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
We Left Our Hearts In San Francisco: SUP Downwind Adventure Under the Great Golden Gate “ Getting off of the boat under the massive support of the Golden Gate Bridge was really very exciting! From what I remember we all took a moment to talk plan, signals and safety...
Remember, preparing for a SUP race, your first or 20th; requires mental preparation, a mental course map, clarity, having a plan for the unexpected and so much more.
At the starting line, my anxiety and fears eased because there was no going back. I started to be nicer to myself and take the pressure off my performance—I just wanted to finish.
I was the WEAK Whale! I had fallen behind and I was going to be a shark snack! Wow, I was really beginning to not feel well. Alone. Falling off my board being pounded by wind and waves. My body dangling into the water, I anticipated JAWS!
Andy has a heart of gold and his stoke for life and love for his family shows in everything he does. Cancer is very near to Andy and his family and he is helping others by raising money through this paddling event to spread the word of hope and health and that you must go on. Great to know you Andy. Aloha Suzie Cooney
Below is the original email that caused me to gasp for air and grab my heart. I had to catch my tears before they hit my laptop. At that moment, I had the biggest validation I could ever ask for.