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SUP Pro Talk with Suzie Cooney

Improve Balance & Reaction Time: Indo Board Training Gear & Suzie on the New “Gigante” 24″ Disc

Maui Wave 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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Samantha Bittner from Maui Stoking Up US Windsurfing Wave Event June 2010

25482_383782407407_225266602407_4110950_3853978_nSamantha Bittner, Maui, Hawaii is bringing windsurfing back to life! She’s creating big stoke, big air and big name talent!   She rips and pulls big air herself.  Just look up, and there she is!! 
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The 2010 Pistol River Wave Bash is definitely going to be the U.S. wave sailing event of 2010. With two months to go, there are already over 35 registered competitors. 

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The next Big Air competition will be at Pistol River! Check out the Maui event at, and learn more about the technology at

Introducing Shadow Box!


We have support from many sponsors who are making this event a reality: Dakine, Ezzy, NeilPryde, JP, Starboard, Severn, RRD, Big Winds, Chinook, Epic Sessions, Force 10, Inn of the Beachcomber, Harbor View Cottages, iWindsurf, Maui Sails, Naish, Maui Ultra Fins, Nolimitz, O’Neill, Poor Boyz, Pritchard Windsurfing, ProMotion, Real Wind, RVs 2 Go, ShadowBox, Windance, Windsport, Windsurfing Magazine, and   

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Sam Bittner 

Trade Wind Events LLC

385 E Kuiaha

Haiku, HI 96708



STAND UP PaddleTo Slim Down Saturdays on Maui Fun November 14 2009

The threat of rain and thunder storms didn’t stop this group of wonderful gals for a fun early Saturday of SUP fun. We had quite the rowdy bunch where this time the giggles and laughs began on the beach and continued on the water. We even had a few waves. Dagmar dominated! The ab workout wasn’t as popular as I hoped, hmmm, but the paddle lunges were executed with excellent form and enthusiam!

STAND UP To Slim Down Saturdays are FREE to the women of Maui , who want to learn how to stand up paddle and have some fun staying healthy and fit.  It’s supportive, encouraging and inspiring. You just never know who you might meet and who YOU might inspire.

Our Maui Girl SUP Team included: Regina, Rhonda, Emily, Dianna,Wendy, Joan, Kilee,Deanna, Roxanne, Simone, Valerie, The Famous Trisha Smith, Coco, Laura, Dagmar, Kilee, Synneve and Joann and Wendall from the Kihei Canoe Club, who cruised through on his one man! I so enjoyed meeting some new friends. See you all on the water!  See you on the big day, January 9, 2010.

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Enjoy these photos of friends having fun learning to SUP. Way to go girls!

A BIG thank you to Simone Reddingius for volunteering once again, her talent behind the lens!  Please check out her excellent action photography at:  and

Also, another thanks goes out to Deanna and Roxanne for being my sweepers!

Stayed tuned for the next FREE Sup clinic in December. What a great way to stay in shape during the holidays. Grab your paddle instead of a cup of egg nog!

Also, if  you’re looking for a new paddle, check out the line up from Kialoa Paddles. I use their “Methane” model. It’s quick and the oval shaped shaft is very comfortable. Click here for more info.



If you or someone you know wants to pump it up, get a jump start to fitness, be healthy and strong, I’m here to help.  Life changes don’t happen over night and it’s much more fun to have someone there to help you get there faster.  So let’s have some fun, call me 283-2121 or

New Intro to Stand Up Paddling Video Maui Hawaii

Check out this new, fun video produced on Maui by Tommy Callan of Beach Boy Events and Suzie Cooney, of Suzie Trains Maui. Enjoy this simple production of stand up paddling or SUP and also learn a few exercises to keep you in shape and stay strong.Intro to SUP VideoStand up paddling surfing also known as SUP can be enjoyed by just about anyone. The purpose of this short video is to demonstrate the simple techniques to get you on your way.  Aloha, Suzie
Don’t forget to register for STAND UP For Women’s Health and Fitness at the Four Seasons Resort Maui, January 9, 2010. You must register to particpate and win fun prizes. This non-competitive event is FREE to the women of Maui and the guests at the Four Seasons. Check out for more info, or register here.

