Register Now for the 6th Annual Olukai Ho’olaule’a SUP & OC1 Maui, Hawaii
May 10-11th, 2014 Click herefor all the details and to register.
This is THE downwind race of the year that celebrates the ocean that we live and play in and shares the Hawaiian culture with an amazing luau, Hawaiian games, canoe rides and entertainment. Some of the best athletes from around the world will converge to compete on 8 miles of open ocean known Maliko; surfing and catching monster glides. All levels are welcome and be sure to check out the Fun Paddle which offers a friendly and fun 3 mile paddle for anything you can paddle!
Highlights from 2012:
And here was last year’s event:
Aloha and see you there!
Suzie Cooney, CPT
Owner of Suzie Trains Maui, LLC
Spokesperson for Olukai
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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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 HUGEdifference 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.
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.
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.
This quick stand up paddling performance tip that shows you how to increase your stroke paddling power from deep within your core and obliques, while at the same time allows you to challenge your balance and build leg strength and reaction time.
This video will help all levels of paddlers improve their upper body strength and endurance too.
Here’s a photo of the Indo Board Gigante Flo Cushion combined with the Pro Kicktail Board. I like this combination as the width of the Kicktail and the length offers the extreme in balance challenges.
The SUP Boards ridden in the opening of this video are made by Naish: Check out the boards here: http://www.naishsurfing.com
Boards: Naish 9’0″ Hokua & Naish Carbon GX Glide 14ft
Paddles: Naish full carbon Kaholo 8.5 adjustable, and the new 2014 Race LE carbon, offering the lightest, stiffest and most powerful performance oriented race paddle.
There is a saying, it’s not the challenge you face, but how you face the challenge. And that’s what Kody Kerbox did this past Saturday August 17th, at the 2013 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, in Hood River, Oregon, where he finished 1st in the elite men’s 8 mile downwind stand up paddle race. Victory found him the following day as he blew up the challenging course race as he placed 2nd in the ( his words ) most “brutal” upwind course. His time was so good in the first race it placed him first overall for the entire event! Champagne was flowing. Elite results
Yes, I am beaming and very proud as one of his circle of mentors who has seen him grow stronger and wiser with each year, each race, each huge wave or whatever comes his way. He is on fire!
Kody Kerbox is just coming off a strong, finishing second in the prestigious Molokai to Oahu, where he paddled for his first solo crossing, July 28th, 2013 and finished 32 miles in 5:26:21 and 9th overall. This year’s crossing was considered the most challenging in ten years with heavy head winds to the finish and a ridiculous backwashing current some are still cursing.
An example of how Kody used his brain power over this daunting, treacherous stretch of water, he told me, “I just kept my head down and didn’t look for the island, I waited until the island came to me.”
MAUI, Hawaii Sunday July 21st, 2013 photo by Jimmie Hepp
8th Annual Maui Paddle Championships
It was a light wind trade day that looked promising and was full of action. I was stoked to finish 2nd in my division as it was a final few miles grind to the finish. The best part as always, is being with friends from all over the world and to race with your team mates. It was also a cool and proud moment to see Kody Kerbox place first in his division with an unreal finish! Also, Manca Notar our new young powerhouse at Naish who I want as my little sister! Naish writes a final recap here:
The 8th Annual Maui Paddle Championships took place Sunday, July 21st. 192 paddlers attended the prestigious Maliko to Kahului Harbor race that had an all-star local cast joined by many of the world’s best paddlers. Conditions were relatively light for this time of year, but better than predicted and they improved throughout the day making for some fast times.
Team Naish was well represented with riders from all around the world, including Kody Kerbox, Poenaiki Raioha, Ridge Lenny, Yoshi Nagamatsu, Manca Notar, Jerry Bess, Steven Frogier, Suzie Cooney and many more bringing home great results on this “warm-up” race to next week’s M2O race.
