Legendary Hawaiian waterman Dave Kalama will pay a visit to the mainland this week when he drops in at ProSUPshop in Marina del Rey to teach a SUP paddling technique clinic on Saturday, 19 July. In the pantheon of paddling greats, Kalama is widely acknowledged as one of the founding fathers of modern stand up paddling alongside fellow big wave rider Laird Hamilton. His knowledge of the ocean and how to efficiently move across the water’s surface is vast, as evidenced by his third place finish in the renowned Molokai to Maui SUP race this past weekend. “I’m stoked to welcome Dave to ProSUPShop,” said owner Mike Vaughan. “Dave Kalama is one of stand up paddling’s most recognized individuals and his skills are second to none.”
A standout skier when he was younger, Kalama easily transitioned to the sport of windsurfing, where he became a world champion, and later helped pioneer tow-in surfing in the mid-90s. Over the years he has developed a coaching style built around the concepts of visualization. “Telling someone to reach will really only get most people about 80 percent of the way there. Telling someone to reach as if a $100 bill were just outside their grasp usually will get them the rest of the way,” said Kalama in a post about stand up paddling technique on his blog, A Waterman’s Journal. It is perhaps no coincidence that when not coaching or riding waves, Kalama is back home in Hawaii shaping boards for Imagine Paddle Surf.
Joining Kalama at ProSUPShop will be his close friend Jim Terrell – the founder of Quickblade Paddles. Terrell and Kalama are perhaps best known for their prior collaboration in creating the Quickblade V-Drive SUP and outrigger paddle. Together the pair shares a wealth of paddling experience that can be tailored to accommodate both beginners and experienced paddlers alike.
For additional details on this weekend’s clinic or to register, see ProSUPShop.com.