however the CADDIES rock as they made it all so much easier by being so on it.  I sincerely congratulate the team for no injuries and for making it so safe! The DJs kept the party going and kept it happening!”

photo by Mike Adrian

photo by Mike Adrian

Three paddle groups went out in stages. First group was the advanced group led by Starboard team rider, Anne-Marie Reichman. Down the south coast they went towards Makena and the small island of Molokini.  I’m told that whales were spotted on their tour. Second group out, was mine. Beginner and intermediate as we went up towards Kihei. The water was pretty calm for the most part, with light variable winds.

The women had nice easy paddling styles.

photo by Mike Adrian

photo by Mike Adrian

 It was the time to push yourself a little and test your endurance. Last group out was our first timers. Wow, something they will never forget I’m sure.  The pictures tell all.

The bay sweepers, which included the strong pro team rider for Starboard, Tiffany Ward

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photo by Nicole

managed to calm the nerves of many and get them to their feet smiling. A big thank you to personal trainer, Anne Barnett of Haiku, water athlete Corrine, and another great instructor Jenny visiting from Big Island who works for Naish. Also on board to help, was Maui’s own Kalia Kelmenson, experienced water girl and personal trainer wrote, “My favorite moment of the day was paddling along next to a woman who was struggling a bit with her balance- I traded boards with her- she was so happy for that- come to find out she was from Rapanui, now living in Bora Bora- and I had such a great time chatting with her about one of my favorite places on the planet- French Polynesia- I got a terrific reminder about how small this world is, and the things that inspire us are consistent across cultures.”

photo by Simone Reddingius

photo by Simone Reddingius

After about an hour and a half or more of water time, refreshments provided by Recharge, Vita Coco, Sambazon, Guayaki and Luna Bar, along with fresh Maui grown fruit from Kula Fields were provided to help refuel.  A big thank you to Snorkels for serving up some great turkey wraps and sandwhiches.

On stage next were three lovely inspirational guest speakers. Suki Halevi, a new resident to Maui who battles unseen neurologicial challenges, and who has conquered many physical obstacles through the sport of stand up paddling. Raw food specialist, Chef Susan Teton Campbell shared all her jewels about health and nutrition, and finally Rita Whitford not only a survivor to breast cancer, but has also survived colon and skin cancer. A delightful trio of women who opened their hearts and inspired many to stay healthy and be aware of their bodies.

By now everyone was ready to learn to hula. Wilmont brought along two lovely and beautiful Maui professional hula dancers to wow the crowd. Even the men on the beach joined in. Who said men can’t hula? Wilmont played his 12 string guiatar has he led the beach into histarics and giggles while we were moving to the tropical rythm. You should have seen Chris Wurtele from Haiku  swaying his hips back and forth! Fun had by all.

Finally, to wind down the day the moment everyone had been waiting for, the amazing prize raffle.

photo by Simone Reddingius

photo by Simone Reddingius

Tommy worked very hard for many months to gather a huge amount of prizes to please everyone. After tossing a tub of Maui Jim t-shirts, towels and Recharge frisbees into the crowd,

photo Simone Reddingius

photo Simone Reddingius

the big prizes were now up for many lucky winners. From a cool IndoBoard training board, to Kaenon sunglasses, a new 2010 “Pipes” Kialoa carbon fiber paddle, gift certificates from Athleta, a killer basket of Love Inside Out beauty products, to a dinner for two at The Four Seasons Resort restaurant, Ferraro’s Bar E Ristorante.

photo by Simone Reddingius

photo by Simone Reddingius

The grand prize, a spicy 9’8″ Starboard stand up paddle board was won by Elle who came to the event from Los Angeles.  She wrote to the president of Starboard,  “I cannot thank you enough for donating an SUP board to the STAND UP FOR WOMEN’S FITNESS event this past Saturday in Maui that Suzie Cooney and Tom Callan organized. I was jumping for joy when I won the grand prize…I couldn’t believe it!  The event was amazing and inspiring to all – Wailea beach was packed with women of all ages and SUP levels…every participant I spoke with had a wonderful time.  I flew out from Los Angeles for the event with a friend of mine and we loved it.

Suzie and Tom ran the event seamlessly – it appeared as though the event was in it’s 10th year with how organized and smoothly everything flowed.  I was extremely impressed at their professionalism and I imagine that this event will become an annual tradition on Maui and hopefully elsewhere.  Suzie and Tom were so gracious and patient with all of the volunteers and participants.  I believe I can speak for everyone at the event when I say that Suzie is extremely inspiring to women.  Everyone left Wailea beach with a smile, a new or re-ignited love for SUP, a greater passion for fitness and health, and an awareness for breast cancer.”  Thanks Elle!

