Chase Kosterlitz, best known from his accolades in the SUP racing world has joined us on the Blue Zone SUP team and will be coaching in Costa Rica this year starting in November. Chase is also an incredible surfer and I’m pumped to have him on the team as his skillset in paddling, surfing and coaching will be a huge asset. His path to surfing is different from both Oscar, our other coach, and mine, in that Chase started as a racer and then moved into surfing four years ago. That’s the path that about 50% of our guests are taking and the strategic move to bring on Chase is to be able to communicate more effectively with our racing/touring clientele.
On this episode of the podcast we discuss how we met in the Bahamas this year at the JP dealer meeting, how flow has impacted our lives and how surfing is the highest form of flow we’ve yet discovered, and we get to know Chase and his athletic background.
Email us at email@example.com to reserve your spot for the upcoming season, availability starts in late November and we’re running through April.
Last week I headed down to Grand Bahama with the family (we were forced to leave the United States to renew our international health care), and it just so happened that the Pryde Group dealer meeting was going on at Taino Beach. Now, this wasn’t exactly a coincidence, Garry Menk, head of Pryde Group Americas, is a good friend and when I told him we had to leave the US, he invited us to come down, check out the new 2018 gear, learn to kite and sit down with Werner Gnigler the shaper for JP.
Werner’s roots are from windsurfing, first a competitor at the highest level, then shaper and designer. As JP moved into standup, Werner took the best of windsurfing design and tech and applied those elements to his paddle surf boards. Working with the likes of Keahi de Aboitiz (podcast here), Werner has refined his SUP designs to be some of the best in the sport. The new JP 7.6 x 27 is an incredible board.
On the show we get very technical about his shapes, board technologies, fin setups and innovation process. This is definitely a show for the paddle surfing nerds, and one you could listen to a couple times… Enjoy
The process of coaching gives you a window into how people operate. How they respond to feedback, handle fatigue, disappointment and success. When you combine that process with a 7 day retreat of 16 hour days, you learn more about someone in that week than you normally do in years of friendship.
I met Norm Hann during one of those weeks.
What I learned made me want to share his story. Please do yourself a favor and listen to Norm’s journey. I promise it’s a story worth hearing.
Norm Hann is an adventure SUP guide located in Squamish, BC. He has a deep love of the land and people of his area and that love is infectious. Hanging with Norm and hearing his stories has put a Great Bear adventure at the top of my families list for the fall.
Folks! I know I’ve been slacking, so to make up for it I sat down with Zane and Matty Schweitzer last week and we had a 2 hour technical skills discussion. We covered stroke technique vs. board size/volume. Hydrofoils in the lineup. Foot position for turns. Zane’s five tips for folks starting to paddle surf. The Pacific Paddle Games. The Ultimate Waterman. Matty’s settings and camera recommendation to film surfing to aid in deliberate practice.
I know you’re gonna love this discussion, and some of the meat is nearer the end, so try to get it all.
John, from Distressed Mullet, posted this video a while back –
I use it as inspiration to focus on stroke while surfing. After a few weeks of using Larry’s stroke as a model for power and hinge I thought it would be great to get him on the show. I asked. He was into it. And here it is…
Our discussion could have been broken into two shows. The first half is a technical stroke discussion. The back half is a window into the mindset needed to win gold in the olympics. Both are valuable.