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TRX Interactive Anchoring Solutions

This is the beginning of an interactive set of videos I uploaded on You Tube that lead you through a series of locations you can hook up your TRX!  Now is the time to begin planning your Fitness New Year's Resolutions!  So start taking control of your fitness by getting a TRX and setting it up... anywhere!  As you all know, I think the TRX is excellent for Stand Up Paddle Fitness Training, and I use it every day!  I hope you can use it to help you in your training!


Awesome! SUP in Teahupoo Tahiti - Patrice CHANZY

Just thought I'd pass this along since it is soooo super cool..



STAND UP For Womens Health and Fitness at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Beach Hawaii January 9 2010

Come Celebrate Women’s Health and Fitness on the beauitful island of Maui!

Event:  “STAND UP For Women’s Health & Fitness” at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Beach on the beautiful Island of Maui.

Location:  Wailea Beach, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea , Hawaii

 Date:  January 9, 2010  Time: 8am -2pm

Come join the Aloha and learn how to do the fastest growing water sport in the world on the beautiful island of Maui at Four Seasons Resort.  Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP) is making surfers out of everyone.  You’ve seen the “Stars” do it … now it’s YOUR turn!  SUP will improve your balance, endurance, strength and mindset.  Receive patient, guided instruction from professional instructors and experience the feeling of the “surfer’s glide”. 

“STAND UP for Women’s Health & Fitness” is a FREE, non-competitive event to promote healthy lifestyle choices, self-confidence and breast cancer education for women through sport, nutrition and self awareness.  You’ll not only enjoy learning to SUP, but also to Hula!  Enjoy inspirational guest speakers, plenty of healthy treats and fun prizes.  Maybe you’ll even win your own Stand Up Paddle Board!

Join Maui’s premier fitness trainer, sports and lifestyle model, weekly Health and Fitness contributor  to the “Maui Breakfast Club” radio show, and columnist, Suzie Cooney (suzietrainsmaui.com) and the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea this January 9th, 2010 for an exciting day to learn this fun sport. Also supported in this event is the American Breast Cancer Foundation.

“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.

For more information or to join other sponsors please contact: Suzie Cooney at suzie@suzietrainsmaui.com or Tommy Callan at tommy@beachboyevents.com.

Official Website to register and become a sponsor:  http://www.standuppaddlingfitness.com/

or email  info@standuppaddling.com

Stay tuned for more details.  Days events and schedule coming soon!

Tommy Callan
Beach Boy Events

Suzie Cooney, CPT
Suzie Trains Maui



SUP Galapagos from Paddle Surf Hawaii

Surfing the Galapagos from Morgan Hoesterey on Vimeo.

Footage from the Paddle Surf Hawaii trip to the Galapagos. www.paddlesurfhawaii.com. Thanks to Chris Aguilar from Soul Surf Media for grading... www.soulsurfmedia.com.


Malibu Stand Up Paddle Surfing - Jon and Chris

Back in August, Chris and I brought the camera out to a fun day in Malibu.  This is more of a beach break wave with a bit more speed than where we normally go.  This wave has inspired me to go to a shorter board (right now I ride the 9'6" Naish).  On days like today, and 8 foot something would have been awesome!  I'm considering a few boards - if anyone has had any experience on them, please let me know - the Gerry Lopez Little Darlin' 8'11", Naish 8'10" Hokua, and the new starboard 8'5" TAC (no deck needed). Enjoy the video :) and go check out the Barbarellatones - a local Malibu band (I run into the lead singer in Malibu at the various Starbucks between my appointments).


Jon’s thoughts on Battle of the Paddle

This year I went to Orange County California and watched the Battle of the Paddle.  I made the trip because I am genuinely interested in where this sport is going.  The race looked like a lot of fun and I would love to have participated, but I don’t even have a race board!  My 9’6” Naish quad fin probably wouldn’t be a good board for the Battle.  So, my buddy Chris and I made a weekend of it and checked out the race, but also the SUP industry.  So, here are my observations:

#1 I think every paddle surfer needs to re-think their quiver – not just boards, but paddles.

I know I am.  Long gone are the days that you can just buy an 11 or 12 foot board and expect to have an all around solution for all conditions.  Boards have become SO SPECIALIZED that depending on wave height and texture you could use two completely different boards that are merely 5” different in length.  Naish’s new line of boards for example has an 8’10”, and a 9’3”.  The 9’3” is great in most conditions for surfing, yet after speaking with Harold Iggy, Naish’s shaper, the 8’10” is more for an ideal situation of perfect waves, glassy, and rippable (considering my height and weight).  So, I see the quiver expanding.  You also want to be able to go for a paddle on flat days, so a race board (probably a regulation 12’6”) would be best for those conditions.  So if you primarily surf, you may need a couple boards depending on conditions, and for flat days, you want a race board to go hammer out a good paddle. 

