Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
(In our case brown)
I'll go see him for lunch today and beat it in his brain.. Mahalo Tim.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wanted to share with you all some info about the shoulders and their impact while paddling. When I started Stand Up over 18 months ago, I had some issues w/ my shoulders. I guess I improved my paddling technique and equipment and became stronger. Here is the 411 on shoulders.. 1st part in a series of future articles
1. Prolonged raised position of the shoulders. Holding any muscle in one position too long can cause strain.
2. Repetitive movements and overuse.
3 .Doing too much too fast.
Any of these may cause inflammation to the shoulder which occurs when a muscle or tendon is stressed beyond its limit and causes microscopic tears. Inflammation is actually a normal part of the healing process. However, if the muscle or tendon is not given enough time to heal before it’s subjected to the same activity, inflammation can become chronic and cause progressive damage to the tissues.
Activities where you repeatedly raise the arms above the shoulders, such as surfing, swimming, and of course paddling, causes the head of the humerus, or ‘ball’, to slightly rotate up in the shoulder ‘socket’ and narrows the small space between the head of the humerus and the bony projection from the top of the shoulder blade (scapula) called the acromion process. This causes friction between the rotator cuff tendon and the acromion process which can develop into irritation and inflammation, better known as rotator cuff tendinitis or tendonosis.
Also, this movement can pinch the sub-acromial bursa, a sac containing a small amount of lubricating fluid, that lies under the roof of the shoulder and develop into shoulder bursitis. ‘Impingement Syndrome’ occurs when there is inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons and the bursa that surrounds the tendons.
Another cause of angst for your shoulders is a tear of the rotator cuff. More common in people over the age of forty, aging can cause degeneration in the tendons leaving them more susceptible to tearing. Advanced degeneration may lead to a tear during normal everyday activity. Acute tearing, although less common, can happen from lifting a heavy object above shoulder level overloading a tendon causing a tear or a sudden arm movement such as throwing.
If during or after stand up paddling you experience pain in the top outer part of the shoulder, or pain when lifting the arm above your shoulders (that may radiate to the elbow), along with pain while lying on the affected area, you need to address these problems or they will worsen. The next two articles will discuss the importance of strengthening and stretching your shoulders, along with specific exercises and stretches you can do to protect them. Also, you will get a personal trainer’s perspective on how to paddle efficiently with proper technique and posture as well as how to choose proper equipment. In the meantime, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
We came upon the Oyster Factory and once again, tourist's heads turned. "What are you doing?" It was funny to see all the people eating dinner through the windows checking us out.
We came around the bends in the marsh and started to head back to Shelter Cove paddling through the shallow water passing a large muddy bed with herons and egrets hanging out. The sun was setting and making the water look pink.
We passed an older couple in a little boat who were out to watch the moonrise as well. It was getting a little darker now as we paddled west in the creek. Stars were starting to glimmer in the sky as the sun faded. As we paddled I saw car headlights on Marshland Road and marveled at the fact that as we were paddling thru serenity, some people were driving, stressing, thinking about their daily grind. Do they know we are out here? No.
Coming back into the Shelter Cove area, it was dark and a boat chugged by sort of scaring me as it was dark and they too probably did not know we were out there. I knew, however, I was in capable hands.
Waiting for the moon was almost torturous because we knew it would be phenomenal. Finally, we saw a little peek over the horizon of bright, bright orange. As orange as you'd ever seen. It came up fast and was like a big orange ball in the sky. We could see the reflection of it on the water and it was amazing. Harvest Moon.
Glen is right when he says this humbles you. How many times can you say "beauty", but it really takes your breath away.
As we paddled into shelter cove, guess what? Curious stares once again. Try it people! You'll love it as we do''
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
This is what life is all about
Full on darkness with the moon over Jesse's shoulder
Nothing like getting ''Mooned''
Paddling under the cover of darkness
Jesse paddled over to the ''Dark Side..''
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
This morning we has some waist- chest high waves in North East winds and wave conditions . Kind of tough and challenging doing a solo Stand Up paddle session. Caught many waves but the 2 ft surface chop and 15-20 knot winds made for a tiring session. In the afternoon session the winds blew much stronger. I ended up prone surfing and almost forgot what that was like. Received some sarcastic comments from my fellow surfers. Even in the sloppy, lumpy, dumpy conditions I had fun..
Looking forward to paddle with my good friend Jesse tomorrow. His first outing after breaking his nose and having surgery.. Will be good to get in the water again and share the SUP experience.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Jamie, I know you have the 10' SUP Bonga model so here is a video of the board in action on some fun Hawaiian waves. The board looks loose on those Hawaiian waves as you are on our waves..
Jamie jammin' on the Bonga Model last week