Sean Poynter – Starboard’s star opens up…

Sean Poynter – Starboard’s star opens up…

Sean Poynter is an athlete first, a surfer second. It just so happens that he is an incredible surfer and is comfortable in his surfing skills which allow him to focus on training. This is important because SUP surfing requires a ridiculous amount of energy output.

In this episode of the PaddleWoo podcast Sean gets in-depth with his training, contest tactics, board preferences, paddle length for wave sizes and much, much more…

Show Notes:

0:30 – Intro to Sean Poynter, ISA World Champion
1:30 – BlueZoneSUP.com plug
2:26 – Sean talks moving from Ohio to Florida at 10 years old, soccer, then getting into surfing
3:00 – Sean loves In God’s Hands, Shane Dorian’s epic surf movie, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0140282/
4:15 – Volcom dropped Sean in 2008, 2009 he moves to California to keep the dream alive
5:44 – SUP grabs Sean by defeating him, the challenge proves worthy
7:30 – Sean Poynter talks to Starboard at Battle of the Paddle in 2009
8:00 – What was Sean’s progression through boards, 6’6” impossible, 7’11” he could actually surf
9:05 – 2010 they work on a 6’ 5” at 130L, Trash Can Lid, he used it in Brazil
10:30 – Boards evened out with more shortboard shapes, same weight to liters
11:00 – Sean is 5’11” and weighs 73kg
11:20 – Sean talks the win at the ISA Championships in Sayulita, Mexico
13:00 – The fun of competing as a country at the games
14:40 – Crowd in Mexico was awesome, the Phillipe’s from Mexico surfed incredible, Beecho Jimenez
15:30 – Mo Freitas and Zane Schweitzer represented Hawaii
16:17 – 2014 ISA games Sean finished 4th, Copper, had to surf 5 heats in one day
16:50 – A heat is considered 1.5 to 2 hours of surfing (I agree)
17:30 – In 2014 Sean burned out in the final, has a lot to do with his training regime for 2015
18:30 – Erik talks parental philosophy, “Hard work pays off.”
19:00 – How does Sean approach surfing heats, observing the conditions, build a house
20:30 – Small surf requires more tactics and can get more competitive
21:40 – Does Sean ride the same board through the whole contest or change for conditions
22:30 – At Sunset Sean rode bigger equipment for the big days
22:50 – Sean rode a 7’4”, 24.5″ at 73L in the contest, prototype that we’ll see soon from Starboard
23:50 – Eliminate variables. Same board, same fins, training and competition
24:23 – Poynter is 80% thruster, 3 fin setup. The only time for quads is big barrels
25:00 – Most likely will be riding thrusters in Tahiti next week at the Sapinas SUP Waterman League event
25:30 – Sean’s evolution as a professional athlete
26:20 – Fernando Aguirre says SUP may be an olympic sport
27:00 – “when you put olympian in your head, things start changing”
27:50 – What type of training is Sean doing now, say light, agile, running and paddling
29:00 – Sean didn’t surf for 3 weeks before the comp, he was training endurance, deliberate practice
29:44 – Talent is Overrated, http://www.geoffcolvin.com/books/talent-is-overrated-by-geoff-colvin/
30:46 – “the only time I’m in the water is testing boards, preparing for a comp”
31:10 – He doesn’t shortboard anymore, it’s a waste of time to be out there not on a SUP
31:50 – SUP, shortboard parallels
33:33 – Sean likes his paddles at his height, big waves – bigger paddle, 74 inches, small waves – 71 inches
34:20 – 475 sq. cm. for Sean’s paddle, Starboard Enduro, smaller, faster strokes
36:13 – Erik talks flexible paddles, they take away a bit of power
37:40 – Who inspires Sean on the Waterman League tour, Kai Lenny, he is a great competitor, Mo Freitas’ rail turns
40:00 – By riding super small boards, like Mo Freitas, and the board sinks a good bit it is easier to stand on
41:08 – Climbing out of the hole, getting back on the top of the water
41:25 – Talking the future, where is the sport of SUP surfing heading, increase in athletes in Sayulita, Mexico
42:00 – The future is an exciting place, the whole Olympic possibility
42:20 – Sean would like to be any maneuver he can think of on a SUP
43:40 – Wave pools for contests, more objective judging
44:00 – Thinking ways to take out subjectivity in judging
46:20 – Where does style come into surfing? Sean doesn’t think about it, just comes naturally, execution comes first
47:30 – Style is inherent
47:50 – A Day and Half in Mexico, Sean rips Mexico video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkIU11P8a9k
49:00 – Closing thoughts… thanks to Starboard, FCS, FreeStyle