For permission and rights to use this video on your site or other applications contact:

Suzie Cooney of Suzie Trains Maui     

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or Tommy Callan of Beach Boy Events





Video Production : InVision Maui ProductionsIMP fish logo copy   Carl Rozycki 808-250-4095

SUP Women Water Warriors of Maui Came to N Kihei and Conquered the Waves with One Paddle One Board Mission Accomplished!

What a day we had yesterday! You guys were so wonderful! 

Thank you so much for showing up with big smiles, big hearts and a willingness to get sandy and wet and conquer the day.  I’m still playing in my mind some looks of fright, maybe a little concern, but those were soon washed away with giggles and sheer delight.  Getting the boards on and off the car, everyone learned quickly that is part of the workout!

What was not expected yesterday, was hello.. a HIGH SURF ADVISORY!  Professional surf photographer, Simone Reddingius was on hand to capture each exciting moment. Thanks Simone.  Be sure to check out more of Simone’s work by clicking here.

 After some stretching on the beach, some strength exercises and a water safety review, first out, Roxanne S and Paula.  Roxanne charged the waves, Paula had her own mission.


As we made it past that wall of water, then the ocean subsided, as if it knew to give us a little moment of peace to gather our paddles, our courage and confidence and again.

_MG_5312The winds were calm and then water became like a magic carpet. The laughs and splashes were echoed across the bay. Everyone had their own little thing going on. Paula cruised to Lahaina and back, Deanna had an incredible look of determination and shrieked with laughter often, and then there was Valerie who decided to take her dance steps right off the nose of her board.  I loved seeing the big smile on Maria’s face too. Maria, you are officially a water girl!

Sandi, what a great day! You were rock’n that board. I know you. You are stubborn and want it!  Great job!

Suki, thank you for sharing that lovely moment with us all in the middle of the ocean. That was awesome. Who would ever think that you’d be on Maui, in the middle of the ocean on a SUP board cruising around with confidence and strength. It’s a far cry from NY City!

Then the real fun began! The surf came up and the swell was rolling underneath us. I knew it was time to head in.  As we watched the swell for a safe point of entry, it kept shifting, eliminating our safe channel exit.  I knew the winds were on the way and we had about 15 minutes to get back.

By now the waves were getting a little steep. (A big thanks to Roxanne for sweeping from behind to help as an escort.) Mission: get back to the beach safely.  The waves were breaking further out this time and the sets were plenty and relentless.  Instructions, ride that board like a cowgirl. Put to practice the water safety techniques we just learned, sit, lay back, and paddle in, or lay on your belly and glide in.  To some the board behaved like a bucking pony, throwing from side to side then comes the lift, pitch and roll!   

 SUP Warrior, Roxanne T had it down. She knew what to do. We both got thrown and pitched. The first thing we did was relax. It’s just water and it will wash right over us. Breathe and hold your paddle up so the others can see they we are down, and then grab your leash webbing to control your board and keep you between the wave and the board! Bravo, well done! When the set was done, we hopped on our boards and cruised right in.

Then it was time for me to bring in the next one. Kilee learned quick to surf that board right in.  She was graceful and elegant. She said, “I really don’t like this part..” Then to her surprise she was in, smiling from ear to ear!  Great job girlfriend!

Rose, visiting from California, was hungry for the waves! That’s where the real workout begins. Go for it and don’t stop paddling! I think she’s hooked!

Now it’s Suki’s turn with the biggest, heaviest board and NO handle! We all wondered if Laird came with the board he made just to carry it in and out of the water. Maybe next time!  Suki didn’t know it, but I saw this one wave coming right underneath and thought, okay I’m not going to tell her, we’re just going for it!  I yelled, get your feet up, scoot back, lean back and paddle in Hawaii Five O style!  She hooted and hollered all the way in.  It only took us 10 minutes to get her board OUT of the water!!

I am so proud of each and every one of you.  You all reached your personal goals and then some!  I want you all to feel like you can conquer even the biggest waves on and off the water. 

Thank you for making this first STAND UP to Slim Down Saturday one to remember!  Let’s do it again!


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Beach Boy Events Maui & The 2009 Starboard SUP Florida Beach Tour Schedule

The 2009 Starboard SUP Florida Beach Tour

Starboard 2009 SUP catalog download

Starboard 2009 SUP catalog download

Presented by Trident Sports and Beach Boy Events

Event Schedule / Dates: Come paddle the best SUPs available by Starboard!