_MG_3660_MG_3809Well, as the emails and photos pour in, there is much to share and do.  Tommy and I would like to thank the community of Maui, the amazing team at the Four Seasons Resort Maui, our dear friends and volunteers, sponsors and those who traveled from far away places to contribute to such an inspiring, contagious day of joy and health. New friends were made, water fears conquered and we all discovered just how powerful one sport,  that anyone can enjoy almost anywhere in the world; can bring such a dynamic group together for a good cause.

Keep the donations coming in!  Stay tuned to this site for hundreds of more photos.

STAND UP for your health each and everyday. The ocean, our health and friendships are always free.

Warm aloha,

Tommy Callan and Suzie Cooney

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Starboard Pro Team Rider of Maui Tiffany Ward Coaching at STAND UP For Women's Health & Fitness January 9, 2010 Maui

JC_Starboard_08_dy7_disc5_0807Aloha Everyone! I’d like to introduce Tiffany Ward, Pro Team Rider for Starboard will be attending and assisting for STAND UP For Women’s Healthy & Fitness January 9th, 2010 at the Four Seasons Resort. This girl and rip and did you know she is also a famous culinary artist and gourmet chef?

TIffany  has kindly offered to volunteer her water woman skills to coach our gals in the water and offer a friendly tip or two. She is a great instructor and is always smiling with great enthusiasm.  She is an inspiration to us all and we are stoked for her to join us.

Here’s a little more information about Tiffany:
Tiffany started windsurfing at a young age(5hrs.) in Utah and Oregon.  Thanks to her parents, who are both avid windsurfers themselves, she became quiet the sailing enthusiast.  Her passion and drive for  windsurfing launched her into a professional windsurfing career. After graduating from Culinary school, she moved to Maui and begin touring on the PWA World tour.  Competing on the World tour for a couple years, she found Maui to offer the best conditions and arena to excel in.

 Being a part of the Pro Star-board team, Tiffany has access to many of the new SUP boards and prototype’s.  A new comer to the sport of SUP,  she quickly embraced the up and coming sport with open arms.
 
 “SUP is a good intro to the ocean for new comers and provide an  excellent workout/training for all water-enthusiast”.
 
 Not only is Tiffany a professional Windsurfer and water women, she is a Gourmet Chef as well.  Tiffany has a degree in culinary arts from the CCA in San Francisco, CA and is the owner of Maui Catering Services.   (www.mauicateringservices.com) Providing excellent food and service  for weddings, retreats, and private clientele…
 
 Tiffany writes, “Living and Playing in Maui has been a dream come true.  Maui’s
 lifestyle has turned me into a true Water-Women and I love it… ”

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Tiffany is a beauty! She inspires many and I’m sure she’ll inspire you too!

She is sponsored by:

 Starboard
 Severne sail
 Dakine
 Chinook
 Pakaloha suits
 MCS

 

A big mahalo Tiff for making our day extra special!

 

Your fan, Suzie

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SUP Maui! By Trisha Smith of The Maui Weekly

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POSTED: December 31, 2009 

 

Girl power! Beginner Emily Bartow glides across South Maui’s waters during a woman’s clinic with Suzie Cooney this fall. Come join the bold and beautiful women of Maui and abroad for a day of fun in the sun during the “Stand Up for Women’s Health & Fitness” event at Wailea Beach on Saturday, Jan. 9.

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Stand up paddle (SUP) surfing is making big waves across the globe and Maui is at the forefront of its emerging popularity.

Hoe he‘e nalu (or SUP surfing) is a water sport rooted in Hawaiian heritage and you can spot several enthusiasts on any given day off our picturesque shores.

It’s sometimes referred to as “Beach Boy Surfing,” yet “Maui’s premier fitness trainer” Suzie Cooney (www.suzietrainsmaui.com) is making it all about the girls this time around.

Join this multi-talented fitness professional and over 100 courageous women from Maui and beyond for the “Stand Up for Women’s Health & Fitness” event on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wailea Beach, outside the Four Seasons Resort Maui.

This free, noncompetitive event was put together to promote healthy lifestyle choices and self-confidence for women through sport, nutrition and self-awareness.

The event is free in order to promote breast cancer education, in hopes participants will make donations to the American Breast Cancer Foundation.

