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Food, Exercise & the Ocean

Food, Exercise & the Ocean

Posted on Mar 25, 2015

We live in a world pressured by the demands of physical perfection which can lead to creating extremes in our behavior towards food and exercise. Overeating or starving- Extreme workouts or none at all. I feel the balance is found in doing something that we love outdoors that inspires us to be active and eat good healthy food. I personally think of food...

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Ocean Therapy

Ocean Therapy

Posted on Feb 19, 2015

I enter the sea to dive into myself and a calm focus, a meditation of a sort. Outside world troubles and human tedium are left at the shore like shedding soiled clothes and skinny dipping into a deep breath of personal freedom. Kona wind directions have been the constant for that last two months. It’s port tack Lanes’ sailing and epic surfing...

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The Danger of Tunnel Vision

The Danger of Tunnel Vision

Posted on Jan 24, 2015

There is something I’ve encountered many times on the water while surfing or windsurfing, especially on big wave days and mostly during times when someone has nearly killed me. It’s those dangerous moments when you are immediately aware that the person bearing down on you is not seeing you even though you are right in front of them. All the yelling in...

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Rescue Stance

Rescue Stance

Posted on Jan 4, 2015

RESCUE STANCE  by Shawna Cropas Rescue Stance is the most stabilizing body posture and a ‘core skill’ that we use at many different stages of our windsurfing game. The Rescue Stance is a major contributor to smooth execution, easy take offs from the beach, exact landings of a move and general perfect form in windsurfing. It’s the key to coming out...

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Hungry Waves

Hungry Waves

Posted on Dec 1, 2014

This icy winter has been eating up my equipment like a hungry heartless giant- Snapped mast, crunched booms, banged up sails and holes the size of tea plates in my custom board. It’s enough to make a grown woman cry. The waves were big- The winds were light and the rocks lured us towards them like the seducing calls of sirens. If the menacing rocks...

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