Suzie Cooney has released an educational and informative 2 hour, 3 part video on stand up paddling. All levels of paddlers will appreciate this all points overview and in depth production. This video was produced on Maui as the SUP Pro Talk Workshop on the beautiful grounds of Lumeria Maui with Suzie Cooney. The unique presentation and hands-on class was designed to introduce all levels of stand up paddlers to open ocean safety and endurance, learn about the health benefits of SUP, and review what to do when minor and major medical emergencies or incidents might occur.
Additionally a special emphasis of the lecture discusses and illustrates proper wave etiquette and courtesy, board safety management, downwind paddling techniques and safety tips with a special emphasis of exiting Maliko Gulch, board and paddle review, display and talk of SUP related gear and accessories, and lastly an opportunity to learn “how to” increase your fitness specifically for the sport of SUP or stand up paddling, with a circuit style of training session where those who attended participated in to test their strength, balance and courage. There are plenty of helpful tips for all paddlers.
Special guests and speakers include Oahu physician Clay Everline, M.D. co-author of SURF SURVIVAL the Surfer’s Health Handbook and Jeremy Riggs, sponsored downwind paddling champion. Jeremy is also a private SUP coach. You can learn more about Jeremy at PaddlleWithRiggs.com.
Sponsors include: Naish International, Kaenon Polarized Eyewear, Indo Board Balance Trainer, Camelbak, Scosche Health & Fitness, Pocket Fuel Naturals. This video was produced by Carl Rozycki of InVision Maui Productions, Barb Utech.
Suzie Cooney, a local community and world-wide ambassador to the sport of SUP, a downwind race competitor and coach, is also a sponsored Naish SUP Team rider who specializes her expertise in fitness training with specifically designed programs to help all levels of paddlers increase their power and fitness for stand up paddling and other water sports.
This event and workshop also helped promote awareness for a cause that Suzie supports, mental health and raise money for the organization spirited by Glenn Close, Bring Change 2 Mind.org. Ninety percent (90%) of the funds raised were donated.
Since 2009, Suzie has organized (23) twenty three FREE professionally lead SUP events. Most notable is the world’s first, free and largest SUP event that drew over 430 women from around the world. That event, “Stand Up To Women’s Health & Fitness,” was produced in conjunction with the Four Seasons Maui, in January of 2010. It was supported by 30 local and national sponsors, included inspirational guest speakers, hula dancers, live music and amazing prizes. Event day was met with unseasonably head-high shore pounding, board breaking surf. Because Suzie planned ahead and had organized adequate and amazing volunteers in both land and water teams (including a water medical team) no one was hurt. When Suzie’s volunteers included a Navy Seal boat of qualified waterman and lifeguards, only smiles were seen among the participants. What a positive way to begin a new movement.