What a way to surf into the New Year or as they call it SUPsquatching.
photo by Erik Aeder
This photo was sent my way via Matthew Murasko as he said I could share the mayhem with you all. This crew is absolutely nuts and they are definitely having the most fun here! My crazy friends Matthew Murakso and famous waterman Archie Kalepa are doing all they can to keep this “thing” on the face of this big wave here on Maui’s N. shore and Matthew is trying to make sure it doesn’t pearl! And the REAL crazy thing about this photo, Archie IS the fin. He is steering with his leg I think. ( C4 gets credit for the craft )
By Suzie Cooney, CPT owner of Suzie Trains Maui, LLC
It’s no doubt that Hunter Joslin, Indo Board Balance Trainer’s Founder and developer of the popular Gigante Flo Cushion, entertains and trains with me at this year’s Battle of the Paddle at Dana Point. Hunter was wowing the crowd with some tricks this weekend as Chip Martoccia, VP of Operations and I cheered on.
Hunter Joslin and Suzie Cooney having Gigante fun at 2012 BOP, Dana Point
I’ve been a team rider and ambassador for Indo Board Balance Trainer for some time, and thoroughly enjoy my time with Hunter and crew. We never miss an opportunity to play around and challenge one another. He’s quite the surfer and in very good shape. We’ve shared a few waves together on Maui, and I can say he is just a little competitive!
Hunter asked if I’d do this photo shoot and share some new tricks I’ve been working on in my studio here at SUZIE TRAINS MAUI. Of course! Turns out he had never tried or seen any of these so I was stoked, but under the gun to give him my best.
These exercises are THE ultimate core challenge and require good form, good posture and good overall anatomical health. Remember the core is where all movement begins and is everything excluding your extremities.
This type of training, I also refer to as proprioception training to encourage cat-like reflexes for your lifestyle, prevent injury and to provide the opportunity for your brain to command each finite muscle, tendon and ligament that supports all joints.
At approximately 7:30am, local Maui resident Dave Peterson is okay after tiger shark knocks him off board this morning on Maui’s North shore, at a popular spot called Bone Yards near Kanaha Beach Park. According to another paddler, shark appeared to be 8-9ft long when it attempted to take a big bite of the stand up paddler’s board.
It apparently bumped him so hard, he fell onto the back of the shark. He then began hitting the shark with his paddle and then it paddled away. Dave is a well-known shaper and waterman, very familiar with this break and we’re just stoked he’s okay.
I’ve seen quite a few in my 13 years here, but to get bumped liked that must have been such a scare. We always know it’s their place first and we all respect that. Occasionally for whatever reason we do hear of incidents but this seemed to be quite aggressive so the beach was closed for the day.
Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) – A portion of Kanaha Beach on Maui has been closed due to a shark attack. Officials say the 6 to 8 foot shark took a bite out of a board that was being used by a stand-up paddler. Maui Communications Director Rod Antone says the attack happened around 7:30 a.m. at an area known as “Kite Beach” which is on Maui’s northern coastline, east of Kahului.
Antone says the paddler scared off the shark by hitting it with a paddle. The paddler was not injured. Also check out: http://mauinow.com/2012/10/18/breaking-shark-takes-bite-out-of-board-kanaha-closed/ Click HERE for MauiNow.com’s interview with the stand-up paddler. Kanaha Beach has been closed in the area the attack area stretching from Kahului Harbor mouth to the Kahului side of Spreckelsville. Shark warning signs are posted. Lifeguards remind beach-goers to be aware of any unusual activity taking place in the water and to get out of the water immediately if a shark is spotted. Any sightings should be reported by calling 911 and asking for “Ocean Safety”.
A special thanks to the Maui lifeguards and fireman who have our backs out there. I know they’ve been there for me!
UPDATE: Nov 2, 2012: Thank you everyone for helping me reach my goal of 3100 squats with 20lbs. I am continuing on with new found strength and am wondering why I took so long to do this. See, even trainers need a little help now and than. My legs are super strong AND my butt and legs got more toned!