8.25 – Sandy Point Progressive Sports, 3090 S. Ridgewood Ave. South Daytona8.27 – Cape Surf, 7008 N. Atlantic Ave. Cape Canaveral

8.28 – Kayaks Etc., 2628 US HWY 1 Vero Beach

8.29 – Delray Beach Water Sports, Causerina Rd. Delray Beach

8.30 – Jupiter Paddle Boarding, 1500 N. US HWY 1, Jupiter

9.1 – Surf World, 435 S. Federal HWY Pompano Beach

9.3 to 9.5 National Kidney Foundation SUP Contest, Cocoa Beach Pier

9.6 Black Creek Outfitters, 10051 Skinner Lake Drive Jacksonville

9.7 Sunrise Surf Shop, 834 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville

9.8 Pipeline Surf Shop, 2022 1ST. Ave.,Fernandina

.9 Ocean Extreme Sports, 3930 A1A South, St. Augustine9.12 The Surf Station, 1020 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine

9.13 The Kite Shop, 260 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne

9.16 Liquid Surf & Sail at Shake-A-Leg, 2620 S. Bayshore Dr. Coconut Grove

9.17 Otherside Boardsports, 87745 Overseas HWY #6 Islamorada

9.20 Surf World, South Florida Paddleboard Championship Summer Series, Pompano

Beach Boy Events is the first of its kind as a specific “SUP Sales, Promotion & Marketing” company that focuses on building a Brand’s sales in new markets.  

Beach Boy Events serves as a contracted Sales, Promotional and Marketing partnerto grow brands and increase product sales through retailer outlets while providing lasting and meaningful customer experiences through their “Make your STAND UP STAND OUT” demo events in any desired market.  From Hawaii to New England, Beach Boy Events will increase your SUP sales!
Please visit or contact Tommy Callan directly @ 808-250-3748 or email  

Post Race Interviews with Buzzy and Kody Kerbox Rainbow Sandals Molokai to Oahu Channel Crossing on July 26, 2009

Post Race Interviews: Kody and father, Buzzy Kerbox share their race adventures, sunburns and smiles. These athletes are true competitors and humble waterman. New Picture (6)Look out for Kody in the years to come!  Looks like Victor and Zane had a great day too! The pictures are awesome. Nice to have your life long friends and ohana out there. Love the ones of the transitions! Buzzy’s interview to follow photo gallery.Suzie


 Suzie: What was your finishing time and how do you feel about the effort you put forth? Your goal was to hit the 6-hour mark. Are you pleased or do you think you could have done better? Continue reading Post Race Interviews with Buzzy and Kody Kerbox Rainbow Sandals Molokai to Oahu Channel Crossing on July 26, 2009

Molokai to Oahu Channel Crossing July 26, 2009 Pre-Race Interview Buzzy and Kody Kerbox

Just as Buzzy and Kody were catching the ferry to Molokai, I was lucky to catch Buzzy today before they left, to see how they felt about Sunday’s race! Buzzy and Kody both answered a few questions about the big day!  Here’s a few photos of Kody and Buzzy at the finish of the Maui’s last race this month: The Naish 4th Annual Maui Paddleboard Race

First, Kody. This is his first channel crossing at 15 years old, riding a 14’8″ produciton Starboard!

Kody Kerbox   Molokai Channel Crossing Pre Race Interview:

Suzie: What challenges might you face?  Do you feel you are trained enough and if yes, what is / are your strategy to overcome them?

Kody: The biggest challenge I will face is being extremely tired at the end of the race and having to work the hardest then. I think I am trained enough and I am just going to have to put everything I got and just know that it will be worth it in the end.

Suzie: Can you give me a snapshot of what you do train for an event like this? A typical training session?

Kody: To train like this you have to spend most your time paddling and keeping active. A typical training day would be paddling 1 or 2 10-mile runs, one straight after another.

Suzie: Who do you think this year, will give you the biggest run for your money?  Who will you be keeping an eye on?

Kody: I am not sure everybody has been training really hard and they’re all super fast. I will be keeping an eye on one of my best friends Kai Lenny. He is doing it with Michi Scweiger and they are really fast, if we can keep up with them I will be super stoked.

Suzie: What will be the greatest thrill for you at the end of day?