Key Takeaways –

Eliminate the luck factor through training and understanding conditions. Sean does not change equipment during an event unless swell size changes, not for surface conditions.
Sean’s approach is much different from most “surfers.” He believes that conditioning and cross-training are more valuable than surfing, and his results prove this method. SUP contest surfing requires a substantial cardio output vs. shortboard contest surfing.
Starboard’s process with their team riders is very involved. The result is incredible equipment.

Justin Holland – Passionate Positivity with a side of Froth

Justin Holland – Passionate Positivity with a side of Froth

 

Show Notes:

  • 1:00 – email Erik at erik@paddlewoo.com with feedback and suggestions for the show
  • 2:01 – Justin talks shortboarding jr. ranks in Australia  w/ Taj, Parko, Mick
  • 3:30 – Justin now SUPs 80%, shortboards 20%
  • 4:45 – First SUP surf in Australia, Jamie Mitchell endorsed SUP
  • 5:30 – Justin’s progression of boards from huge NSP to 7.4 Starboards
  • 6:40 – Stiff shaft paddles
  • 7:00 – Justin weighs in at 150lbs, 55kgs, doesn’t watch his weight
  • 7:45 – Weight is your friend in bigger surf, talks big Sunset at the first event of the year
  • 9:30 – How long has Justin been on the tour?
  • 10:00 – Tour improvements, webcasting difficulties in France
  • 12:00 – Justin is frothing checking the surf at Tahiti
  • 13:05 – Justin talks his first event on the world tour, surfed through trials to make main event
  • 14:50 – Backside barrel techniques on SUPs,  Erik admits he is terrible at it
  • 15:30 – Quiksilver floatation in heavy waves, pig-dog style
  • 17:30 – Naked feeling when you hold the paddle in one hand
  • 19:00 – Clear vs. dirty water for fear factor
  • 19:30 – What boards Justin is bringing to Tahiti, 7.4 Starboard is the go-to board in most conditions
  • 21:50 – Fin setups, Justin is a thruster guy, rides for FCS, which fins he’s riding
  • 23:30 – Frontside vs. backside surfing on Quads
  • 24:10 – Starboard design process, Sean Poynter, Connor Baxter, Izzy Gomez…
  • 26:10 – Longboard finbox that Starboards come with
  • 28:40 – FCS news, click in back fin for longboard finbox
  • 30:20 – Tough to find Starboards in the states
  • 30:50 – Justin talks his first ride on a Starboard and crashing it on a reef without much damage
  • 33:10 – Justin talks who inspires him on the SUP tour, style and why (Kai Lenny, Caio Vaz, Mo Freitas, Sean Poynter, Zane, Kai Bates, Giorgio Gomez)
  • 36:40 – Kids in Australia into SUP?
  • 38:50 – Justin surfs Snapper on his SUP w/ Tom Carroll, tactics in busy lineup
  • 41:30 – Squat position, the “tear your crotch to pieces” tactic
  • 42:40 – Erik talks his 2 to 1 strategy for surfing busy lineups
  • 43:08 – Power surfing on SUPs, Paddle leverage, turn harder on SUP
  • 44:30 – Justin emulates Tom Carroll, Tom Curren, Taylor Knox on his SUP
  • 45:20 – Where does Justin cut his paddles, 1 inch taller than himself
  • 47:00 – Justin is the paddle destroyer
  • 48:50 – Hurley High Performance Center, Justin is the strongest pound-for-pound athlete in there
  • 51:45 – To train for Tahiti, Justin did 5 back-to-back heats
  • 53:00 – The board room at the Hurley HPC is EPIC
  • 53:50 – Bede made the final in Brazil on WSL, trains at HPC, it is paying off
  • 54:40 – Time shortboard vs. SUP, big waves on shortboards.
  • 56:15 – Are shortboarding and SUP surfing complementary?
  • 59:25 – Justin’s best SUP session, great story of Sunset, Jaws, Kai Lenny, Jamie Mitchell
  • 64:00 – The wrap-up – Justin was an epic guest, hope you enjoyed it!