I am writing this blog entry today, October 9th, 2012 with 900 squats completed in my own training log. Today was proof, with a high surf advisory here on the N. shore of Maui, my legs held me up and helped me stick 2 head high waves at Kanaha. It was closing out all the way across and at first, I simply could not get out, then finally a small lull. I felt confident and strong. YES!
Why in the world you may ask am I challenging myself to perform 100 squats a day with 10lb (20 total) dumbbells? Did you know that this is my LEAST favorite exercise to do? I absolutely with my heart and soul detest doing squats. You’d never bet that would you?
Well guess what, I need to be motivated and challenged too. As a trainer I tell my clients that if you make a commitment and goal to yourself, then tell someone publicly; your trainer, spouse, friend or whatever, you will more likely make that goal. Write it down, post it, let the world know. You don’t want to let them down do you?
Have you heard of the 21day rule? If you do something for 21 days in a row it becomes habit. I will admit I think things are not only taking shape but it’s shaping my thought and my brain.
So, the main reason for me sharing this on Facebook the month of October 2012, is that I need your help. You see, after busting my legs in April of 2009 (Maui Weekly Story) that 3 month wheelchair stint did a number on me. I mean, my legs turned to mush in two weeks. My lower half atrophied in ways I’ve never ever experienced and even with all the training they are not quite the same legs they used to be and yes, I do run like a girl!-
That freak accident changed my life in so many amazing ways and here I am professing and confessing to you my weakest link! Three years later I’m still trying. My left ankle is bigger than the left but you won’t notice at first, my strength is ( to me ) about 75% and I really want to be extra strong for surfing, stand up paddling, and long distance crossings.
I still have to wear a compression stalking on the left leg once in a while and it still swells up once in a while. It feels great and maybe I’ll start a new trend!
Now I am accountable to you. I don’t want to let you down and simply by posting this blog, I have assigned accountability. That is one of the many reasons people hire me is to hold them accountable and help them reach their goals. I get it. But did you know that even trainers come to me to get motivated, get a jump start and ask me to hold them accountable? It is true.
I know that some of you are doing it with me and I really appreciate that. It helps more than you can know. I will occasionally jump in here or on FB to keep you updated and please feel free to do the same.
I want to thank straight away Tracy Lynn Penny and son from Sunset Beach, Hawaii , sales person for freesurfmagazine. Way to go Tracy! Also to Jennifer Gladwin, Jacqueline Tan-Barclay, Amie Engerbreston, Jenny Ryan, Suzi Tucker, Joel Edwards, Brian Coppedge, John Smalley, Carlita T., Marty Melum, Salma Ansari, Elder SUP, Brianna Castillo, Mary Lynn Hershey, Nick De Meyer, Kimberly Sutton, Casey Gotcher, Blen Hinton, Jeffrey Zerkle, and many more.
Thanks for checking out my video! Whether you want to charge big waves or shed weight, strengthen your core or get inspired, I’m here to help YOU!
I specialize in water sports performance training on Maui;- (SUP)stand up paddle stronger, surf stronger, windsurf stronger, paddle or kite stronger. Pros and non-pros are welcome! Or if you’re not a water athlete, I can help you too. New mom’s wanting to get a jump start, reentering fitness or coming off an injury, I’m in your corner.
My training will challenge and motivate you. Improve your core and balance, land and ocean endurance and learn all my jewels to keep you balanced and avoid injury. Training is functional training. On the beach, in the studio and on the water, I want to see what you’ve got!
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Aloha Suzie Cooney, CPT Owner of Suzie Trains Maui, LLC
In preparation for the 4th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a and anytime you venture into the ocean, open ocean endurance is not something to take for granted and it is a required physical and mental element that all water sport enthusiasts must have, especially when faced with huge walls of water moving and changing conditions. Besides navigating current changes, surface wind speeds, waves or deep troughs, often experienced and non-experienced folks can get into serious trouble or lose critical momentum needed to paddle over, in and through some of the roughest patches that can form underneath you, near you, in front of you or behind you.