What about paddles?  There are many paddle options out there, each doing different things, yet because of the steep $350 price tag for a carbon paddle, virtually everyone has only one paddle in the quiver.  I am going to ARGUE (more in the future) that the paddle is going to be the future for racers especially.  I think most people out there are “over paddled.”  We can learn a little from cycling in this regard.  Bikes have gears.  We should all have a quiver of paddles so we can make paddling easier and use higher cadence for most conditions.  Cadence and resistance can be varied greatly depending on the paddle blade and I think mixing it up in a very specific way could greatly benefit most of us (get your piggy bank out).

#2 Boards have come a long way – Shortly

Over the past year, Stand Up Paddle Surf boards have gotten smaller, more maneuverable, more surfable, more durable, and more FUN!  It is quite amazing.  Each manufacturer has made a serious effort to create great boards.  I can’t wait to see the innovation for next year.  For example, this year I was really impressed with Starboards new grip system where you don’t need to add a rubber deck or put wax on.  This will save weight since the rubber decks hold water and weigh the board down. 

#3 Athletes train SMARTER!

I briefly spoke to Ekolu Kalama and he told me about his cramping situation in the last race he was in.  He was dehydrated, not fueled properly, and in my opinion probably not trained properly for the race.  Yet, he still won the race, a testament to his athletic prowess!  In the near future, I see the athletes training smarter, fueling better, and changing their stature.  They will develop stronger cores, get lighter, stronger, quicker and hold better posture.  I think they will find ways around shoulder injuries (which seem to be the prevailing issue at the moment) because they will know how to strengthen their shoulders properly and do necessary stretches to prevent injuries.  Varying paddle blades will also help.  For the every day paddler, I wrote a conditioning guide that you can download for FREE!

#4 Still a baby

This industry is still young.  In the future, I see board shops popping up all over the Midwest in lake and river communities.  I see race boards getting faster and more narrow, and a special type of board that is a hybrid race/surf board that would benefit racers in all conditions (like blasting in and out of surf breaks).  From a physical side, I see the sport taking a cue from triathlon (I’ll talk more about that in the future). 

#5 Boards get Cheaper

With all the competition popping up out there, and with this economy/unemployment situation, I personally see boards getting less expensive.  Right now most surf boards are $1500 and up.  I see price points dropping by a couple hundred over the next year.  People have “paralysis by analysis” because there are so many options out there and new boards are popping up all the time.  This will, in time, drive prices down.

These are all things I think we will see in the future.   What do you think? 

Drop a comment and let me know… these were just my observations and I’m curious to hear so options for other out there!

Jon -

For More Pics from the Battle, click here

Drew Brophy Working his Magic!


A Quick Interview With Scott From Starboard at the 2009 Battle Of The Paddle

I have lots of great things to say about Starboard's line of Stand Up Paddle Boards - Specifically for FITNESS!!!!  Scott from Starboard was at the Battle Of the Paddle and was happy to discuss why Starboard has a little of everything when it comes to Stand Up Paddle.  Here is a quick video of my buddy Chris and I talking to Scott about their boards.  Gotta love that TAC board!

Jon with Margarita from Starboard


2009 Battle Of The Paddle

This year's Battle of The Paddle was INSANE!!!  The pro race was absolutely unbelievable.  Chris and I went to the battle this year to watch and I got some decent footage that I'll be posting over the next few weeks.  We had a blast and made some new friends.  Here are some pics as well as a video of the crazy pro race that caused a few injuries as the surf was picking up. 

Jon with Chuck Patterson

Ekolu Kalama

Fox from Standup Paddle Magazine -

Stay tuned, More to come!


Balance Training on the Indo Board Flow Cushion for SUP Stability

This is a great exercise for stability on the Indo Board and  is great for Stand Up Paddle Surfing and Stability on your stand up paddle board. It is great for your balance and core strength and will make you a better stand up paddle boarder.


2010 Starboard Lineup- a link from Surfingsports.com

If you haven't already done so, check out surfingsports' blog to see the new 2010 Starboard Lineup.  It looks like they have created an unbelieveably versatile lineup of boards that everyone can use despite ability level and purpose.  Thanks to my friend Warren for posting!