Links

Colin McPhillips on the PaddleWoo Podcast

Colin McPhillips on the PaddleWoo Podcast

 

Why am I turning so weak and going so slow” – Colin McPhillips on shortboard surfing

If you are going to have more fun riding the front door off of your house, why not, give it a go” – Colin on close minded surfers

You can’t have too much power or too much strength on a standup.” – Colin

Colin McPhillips Show Notes:

  • 0:55 – Colin’s background in surfing, world titles, and intro to SUP surfing
  • 3:30 – Colin talks about his first SUP board, an 11’6”
  • 5:30 – First good wave at Dog Patch
  • 6:15 – Seeing surfing from the eye’s of a beginner
  • 7:15 – The fun of bettering yourself
  • 8:00 – How is the vibe in the water for SUP surfing in San Clemente
  • 8:30 – Trestles is off limits to SUPs.  Paddles are considered water vechicles
  • 10:40 – The feeling of surfing small waves with a paddle
  • 11:30 – For Colin McPhillips, SUP surfing is a family affair
  • 13:00 – ISA World SUP games, Dave Boehne, Sean Poynter
  • 13:50 – Colin’s thoughts on Mo Freitas and Ian Vaz’s boards
  • 15:50 – SUP surfing contest judging, paddle usage in surfing
  • 17:45 – Erik and Colin talk body size, strength and power in SUP surfing
  • 19:00 – SUP stigma in lineups, close minded surfers, what will it take for surfers to give it a try
  • 21:00 – Luke Egan and Rob Machado hop on SUPs, what top level surfers could do on a SUP if they really gave it a go
  • 22:00 – Erik’s bet to folks who give him a hard time in the water
  • 23:45 – Hobie Raw SUP boards.  Factory Sizes, Custom Orders, Longboard Series
  • 25:40 – What Colin is riding now, a custom 100L longboard SUP (9.0 x 3.75 x 27)
  • 27:20 – Colin won the Longboard division at Carolina Cup
  • 28:00 – New ideas on design, shorter, narrower longboard SUPs
  • 29:30 – Erik and Colin talk about how they met and how Erik got into SUP surfing
  • 30:50 – Erik talks his new board that just arrived, a 7.7 x 26 x 4 at 86L
  • 31:30 – Traction pads vs. wax, water temp, river mouths, rough decks
  • 32:40 – Paddles, cutting them shorter, 2 inches shorter than height, flex for surfing
  • 35:30 – Happy Birthday Colin, How long can you be a pro surfer, future plans, SUP gave Colin another career
  • 37:00 – Folks who just got into SUP for profit, the SUP bandwagon
  • 38:00 – Colin’s thoughts on SUP as a whole, 3 different sports
  • 39:30 – Everyone who gets on a SUP eventually wants to ride waves, it’s the best thing you can do
  • 41:00 – How old is SUP as a sport, how old is Paddle Enhanced Surfing as a sport
  • 43:00 – Thinning out rails on shorter, thicker boards
  • 44:00 – Where the current batch of pro SUP surfers came from, other sports, what will attract more surfers into the sport
  • 46:45 – Strength for SUP surfing vs shortboarding, kettlebells, leverage of the paddle
  • 49:00 – SUP surfing’s early days of choppy surfing, now athletes are starting to surf on the rail
  • 50:00 – When is Colin coming back down to Costa Rica to BlueZoneSUP.com to run another camp?  June/July
  • 51:00 – Erik talks about being very scared at a local reef during the early May huge swell
  • 52:45 – Colin’s big wave board, the coastal cruiser
  • 53:45 – Colin’s closing thoughts, keep getting out there and having fun