Wednesday Training Group: Meeting at 5:00 PM Hawaii Kai – Topic: Paddling Upwind and in a Cross or Quartering Wind

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Coaching topic: Paddling Upwind and in a Cross or Quatering Wind

Wind is forecast to be light and variable. After coaching, we will do the regular 2 mile time trial training course, meeting at 5 pm at the boat ramp in Hawaii Kai.

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Where: We meet by the Hawaii Kai Boat ramp and enter the water on the small beach on the left of the boat ramp. We will start with some weekly coaching tips and stretches before hitting the water to do some drills and warm up for the time trial.

When: 5:00 pm this Wednesday and every Wednesday until further notice

What: We will start with signup, technique coaching on the grass with a different topic/focus each week, drills, warmup, paddle to the start. The time trial will start around 6:15 pm on the beach at Portlock. We will keep track of name, race number, board class (12′6, 14′, unlimited, other watercraft welcome to join) and male/female, no age groups.

Why: The goal is to improve technique, stay in shape and boost performance. Comparing times will allow us to see improvements in conditioning, the effect of using different technique and gear, and the impact of the conditions/wind. Times will be recorded and posted online after each time trial and we will have a spreadsheet that will make it easy to compare performance. We want to encourage some of the younger paddlers and help them become competitive racers. Please join us and forward this email to any friends you think might be interested, the more the merrier. Although the coaching/time trials are geared towards more advanced paddlers, we always welcome less experienced paddlers that want to improve their skills.

02-time_trial_course_to_14_marker This is the bay course: Portlock beach start to the blinker buoy (last channel marker), to the inside green #1 channel marker (left turn), right hand turn on the last green channel marker by the canoe hale, back toward the keyhole. The finish is at the red #14 marker.

photo_4_451b1ac Turn around at the Blinker Buoy.

photo_2_10 Then we come back, hopefully catching a wave or two, paddling towards the bridge, then turn left at the green #1 buoy.

photo_1_10 Right hand turn on the last channel marker by the boat ramp.

03-ed_wheelerde76a6 Then to the #14 marker in front of the keyhole, which is the finish line. Total time trial course is about 2 miles.

Payment information:

The first time trial is always FREE to newcomers. If you are attending for the second (or more) time, there is a charge of $15 per class or $100 for a pack of 10 ($10 per class). We don’t take payments at the event, so please go to either the Blue Planet or Wet Feet store to pay, or you can pay for it online here (you can choose one time pass or 10x pass in options):
http://blueplanetsurf.com/products/weekly-wednesdays-coaching-and-time-trials-pass

If you purchase a 10 pack, we will use the time trial results to keep track of how many time trials you have attended. Jeff is keeping a spreadsheet of who paid and how many credit were used. We will let you know when the next payment is due. Mahalo!

For more information of the Weekly Wednesdays coaching and time trials, please visit this post:
http://zenwaterman.blogspot.com/2012/10/weekly-time-trials-in-hawaii-kai-video.html

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2 Responses to “Wednesday Training Group: Meeting at 5:00 PM Hawaii Kai – Topic: Paddling Upwind and in a Cross or Quartering Wind”


  1. Brian Alofaituli 1Brian Alofaituli

    I’m interested in joining. I just started, but I’d like to join a team. Is it OK to join. Thank you.

  2. Rob Stehlik 2Rob Stehlik

    Hi Brian,
    Sorry, I just saw your comment. Yes, we welcome anyone to join our training group. We send out a weekly newsletter with updates on where and when to meet for the Wednesday training group. This is the link for details and to sign up for the newsletter:
    http://zenwaterman.blogspot.com/2012/10/weekly-time-trials-in-hawaii-kai-video.html

    Please also going this facebook group: Oahu Downwind Paddlers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/downwinders/?pnref=lhc

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