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Stand Up Paddling Tips from Zane Schweitzer

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Zane Schweitzer is the grandson of the guy that invented the windsurfer so it’s not surprising that he’s an accomplished windsurfer along with being a great stand up paddler. In the video below, Zane gives beginner some advice. Also, see what Zane means by the paddle being his ‘third leg’.
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Surf Nano Products at the 2010 Battle of the Paddle Hawaii

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Here’s demo of the Surf Nano Product (SNP) by Tom Warnke. This was shot at the Hawaii Battle of the Paddle 2010. I did a test with this stuff in an earlier post but I thought I’d get the demo on video straight from the horse’s mouth. SNP is supposed to make your board faster by reducing friction and drag. You’ll have to test it for yourself.
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How to Catch and Connect Ocean Bumps with Doug Lock and Todd Bradley

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I did a Hawaii Kai downwind run with Doug Lock and Todd Bradley a while back. Todd was on a prototype C4 Switchblade and Doug and I rode his Wave Blade OC-2, 2 man canoe. The conditions were a nice 15 mph east trade wind and a great following tide which made the bumps connect really nice.  I shot some video of the tips I got from Doug and Todd. I am now convinced that the best way to learn how to ride and connect open ocean bumps is to go with someone who is experienced and go in an OC-2.
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Canoe Basics and the Kamanu Composites Pueo OC1 with Luke Evslin

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I visited Luke Evslin at the Kamanu Composites Factory in Kailua on Kapa’a Quarry Road to learn more about the Pueo OC-1 and the basics of the canoe. Being a newbie to OC-1, I wanted to get the basics from someone with experience before testing everything out. I know some of this may be very basic for those with experience but for the newbie crowd, this will be very helpful and informative. This is OC-1 101.
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Todd Bradley Teaching Canoe Paddling

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Here’s a video of Todd Bradley explaining the canoe paddle stroke in a 6 man canoe trainer designed and built by Cline Mann. Todd goes through the different phases of the stroke in his first day coaching our 6 man canoe team. You can’t see from the video but there’s around a dozen men and women watching and learning. I know it’s not stand up paddling but the mechanics are still helpful to see.
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Downwind Bump Catching Video Game

I was talking to my friend Jason tonight and trying to explain over the phone how to catch bumps on a downwind run. This game at ocpaddler.com is a very good tool to understand the timing needed. It may not make you a pro but it will give you the idea of how to catch bumps.

Check the game out here http://www.ocpaddler.com/game and let us know if it helps.

Winner of Duke’s OceanFest 2009 Race Shares Paddle Stroke

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I met up with Scott Gamble to check out his custom Bark 14′ race board and go on a SUP surfing session back in January. Scott won the 2009 Duke’s OceanFest Race and is a very fast paddler so I asked him for some tips to improve my paddling technique. Continue reading ‘Winner of Duke’s OceanFest 2009 Race Shares Paddle Stroke’

Todd Bradley Pocket Coaching SUP Instruction Session 2 – Recap

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Here is the last video from Todd Bradley’s pocket coaching series. In this video, Todd gives us a recap of the techniques he taught us during the session and gives us more tips for going on downwind runs.
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Clay Carson Board Repair

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On the referral of Jeff Chang at Wet Feet and Robert Stehlik at Blue Planet Surf I took in my board for a small repair to Clay Carson. He specialized in fixing carbon boards, canoes, etc and has a reputation of being the best. If you need a fix, call him at 808-225-2263 and let him know I sent you.
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Todd Bradley Pocket Coaching SUP Instruction Session 2 – Evan

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This next video of Todd Bradley’s ‘pocket coaching’ series is with me.
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Todd Bradley Pocket Coaching SUP Instruction Session 2 – Gayle

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This is Gayle’s first time ever to do a Hawaii-Kai run and she already paddles like a pro as you’ll see in the video. Gayle also did a great job as the camera operator on a number of the other pocket coaching videos. Gayle is a Hawaii expatriate that lives in the mainland so she was super happy to be in the water in Hawaii. Click below for the video.
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Todd Bradley Pocket Coaching SUP Instruction Session 2 – Randy

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These next couple of videos from Todd Bradley’s ‘pocket coaching’ series are with Randy Lui-Kwan. Randy just got into SUP paddling in 2009 but don’t let that fool you because I’ve watched him improve super fast and now is averaging very good times for downwinders. I met Randy when Harris Chang sold him a SUP and then invited him to come with us. Now I paddle with Randy quite a bit.
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Todd Bradley Pocket Coaching SUP Instruction Session 2 – Harris

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This next video of Todd Bradley’s ‘pocket coaching’ series is with Harris Chang AKA Harns (ever since the 2009 Coast Guard Race). Harris and I got into downwinders and SUP around the same time and both of us have been racking our brains on how to improve. This is a good video of Harris’ improvement during Todd’s coaching session. Continue reading ‘Todd Bradley Pocket Coaching SUP Instruction Session 2 – Harris’

Todd Bradley Pocket Coaching SUP Instruction Session 2 – Ray

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Here’s Todd Bradley’s ‘pocket coaching’ session with Ray Shiraishi. Ray is riding an early model custom SIC F-14 and I think he weighs 150 lbs or so. Ray is already a pretty fast racer who did the Molokai Channel race tandem last year. This video is a good example how someone with some experience and who trains a lot can improve with small adjustments to technique. Continue reading ‘Todd Bradley Pocket Coaching SUP Instruction Session 2 – Ray’

Todd Bradley Paddling Tips – Top Arm and Grip

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There’s been some confusion regarding how Todd Bradley uses his top arm to push forward during his paddle stroke. I was at his office and started asking him to clarify the technique and then thought it would be better to just film his explanation.
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