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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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Book Signing Maui June 24th SUP & Surf Survival:The Surfer's Health Handbook

Lahaina, MAUI
June 24th, 2-4pm Barnes & Nobles

Meet Clay Everline, MD. and get your own copy signed. He’s got a wealth of knowledge and experience and can often be seen on Oahu’s N. Shore as the doc on the beach who is ready for anything at all the big contests! He’s been my head doctor at my events and as a surfer he knows that sometimes even on the smallest of days, big things can happen. See you there!

When the big stuff goes down, are you ready? A SUP board can be very dangerous in small and big surf. Learn what to do if you get hurt, your fin slices you or someone blacks out from a board hitting them. Know right of way and how to prevent accidents on the water. These things  you must know if you want to charge in big and small surf! 

Introducing Clay Everline’s et al, Surf Health Handbook! I know Clay personally and think this is the most helpful, comprehensive book all stand up paddlers,

Suzie & Clay

surfers and water sports enthusiasts should have in their car or on their book shelf. I worked with Clay on this book on the fitness aspect  ( see photos ) and he is spot on with the warm ups, exercises to help prevent injury and shares what to do if the worst goes down.  Also see all the great tips on how to prevent and manage injuries from SUP. Get it now!  Excellent work Clay!  Suzie

“Surf Survival”

The surfer’s health handbook

Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. NY, NY


Written by 3 hardcore surf docs, this book gives surfers the complete lowdown on surfing related medical problems; how to diagnose them, how to treat them, and how to prevent them.  With chapters devoted to first aid, fitness, dangerous marine animals, big wave surfing, overuse injuries, surf travel medicine and more, Surf Survival is a book no surfer should be without.  Surprisingly entertaining, and very comprehensive, over 300 pages of text and 200 illustrations and photographs describe in practical terms how to deal with the myriad of injuries and ailments that can afflict surfers.  From shoulder dislocations to surfer’s ear, fin cuts to first aid kits, this book is written for surfers who know that self-sufficiency is the name of the game. Don’t leave home without it.


“This thorough, authoritative and oddly enjoyable book tells you not only how to treat surfing’s myriad ailments, but also how to prevent them. For that reason alone, it might be the most important piece of surf literature you ever buy. All that,plus lots of photos of gnarly injuries.”

- Steve Hawk, former editor of Surfer magazine

“Nobody has thought more, studied more, or cared more about the lifelong health and survival of surfers than Mark Renneker. Surf Survival brings together all that priceless knowledge, along with invaluable contributions from Nathanson and Everline, to make a must-have volume for every surfer everywhere. From surf-specific wilderness first aid–critical on any serious surf trip, anywhere on earth–to big-wave safety and even the very real scourge of surfer’s ear, it’s all here. Don’t even think about it: if surfing plays any role in your life, you need this book.”

-Daniel Duane, author of Caught Inside, A Surfer’s Year on the California Coast

“I’ve read over 100 surfing-related books, but Surf Survival is the first one that I’ll carry with me on every surf trip. ”

-Drew Sievers, The Waterman’s Library

“Good medicine, and a fun read in the bargain. Read this book and surf until
you’re 100.”

-Matt Warshaw, author of the History of Surfing

“Great book by great doctors. Doc Renneker is a Balls-to-da-Wall big wave surfer, too. What a great combo: smart and hard-core surfers who care deeply about people and their health!”

- Greg Noll, Legendary big wave surfer, author of “Da Bull, Life Over the Edge”

Book can be purchased at major bookstores, and on-line at the link below.


Clayton Everline, MD

Director: Ocean Sports Medicine

Work*Star Injury Recovery Centers

Board Certified Diplomate:

Sports Medicine

Internal Medicine

Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Seton Hall University, School of Health and Medical Sciences and Department of Medicine, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

Waves of Health 501c3:

Sports and Outreach Medicine



Co-author of Surf Survival


INDO Board Demo Day Zancudo Lodge Costa Rica with Suzie Cooney of Suzie Trains Maui

INDO Board Demo Day at the Zancudo Lodge Costa Rica with Suzie Cooney of Suzie Trains Maui

January 5, 2011 – Reporting from the most beautiful SUP, surf and fishing spot in Southern Costa Rica, The Zancudo Lodge!  Owner, Gregg  Mufson is hanging ten on the INDO Board as he and the crew prepare for the surf rolling in this week.  I’m here introducing the team on how The INDO Board is great workout for everyone, especially those entering SUP to advanced paddlers.

