Session Notes – Infinity and Starboard Observations

Session Notes – Infinity and Starboard Observations

I rode the Infinity this morning.  High tide was smack center of my session and with the swell on the decline, I figured it was the call.  It was, but the waves weren’t great.  Smaller inconsistent surf, with a big crowd really takes down the fun factor for me on a standup.  It’s ironic, because those are the exact conditions that a bigger sup excels in, but with the crowd I feel bad utilizing the benefits.  Even though nobody is catching most of the smaller waves rolling through the lineup, you just know that if you get aggressive and catch them, you’ll attract a bunch of attention and create some ill will.  So, I played the other game, the wait way outside for the every 15 minute bomb and hope that I could see it in time and sprint to the spot game.  It worked a few times and I got a couple. (more…)

Connor Baxter – World’s Best Paddler tells us how to Paddle, Plus all sorts of other good stuff…

Connor Baxter – World’s Best Paddler tells us how to Paddle, Plus all sorts of other good stuff…

What up folks!!!  Thank you, as always, for tuning into the show and for loving this sport as much as I do.  I’ve had a crazy month down here in Costa Rica and my big takeaway after two weeks of the Progression Project and then last week coaching some of the world’s best learners is that this sport is incredibly challenging no matter where you find yourself the learning curve, and this challenge is the hook for high-drive, stubborn individuals…  You don’t conquer paddle surfing in a weekend, and the ocean has a way of putting you in your place and showing you a bit about yourself along the way.

We’ll dive deeper into all these thoughts in future episodes of the show, but today I’m stoked to bring you the best paddler on the planet…..  Connor Baxter.

I sat down (virtually) with Connor yesterday.  In the episode he walks us through his first major race victory and how that changed his life and his diligent approach to the sport after that moment.

The DON’T-MISS moment in the show is Connor walking us through his approach to paddling and his stroke on both the race and surf board.  He explains how riding a tiny paddle board in surf changes his stroke and the physiological issues with that and what he’s doing to compensate.  I can’t wait to get out there in this morning to work on his toe-side paddling backside turn (when you need to turn towards your toe-side, but don’t want to paddle heel-side paddle for surfing reasons.

This show is stacked with info, so listen to it… it will make you a better paddler.

Zane and Matty Schweitzer – Aloha Spirit meets Competitive Drive

Zane and Matty Schweitzer – Aloha Spirit meets Competitive Drive

Zane is currently ranked 2nd in the world, and as I write this from Huntington Beach, he could be the world champ in less than 48 hours. On the podcast he discusses what a title would mean to him, how he’s battled back from a rough year to be in the shape he’s in right now and how right before his win in Tahiti Matty had a very intense medical emergency.

On Matty’s part, brother of a world tour competitor and photographer/videographer, I was excited to gain his perspective on the sport of SUP surfing and it’s place in Hawaiian surf culture. Matty films the best back home on Maui and his videos are incredible.

I was stoked that along with the episode, Matty produced a video of Zane to include with the release. The video is a summer of travels for Zane and it includes footage from his Tahiti victory.

Zane Schweitzer – Summer Travels from PaddleWoo on Vimeo.