New Article
  • This is a commercial that Imagine Surfboards shot. They did a nice job editing down a lot of talk and getting at the heart of what I wanted to say. […]

    What I Do At Imagine

    This is a commercial that Imagine Surfboards shot. They did a nice job editing down a lot of talk and getting at the heart of what I wanted to say. […]

  • I basically preach technique and rhythm as the basis of the your stroke, and to me, power is pointless until those two are mastered first. What most people will do […]

    Power Up

    I basically preach technique and rhythm as the basis of the your stroke, and to me, power is pointless until those two are mastered first. What most people will do […]

  • This is a three part episode of the most amazing day I’ve ever had. I still cant believe I got to do this. Surf, Nascar, Ski all in one day.  […]

    Day of Days

    This is a three part episode of the most amazing day I’ve ever had. I still cant believe I got to do this. Surf, Nascar, Ski all in one day.  […]

  • Here’s the final episode of the three part series from Fiji. Enjoy and remember I’m doing a Kalama Kamp down there in November. kalamakamp.com   https://vimeo.com/channels/standuptravelling

    Fiji Vid.

    Here’s the final episode of the three part series from Fiji. Enjoy and remember I’m doing a Kalama Kamp down there in November. kalamakamp.com   https://vimeo.com/channels/standuptravelling

  • Don’t rush. Many people think that moving the paddle back and forth as quick as possible is the best way to increase speed. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Speed is a […]

    Don’t Rush

    Don’t rush. Many people think that moving the paddle back and forth as quick as possible is the best way to increase speed. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Speed is a […]

  • At the end of November 2009, I was greatly anticipating the coming winter and the waves I would ride. One morning as I was monitoring all the swell prediction sites […]

    Big. Really Big

    At the end of November 2009, I was greatly anticipating the coming winter and the waves I would ride. One morning as I was monitoring all the swell prediction sites […]

  • Check out some of my exercise tips, appearing live right now at Men’s Journal Online. Men’s Journal Paddleboard Workout

    Men’s Journal Paddleboarding Workout

    Check out some of my exercise tips, appearing live right now at Men’s Journal Online. Men’s Journal Paddleboard Workout

  • It feels like I’ve hardly set foot back on Maui from the Hood River Paddle Challenge and I’m off and running photo- ed philbrick again to Orlando for Surf Expo, […]

    Shout Out to Kai

    It feels like I’ve hardly set foot back on Maui from the Hood River Paddle Challenge and I’m off and running photo- ed philbrick again to Orlando for Surf Expo, […]

  • I’m looking for people that are interested in progressing their stand up paddle technique, physical fitness and have a couple laughs in the process. We have some great options for […]

    Kalama Kamps

    I’m looking for people that are interested in progressing their stand up paddle technique, physical fitness and have a couple laughs in the process. We have some great options for […]

  • I’m pretty pleased with the progress I’ve made with shaping boards that do what I think a great SUP surf board should do.  Here’s a video of how a few […]

    Testing My Latest Shapes

    I’m pretty pleased with the progress I’ve made with shaping boards that do what I think a great SUP surf board should do.  Here’s a video of how a few […]

  • My exit from Naish has been getting much more attention than I expected. There seems to be a lot of conjecture–some of it is pretty dramatic–so I feel motivated to […]

    Move’n on

    My exit from Naish has been getting much more attention than I expected. There seems to be a lot of conjecture–some of it is pretty dramatic–so I feel motivated to […]

  • You’re invited to participate in my backyard playground. What? I’m partnering with the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea to host a Kalama-style Maui Surf Camp. You can find the […]

    Up Next

    You’re invited to participate in my backyard playground. What? I’m partnering with the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea to host a Kalama-style Maui Surf Camp. You can find the […]

  • When I was in high school I did a lot of ski racing and was fortunate to have some very good coaches work with me.  One of the things that […]

    Three Common Mistakes

    When I was in high school I did a lot of ski racing and was fortunate to have some very good coaches work with me.  One of the things that […]

  • My good friend Pat Myers has been in town the last few days, trying to collect some footage of me, and threw together this little piece of some fun south […]

    Dave Kalama ” Spin’n and Grin’n “

    My good friend Pat Myers has been in town the last few days, trying to collect some footage of me, and threw together this little piece of some fun south […]

  • Check out this ESPN magazine interview I did. Aloha, Dave http://espn.go.com/action/surfing/blog/_/post/6485013/dave-kalama-take

    ESPN Interview

    Check out this ESPN magazine interview I did. Aloha, Dave http://espn.go.com/action/surfing/blog/_/post/6485013/dave-kalama-take

  • I’ve offered quite a bit of technical information over the last year playing with this blog. Hopefully some of it helped you. But I’m continuing to learn new things myself, […]

    Get your mind right

    I’ve offered quite a bit of technical information over the last year playing with this blog. Hopefully some of it helped you. But I’m continuing to learn new things myself, […]

