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Fine Tuning the Rudder by Robert Stehlik

I like racing on unlimited boards with rudders. The rudder makes these long, straight tracking boards surprisingly nimble and fun in the bumps. I avoid using the rudder when trying to catch a bump as it creates extra drag. Once planing on the bump though, using the rudder can help to follow the bumps or change direction without noticeably slowing the glide. You can step back with one foot to lift the nose of the board while keeping the front foot on the rudder. On steeper bumps you want to step further back with both feet off the rudder to reduce the wetted surface and allow higher speeds. Continue reading ‘Fine Tuning the Rudder by Robert Stehlik’

Interview with C4 Waterman Ambassador Travis Grant

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Here’s an interview I did with the winner of the 2011 Battle of the Paddle elite race, Travis Grant. This video was taken a few days before the BOP at C4 Waterman’s “secret traning day“.
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Stand Up Paddle Trainer Version 2 at Blue Planet Surf

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Once again, the paddling mad scientist Robert Stehlik has come up with a new version of an on land stand up paddling trainer. This one is designed to work in conjunction with a SUP video game and folds up for easy storage. I think version 2 is better than version 1 but if you want to find out for yourself, stop by Blue Planet Surf on Ward Ave in Hawaii and give it a spin.
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Downwind Clinic video – with Nicole Madosik, Jared Vargas, Morgan Hoesterey, Kainoa Beaupre

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Here are some great downwind paddling videos that Robert Stehlik posted on his Zen Waterman blog. These were taken during the last Blue Planet SUP clinic held a week before the 2011 Battle of the Paddle Hawaii. Check it out at the link below:

http://zenwaterman.blogspot.com/2011/05/downwind-clinic-video-with-nicole.html

C4 Battle of the Paddle Secret Training Day

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Last week I got an email from Liam over at C4 HQ asking if I was interested in joining them at a ’secret’ location for their 2011 Battle of the Paddle Hawaii (BOP) team rider training session. Of course I said I was interested and had a great time with the C4 team. I got a little lost at first, had to hike through bushes, fell in some mud but eventually I got to the secluded area where they had setup a mini BOP race course.
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Hawaii Kai Run Tips for the BOP Distance Race by Robert Stehlik

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Here’s a great tutorial from Robert Stehlik for all you guys who will be racing at the Battle of the Paddle HI this weekend. Check out the link below on Robert’s Zen Waterman blog:

http://zenwaterman.blogspot.com/2011/05/battle-of-paddle-hawaii-kai-run-tips.html

Paddle Technique Part 4: Reach and Catch by Robert Stehlik

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I started the technique series with the power phase as this is where I saw the quickest improvements when coaching. All the phases of the stroke have to work together smoothly for the stroke to be efficient and without good reach and catch, the stroke won’t be effective. Continue reading ‘Paddle Technique Part 4: Reach and Catch by Robert Stehlik’

Paddle Technique part 3: Stacking the Shoulders by Robert Stehlik

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This is part three, to read part one and two, please follow these links:

Paddle technique: Part 1- Choosing the right paddle

Paddle Technique: Part 2 – The three ingredients of a powerful stroke
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Paddle Q & A with Robert Stehlik, Jared Vargas and Jeff Chang

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Here’s another video from one of the Blue Planet Surf SUP Clinics / Demo Days. Robert Stehlik, Jared Vargas and Jeff Chang this time answer some questions regarding paddle shapes and design. They also give tips on how to choose the right paddle.
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Stand Up Paddling Clinic with Robert Stehlik, Jared Vargas and Jeff Chang

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Here’s a 2-part video from one of the Blue Planet Surf SUP Clinics / Demo Days. Robert Stehlik, Jared Vargas and Jeff Chang gives the participants some very useful tips to improve their paddling technique.
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Paddle Technique Part 2 – The three ingredients of a powerful stroke by Robert Stehlik

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Breaking down the Power Phase
by Robert Stehlik

This is part two of the paddle technique series.
First, some recommended reading:
Good technique starts with a good paddle, so if you are not sure you have the right paddle, read part one first:
Choosing the right Paddle
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Cold Weather Stand Up Paddling

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The Ice Man cometh….

By Mark Colino

If you live where temperatures go below freezing in the winter, you have 3 choices when it comes to flat water paddling; #1 Don’t ( Not acceptable if you’re truly hooked). #2 Buy a plane ticket to somewhere warm. #3 Dress appropriately and go!
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Stand Up Paddling Tips from Connor Baxter

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Connor Baxter, winner of the 2010 Duke’s Oceanfest Race and a number of others gives us some tips on becoming better paddlers. He gives a quick overview on his Starboard equipment and then gets into the paddling techniques. Connor gives some tips to beat the ‘older guys’…you know, like 18 year olds. One thing to note is that this kid is really fast…probably faster than you think.
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Stand Up Paddle Trainer at Blue Planet Surf

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I was at Blue Planet Surf’s Ward Ave. store and Robert Stehlik showed me a SUP trainer he developed using components from a rowing machine. Robert gave an overview of the SUP training machine and I tested it out along with another customer named Peter.
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Sun+Rite Organic Antiseptic Body Sprays

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Karen Baxter showed me a product called Sun+Rite which is an all natural antiseptic spray to fight infections like staph and allow cuts to heal quicker. Karen explains it in the video.
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