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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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
This about made my cry. Being so close to nature watching the mama whale protect and teach it’s young baby while it was teaching it how to breach. They were so calm and knew I was there.
“How can I be standing here? ..if God still wants me here on this earth there must be a great reason why.” From Chapter 5, Dig Deep Beneath the Surface by Zane Kekoa Schweitzer
My personal goal to podium in the Masters Division came to me in Oct 2017 (after Dad won the 18 gold metals). Someone asked me, “why the H#@ll would you do that?” I thought for a second and responded, “I don’t think its ever been done before.” That was my answer lol.
It’s an honor to be featured in Hawaiian Airlines premiere onboard magazine Hana Hou. It shares all that I do on Maui, including virtual SKYPE training around the world, to coaching top athletes on the ocean.