  • I’m working with some friends on a video of the beach workout I’ve been doing and developing since the mid 90′s. Anyone who’s been to a Kalama Kamp is acquainted […]

    Waterman Workout Trailer

    I’m working with some friends on a video of the beach workout I’ve been doing and developing since the mid 90′s. Anyone who’s been to a Kalama Kamp is acquainted […]

  • As my coaching efforts increase, so does the necessity to be creative with my explanations of what I’m trying to convey. You can only say “Reach, Dammit, Reach” so many […]

    Kalama’s 50/50

    As my coaching efforts increase, so does the necessity to be creative with my explanations of what I’m trying to convey. You can only say “Reach, Dammit, Reach” so many […]

Technique Articles
  • When I was in high school I did a lot of ski racing and was fortunate to have some very good coaches work with me.  One of the things that […]

    Three Common Mistakes

    When I was in high school I did a lot of ski racing and was fortunate to have some very good coaches work with me.  One of the things that […]

    Continue Reading...

  • As my coaching efforts increase, so does the necessity to be creative with my explanations of what I’m trying to convey. You can only say “Reach, Dammit, Reach” so many […]

    Kalama’s 50/50

    As my coaching efforts increase, so does the necessity to be creative with my explanations of what I’m trying to convey. You can only say “Reach, Dammit, Reach” so many […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Many of the technical parts in a good stroke come from canoe paddling because canoe paddling and canoe strokes have been practiced and refined for hundred, perhaps thousands of years. […]

    Use Your hips

    Many of the technical parts in a good stroke come from canoe paddling because canoe paddling and canoe strokes have been practiced and refined for hundred, perhaps thousands of years. […]

    Continue Reading...

  • If you ever spend any time with me or almost any other paddle coach for that matter, you’re going to hear that phrase or something very similar. The key to […]

    Reach, Dammit, Reach

    If you ever spend any time with me or almost any other paddle coach for that matter, you’re going to hear that phrase or something very similar. The key to […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Nose riding looks easy, all you really do is stand there, but for many it seems like a mystery that’s unsolvable. With a couple of simple tips you can not […]

    Nose Riding

    Nose riding looks easy, all you really do is stand there, but for many it seems like a mystery that’s unsolvable. With a couple of simple tips you can not […]

    Continue Reading...

  • One of the special attributes of stand up is the paddle. The paddle itself , as we all know, is not unique to stand up yet, I believe that the […]

    Using Your Paddle

    One of the special attributes of stand up is the paddle. The paddle itself , as we all know, is not unique to stand up yet, I believe that the […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Why do really good paddlers seem like they use less energy but go faster?  Because they can sequence their coordinated movements into a efficient continually flowing series of executed moves. For […]

    Sequencing

    Why do really good paddlers seem like they use less energy but go faster?  Because they can sequence their coordinated movements into a efficient continually flowing series of executed moves. For […]

    Continue Reading...

  • I’ve been thinking about this some more since writing this tip and have a couple more things that might help.  The advice I gave is good for when you want […]

    Dealing With White Water

    I’ve been thinking about this some more since writing this tip and have a couple more things that might help.  The advice I gave is good for when you want […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Here’s a quick tip that may help you with getting over white water. When I’m in my four man surfing canoe and we’re paddling back out through the surf, as […]

    Climbing White Water

    Here’s a quick tip that may help you with getting over white water. When I’m in my four man surfing canoe and we’re paddling back out through the surf, as […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Total focus on relaxing right here While on a bike ride today I had a chance to think about some things that can be helpful in racing.  First, one small […]

    focus

    Total focus on relaxing right here While on a bike ride today I had a chance to think about some things that can be helpful in racing.  First, one small […]

    Continue Reading...

  • We’re going to talk about how you finish the Tahitian stroke and then put the whole thing together. The first two articles: The Catch, and Adding Power, are both useful […]

    Paddle Techniques: Recover

    We’re going to talk about how you finish the Tahitian stroke and then put the whole thing together. The first two articles: The Catch, and Adding Power, are both useful […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Hopefully you’ve been practicing that long catch. It’s a critical component of any stroke. Now we’re going to talk about adding power to the Tahitian stroke. The toughest part to […]

    Paddle Techniques: Applying Power

    Hopefully you’ve been practicing that long catch. It’s a critical component of any stroke. Now we’re going to talk about adding power to the Tahitian stroke. The toughest part to […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Most of my paddling life I’ve been using the Hawaiian stroke, which probably comes as no surprise given my Ohana. But my canoe partners and I converted to the Tahitian […]

    Paddle Techniques: The Catch

    Most of my paddling life I’ve been using the Hawaiian stroke, which probably comes as no surprise given my Ohana. But my canoe partners and I converted to the Tahitian […]

    Continue Reading...