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East of Maui’s Eden

Posted on Sep 17 by

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…...


Wave Energy

Posted on Feb 12 by

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...


Early Planing and Reading Wind

Posted on Dec 9 by

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...


Windsurfing Summer Exercises

Posted on Jun 10 by

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...


Food, Exercise & the Ocean

Posted on Mar 25 by

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...


Ocean Therapy

Posted on Feb 19 by

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...


The Danger of Tunnel Vision

Posted on Jan 24 by

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....


Rescue Stance

Posted on Jan 4 by

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...


Hungry Waves

Posted on Dec 1 by

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....