Kona Pros Try Out Stand Up Paddleboarding

  • By Paul Moore
  • Published October 5, 2011

A group of pro triathletes this morning replaced their early swim, ride or run with a stand up paddling lesson at Mauna Lani Bay with Kona local and one of the top U.S. stand up paddling champions, Jenny Kalmbach.

Hillary Biscay, Matt Lieto, Tim DeBoom and Fraser Cartmell took to the pristine waters of the Big Island’s Kohala Coast and not only learned the basic techniques of paddling, but gained valuable SUP fitness and cross training tips while also discovering the strength building benefits of the sport.

For most pros this was their first time on a board and all proved to be stand up paddling naturals. Most first-timers learn to paddle on their knees before standing up, but the competitive athlete in each saw them stand up immediately and challenge themselves for a 1.5 hour distance paddle.

The paddling pros impressed Luke Bell and Maik Twelsiek without any slip ups or falls, who watched on from their beach cabanas enjoying their taper phase. Jenny, who is Mauna Lani Bay’s SUP Ambassador, recently took out the title of “Female Paddler of the Year” at the 2011 Stand Up Paddling Awards.

This honor adds to her impressive list of career victories that includes the prestigious Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championship, California’s Battle of the Paddle and the Jever SUP World Cup in Germany. Jenny has also been bitten by the tri bug, completing her first triathlon earlier this year. She incorporates swim, bike and run into her SUP training program.

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Paul Moore

Paul Moore

Paul Moore is the Online Editor for Triathlete Europe. When not glued to a computer he can be found writing books - most recently Ultra Performance: The Psychology of Endurance Sports and The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges. Both are available on Amazon. Paul has also written Ultimate Triathlon: A complete training guide for long-distance triathletes which is also available on Amazon.