Kody: Just knowing that I accomplished something great and had a good experience.

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Buzzy Kerbox:  Molokai Channel Crossing Pre Race Interview:

Suzie: What will be different in this race compared to last year? 
Buzzy:  I will have a different partner this year 58 year old Victor Lopez.  We will be riding my same F16 from last year.  There are a lot more teams this year as the popularity of this sport grows.  This will put us in the over 100 years combined division with Gerry Lopez, Victor’s brother.

Suzie: What challenges might you face?  Do you feel you are trained enough and if yes, what is / are your strategy to overcome them?

Buzzy: The channel conditions are always a big challenge. I want windy, windy, windy but it looks like the forecast is for light winds.   It means my surfing the swells will be more like non-stop paddling.   It will be a lot more work and way less fun.   So we will have to keep a steady pace and hope we get there sooner than later.
Suzie: Can you give me a snapshot of what you do train for an event like this? A typical training session?
Buzzy: I paddle 3-4 times a week 10 miles a session. Then do double runs as race day approaches.  Normally we have a good trade winds blowing and with my music playing the workouts are very enjoyable.  Then I do some beach workouts with running and exercises.

Suzie: Who do you think this year, will give you the biggest run for your money?  Who will you be keeping an eye on?
Buzzy: There are so many fast teams, not sure who will be near us.  I will be keeping an eye on any team close enough in front of us to try and catch.

Suzie: What will be the greatest thrill for you at the end of day?
Buzzy: Knowing that it is over and I can then relax and drink a cold beer and knowing that my son just did his first channel crossing.
Check out Buzzy’s cool site:

Buzzy and Kody, we all wish you a great day of racing and fun. Hopefully the conditions will be on your side, and the winds pick up a bit.

I’m sure you’re both looking forward to a big party on the other end, and Kristin is a proud wife and mom! Send some photos! Thanks for inspiring so many. Suzie Cooney 

Solo SUP Adventure Around Maui

Solo around Maui on a Stand Up Paddle boardINSPIRING!!



Yesterday Bart from Kanaha Kai finished rounding Maui, solo on a Stand up board in 3 days 2 hrs and 40 ( 38 and 25 min of paddling), “I used the Starboard 12’2″.It was hard but it was beautiful. This morning at 11.00 I came into Kanaha Beach Park, the place were I started 3 days and 2 hours and 40 minutes before (38 hrs and 25min of paddling). Thanks to everyone for your encouraging words.Back to the second day, the best and worst day in one. The worst because after it started out with no wind, it turned strong against me. 20 knots head wind is not funny on a stand up board. Luckily it was only really strong for a few miles than it calmed down to 10, still hard work all the way to Hana, where I had some food and lot’s to drink. The good part came after, when the wind became light from the side and I saw what I call the big four. Turtles, whales, sharks and dolphins.All between Hana and Ke’anea where Dagmar and Soleil waited for me. We made camp in Honomanu Bay. The last was the easiest of all days. a five hours paddle from Honomanu to Kanaha with nice trades from the back.
And yes, Giampaolo, it was choppy and bouncy, but on this trip I had worse and I loved the trade winds, so I could finally glide the board. I used a starboard 12’2, 26 3/4 wide. Which is tippy but has a fast rocker for it’s size.
In Kanaha my wife, Dagmar and daughter and Soleil were there together with Dennis and Rob. I got a nice trophy and 2 leis and felt deeply satisfied to accomplish this trip.

So why does one do this.
I take pleasure in doing something hard. It makes you humble and after it, you appreciate the normal things in life so much more, which most of us take for granted.
It is by far the best way to see Maui and you come to places others can not come to.
My way of saying ‘Thank you’ to Hawaiians who let us live and play here.

The stats:
Total time: 75 hrs and 20 min
Paddle time: 38 hrs 25 min
130 miles / 208 km
Board: starboard 12’2″
Gear: Dakine Lycra leash and camelbag. Perfect outfit. Specially the lycra which I wore for 38 hrs, mostly wet never started the chafe.
Equipment: 3 water bags, drybag, GPS, epirb, emergency kit, flares, lights, sleeping mat, blanket, mosquito net, dry fruit , bars, maps, life vest, GoPro video camera, and photo camera, dry T-shirt and extra shorts.