This article is helpful if you’re a prone paddler, surfer, kayak paddler, canoe paddler or stand up paddler. Are you ready if your canoe hulis and you lose your paddle? How to you react if you fall of your down wind board on a big day on Maliko? How prepared are you? Do you carry a waterproof pouch with your cell phone or better yet, a GPS unit? Do you have a regular cardio routine that includes intense bouts of intervals? Do you cross-train? If you’re pausing to think about anything of these questions, then it’s time you take good inventory and learn all you can and implement now. ( See tips below ) Also contributing, is Stacie Thorlakson, MCKC Maui Canoe & Kayak Club board president.
1.Equipment Check: Check integrity of leash, tighten all fins, repair any major dings, tighten drain plugs, charge and take cell phone, fill Camelback, pack extra energy gel, waterproof whistle, wear sun protection, if a one man canoe, strap on an extra paddle.
2. Fuel: Charging the ocean requires food in your belly and hydration to reduce cramping. I like to suggest oatmeal or any complex carb at least an hour before departure. What’s great are two pieces of a nutty whole grain bread with a protein spread like almond butter or low salt peanut butter. Coconut water is a favorite of mine that offers lots of potassium which allows you to hydrate more quickly. I also squirt a full pack of an energy gel before a Maliko run. I avoid caffeine or super charged sugary drinks as these can actually dehydrate you and cause your energy to crash hard.
3. Body: Strength, stamina and cardio, and more intense cardio. The biggest thing I notice when training my sport specific athletes or weekend water warriors is the lack of cardio and cross-training. It’s a common component that get’s overlooked but it’s so important. Strength and body stamina takes time to build but is necessary too. There are many formulas on the how to and it’s based on your sport, your goals and your current level of fitness so I can’t write one program to fit you all. You’ll have to come train with me for your specialized program. Continue reading Open Ocean Endurance Radio Segment with Suzie Cooney of Suzie Trains Maui
Whether you’re just learning to surf or pulling into a nice hollow Honolua Bay wave, the thrill of surfing or dreaming of a wave like this is definitely good for your health. Here, Maui photographer, Simone Reddingius captures this surfer dropping in. His muscles are ripped, he’s focused and you can bet his heart rate is high. The endorphins that make you feel so good are exploding as he carves that gun into the blue room for that magical moment. This, you can be sure is good for your health!
CLICK here to see more of Simone’s fine surf photographer and other talents.
Also, check out all the photos from recent Suzie Trains Maui ENews Highlights of Naish & Suzie Trains Maui SUP Fun Beach Fitness & Paddle Challenge special guest Kai Lenny, as 55 participants finished FREE event. See the famous “taco rolls in the sand”. See photos and event highlights.
Gear & Board Reviews: The Alana Series featured here is oh so lovely. Don’t let the frills or flowers fool you. These two high performance boards are delivering waves of fun and miles of exlporations!Follow @SuzieTrainsMaui
Please feel free to post a comment and tell us how you love to surf to keep healthy! Also, any tips you want to share about how you approach the New Year to make good lifestyle choices, feel free! Mahalo!
Happy New Year! Suzie Cooney, CPT owner of Suzie Trains Maui
Maui, HI. December 27, 2011 : Your New Year Approach to Health & Fitness Choices for 2012 on Suzie Cooney’s Radio Health & Fitness Segment with the Maui Breakfast Club, every Tuesday on Maui’s KNUI 900AM @ 7:30am.
Make a “lifestyle” choice for life not for one month. Reward yourself with a new surfboard, new running shoes, and make a plan and stick to it and see yourself in that lifestyle. Like what you see in the mirror, but love yourself on the inside first. Tweet
Most News Year’s resolutions fail because it is not motivating enough. Forget them, get real and get real simple. Reflect back and see forward. Trainers like myself can help you plan and chart realistic, simple changes that before you know it, it’s March and you’re still on track.
