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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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The Heat of the Moment

The Heat of the Moment

Posted on Oct 4, 2014

“Passion for anything involves very strong and barely controllable emotions. Desire is a sense of longing, hoping for a person, object or outcome. The theme of desire is at the core of all love stories, which often create drama by showing cases where human desire is impeded by social conventions, class or cultural barriers.” I think this is why...

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The Art of Things

The Art of Things

Posted on Sep 5, 2014

Glassy head high surf has been coming at us from all corners of the globe. It’s been ecstatic ‘surf-gasms’ for weeks now. Not sure if it’s right to receive this much pleasure in one month. SUP, long boards and short boarding through our own ‘Endless Winter in Summer’. For that reason I took a day off to dive under the...

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Aloha to the Columbia River Gorge

Aloha to the Columbia River Gorge

Posted on Aug 25, 2014

“Take me to the river And wash me down… ”   Al Green Over the past few years many of our guests have asked Matt and I to bring our teaching style to the Gorge. Finally this summer we brought our Aloha to ‘The River’ for a four day weekend event. We ran the clinic out of Rowena on a beach front property. The location was superb...

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Coastal Mountain Ranges and Hurricane Waves

Coastal Mountain Ranges and Hurricane Waves

Posted on Aug 16, 2014

SUMS UP MY SUMMER The last month has been a swirl of activity from The Gorge to Canada. Adventures up wild coastlines and deep into old growth forests. Lake jumping and sunsets over the Pacific Coast Mountain Ranges. Back on Maui hurricane scares were in full effect, but the Big Island banished the storm away. All we were left with is endless north shore...

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Summertime…

Summertime…

Posted on Jul 13, 2014

…”And the living is easy.” Maui is on her best behavior. Sunny, windy with easy accessible waves for everyone. July rotates around SUP and windsurfing north shore downwinders,  south side surf sessions, Keiki surfing at Pavils and The Cove and plenty of underwater adventures. Sunsets are on fire and the winds keeps Maui at a perfect 25...

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Aloha Windsurfing Clinic- A Guest’s Perspective.

Aloha Windsurfing Clinic- A Guest’s Perspective.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014

Review – Aloha Clinic  – Shawna Cropas & Matt Pritchard Location – Maui, Hawaii Date – 17th May 2014 Wow, Wow and Wow again. I’ve only just got back into windsurfing after quite a few years bumbling along and have just had a fantastic time in Maui with the Aloha Clinic team of Shawna Cropas and Matt Pritchard. If I hadn’t made myself...

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Rocking Windsurfers

Rocking Windsurfers

Posted on Jun 26, 2014

“Life is a sexually transmitted disease with 100% mortality rate.” So let’s get on with it! … And that’s exactly what we did for this last June Clinic. We pounded out five solid high wind days. Wind soldiers were dropping like flies. Sore muscles and worn out thighs took their tole, while others paced themselves through the...

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Defeat the Defeatist

Defeat the Defeatist

Posted on Jun 12, 2014

June brings much longer days and beautiful sunsets to the north shore. In the winter months you need to drive to Kihei for a good display of the sun’s wares, but with the coming of the summer solstice I can watch the day explode into color at my local beach. While sun gazing I’ve been contemplating the head space of defeat and or of a...

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