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Entries in stand up paddle (9)


Stand Up Paddle Surf Session 1-19-11 SUP Malibu

Here's a quick little video using my gopro HD cam.  I'm on the Suplove 8'10" Challenger in Malibu...


Fit For Life Balance Training with Jon Ham, Indo Board, and Suplove

Fit for life… and how appropriate.

Each month, optimal nutrition puts together a mixer to get people outside and use their body… because health is a lifestyle.  The event could be rock climbing, hiking, or just exercise in the park.  This time, it was Balance Training at mission bay in san diego.  How fun to break up your workout in the gym and get outside and move! 

I led the group through a 30 minute exercise demo using the indo board balance trainer which I think is the best way to train your balance not just for board sports, but for most sports.  The unstable surface forces you to recruit so many muscles to stabilize your joints, hold correct posture, and improve proprioception, all which are factors involved in your balance.

Once the group was well versed in correct posture and form, they were ready for some practical application of the balance training… Stand up paddle.  Yes, this is the new cool thing, but it is actually a great workout which uses every single muscle in your body.  Suplove brought their line of boards for the group to demo in the flat water…  there was a board for everyone, large and small, and they all had a great time and got a killer workout in too.

This was a special day for me, since I was able to share with a bunch of strangers a bit of my life and how I train… on unstable surfaces where I have to use my body weight, and without many machines.  Some of the best workouts I have ever had have been on a stand up paddle board, and when I can’t get out and paddle… I train on the Indo Board… to make me better out on the water. 

You see, we can make our balance better.  We can strengthen the connection between our brain and our muscles to coordinate movements more effectively… if we practice and train them to do so.  When training on an unstable device like an Indo Board or Stand up paddle board, your joints and muscles give constant feedback to your brain, which in turn learns how to adapt to the situation.  The more you practice, the more you adapt.  Conversely, if you don’t train it… you can lose it.  That connection can atrophy over time. 

In all, this event turned out to be a huge success and we will be doing it again soon. 

I hope to see you out there next time…


Road Trip Vlog Day 7 - Trip Reflections and Huell Howser Impersonations!

Here is Day 7 on beautiful Lake Powell!  This is our last day on the boat and we drove back to the a cove that is close to Wahweap marina.  In this vlog, I talk to Captain Pete about his experience during this week on a stand up paddle board.  Pete had a great time and found the paddle board very enjoyable, quiet, and had  a great time paddling through the narrow canyons.  Adam also had a great time and found it to be a great workout and lots of fun. 

Robin and Greg also do their impersonations of Huell Howser :)  Fun stuff!


Road Trip Vlog Day 4 - Jon and Cari Lake Powell - Paddle Fun!

Day 4 started out on the water with Jon and Cari going for a paddle in the beautiful scenery of Lake Powell, UT.  Day 4 also marked the moving of camps from face canyon to beautiful Wetherill Canyon where Jon and Cari took the Jet ski out on a fast run through the narrow canyon.  Manuel was fantastic with the food, and what an Expert Chopper!  On the way to Wetherill Canyon, we took a break and jumped off the house boat into the warm Colorado River Water that fills Lake Powell.  The day finished with a great Photo on top of a beautiful rock mound in the middle of Wetherill Canyon. 

Thanks to SUPlove for the fantastic SUP boards!


Road Trip Vlog Day 2 - Jon and Cari Launch at Powell

Day 2 of our trip started off with launching the speedboat and two jetskis, then driving the houseboat out to Face Canyon where we set up camp for the night.  We love the scenery of Face Canyon and it has a very unique looking set of rocks that have slid down a cliff and collected at the bottom of the cliff.  It is a good landmark while traveling Lake Powell, as some of the scenery can get monotonous and eventually it all looks the same!

This was Captain Pete’s First day on The Stand Up Paddle Board and he was falling all over the place.   The board is too small for him, especially to learn on, but I’m confident that in a couple of days he will get the board to work for him once his balance adapts to the conditions.  The water is plenty smooth and should cooperate.  Lake Powell is the perfect place to Learn to Stand Up Paddle.  



I went up to SB today to go to SurfingSports' SUP demo day to check out the new stuff they have going on.  Wardog and Deb are always on top of the new trends - Plus, I have been anxious to get a new 8.3" quickblade paddle. 

They didn't dissapoint!  I tried 3 of Wardog's personal quiver custom built boards from North Pacific Surfboards and I must say that they are the most stable, yet maneuverable boards I have ever tried - even at 8'10!  They have a quad +1 fin set up which makes them great for surfing or for just going for a paddle, and they are super durable and light since they are so small.  I think they are an all around great board for what I am looking for.  Here is a gallery from the day.

Wardog has a 10'6" stinger board which seems to be a great board for "Big" California days.  The cool thing is about getting this custom made is that if you are smaller like me, you can just ask them to scale it down to 9'3" instead of 10'6".  Thanks to Wardog for a great day!


Lake Sherwood Stand Up Paddle - What a Treat!!!

Last week I received a phone call from Russ who lives about 10 minutes from me on Lake Sherwood.  Russ bought a couple of training sessions at a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls’ Club of Conejo/ Las Virgenes.  We set up an appointment and I quickly learned that he was in to kayaking on the lake.  Since he was eager to strengthen his core to improve his back issues, and lives directly on a beautiful lake, the logical transition was to get him on a stand up paddle board.   So, my paddle bro Chris drove from Malibu out to Lake Sherwood and met us out on the lake for an early morning paddle. 

It was a chilly morning, down in the lower 40’s, and it took some time before we could feel out.  After about 40 minutes it warmed up and was quite enjoyable.   We explored all the little nooks and crannies of the lake, and saw where they were currently developing new lots along the coastline. 

Russ is interested in strengthening his core, and it was AMAZING how doing stand up paddle on a lake was a strong assessment tool for me as a trainer.  He mentioned that the board would paddle straight when he had his paddle on the left side of the board, yet the board really moved left when his paddle was on the right side.  I spent a few moments observing his posture, paddle stroke, and assessed him from a few different angles – side, back, and front.  Long story short, he was so heavily favoring his strong leg (left), which caused his board to naturally lean on the left rail, constantly directing the board to the left even when paddling on the left side which should take him to the right. 

I am going to see Russ tomorrow where I will put him through a training regimen to help his muscle imbalances, improve his posture, strengthen his core, and improve his balance, all of which I presume will help decrease his low back pain.  With consistent work he will be able to drastically improve his situation and have lots of fun at the same time.  My plan is to make him work his legs independently of each other by doing one legged exercises on the Indo Board with the flow cushion, TRX exercises to strengthen his core and improve posture, and hopefully we can get him using the ball as his office chair while at work.  This is just a start, and I know that if Russ does these exercises, paddles on a regular basis, and continues to do his fantastic stretching routine which he has been doing religiously for quite a while, he will feel much better and be doing just about all he can do to keep moving forward in his health and fitness. 


Naish SUP North West

Here's a fun video from Naish on a SUP/Kiting Surf trip on the north west coast up to Canada.  Who knew Stand Up Paddle mixed with Black Bears???  Pretty cool stuff.  The SUP is great for getting out in Nature, and here is a great example of that. 


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.