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Feel free to share your comments and tell us your tips to help our audience can make long lasting, lifestyle choices. Let this be your year to set the pace for yourself, your friends and family. Live the life you always dreamed of now, make it healthy and simple.
Suzie Cooney of Suzie Trans Maui is a weekly guest on the Maui Breakfast Club with Tom Blackburn Rodriguez and Kellie Pali and shares every week, her healthy tip. From how to train for big surf, SUP stronger, train to be extra strong for windsurfing and kiting skills, or how to get off the roller coaster of yo-yo dieting and shed weight for good. For over 12 years she has helped hundreds of people get in the shape of their lives and live the life Maui offers. People come from all over to train and learn from her.
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Happ New Year Everyone! See you on the water! Check out my other website: http://www.standuppaddlingfitness.com/ Here you can change your life and discover a new way to get healthy with the awesome sport of SUP or stand up paddling. This is YOUR year to try something new!
Suzie Cooney, CPT
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L to R Maui surfer Joel Edwards, Suzie Cooney book fitness model, Clay Everline, MD., Simone Reddingius book photographer
Up and coming surf pros get Clay's autograph!
Clay Everline, MD., wife Kristina were on Maui and greeted with lots of Aloha from fans with smiles and lots of questions! Even a few of the young up and coming surf groms came to shake Clay’s hand and get their autographed copy! They were super stoked.
Clay lives on the N. Shore of Oahu and is often seen on the beach ( if not surfing ) who is ready for anything at all the big contests! He’s been my head doctor at my events and as a surfer he knows that sometimes even on the smallest of days, big things can happen.
Introducing Clay Everline’s et al, Surf Health Handbook! I know Clay personally and think this is the most helpful, comprehensive book all surfers and water sports enthusiasts should have in their car or on their book shelf. As their fitness model for the book, he is spot on with the warm ups, exercises to help prevent injury and shares what to do if the worst goes down. Get it now! Excellent work Clay! Suzie
The surfer’s health handbook
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. NY, NY
Written by 3 hardcore surf docs, this book gives surfers the complete lowdown on surfing related medical problems; how to diagnose them, how to treat them, and how to prevent them. With chapters devoted to first aid, fitness, dangerous marine animals, big wave surfing, overuse injuries, surf travel medicine and more, Surf Survival is a book no surfer should be without. Surprisingly entertaining, and very comprehensive, over 300 pages of text and 200 illustrations and photographs describe in practical terms how to deal with the myriad of injuries and ailments that can afflict surfers. From shoulder dislocations to surfer’s ear, fin cuts to first aid kits, this book is written for surfers who know that self-sufficiency is the name of the game. Don’t leave home without it.
“This thorough, authoritative and oddly enjoyable book tells you not only how to treat surfing’s myriad ailments, but also how to prevent them. For that reason alone, it might be the most important piece of surf literature you ever buy. All that,plus lots of photos of gnarly injuries.”
- Steve Hawk, former editor of Surfer magazine
“Nobody has thought more, studied more, or cared more about the lifelong health and survival of surfers than Mark Renneker. Surf Survival brings together all that priceless knowledge, along with invaluable contributions from Nathanson and Everline, to make a must-have volume for every surfer everywhere. From surf-specific wilderness first aid–critical on any serious surf trip, anywhere on earth–to big-wave safety and even the very real scourge of surfer’s ear, it’s all here. Don’t even think about it: if surfing plays any role in your life, you need this book.”
-Daniel Duane, author of Caught Inside, A Surfer’s Year on the California Coast
“I’ve read over 100 surfing-related books, but Surf Survival is the first one that I’ll carry with me on every surf trip. ”
-Drew Sievers, The Waterman’s Library
“Good medicine, and a fun read in the bargain. Read this book and surf until