Maliko Downwind Guidance and Instruction

Experience your downwind dream and catch the glides of your life!
Suzie Cooney Maliko Run downwind coach photo by Erik Aeder
Suzie Cooney Maliko Run downwind coach photo by Erik Aeder

SUPtheMag MDR Maui Dream Retreat with Suzie Cooney, Connor Baxter, Jeremy Riggs, Zane SchweitzerMaliko Downwind Guidance and Instruction with Suzie Cooney

With 22 years of Maui open ocean water knowledge and 9 years of Maliko downwind paddling coaching expertise, and as a global, professional SUP coach, athlete, and published author on paddling performance; my career, passion and life is downwind paddling.  I will safely guide you and share all of my knowledge and help you navigate this incredible stretch of ocean.

Safety is my number one priority and so is your success.  Catching bumps and glides is an art and VERY addictive. Once you begin your downwind journey on Maliko your open ocean skills will soar to a new height.  Downwind paddling is very different than flat water paddling or paddle surfing and is really a total body effort. It’s a great workout and huge thrill to catch your first real glide! 

NOTE TO ALL STAND UP PADDLERS: THE MALIKO RUN IS NOT FOR THE BEGINNER PADDLER. I AM MORE THAN HAPPY TO CONSULT WITH YOU AND HELP YOU DISCOVER MORE ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO PROPERLY
PREPARE AND TRAIN FOR THIS RESPECTED BODY OF WATER. 

Maliko Run Downwind Guidance and Instruction

If you’re a more advanced downwind paddler and you’d like to learn how to increase your speed and overall downwind technique and skill I can help you too. There are many very fine nuances and specific downwind paddling skills that can help you read the bumps and learn how to connect faster and more efficiently.   (Inquire about land training prior to your arrival. See more links below.)



I absolutely love helping people with their first or 10th Maliko downwind run. It’s a total blast and is THE highest and most demanding discipline of stand up paddling. Paddling Maliko requires someone like myself to help guide you safely, while teaching you all the finer points of catching glides and connecting bumps.  
** Paddling Maliko requires a higher level of overall fitness, being a strong intermediate to advanced paddler and paddling preparedness. I request that a pre-screening questionnaire and/or phone call be completed to assure that your skills meet the demands of this run.  Please note I only coach one on one for your safety and best experience possible.

WATCH A FEW HELPFUL DOWNWIND TRAINING VIDEOS BELOW

The downwind season on Maui is typically April through September. Best to contact me through this website in advance to reserve a session.  

Also, be sure to check out my new website:  https://www.malikorun.com

 

Maliko Downwind Paddling Requires:

  • Training and special preparation 
  • A higher level of paddling skill & expereince
  • Some knowledge and comfort in open ocean
  • Paddlesurfing helps but not required
  • Lots of stoke and the desire to fly

 

 

 

Make your downwind dream come true. Paddling Maliko will change your life.      

 

 

 

Begin your downwind training with lots of helpful blog posts on my website.

The 3 C’s for Conquering Downwind Stand Up Paddleboarding

Don’t gasp, whine or complain, it’s the plain truth. If you think you can simply come out and tootle along and surf, you can stay home.

Paddling Maliko, and really any downwind run for that matter is a TOTAL body event but with the surfing element. It’s the IRONMAN of any and all paddling because it’s on, surf, on. Catching and connecting as many bumps and glides and possible is the name of the game, so you gotta have your heart game ON.

Keep in mind though that the other side of the coin is conserving energy and that comes with practice. Many flat water specialists that come to Maui and give Maliko a go

SUP Surf and Downwind Performance Training Video for Board Upgrades

You’ve just upgraded to a smaller higher performance SUP surf board or you’ve pulled the trigger to shave off a few inches in width of your downwind board, are you ready? Perhaps the board has l less volume, is way more demanding and nervous but screams speed, bang’n off the lips, snappier turns and more glides?

I look forward to learning how I can make you a stronger paddler.

 

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