Inspiration is all around us, especially in the world of stand up paddling. Whether someone is crossing all of the Hawaiian Island chains or simply beginning a new chapter in their life and stand up paddling inspired them in some way, it’s all pretty cool.
I receive many emails and photos from people around the world, who want to share their personal stories and triumphs. I welcome them all for here is a great place to share what we all love, and that is stand up paddling. Please send me yours to share via my website.
There’s something about this sport that brings people together and connects us in many ways. The one thing I hear the most about is how people who discovered stand up paddling did so to do it just for fun, then realized how much weight they started to lose and how toned they’ve become, and now they are the full on weekend warrior racer.
My story stems from an injury. Stand up paddling brought me back, literally to my feet after an unusual accident in 2009 that left me in a wheelchair with a broken left leg and two broken ankles. My spirits were low and I was still training my wonderful clients who were patient enough to move the equipment around while I pointed and talked. Thank you everyone.
Another thing I hear time and time again is how helpful and friendly everyone is no matter where you may stand up paddle. The camaraderie and friendships that have begun through SUP continue to reach far and beyond what anyone ever dreamed. It’s a very encouraging and welcoming sport.
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Owner of SUZIE TRAINS MAUI
As one of the mentor and coaches of Bobo Gallagher, I’m beyond grateful to have been a part of this epic event in his young life; to witness this amazing talent who just can’t help to smile at the world because he is on the water.
Virtual SUP training with me on the Internet is really easy, fun and very effective. You don’t need massive amounts of equipment just a strong Wi-Fi channel and a few suggested pieces of equipment and training gear.
“If you want to be as strong as the ocean demands.. it starts in the mind and on land first.” ..”.We talked about the importance of being an ocean and reef, and Maui ambassador and the important responsibility that goes with it, along with the many different ways one can lead by example. As a rule I always spend 15 minutes before or after I play or work on the ocean, picking up trash and plastic. I stressed it is simply a way of life now that we must all do our part.”
This year that mentality switched for me & my goal was to drop 2 waves! In my first heat this perfect set wave came to me & something just clicked inside me & I just turned & went with out hesitation.
f you live on Maui and you’re in the ocean world of any kind, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of “Bobo.” Yes, Bobo Gallagher is a name you will hear again, you will remember his smile but most of all you will be inspired by his “can do” go for it attitude.
Feature by Adventure Sports Network: Suffering from Ciguatera Poisoning Doesn’t Stop Suzie Cooney from Putting Fitness First
I hope that this article will inspire you to keep going even if you are faced with or dealing with daily chronic pain or are enduring a challenging health condition. You are not alone. Ciguatera is more and more common now as our oceans become more toxic. Educate yourself and tell all of your friends, family and physicians. The #mindwinsfirst and our health is our wealth. Aloha, Suzie Cooney