Maui local Kody Kerbox took out the big battle of the 14 footers, claiming the division win on his Javelin 14’0? LE and coming into the beach 9th overall. Tahitian racing and wave sensation Poenaiki Raioha once again showed that he’s going to be a force to reckon with. He took the win of the 01-16 age class on his Javelin 14’0? LE followed by Maui-grown Ridge Lenny placing second.
Young slovenian team rider Manca Notar, racing on Maui for the first time this year, took the opportunity to participate in the READ the rest by clicking here:
If you’re looking to improve your stand up paddling strength, performance and endurance I’m available on Maui or via SKYPE. I can help you with your body game on and off the water and specialize in downwind coaching.
Ocean Paddler TV broadcasts the 5th Annual OluKai 2013 Ho’olaule’a on National TV, this video is also featured on Hawaiian Airlines in-flight starting in July for 4 months. Check out the link for the video : https://vimeo.com/69559634
It was very cool to host the Fun Paddle Division. You can watch all the highlights and all the exciting action here.
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It’s my sincere pleasure to introduce you to one of my new clients and new inspirations to Maui’s stand up paddle scene, Sasha Kinloch. Like many who enter the sport they discover that it’s amazing way to achieve a superior level of fitness, it’s a great cross training tool, or like Sasha they learn that this could be their newest healthy obsession!
I believe all of my clients are unique and often teach me more than I offer them. Sasha is an interesting blend of high energy, intense focus and has a way of visualizing exactly what her goals are. For a trainer, that makes my job easy!
Her base of fitness is already on the higher side which can only help her achieve her goals faster and with greater success. She wants to compete in all of Maui’s races, which are mostly downwinders. Her first race was the recent OluKai Ho’olaule’a. I didn’t get to meet her until the event, and learned that that day was her first time down Maliko! What a day that was for everyone. And here we are.
When I meet a person like Sasha and I see that fire in her eyes, I feel the need to pull the reigns in ever so gently to be sure she will enjoy every step of the way and not rush the “process” of putting her time in on the water. Nothing can compare to pure paddling time, getting worked and tumbled now and then, as the time spent on the water is the real training ground. People often ask me how many miles they need to run or cycle to equal number of miles on the water for distance or catching bumps or glides, and I simply say, ”just time on the water.” There really is no way to measure that.
I asked Sasha a few questions as to why she’s taken with the sport of SUP and I hope it will inspire you to set new goals or maybe enter your first local race.
THE 5TH ANNUAL OLUKAI HO’OLAULE’A
“FUN PADDLE DIVISION”
May 11, 2013 Maui, Hawaii
My mind is full of images of bright smiles and of steely strength of those who bravely earned their badges of courage this past Saturday, during the first event of the weekend long ocean celebration, the 5th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a. This entire event is truly a global event with competitors from over 10 countries, and 44 attendees from 15 mainland states. (FULL IMAGE GALLERY BELOW)
The Fun Paddle Division is our special group of water sports enthusiasts of all ages, who come with extreme enthusiasm to paddle in or on any watercraft that is humanly powered. There were loads of stand up paddleboards, a few kayaks, outrigger canoes and the incredible OluKai
sailing canoe. For many it was their first “downwind” experience and for others this was the starting ground to start their training for the infamous 8 mile Maliko open ocean course for the following year.
The Paia Youth & Cultural Center has been our gathering place for three years since this division began. They graciously host and welcome our eager paddlers from our local community and visitors from afar. The course is 3 miles and begins in Paia Bay and ends at the Kanaha Beach Park lifeguard tower.
One could see that something very special was about to begin, as the OluKai flags were flying high, and those helping under the OluKai tents were busy greeting and checking in the paddlers. This year the paddlers received official yellow OluKai jerseys that made everyone look like real racers! They were stoked.
Maui’s beauty shows in many ways, but this weekend was met with imperfect beauty as a two day rain storm and big swells, swayed and rolled the coastline with light winds that offered more challenging conditions than normal for many of our new water warriors.