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Video Windsurfing Tips

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

Hi Everyone, Please keep checking back to this post. I will be loading instructional windsurfing videos as I go. An array of tips that I hope help you along your happy windsurfing way. 1.Basic of Turning Around – Gybes 2. Tips for a Planing Gybe 3. https://vimeo.com/237244825 Back Hand Back to Turn- Check it out on...

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Rainbows, Waterfalls & Unicorns

Rainbows, Waterfalls & Unicorns

Posted on Oct 28, 2016

Dawn to Dusk and Off the Beaten Path by Shawna Cropas “Mag-Nificent” Glossy Matter I don’t think there is anywhere in the world like Maui which offers such a wild selection of windsurf and SUP experiences. Whether it’s the winter storm troopers rolling in with ‘Goliath’ waves like Jaws awaiting their Davids, Races amongst ‘Titan’ like humans...

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East of Maui’s Eden

East of Maui’s Eden

Posted on Sep 17, 2016

East of Eden Written by Shawna Cropas Joined by Carine Camboulives and Emma Starr Photos by Shawna Cropas, Emma Starr and Thorstan Indra We were flown here, not grown here… Carine is French, Emma is British while I was hatched in Canada. We are all adventurers, ocean lovers, surfers, standup paddlers & windsurfers with decades of globe trotting...

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Wave Energy

Wave Energy

Posted on Feb 12, 2016

Thor has been slamming his anvil extra hard around the Bering Sea and the North Pacific this winter and sending endless armies of racing giant waves to storm our beaches. The energy of the waves are awesome and raw. Jaws roars, daring those brave enough to challenge it. It’s a minefield of bombing waves. I’ve surfed so much my shoulders have...

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Early Planing and Reading Wind

Early Planing and Reading Wind

Posted on Dec 9, 2015

The Writing is on the Water Early Planing Skills Requires the ability to: 1. Correctly read the speed of wind on the surface of water. 2. Radically change the direction of our board in relation to the wind. 3. Commit 100% to the harness lines. 4. Readily adjust our stance when needed. Correctly Reading the Wind Reading the patterns of wind as it sweeps...

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Windsurfing Summer Exercises

Windsurfing Summer Exercises

Posted on Jun 10, 2015

FLIPPING SAILS Perfecting our rig flipping technique can be practiced all summer long. In all strengths of wind- light winds on SUPs with a sail and/or in high winds to come out of your gybes planing. THE TRICK IS TO ACTUALLY PERFECT THE FORM. The same technique is required to flip the sail for beginners, intermediates and experts- It’s used for...

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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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