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Reduce Leg Fatigue, Improve Balance & Carving for SUP! Add the 24″ Gigante Disc to the Indo Board Original Package

Maui SUP Wave & Downwind Action

Waves are a force of nature like no other. Susan does a superb job to illustrate this and more. A great read!

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MAUI Free Three Mile SUP Downwind Practice Paddle for 5th Annual Olukai Ho'olaule'a

MAUI: FREE Three Mile Stand Up Paddle Downwind Practice Paddle in Preparation for the
5th Annual Olukai Ho’olaule’a Fun Paddle

Sunday April 21st, 2013  9:00am

OluKai Fun Paddle Maui


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It’s that time of year again to get your stand up paddle board, canoe, kayak, Oc1, prone paddle board; and if you’ve ever dreamed of doing your first downwinder with a hundred other first timers or downwind beginners,  come out and join us! Now you can experience Maui’s epic North shore with an experienced safety crew to guide you.  Experience what it’s like and prepare for the May 11th, 2013 real Fun Paddle. Or, maybe you’ll be brave or are ready for the longer distance of 8 miles from Maliko to Kanaha Beach Park.

There is NO registration required for this practice paddle. All levels of paddlers are welcome. Recommended board length is 10 ft or longer.  You are responsible for board and transportation to and back to your car from initial starting point, the Paia Youth &Cultural Center. Please do not contact PYCC for details. Contact Matthew Murasko  808-214-4349 or Suzie Cooney 808-283-2121. You may also email me through this website.

It is highly recommended you have stand up paddling experience. If you are unsure you can contact me. There is no shame in being on  your knees should you feel more comfortable.


TIME:  9:00am   Please arrive by 8:15 to sign safety waiver,  unload board and prepare for skippers meeting at 8:45

WHERE:  Paia, Maui   Paia Youth & Cultural Center ( see map below )

FINSIH: Kanaha Beach Park  First paddler in, usually 30-45 minutes, beginner novice 45 min +  Weather dependent.  Course length 3 miles.

What to bring: Board, leash, paddle, rash guard for sun protection, sunscreen, courage and enthusiasm!
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Don’t wait, register now for the real deal, May 11th, 2013 here at the official registration site at OluKai.  For $25 you get a t-shirt and ticket for luau and live entertainment!

Map to Paia Youth Cultural Center:

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For those seeking transportation for the event, Moore Watertime is available!  RSVP NOW!

Moore Watertime will be providing shuttle service from Kanaha (end point) to Paia Youth  & Cultural Center before the paddle.
cost- $10         Text: (808)250-1984 or email kellyonmaui@gmail.com
* Sign up now to reserve your seat. Space is limited to first 11 paddlers
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Love to see you all there!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Aloha and Mahalo, Suzie Cooney, CPT
Owner of Suzie Trains Maui, LLC

Naish Captures The SUP World with Two New Boards That Perform and Please the Ladies: The Alana Series

Naish 2012 Alana 9.5 and matching carbon paddle

I have the pleasure to add to my quiver of Naish boards the two new 2012, gorgeous,  high performance boards designed to grab the attention of those who appreciate fine quality, great lines and wow, shaka throwing graphics. This one featured here (left) is called the Alana. It’s designed for women as it’s easy to carry too. Dimensions: 9’5″ x 31″ x 4″ 3/4   The construction is a sandwich wood composite.

This three fin or tri fin board compliments the already extensive line of 36 boards manufactured by Naish International, based here on Maui. If you want stability, effortless wave riding this board rocks it.  The pad is very comfortable and the kick-tail pad is handy when you’re carving deep on larger waves.

Second in the line up of the Alana series is the way cool, single fin, 10’10″ by 32″ wide super stable great all around board for strapping on snorkel gear, dry bag and can also impressively handle the waves. I couldn’t believe how well this board tracked and allowed me to paddle 13 times or more on each side. This board is perfect for first timers, those seeking a smooth elegant ride. Check out Robby Naish in the video below as he explains all the features!


I think Naish has done a fine job bringing these boards to the forefront of the stand up paddling world that gives women what they want. Ease of use, fun wave riding or cruising and exploring with friends and family. The Alana Series is beauty and versatility.

If visiting Maui, you can rent these and try them out from the Naish Maui Pro Center located in central Maui on Hana Highway. Call them at 808-871-1500. Or go to their website here:

 Thanks for stopping by and if you’d like to post your comments, questions, please feel free! We’d love to hear from you.

Suzie Cooney, CPT owner of Suzie Trains Maui
Naish Team SUP Rider  I also ride the 14′ Glide, 9’0 Hokua & 9’0 Mana.