We have all the gear from INDO Board, including the new Gigante to challenge beginners to the hard core SUP’rs and surfer alike.  Gregg, Yvonne, Sloan, Elle, and Di all participated in an afternoon of learning, laughs and some thigh-burning fun. I can tell their addicted and promised them, after this workout we’ll all be ready for any water action tomorrow!

We started the morning on a mellow, slower surface. Next we graduate to the beach to hard pack sand for some faster action and more fun.  In such a short time, everyone got their groove on and was hang’n on the nose. I challenged them to an upper body challenge which Gregg, Di and Yvonne immediately worked up a small sweat with the plank and one leg lifted behind them, alternating at 5 – 10 second intervals.   Below, Gregg is performing the advanced plank with one or both feet behind him, on a Gigante disc.

The Gigante disc is the newest platform training tool for INDO Board, that inflates up to 12 inches that achieves the 4-way action intended for those who want to enhance their SUP or surf performance.  We placed both discs under Gregg’s surf board and what a ride. Inflate it more and hang on!

It’s my favorite piece of equipment in my studio at home. I also use it for clients just recovering from major hip or knee surgery as a rehab element. Today we’ve kept the inflation to 6 inches as my willing participants start their training.

Then down to what I call the core bug.  This move is in the prone position requiring glutes and the upper scapular region of the shoulder blades to work in unison as we seek the most stable position. I recommend keeping the head in a neutral position. I also suggest to keep breathing smoothly and hold the position for 15 – 30 seconds.  Rest, then repeat 5 times.

In addition to this great core exercise, by placing the INDO Board board directly on top the Gigante, together we performed leg burning same side lunges, for a count of 5-10 each leg. 

Gigante sitting came last where Yvonne, Di and Elle gracefully sat on top of the Gigante as feet and hands stayed off the ground lending to an extreme, deep core constant, contraction! Well done girls.

You can tell we’re having too much fun. I can’t wait for this spring when I host my STAND UP For Women’s Health and Fitness in April, here at the lovely Zancudo Lodge ! All the gear is here and so is the fun.  For more information go to: http:www.suzietrainsmaui.com/events.  This lodge is like staying at the Four Seasons. From warm waves to a cozy robe in your room, excellent food and gracioius staff, to healthy, to amazing food prepared fresh everyday. 

Thank you Chip and Hunter at INDO Board, for sending these boards and discs over. Gregg and the others are on their way to be SUP stars. Also a big gracias to Gregg and the Zancudo Lodge for hosting us and the SUP clinics with the other trainers this spring!

Pura Vida and Aloha!

Suzie Cooney, CPT  Suzie Trains Maui      Follow Suzie on Face Book:  http://www.facebook.com/suzietrainsmaui

 photos by Marvin Ortiz

Stand Up Paddle with Suzie Cooney of Suzie Trains Maui in Costa Rica! SUP and Train With Her at the Zanduco Lodge April 2011

Come Join Me for a Four Star SUP Adventure in beautiful Costa Rica

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Mark your calendar!  April 10th -17th, 2011  Costa Rica.  Join me on a 4 star SUP adventure. Train with me daily and SUP while we enjoy the beautiful accommodations at the Zancudo Lodge.   See photos below.  Space is limited space. Book now!
Suzie has taught hundreds of women how to stand up paddle ( and men too), but more importantly she has the contageous ability to make everyone at all levels feel comfortable no matter what level of fitness or skill level. 
As a professional Team Rider for Naish International, her knowledge of the water and her own experience in the waves and as a SUP racer is easily translated to her students.
She is a world renown fitness expert for over 11  years and blends her training to compliment the sport of stand up paddling.  You will learn all of her tricks of the trade on and off the water and have a blast doing it.
All levels of fitness and stand up paddling are welcome!

