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John Puakea Teaches Canoe Paddling Technique: The Catch – Part 2

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Here’s part two of our canoe paddling technique video with elite paddler and championship coach John Puakea. In this video, Johnny continues teaching us the importance of “The Catch”. According to Johnny, once you get your catch right and master it, then you can work on the rest of your paddle stroke, your conditioning, and your strength.
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John Puakea Teaches Canoe Paddling Technique: The Catch – Part 1

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Here’s another canoe paddling technique video from elite paddler and championship coach John Puakea. This time Johnny teaches us in detail an important part of the canoe paddle stroke: “The Catch”. According to Johnny, it is critical to set your catch correctly since it is the first part of your paddle stroke. If you don’t get the catch right, it will be hard to get the rest of your stroke right as well. Johnny himself spent one year mastering his catch.
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Board Meeting Episode 22: SUP Hyrdrofoiling – Part 3

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Here’s the last part of our SUP Hydrofoiling episode. Robert and I continue our discussion about foiling and in this part we talk a bit about foil installation on SUP boards, suitable board lengths, rider weight, and more. Robert also gives his tips on learning how to SUP foil.
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Board Meeting Episode 22: SUP Hyrdrofoiling – Part 2

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Here is part 2 of our SUP Hydrofoiling episode where Robert and I continue our discussion about the different aspects of this new sport. For this part we talk more about getting started, safety, equipment, the skill level required, and more.
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Board Meeting Episode 22: SUP Hyrdrofoiling – Part 1

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Welcome to another episode of Board Meeting. In this episode, Robert and I will discuss hydrofoiling on a stand up paddle board.
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How to SUP Foil

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Foiling is an amazing sensation and a great way to enjoy the ocean. We recently got our GoFoils and have been going out almost every day trying to learn this amazing sport. Flying over the surface with minimal drag is an addictive feeling and we can’t get enough. In this video Sam Pa’e and Robert Stehlik offer some tips on learning, safety, and gear. If you are thinking of trying this cool sport, watching this video will be helpful:
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SUP Downwind Tip – Connecting Bumps by Using the Onramp to the Freeway

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This video covers how to catch the smaller, slower moving bumps to connect into the bigger, faster moving swells. Guy Pere, a great paddler from Oahu, used this great analogy: use an “onramp” to pick up the speed you need to merge onto the “freeway”. Then, as you come off the faster moving swell, look for an “offramp”, a smaller bump that will keep your speed up as you come off the back of the bigger, faster swell, which allows you to maintain the glide and look for another faster moving “freeway” to merge onto, keeping the momentum going at a high average speed, this is what connecting bumps is all about. Continue reading ‘SUP Downwind Tip – Connecting Bumps by Using the Onramp to the Freeway’

Interview with Travis Grant at the 2016 Cline Mann Memorial Paddleboard Race

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I caught up with Travis Grant at the 2016 Cline Mann Memorial Paddleboard Race. Travis shares his thoughts on the race, his preparation and training, as well as his new “Tahitian-Style” paddle stroke technique.
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John Puakea Paddle Stroke Analysis and Coaching – Part 2

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This is the continuation of our paddle technique coaching session with elite paddler and coach, John Puakea. In this video, Robert (from Blue Planet Surf Hawaii) and Darin (my brother) try out John’s paddling tips in the water. We are also joined by Blue Planet team rider Jenn Lee and John gave her some tips as well. Again, John gives a lot of really good paddling tips in this video so be sure to check it out.
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John Puakea Paddle Stroke Analysis and Coaching – Part 1

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We recently met up with elite paddler and coach, John Puakea for some paddle technique coaching. In this session, John watched and analyzed Robert’s (from Blue Planet Surf Hawaii) and Darin’s (my brother) paddle stroke and coached them on how to improve their technique. John gives a lot of paddling tips in this video so be sure to check it out.
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Travis Grant’s New Paddle Stroke Technique

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Champion SUP and canoe paddler Travis Grant shares with us his new paddle stroke technique which he learned from paddling guru John Puakea.
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OC1 Canoe Paddling Technique 101 on Kahekai OC1 Canoe with Bill Pratt

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Here are some more paddling tips, this time from canoe paddler Bill Pratt. Bill also shares his thoughts on the new Kahekai OC1 Canoe by Puakea Designs.
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John Puakea Teaches the Tahitian Paddle Technique with Video Analysis

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Canoe designer and championship coach, John Puakea teaches us the Tahitian paddling technique that Shell Va’a is using to dominate the canoe races. In this video, John breaks down the Tahitian paddling stroke taught to him by Gerard Teva by using videos of champion paddlers from California and Tahiti.
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John Puakea Teaches the Tahitian Canoe Paddling Technique

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Canoe designer and championship coach, John Puakea teaches us the Tahitian paddling technique that Shell Va’a is using to dominate the canoe races. This technique is almost opposite to what we are used to hearing. Now it’s time to try it out and make it work.
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Board Meeting Episode 21: Connor Baxter Paddle Technique Discussion

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Welcome to another episode of Board Meeting. In this episode, Robert and I will discuss his recent interview with Connor Baxter at the Starboard distributor meeting. In the interview, Connor talked about paddle length and his unique stroke technique.
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