Also, check out my SUP Fitness Articles written for Naish. Keep in tip top SUP paddling shape: http://www.naishsurfing.com/2012/lifestyle/sup-fitness.html

     For more info on SUP training, events, clinics, people, friends and of course more Naish stuff, go to my other website:

Stand Up Paddling Fitness



Indo Board Training Equipment for Stand Up Paddle Training For Every Condition and Every Season

Kevin Vangritis of NCarolina and regular Maui visitor paddles in very cold conditions but also trains in his home studio on the Indo Board Balance Trainer

With winter conditions here on Maui or on the mainland, from super big waves to brisk chilly mornings on a lake you need to keep your legs strong and fine tuned even when conditions may interrupt your stand up paddling. Keep those paddling skills sharp and hop aboard the Indo Board Balance Trainer.

As owner of Suzie Trains Maui, Naish Team SUP Rider and Indo Board Team Rider, I’ve written many articles  ( see links below ) on stand up paddling fitness for all levels and I’m a huge advocate for functional training, as it is the most important part of your balanced approach to better paddling. This kind of training is also known as proprioception training or brain training where basically we are training the brain to fire immediately in the right order, the correct nerve impulse to the appropriate muscle in all plains of motion.

If you’re just getting started in SUP and you’re stoked about how your body is transforming so quickly, don’t lose that loving feeling of seeing a new lean and ripped body, when the weather turns sour. You can keep it real simple and that’s why I recommend to get the Indo Board Original Packagein addition the 24 inch Indo Board IndoFLO Gigante‘ Cushion to create your paddling training indoors.

The Indo Board Balance Trainer will improve your core strength, tone and strengthen your legs, and really improve your balance and reaction time. It’s simply astounding how I notice a difference from land to ocean. I can tell when I’m off or on and it relates so much to my cross-training in the studio.

In addition to the Indo Board Original Package that includes:

  • 30″ x 18″ deck, available in Natural or Multi-color finishes
  • 250 pound maximum weight limit
  • 6.5″ diameter roller
  • 14″ diameter polyvinyl IndoFLO® Balance Cushion (mouth inflatable)

Suzie is training with one Gigante disc under her 9′ Naish Mana

I also recommend for real SUP action, the 24″ inflatable  Indo Board IndoFLO Gigante‘ Cushion designed with SUP in mind to capture that 4 way water action from land to water. Sometimes I’ll even put two under one board with minimal inflation and wow, it’s crazy! One disc also offers the feeling of paddling down a wave. Check it out!

(side note: you may want to take out fins as not to rip out the fin box)

There are many uses for the Indo Board IndoFLO Gigante‘ Cushion and I’ve got lots of video coming in the New Year that will show you exactly how I do it.  ( see below for additional training articles on the  Indo Board IndoFLO Gigante‘ Cushion)  For example, just by sitting on the Indo Board IndoFLO Gigante‘ Cushion and holding an 8 lb medicine ball will really get that core and abs to fire up. Also by putting your toes on the Indo Board IndoFLO Gigante‘ Cushion  and then assuming a plank position, from one leg to two, look out! This photo of me was taken for article I wrote for Naish International  for my SUP Fitness Page, Called “More on the Core”.

I had the pleasure of training my good friends (pictured above )Kevin and Jenney Vangritis from North Carolina. They really dug the live-like feeling they got when we were all training in my studio. I was preparing Kevin for a Maliko run and he wanted to do and know absolutely everything and best prepare his body.  He’s a racer and now his studio is filled with the Indo Board Balance Training gear and he’ll be rock’n it ( when it’s snowing outside). He paddles in all extreme conditions and had some fun with me this past November:

Here, besides surfing in the studio, Kevin is learning how to perform a plank with hands in push up start position on Indo Board roller and board. To control board left to right he really has to engage his entire body and core muscles. To advance this move, he can lift on leg a few inches off the ground, and hold for 15 seconds then switch.  Joining us was his lovely wife who also paddles, Jenney! She is simply sitting on the Indo Board IndoFLO Gigante‘ Cushion and wow her abs and core are work’n. Later we tossed a 4 lb medicine ball while I was on the other one. Great fun, great training. 

The core Bug

 I also introduced to them the sensation of sky diving, or what I call “the bug”. It requires you to contract your glutes or butt muscles, lift your chest up off the Indo Board IndoFLO Gigante‘ Cushion, while keeping your head down or in a nuetral position and then squeezing your shoulder blades nice and together and this offers a killer core exercise.  The bug! You can make more challenging by holding 3-5 lb dumbbells in  your hand and increase hold time.

 I have also included in this photo the Indo Board Kicktail which offers a very sassy training platform and allows you to really strengthen your feet, ankles, knees and up to the core and  hips. I like to switch my stance from goofy to regular and then feet side by side. In this photo I’ve included a 15lb kettle bell held at the top of shoulder to add more force production down to the disc. A KILLER workout on the legs. This same exercise can be achieved nicely with the Indo Board Original Package. I’m just lucky to have all the toys! This is a simple loaded squat. To add to intensity, hold your squat, increase weight, deflate disc.