The Zancudo Lodge is surrounded by the beauty of Costa Rican wildlife and foliage. Stretching for miles and miles, the private Zancudo beach offers the perfect setting for a massage or pure tranquil relaxation and the conditions offer fun for all to stand up paddle. Learn more here: http://www.standupcostarica.com/
 The lodge is located on the scenic pacific coast of Costa Rica, on the bay of Golfo Dulce 4 miles from Golfito. The property is ideally bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Sabalo River on the east.
To see Suzie’s first STAND UP For Women’s Health & Fitness event at the Four Seasons January 2010 with over 400 women, go to: http://www.standuppaddlingfitness.com/2010/01/mauis-womens-sup-event-huge-success-despite-heart-pounding-surf-check-out-video/

STAND UP For Women's Health SUP on Maui November 13, 2010 with Suzie Cooney, CPT of Suzie Trains Maui

SUP Logo NewIt’s been an amazing year! I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to meet so many fantastic women from around the world and on Maui, who joined me to share the sport of stand up paddling.  My mission is to empower women and men, by introducing the sport of SUP into their lives, and make it a part of their fitness and health. This was my last clinic of eight since the “big event” at the Four Seasons this past January. What a delightful group of inspiring gals.  We started the day at 6:45 am and after we reviewed board/paddle features, board safety, water safety and new techniques, it was time to warm up the muscles and body before we hit the water.   A little active stretching, and a few light push ups and lunges, we were off on the warm waters of Maui!  See  photos below:


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With waterwoman, Deb Driscoll as my official assistant sweeper,  it was a morning of fun and laughter and time to learn some new tricks. Some were off and gliding and perfecting their strokes, others were learning how to step turn or how to increase board speed. Then it was time do a few board exercises like push ups , squats and planks. The  ultimate surprise challenge, a long distance lap around a parked boat. Jenney was leading the pack and others soon followed. The sprints around the buoys were exciting too. Some also took their new step turn skills and successfully made it around the Naish buoys with ease, focus and speed.  This was a time of discovery for everyone. 

 Jenney writes:

During my recent vacation in Maui, I was fortune enough to participate in Suzie Cooney’s last Maui women’s SUP clinic of the year. What an awesome way to close out my last day of vacation! I enjoyed several hours with Suzie and other great ladies from Maui as well as Maui visitors, just like myself, learning more about the SUP sport and getting a great workout. We started a great sunny morning on the beach learning about the different board and paddle types and what to consider when purchasing equipment, covering safety tips, and then doing a quick stretch session. Then we all hit the water with Suzie to develop and apply our paddling skills. While on the water, Suzie and her “Sweeper” Deb, shadowed us to make sure we were applying proper technique. We were down on our boards in the water doing a few exercises to build strength and then back up on our boards to test our turning skills. We finished our water time with a long distance charge across the water. It was so exhilarating. Once I returned to the beach, I saw many smiling faces. Everyone was so excited about having such a great time. SUP is truly a fun and exhilarating sport. I first discovered it in Maui two years ago, and I have grown to love the sport and the versatility that it offers. It’s a sport that I have enjoyed with my friends and it has given me many great adventures across the water with my husband. I love the fact that you can leisurely tool around on the water and enjoy the beautiful shoreline vistas, or you can crank it up a notch to challenge yourself for speed and endurance, or enjoy the sheer exhilaration of catching a few waves if you like. Suzie, thanks so much for sharing your knowledge of this wonderful sport with us and helping us become competent water woman so we can enjoy a fun and healthy life.        
Jenney  V          Morrisville, NC

Stephanie Brennan, First Timer:

 I had such an amazing time at Suzie’s SUP clinic.  It was my very first time ever on a SUP and the environment could not have been better for a beginner.  I was surrounded by awesome, positive women all learning and having fun together.  I simply enjoyed doing something new for the very first time.  I charged it all day in the water after the clinic.  Suzie gave me all the tools I needed to start my journey into the sport of SUP.  I’m hooked!!!

Suzie, thank you so much!  I had such a great time.  It definitely goes down as one of my favorite days here on Maui!  My boyfriend and I went to Puamana after and practiced in some little waves!  What a blast, we had so much fun!!  I really hope to get my own board soon, saving up the $$$!!  :)

 Thanks again!!  Maybe I’ll see you at a race one of these days! 

 Women of all ages are discovering the thrill and strength that stand up paddling offers.  You don’t have to be a “water” person to learn and enjoy SUP. It’s my greatest reward to see women AND men have health break throughs in life.  This is a sport  you can do solo or enjoy with the entire family and it is a lifestyle!

If you haven’t already I encourage you to try SUP,  you’ll be glad you did!

You can check out more of my clinics and events at http://www.suzietrainsmaui.com/events-clinics/

I ‘d like to give special thanks to Dave from Naish International,  Coach at the Maui Naish Pro Center, Olukai Premium Footwear, Watermans Applied Science,  Simone Reddingius, Maui Award Winning Photographer, American Heart Association and to Kevin “V’ from NC.

Suzie Cooney, CPT  



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