A Waterman's Journal: Dave Kalama Adventures in stand up paddling, surfing, ocean voyaging, and life Wed, 19 Aug 2015 21:11:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.20 Podcast with Paddlewoo /podcast-with-paddlewoo/ /podcast-with-paddlewoo/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:57:46 +0000 /?p=785 I recently caught up with Erik at Paddlewoo Podcasts, and here’s how it went….. Paddlewoo.com




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Dave joins the team at PaddleFit /dave-joins-the-team-at-paddlefit/ /dave-joins-the-team-at-paddlefit/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:24:13 +0000 /?p=520 I’m really excited to be joining Brody Welte and the PaddleFit Team. Full details can be found through this link: http://blog.paddlefitpro.com/post/115898000108/kalama-partnership


About PaddleFit
PaddleFit is headquartered in San Diego, CA, USA and offers professional educational opportunities throughout the globe for coaches and business owners who want to learn the PaddleFit method with its multilayer educational program. PaddleFit has over 1000 coaches in 20+ countries. For more information on PaddleFit, call 619-333-0787, e-mail getfit@paddlefitpro.com or visit http://www.paddlefitpro.com

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Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard Championships – July 27, 2014 /molokai-2-oahu-paddleboard-championships-july-27-2014/ /molokai-2-oahu-paddleboard-championships-july-27-2014/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:37:33 +0000 /?p=502 With the M2O race around the corner, Outside Online caught up with Kai Lenny and I to talk about the “World’s Toughest SUP Race” and the Battle of the Ages.

At the World’s Toughest Race Does It Pay To Be Young or Experienced?

Surf icon Dave Kalama is still winning a year shy of his 50th birthday. But he has new competition: Kai Lenny, the 21-year-old rising star. What happens when the prodigy faces the man who taught him almost everything he knows about paddleboarding?

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H2mexicO Premier /h2mexico-premier/ /h2mexico-premier/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 07:06:19 +0000 /?p=491 I’m stoked that our H2mexicO (sequel to H2indO) will be premiering at the Maui Film Festival this year. It will be shown on June 5th at the outdoor Celestial Cinema in Wailea. If you’re in Maui, grab a beach chair or a blanket and come down for a movie night under the stars!

Here is the info for the Maui Film Festival.


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“My Story” /my-story/ /my-story/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 03:16:04 +0000 /?p=485 I recently had the opportunity to give a “motivational speech” to psyche up the troops the day before one of the races at the 2014 Carolina Cup. Here’s “My Story”.

Stand Up Paddleboarding | Sunplay.com

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What I Do At Imagine /what-i-do-at-imagine/ /what-i-do-at-imagine/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:53:41 +0000 /?p=414 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. The best line in the video is that “A board isn’t complete until someone rides it.” I can’t believe I said something that right on.

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Power Up /power-up/ /power-up/#comments Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:20:16 +0000 /?p=391
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 is use power as a compensation for bad technique, thinking they can just muscle their way through to being a faster paddler. Sort of like putting a V8 in a Toyota Prius. It’s pointless to put that much power into a car that isn’t designed to accommodate it. The same is true with your stroke. Master the mechanics before you put any power into it. Then when you do add the power, do it in 10% increments, because what typically happens is, once you focus on the power, the technique goes out the window. This is a common mistake, so be very disciplined in maintaining your form as you increase the power.
One of the most efficient ways to add power is to drive the paddle deeper into the water at the start of the stroke. Just the act of driving the paddle deeper at the beginning, without any increase of muscle out put, will increase the power of your stroke. What you are basically doing is taking advantage of your body weight to create power, by brining it down onto the paddle. Just like a pole vaulter drives his pole into the ground to climb over it. When you add more muscle out put to this stage of the stoke it can become a very powerful tool in generating more speed.
Driving the paddle deeper ay the beginning of the stroke will require more hinging at the hips, which creates potential for more power integration into the stroke. Driving the hips forward while driving the paddle deeper is like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, they just go together. The one creates opportunity for the other. In order to drive the paddle deeper you must hinge at the hips. Be careful at this point, because many people will just bend their knees to accommodate the deeper paddle but what happens is you loose the opportunity to drive the hips forward and create more momentum. To get the most out of the hip motion, think of pulling your lower hand and hip to meet each other at the exit point of the stroke.
One more way to add power is by driving that top shoulder into the handle of the paddle as you drive the paddle deeper. The top shoulder must be allowed to counter twist to the lower shoulder as it reaches forward. This will create the opportunity for the top shoulder to drive forward as the lower shoulder pulls back and unwinds from the stretch of the reach. It is important at this point to make sure that top arm is nearly straight as you drive that top shoulder into the handle. This will insure maximum energy is transferred into the paddle and none is lost in a bent arm. While driving forward with the shoulder, simultaneously you also want to drive the paddle down with that top hand, that is why you see the top elbow drop on the really good paddlers. What it also does is change the angle of the arm exiting the shoulder to a more leverage-able angle that will put less stress on the joint.
All of these techniques will by themselves create more power, but when reenforced with increased muscle out put, they will create a lot more forward momentum. As with any new skill you are trying to learn, be patient and allow your body to learn at it’s own pace, it may take longer to be patient, but the results will be worth it. Have fun.3common
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Day of Days /day-of-days/ /day-of-days/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2013 08:46:46 +0000 /?p=388
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. Mullet Kook
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Fiji Vid. /fiji-vid/ /fiji-vid/#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:18:01 +0000 /?p=384 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


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Don’t Rush /dont-rush/ /dont-rush/#comments Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:11:22 +0000 /?p=377 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 function of good technique, executed well. Meaning, that just because your technique may be effective, doesn’t necessarily mean that you are utilizing it properly. If you rush through all the phases of your stroke and don’t take the time to execute each phase correctly, then you are not using your level of technique in an efficient way.
Rushing through the initial power phase of the stroke without taking the time to really drive the paddle down into the water causes you to miss out on potential power that would cost you the same amount of energy. Avoid being too hasty in getting the paddle into the water without a complete stretch of your reach; it only costs you a little patience and time to completely extend your arm forward. Also, rushing through the recovery phase will break the flow of a smooth rhythm, which is where real efficiency resides. If you rush into getting your hips all the way back under you to the neutral position, then you miss out on all the potential momentum you can generate through the hips.
The reason so many of the good paddlers look good, is because they take the time to maximize each phase of their stroke which projects an air of smoothness and rhythm. Since they move through each phase completely and without rushing, it looks smooth and ultimately translates to efficiency. This is the key to speed.
As you begin to complete each stage before moving on, you will learn how to increase your tempo but not at the cost of rushing through each phase. So slow down for a moment and practice giving each movement complete execution before moving into the next phase. Even if your technique isn’t perfect, taking the time to commit to it will give you the opportunity to go faster, more efficiently.
Good luck.
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