Monday, December 19, 2011

SUP paddle trainer version 4.0- the Vasa trainer

After pioneering the use of stand up paddle simulators, developing many prototypes and testing many different mechanisms and balance boards, we feel like we now have a simple, very effective indoor SUP training simulator that can greatly improve paddle technique, strength, stamina and endurance on the days you can't get in the water.

About the balance board:
After testing many versions of balance boards including using springs, adjustable rubber joints, balance/ bosu balls, a hydraulic joint system, roller boards, foam inserts and foam tubes, and many versions of rocker boards, we developed a simple rocker board that simulates a balance feel similar to being on a board in the water and won't rotate when paddling.  This rocker board is the closest simulation to the balancing required when stand up paddling we have found.  We have found that mechanical joints do not provide a good simulation of the balance required. Using a balance board when training is important as it provides a full body workout and improves technique and skill as you have to keep the body weight balanced over the center of the board.  Without a balance board, the tendency is to put too much weight on the stroke side.

For more information and videos of our previous versions, please visit this post:

We offer a simple, inexpensive version using stretch cords at:

The much more advanced version using the Vasa trainer space saver unit with SUP kit provides the most realistic stroke, recovery and balance simulation currently available.
Blue Planet Surf is the exclusive source for the Vasa Trainer SUP kit, including a three in one paddle that can be used as a regular SUP paddle, trainer paddle and two sided paddle that allows the best simulation of the correct stroke path without any extra mechanical moving parts (as the arm used in version 2).

Please watch the video below for more information on the Vasa trainer with SUP kit and to see it in action.

Here is the video showing the Paddle Core Trainer kit:

The new Paddle core trainer now comes with a fully functional 3 piece SUP paddle that can be converted into a trainer shaft. The balance rocker board is designed to give you the sensation of standing on a board and keeps your center of gravity centered and balanced. Also includes 6 pc. resistance band kit and instructional DVD. For more information, please click here.

Aloha, Robert Stehlik

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