The OluKai 7th Annual Ho’olaule’a Fun Paddle Shines On

The OluKai 7th Annual Ho’olaule’a Fun Paddle Shines On

The OluKai 7th Annual Ho’olaule’a Fun Paddle Shines On The OluKai 7th Annual Ho’olaule’a Fun Paddle continues to shine on as the event within the event and unites people from around the world, creating it’s own tribe of happy, victorious paddlers. This year we had an impressive attendance of 90 people from as far as South Carolina, Texas and Washington state,  with the two youngest just 6 years old and one amazing kayaker who did not let their physical challenge of being paraplegic discourage their gallant paddling success.  (GALLERY OF PHOTOS BELOW) This is my 4th year preparing paddlers and getting them fired up for an amazing 3 mile downwind ocean adventure that ends at Kanaha Beach Park, is fast becoming THE stepping stone for those seeking to do the 8 mile Maliko race full on. I have to say every year is special but this bunch was an extraordinary group of bright-eyed and excited crew, with some showing a bit of trepidation and most just happy to be on the team wearing a bright OluKai yellow jersey and ready for anything. The weather could not have been more perfect, with the Maui skies a bright blue and the sun shining warm with an occasional rain mist that would cool down our eager paddlers, adding to that tropical feel of Hawaii. People arrived and placed their boards in the courtyard while others scurried down to the water’s edge to check the latest conditions. Music was playing to soothe the nerves and really added to the thrill of our day. The Olukai staff was over the top friendly and eager...
The Most Important Word of the New Year 2015 is Inspire

The Most Important Word of the New Year 2015 is Inspire

The Most Important Word of the New Year 2015 is Inspire It’s been an incredible year full of inspiration, perspiration and adventures that required remarkable amounts of physical and mental strength and more importantly, perseverance. Mahalo for your amazing support and for everyone who opens this newsletter today. Please know that in some big or small way you have helped me each and everyday. This New Year’s Day, I’m very excited to announce that Suzie Trains Maui has a new fresh look. It’s been quite an arduous task to consolidate four websites into one, and with over 400 articles and 1000 images; there is something for everyone. As a trainer, athlete and coach I really don’t believe in “goal” setting rather I like to call it “life” setting. My desire is to leave you inspired, strong and thinking of the impossible becoming your reality. So set your compass on “life” and see where it takes you. I have more big news to share soon, so please feel free to share and stay tuned right here. You can also subscribe to my safe and secure newsletter to always be the first to receive free, cool stuff and to be the first the know what’s going on for Maui’s SUP events, and much more. Hope to see you on the water this New Year. Your life long friend and fan, Suzie Cooney Owner of Suzie Trains Maui   If you’re considering an update for your website, I highly suggest the services of Erik Blair, the Accidental Consultant. He is a joy to work with and performed above and beyond my expectations....
Our Molokai 2 Oahu 32 Mile Race Adventure The Channel of Bones 2014

Our Molokai 2 Oahu 32 Mile Race Adventure The Channel of Bones 2014

July 27, 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu Championship Paddleboard Race Our Molokai to Oahu 32 Mile SUP Race Adventure Channel of Bones 2014 from Suzie Cooney on Vimeo. photos by Simone Reddingius ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2014 See photo gallery below. The Ka’iwi (kah-EE-vee) Channel is one of the Eight Seas in Hawaii with it’s deepest depth of 2300 feet. It is known for it’s rough seas and abundant sea life, including many large sharks. One would never guess that my biggest fear is of drowning. Who would think that an ocean going person such as myself would admit this fact? The open ocean waters of the Molokai to Oahu channel, affectionately called, the Channel of Bones; was starting to get big, rolling and pitching the boat from side to side. Stephen Ross, my dear friend and relay partner started the race and was looking solid. His strokes looked strong with a good rhythm, as all of the boat wakes had made for a choppy and interesting first mile. Boy was I glad he started. It was my turn to paddle and as I inched closer to the side of the boat for our first transition with my confident coach and good friend Jeremy Riggs at my side, I looked up at our team leader and strong boat captain Mike Holmes, and asked, “now?” He said, “Yes, Suzie now.” Gulp. Little did he know that my adrenaline was racing through my veins and up to my head so that I thought my Garmin would explode. The troughs were deep and the large wind swells were rolling underneath the boat. Without thinking...

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