Let’s Sail a Canoe Around the World

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It’s a testament to something beyond my comprehension.  Twelve crew members sailing a replica of an ancient Polynesian canoe around the world, cramped together on an open decked vessel, and steered manually with a huge oar.  I thought paddling from Molokai to Oahu was tough. I get seasick just thinking about their adventure.  I’m sure I’d arise a mutiny as personalities clash when all cooped up together for days on end, and maybe more importantly, without cold beer or any pirate swill! Yes, no refrigerator, and no soul-saving ice cream. The only electronics are for safety lights and such as required by maritime laws.  Congrats to the crew of the Hokule’a, who not only are venturing far away including the stormy Cape of Good Hope, but doing it without any GPS.  If I had to drive without my GPS, and only use the sky, ocean rhythms, and various creatures like the Hokule’a does, then police would definitely stop me for drunk-like driving and psychological assessment.

I had the honor of visiting this amazing vessel recently in Haleiwa, Hawaii as it gets ready to sail to Kauai and then the world.  The crew brings a message of not only how precious our ocean and natural resources are, but just as important, how people (of all backgrounds) can get along and focus on achieving mutual goals in tight quarters (envision crowded cities).  If people from countries with geo-political conflicts could spend just one day on the Hokule’a with its amazing crew, our world would be a much happier, productive and sustainable place.   Please support at Hokulea.org.

-Kevin

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Sometimes that shark, he looks right into you.

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I had this book on sharks when I was a kid with this picture in it (here) that always stuck in my mind with fear. So it goes along with today, I got lots of valuable info about the Farallon Islands and the Great Whites through an owner of a local shark tour company. He told me all these crazy shark stories just like Quint in the movie, Jaws.  Like how a big one attacked the transom of a boat and took a chunk out of it.  He said he’d take me out to the Farallons, but he said it in a way with a little snickering tone that sorta creeped me out. I think he was testing me to see if I was really serious about paddling or just reading too many shark books.

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Shark Paddle

Farallon Islands

Farallon Islands

Great White attacking prey at Farallons

Great White attacking prey at Farallons

Hi Everyone, I don’t often ask for people’s support, but I’m asking everyone to consider supporting my “Shark Paddle” coming up in one week. It starts at one of the “sharkiest” places on earth, the Farallon Islands, to San Francisco. This is over 27 miles of turbulent seas, large waves, swirling currents, blinding fog, and fierce winds. I want to raise awareness for the rapid extinction of many sharks species due to tremendous over-fishing, as well as the long term effects of pollution. Check out my little fundraiser at: http://ral.ly/t/881738. Aloha and thanks for your help, Kevin.
For more info about my motivations and thoughts on this, check out this little video produced by Doug Walker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVfySYYkxc4

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Beautiful SF days

San Francisco is not all fog and wind. We had some nice sunny paddle days this past week.

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Everpaddle lead paddler, Kevin Seid, cruising the bay with friends.

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Earth Day – Week

To celebrate Earth Day Week, we are offering $100 off any custom certified eco-board. Offer ends April 29th Hawaii time. Contact us now and get your eco-fun process going! Mention that you saw this offer through our blog and get $320130406_164549 (1)0 off any of our reclaimed wood paddles, including custom paddles!

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Know Your Rights!

Know your rights to coastal access in your state; It’s important! Another article on the beach closure by Half Moon Bay.

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Everpaddle lead paddler, Kevin Seid, hoping he never sees this sign for real while walking to Rocky Point.

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SUP versus swimming workout

By Morgan Hoesterey

One of the best things about standup paddling as a sport is the fact that you can choose what you want from it.  The sport’s versatility allows people from all walks of life to participate.  Lately, there seems to be two types of standup paddlers, the ones who surf, and the ones who don’t.  The ones who don’t surf participate in order to utilize the workout potential of standup paddling.  It provides a full body workout that is hard to match.  In my opinion, there are few sports that exist that provide as comprehensive of a workout as paddling does.  Swimming is one of those sports.  Swimming is a lot like paddling in that, it works your whole body, focuses on your core and really strengthens your back and shoulders.

As a swimmer, I have spent the past 20 years following the black line on the bottom of the pool.  As much fun as staring down at a stationary tile line is, following the lines of the ocean on a standup board is much more entertaining.  The transition from swimming to standup paddling is an easy one.  As swimmers, we tend to have the endurance it takes to make those downwind runs, or to get out to the outer reefs.  In addition, swimmers are likely to have the strength it takes to be able to carry boards and handle the upwind paddles as well.

When I decided to make the transition from swimming to standup paddling, I realized that I could take what I had learned throughout my years of swimming training, and use them to become a better paddler.  Swimming is a sport that is notorious for the amount of training time it takes to be successful.  Likewise, in standup, the person who puts in the most time with the ocean ultimately will be the best paddler.  At the end of the day, time in the water is what is going to make an athlete successful, however, I feel that cross training is important as well.  Dry land training is an important part of swimming, not only because it helps you get stronger, but also because it helps break up the monotony of doing the same thing everyday, and gives your body a chance to use different muscle groups.  Standup for me has never been as mundane as swimming could be, but it is nice to give your body a break from paddling for a day to utilize different muscles and give your paddling muscles a break.

The only part of standup paddling that following that black line didn’t prepare me for was the open ocean.  Most competitive swimmers are used to the pool–a controlled environment that is always the same temperature, is a fixed length, has no waves to deal with, and offers no chance of being blown out to sea.  Throughout my swimming career, I knew exactly how many strokes it would take to get from one side of the pool to the other, and that count was the same 99 percent of the time.  The ocean is not that predictable.  Every downwind run is different, every wave is different, and because swimmers are creatures of habit, the ocean’s ever-changing personality is not always the easiest thing for us to deal with.

In so many ways, my training as a swimmer prepared me for standup paddling. In hindsight, I wish that standup had been as big when I was training at the pool as it is now.  I think that for swimmers, standup is a beneficial form of cross training, as well as a lateral move if you are a swimmer that is looking for an alternative way to exercise.  Below are my comparison workouts for the two sports.

Swim schedule vs. Standup schedule

Swim Standup Paddle
Monday A.M. – Weights and pool workout
P.M. – Pool workout around 6000 meters
A.M. – Some type of Cardio, either climbing Koko Head (a steep 600 foot climb) or a longer paddle
P.M. – Paddle as much as possible after work
Tuesday A.M. – Dry land training and pool workout A.M. – Hawaii Kai run (8-10 mile downwinder)
P.M. – Dry land training, beach workout
Wednesday A.M. – Weights and pool workout
P.M. – Pool workout around 6000 meters
A.M. – Some type of Cardio, either climbing Koko Head or interval training
P.M. – Paddle as much as possible after work
Thursday A.M. – Dry land training A.M. – Hawaii Kai run, or paddle sprints
P.M. – Dry land training, beach workout
Friday A.M. – Weights and pool workout
P.M. – Pool workout around 6000 meters
Off
Saturday A.M. – Pool workout, usually speed and race training

Saturday and Sunday…tried to do longer runs, depending on whom I could get to go with me

The schedules aren’t exactly the same, but the structure was fairly similar…

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