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.
Suzie Cooney, CPT
Suzie Trains Maui, LLC
SUP Naish Athlete
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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.
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!
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
Suzie Trains Maui, LLC
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
Owner of Suzie Trains Maui, LLC
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.
Sorry gentleman, this one’s for the ladies!
Everyone knows that Maui is THE place to escape in the middle of winter for stand up paddling, especially when the whales are everywhere, the winds are calm and the water an inviting warm temperature, and the beaches begging to be explored.
Along with the True Collection Team, we present the Ultimate Experience for those select few who seek a life changing experience; one that will increase their strength, stand up paddling skills, offer female camaraderie and a luxury venue sure to be a hallmark memory.
Plan and book now, for your special start to the New Year as space is limited. For more information and to book your reservation, click here: http://www.ultimateexperience.com/experiences/162-women-s-stand-up-paddle-and-fitness-experience-on-maui or contact Amie@UltimateExperience.com
” Come along, I’d love to meet you and paddle with you around Maui’s fabulous waters and beaches. It will be amazing! ”
Supporting brands and sponsors: Naish, Kaenon Polarized Eyewear, BLUESMITHS, RAW Elements USA, Indo Board Balance Trainer, OluKai Premium Footwear, Suzie Trains Maui
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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.
The equipment needed for this workout is the Indo Board Gigante Flo Cushion along with, pictured here; the Indo Board Pro Kicktail Board. You can purchase through this website or directly here: http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=452431&U=774529&M=45631&urllink=
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.
See you on the water! Aloha, Suzie
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Suzie Cooney is available for SUP training and instruction on Maui, but be sure to book at least 1 month in advance or via SKYPE. You can contact her through this website.
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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
photos courtesy of Gorge US Photo: http://www.gorge-usphoto.com
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.”
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July 28th, 2013
Aloha! Heading off the rock to Salt Lake City, Utah to the Summer Outdoor Retailer with Naish International. I’d love to meet you and paddle with you. Check out the new 2014 boards and paddles on our Open AIr Demo Day Tuesday July 30th, Port Ramp Marina Pineview Reservoir.
We will be at the Naish Booth # 38135 and also have time for more indoor demos in the indoor pool Wednesday and Thursday.
For photos and updates from the show go to Suzie Trains Maui Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/suzietrainsmaui
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A Special Women’s Stand Up Paddle and Fitness Experience on Maui hosted by world-renown professional SUP athlete Suzie Cooney
(Saratoga, California) – Professional Stand Up Paddle Athlete and Trainer Suzie Cooney, along with Ultimate Experience, is proud to announce a special, women-specific experience in Maui, Hawaii, in January 2014. Beat the cold and getaway to the breath-taking Lumeria Resort for an unforgettable SUP and Fitness retreat. Cooney, a globally recognized athlete, SUP pioneer, professional fitness trainer, has put together an incredible and exclusive five-night stay at Lumeria for six women. This experience benefits Bring Change 2 Mind, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating the stigma and discrimination that surrounds mental illness, a cause Suzie is passionate about.
Located near the historic town of Pa’ia, Lumeria is one of the islands’ premiere and intimate locations, highlighted by barefoot elegance and sparkled with tropical gardens, saline pool and Jacuzzi, exquisite guest rooms and first-class yoga studios. With Suzie as your guide, tour one of the birthplaces of Stand Up Paddle as Maui reveals itself to truly be the gem of all island getaways. Fine-tune your stroke, learn water safety, board control and discover myriad health benefits of SUP on the crystal clear, blue, warm waters of Maui.
Through finely tuned training sessions with Suzie, you’ll build strength, improve balance, and get your mind in line with the ocean breeze. Between the adventures, enjoy fresh, organic farm-to-table meals artfully crafted and prepared by Lumeria’s award-winning staff, rounding out your healthy, restorative retreat.
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