Inspiration is all around us, especially in the world of stand up paddling. Whether someone is crossing all of the Hawaiian Island chains or simply beginning a new chapter in their life and stand up paddling inspired them in some way, it’s all pretty cool.
I receive many emails and photos from people around the world, who want to share their personal stories and triumphs. I welcome them all for here is a great place to share what we all love, and that is stand up paddling. Please send me yours to share via my website.
There’s something about this sport that brings people together and connects us in many ways. The one thing I hear the most about is how people who discovered stand up paddling did so to do it just for fun, then realized how much weight they started to lose and how toned they’ve become, and now they are the full on weekend warrior racer.
My story stems from an injury. Stand up paddling brought me back, literally to my feet after an unusual accident in 2009 that left me in a wheelchair with a broken left leg and two broken ankles. My spirits were low and I was still training my wonderful clients who were patient enough to move the equipment around while I pointed and talked. Thank you everyone.
Another thing I hear time and time again is how helpful and friendly everyone is no matter where you may stand up paddle. The camaraderie and friendships that have begun through SUP continue to reach far and beyond what anyone ever dreamed. It’s a very encouraging and welcoming sport.
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Owner of SUZIE TRAINS MAUI
I’ve got to get out of here and fast. I’d rather be on the water paddling down Maliko catching monster glides and feeling the rush and strong push of wind at my back as I paddle hard to catch the next bump. “Why am I not out there”, I ask myself? “What happened to you Cooney?” I must find my way back to the ocean.
Sup surfing on Maui is my escape, especially during times like these and when I can share a wave good friends, all the better!!
This was a beautiful downwind sup surf day on Maliko. The trades were consistent and pushing hard. Hunting for the bumps is an art one that I never take for granted. Hope my video inspires you. Suzie Cooney
Words cannot express the feeling one has when a baby whales comes to you and then turns on it’s side to look up and smile… this happened in the waters of Maui yesterday and I simply cannot get over the gratitude I have for these amazing beings. Watch the video
Making your health and fitness a priority can be difficult as our days and lives are so busy. I applaud anyone who can show up and make it happen and I can certainly help you do so. Learn how easy it is and watch my video. I’m here for you.
As one of the mentor and coaches of Bobo Gallagher, I’m beyond grateful to have been a part of this epic event in his young life; to witness this amazing talent who just can’t help to smile at the world because he is on the water.