In this exercise I’m holding a 4lb medicine ball in the surf stance with the Indo Board Kicktail, arms extended on top of the Indo Board IndoFLO Gigante’ Cushion  .  Here you can practice your strokes with a ratio of like 3:3 and change the tempo and time yourself for several 30s or 1 minute intervals. Increase challenge by adding heavier medicine ball, squat lower, reduce disc inflation, or if you’re really brave ( advanced only ) close your eyes. WOW.

 It’s really endless of all the incredible exercises you can do when the weather is cruddy, or if you simply want to mix up your current routine. These exercises are fantastic even if you don’t surf or SUP.

 This equipment featured here by the Indo Board Balance Trainer company is designed to increase your enjoyment while at the same time provides an incredible training platform to perfect any specialized sport. I also use this gear to help my clients who are post op from hip or knee surgery along with the guidance from their physician. The low impact offers great stabilizing training for the major joints.  It’s easy, or incredibly challenging. Your core, legs and arms get an amazing workout and it’s never ever the same. 

Kevin & Jenney in Suzie Trains Maui Studio on Maui They rocked the Indo Board training gear and now are all set up in their home studio in NC. Great Maliko run Kevin. Keep those bodies strong!

I love to introduce my clients and you to the new way to train or to add to your current routine to keep you on the water longer. Building your body also builds your mind. Your mind is the key to your best performance. This is the ultimate in physical fitness conditioning for SUP or stand up paddling and surfing.

Share and care when you’re out on the water and don’t let a day of snow or extra big surf interrupt your training and fitness goals!

Here is where you can get your Indo Board Balance Training Equipment. Also, here are additional links to other SUP Fitness Articles you may find helpful that include the Indo Board Balance Training Gear:

 The Importance of Balance Training

SUP Fitness Tips & Articles  

No matter where you live, what kind of paddling you enjoy cross-training like this is fun, challenging and can be performed by anyone at any fitness level. You will notice a great improvement not only in your paddling but in your everyday activities. Functional training is taking the world by storm like SUP and is not really new, it’s just becoming more accessible. The family of boards and rollers and disc offered by the Indo Board Balance Trainer company is sure to change your life, like SUP. Training can be fun!

Stay tuned for 2012 for my new short HD videos that will show you how I train on the Indo Board Balance Trainer!

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Aloha and paddle strong,
Suzie Cooney, CPT  of Suzie Trains Maui  See you on the water and on your Indo Board!

Why Stand Up Paddling is So Healthy Radio Segment with Suzie Cooney of Suzie Trains Maui

There’s something happening world-wide on lakes, oceans, streams and even on the Colorado Rapids, Alaska and now, even on mainstream TV, like Bravo TV’s Millionaire Matchmaker, and that is stand up paddling!   You wouldn’t be reading or listening to this segment if you too weren’t drawn into the explosive new craze of stand up paddling or SUP as is it a great way to get healthy.

Suzie Cooney Radio Show Segment: September 20, 2011 Maui Breakfast Club. Every Tuesday @ 7:38am  Health & Fitness Segment

Why Stand Up Paddling is So Healthy Radio Segment with Suzie Cooney

Now, thousands of people are discovering that you can as I wrote in my article “Shred to Shed” and blasted on the airways just as recent as this past August.

It’s really true. SUP or stand up paddling is a known way to get healthy fast. People are rehabbing after hip or knee

Kevin V. is in amazing shape and now races nation wide!

surgeries faster, meeting new friends and new soul mates and all of this makes you healthy. Going to the gym is still great, and don’t forget, eating the right foods is paramount to eating for energy while your paddling, but wow, look what’s happening to your spouse, your friends and movie stars! Hop aboard and get healthy with SUP.

Stand up paddling is a part of all my clients’ cross-training requirements and believe me, their bodies have transformed and so has their lives, cardio health and I’ve seen waistlines shrink. Don’t think about, watch it from the beach, get on that board and paddle. You too will soon discover the joys and amazing benefits of SUP.

Another article you may enjoy talks about how SUP is helping people cope with depression. It’s a mind and body experience gliding across the water. Read my article here titled: SUP For Your Mind’s Health: Aqua Therapy For Depression.

You are one paddle stroke closer to health. Write us and let us know how SUP has changed your maybe unhealthy life, into a way of life!

Aloha and see you on the water!

Suzie Cooney,  CPT  of Suzie Trains Maui

Suzie Cooney is a sponsored Team SUP Rider for Naish International and is supported by OluKai Premium Footwear & Kaenon Polarized Eye-wear. She is also a Team Rider for Indo Board,  certified personal trainer, radio host for the Maui Breakfast Club, Model, True Collection Athlete and hosts FREE SUP Events on the island of Maui and within other communities.

To learn more about Suzie and she can help you get healthy with SUP click here.