Visit www.standuppaddlingfitness.com to register for the SUP event and to donate to this important cause—the fight against a cancer that kills an estimated 40,000 American women each year, according to the American Cancer Society.

“We are all very lucky to be healthy enough to enjoy this day, but there are many others that are not,” said Suzie. “Your donations mean so much.”

Suzie and organizers, including event co-host Tommy Callan of Beach Boy Events, have worked diligently to put together some amazing prizes for the raffle at 1 p.m. (You must be pre-registered and present to win.)

Some of the goodies include an awesome new Starboard SUP board, along with a variety of designer beach eyewear, swimwear, accessories and more.

Not only is SUP a great core workout, but it also brings together individuals from all walks of life who can share in the camaraderie of the sport. Suzie promises SUP can “improve your balance, endurance, strength and mindset.”

Working with the cool and calm Suzie and “the girls,” you will enjoy patient, guided instruction from professionals and experience the “surfer’s glide” sensation.

And don’t be intimidated, ladies—all skill levels, from novice to professional, are welcomed. It’s not a race—just a fun activity with friends. Even if it’s your first time, there will be plenty of experts to assist you.

“The Four Seasons is the ideal location to introduce SUP to beginning enthusiasts,” said Callan, a professional instructor. “It has a beautiful beach and its calm, clear waters offer the ideal safe paddling conditions.”

Women of all shapes, sizes and ages have the choice of three paddle runs: First-timers/beginners may want to choose group paddling in the bay, with beach caddy assistance; Starboard Pro Team Rider Anne-Marie Reichman will lead the long distance paddling for the intermediate/advanced; and Suzie will lead the fast-paced, short distance runs for beginner/intermediate.

Round out your exciting morning with healthy refreshments while listening to inspirational guest speakers. There will also be a hula performance and lessons for those interested.

“This day is to surely be a very special day and a great way to start the new year,” said Suzie.

Tell all the special ladies in your life not to miss this unique international event. You may discover SUP as a new hobby, make some lifestyle changes and meet a few soul sisters along the way.

Call Suzie at 283-2121 or Callen at 250-3748. Make sure you visit www.standuppaddlingfitness.com for more information and register today. Organizers advise bringing your own board or rent one. There will be a limited number of spares.

Check out the helpful “Intro to SUP” video online to get you started.

 

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KGMB 9 Hawaii News Now Live SUP Segment STAND UP For Women's Health & Fitness on Maui

Thanks to Malika Dudley of KGMB 9 News, and Todd Bradley of C4 for supporting our event.  Here’s a quick video of the live news segment, yesterday December 30th, 2009.         If the videos don’t work on your computer click here:

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/global/story.asp?s=11748430


STAND UP For Women’s Health

Posted: Dec 30, 2009 9:52 AM Updated: Dec 30, 2009 9:55 AM

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  •   STAND UP For Women’s Health I – see 1st video above
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Stand up paddling has become the newest craze for fitness enthusiasts. An event on Maui, has women “getting on their feet” to support the American Breast Cancer Foundation. Malika is live at Ala Moana beach with details.

 Come celebrate women’s health and fitness through the sport of stand up paddling, listen to inspirational guest speakers, meet women pro SUP riders, Tiare Lawrence and Anne-Marie Reichman, support The American Breast Cancer Foundation, learn to hula, and win amazing prizes from our official sponsors just for participating.

Stand Up for Women’s Health and Fitness at the Four Seasons Wailea on Maui. This event is a Free, non- competitive, women’s stand up paddling event. “The Four Season’s is the ideal location to introduce Stand Up Paddling to beginning enthusiasts. It has a beautiful beach and its calm, clear waters offer the ideal, safe paddling conditions. Plus it’s on Maui, the best place in the world! You might even see a few sea turtles and whales!” says professional instructor and event co-host Tommy Callan of Beach Boy Events.


STAND UP For Women’s Health

Wailea Beach

Official Website: www.standuppaddlingfitness.com

 

Registration Cut Off Date for STAND UP For Women’s Health & Fitness Event on Maui is January 7, 2010

Aloha,

Due to the overwhelming response, the cut off date to register for this event, STAND UP For Women’s Health & Fitness Event, January 9, 2010, will be Thursday, January 7, 2010.

We will take walk up registrations, but only until 8:30am. The table will then close. The event begins at 8:30am

To register click here or go to www.standuppaddlingfitness.com

Any questions, call Suzie at 808-283-2121 or Tommy 808-250-3748. Or you may email at  info@standuppaddlingfitness.com

See you then!

Suzie

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