Monday, October 22, 2012

Weekly SUP training group: technique coaching, downwinders, and time trials every Wednesday

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Our Wednesday SUP training group is the longest continuously running training group in the world!

Please also sign up to this Facebook group for updates:  Hawaii Downwind Paddlers Facebook Group

The Stand Up Paddling Association of Hawaii (SUPAH), sponsored by Blue Planet Surf and Wet Feet, is holding a weekly training group event every Wednesday, this page will have the latest updates, results and coaching videos/ information posted.  The group is coached by Robert Stehlik and Jeff Chang as well as guest coaches.  Depending on wind conditions we meet to do a downwinder from Hawaii Kai to Kahala, or a time trial or interval training in Hawaii Kai.

Wednesday until further notice: We are meeting by the Hawaii Kai boat ramp, unless we are doing a downwinder, in which case we are meeting in Kahala.  Please make sure to subscribe to the e-mails so you get the latest information.  We also post updates on the Oahu Downwind Paddlers facebook group, please ask to join if you want to be part of this facebook group.
Meeting place for the Wednesdays training group: This sign by the Hawaii Kai boat ramp

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We welcome anyone to join our weekly training group, although these sessions are targeted towards intermediate and advanced paddlers to improve their technique and to improve fitness through regular high intensity training.  We will usually run the regular time trial course which can be shortened for those that do not want to paddle the whole 2 mile course.  Sometimes will do shorter sprint training sessions.  If the wind is good, we will do a Hawaii Kai to Kahala downwind run (for downwinders, we meet at Kahala earlier, please sign up for the e-mail newsletter to get updates).  If you are a beginner, we recommend taking some private SUP lessons first as our coaching topics are geared towards more advanced paddlers.

This is the time trial course, approximately 2 miles. 

When the wind is good, our training group does a Kahala run downwinder instead of the time trial.  Please sign up for the newsletter to know when to meet for a downwinder instead of the time trial.  We meet at Wai'alae Beach park in Kahala and launch from the Canoe Hale in Hawaii Kai for downwinders.  If you have never done a downwinder before, please sign up for a private coached downwind run before you join the group runs. 

On windy days, our training group does this Kahala Run (about 5 miles) and a shorter run (about 2.5 miles) for those less experienced in downwind paddling.  
Wai'alae Beach park in Kahala is the meeting place (and finish) when we do the downwind course.  Please sign up for the weekly newsletter to fins out when and where to meet on Wednesdays afternoons.

The results of the time trials are posted online on Racesplitter:

The first training group is always FREE to newcomers.  If you are attending for the second (or more) time, we ask that you make a contribution to SUPAH. You can purchase a single session for $15 or a 10 session pass for $100. If you purchase a pass we will keep track of your usage. All proceeds are a donation to the Stand Up Paddle Association of Hawaii, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, whose mission is to promote SUP training, racing and youth development.  We don't take payments at the event, so please go to this link to make a payment:

Demo boards:
Please reserve a demo race board with 24 hour notice with either Robert or Jeff, please make a $40 contribution per demo board use which includes transport to and from the event.


This is the windguru wind forecast page we like to check, if we have good, moderate Tradewinds from an easterly direction, we will usually do a downwinder:

All participants are required to sign this waiver form before participating.  We will have forms available or you can print the form and bring it to the next meeting

This is a video playlists of videos from our weekly training groups, so keep watching to see all the videos from the last few years:

Below is the video from last weeks class, taking another look at stroke technique.  Everyone has been improving their technique.  We will watch this as a group and talk about things we notice, this video has no narrating or music, just raw footage.  I edited the footage to put each paddlers clips together.  Watch yourself a few times and see what you can learn about your own stoke.  Look at the reach, catch, lower hand grip position, stroke rate, shoulder twist, lean, exit, feather, relaxed recovery, breathing, etc, all the things we have talked about.

The Blue Planet team with the 2016 race board models

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Aloha, Robert Stehlik

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