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Todd Bradley Pocket Coaching SUP Instruction Session 2 – Todd

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Before we get to the actual ‘pocket coaching’ part of this series, I wanted to introduce our coach first, Todd Bradley. Todd is co-founder of C4 Waterman and has over 40 years of ocean experience. He has done over 50 Molokai crossings and won the SUP division in the 2005 Quiksilver Molokai to Oahu race. Aside from stand up paddling, Todd also competes in other paddling sports such as OC1 and OC6, of which he has also won several championships. Todd has also competed in other forms of watersports including outrigger sailing canoes, catamaran racing, surfing and open ocean paddleboard racing.
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Todd Bradley Pocket Coaching SUP Instruction Session 2 – Introduction

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Here is session 2 of Todd Bradley’s ‘pocket coaching’ series. During the first session, I found out it was difficult to get good footage while paddling at the same time. This time Todd brought his jet ski with him and one of us would ride with him to take the video while he coaches.
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Todd Bradley Pocket Coaching SUP Instruction Part 2

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Here’s part 2 of the first series of pocket coaching with Todd Bradley.
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Todd Bradley Pocket Coaching SUP Instruction Part 1

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This post is going to kick off a short series of video training that we were fortunate enough to be a part of. Todd Bradley, who’s been a top paddler for over 30 years and has over 50 Molokai crossings mentioned to me he was going to start offering personal paddle coaching called ‘pocket coaching’. I convinced him to use me and a few friends as the guinea pigs and we had 2 sessions. During the first session, which the video below is from, we realized that to get a proper video, we should be on a jet ski. That’s coming in the future as we finish the editing.
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Hobie Polarized Sunglasses for SUP Sea Specs and RainX

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I recently picked up a pair of Hobie polarized sunglasses at the Battle of the Paddle 2009 in California and so far so good. Prior to using these sunglasses I used Sea Specs because they are polarized, light, have a neck strap and are fairly inexpensive. I think they cost me $50 or so and I got the Hobie’s on sale for $40.
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Intro to Stand Up Paddling and Fitness Video

By Tommy Callan and Suzie Cooney

Paddle Surfing was started back in the 40’s by the Waikiki Beach boys on Oahu.  They would use their outrigger paddles to “paddle surf” their big boards around the tourists and take pictures.

Today, Stand Up Paddling is the fastest growing water sport on the planet due to its easy learning curve.  Though you may have seen surf legends Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama or Robby Naish surfing huge waves, there are plenty of calm waters around Maui to learn on.  Pretty much anyone can do it and it’s making surfers out of everyone. 

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Downwind SUP Run and Tips from Ekolu Kalama

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A few weeks ago I got a chance to join some of the fastest downwind paddlers on a practice run before the Duke’s Oceanfest Race.  The plan was to shoot some video tips from each of them but my Sanyo Xacti E2 died a few minutes into it.  Here’s what I was able to get from Ekolu before the camera died. Continue reading ‘Downwind SUP Run and Tips from Ekolu Kalama’

Todd Bradley Teaches Proper Paddle Technique #3 – Video

This is Todd Bradley of C4 Waterman’s last installment of the paddle technique video series.


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Dave Parmenter at Kaimana – Part 2

Here is part 2 of my interview with Dave Parmenter at the Kaimana Beach. This part focuses on tips for downwinders. Check out the video and get some more tips from the C4 Waterman co-founder.


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Todd Bradley Teaches Proper Paddle Technique #2 – Video

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Todd Bradley Teaches Proper Paddle Technique – Video

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I’ve had a few breakthroughs in the past month or so by talking with a few experts on paddle technique and downwind racing tips.  One of the experts is Todd Bradley who has over 40 years of competitive paddling experience.  He’s done dozens of Molokai (32 miles) to Oahu crossings in SUP, OC-1, OC-6, paddleboard, etc and has a long history of winning and training winners like Karel Tresnak Jr.  The whole conversation started after we saw a low res video of Todd teaching the paddle stroke to Chip Bock on what looked like a sidewalk on the edge of a body of water. Continue reading ‘Todd Bradley Teaches Proper Paddle Technique – Video’

Watermans’ Applied Science – Sunscreen for Water Athletes

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I normally shy away from the word ‘best’ when talking about products but I have to say it for Watermans’ Applied Science Sunscreen. I’ve been searching high and low for a sunscreen that doesn’t run in the water and won’t give me eye styes. This is a review of sunscreen designed for your face, not for the body. I normally wear a long sleeve sun protective shirt to block the UV rays from my torso.
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Stand Up Paddle Swimming

So you’ve heard of stand up paddle surfing, downwinders and racing. Well, I just did stand up paddle swimming, which if I have a choice, I prefer not to do again. On May 5, I was out at Himalayas on the North Shore of Oahu and looked out and only saw 1 guy and decided to paddle out. Laniakea was breaking nice and there was actually only a small number of people. I’m not sure but I think that since the surf was good for a couple weeks, people were taking a rest. Jockos was double overhead and I couldn’t tell from shore how big Himalayas was so I put on my life jacket just in case.
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How to Do a Cutback, Generate Speed, Carve to Snap and Do Floaters

Now that I’ve been spending more time SUP surfing again I’ve really been trying to get better and learn more moves. I couldn’t really do a cutback turn prior to SUP so anything for me is better than before. It’s been a bit frustrating but I found this surfline video of Taylox Knox on youtube that at least helps me know what to focus on.

I thought I’d post it here:


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Ekolu Kalama Waterview at Sunset Beach

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I took this video last year with Ekolu Kalama in the water at Sunset Beach. When I shot this, we were facing away from the surf breaks and were safe in the channel. I asked Ekolu to give some tips on how to move from bigger waves to smaller waves and how to stay safe in the water. He shared his first experience with big waves at 25’ Hawaiian style, not knowing what to do, still trying to get his act together in the water. Luckily, for him the water was not crowded which gave him the chance to experiment on his moves.
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