Welcome to Mondays With The Mad Scientist!
This is a guest column by four-time Olympian, Quickblade Paddles
founder and all round SUP guru, Jim Terrell.
Jim will be sharing his secrets for becoming a fitter, faster, smarter and better Stand Up Paddle racer. Check out the Mad Scientist's current posts below and keep following SUPracer.com for more great insights...
I’ve noticed that more and more of the races I’ve been to over the past few years have been getting serious and offering solid prize money to competitors. This is a good thing for the sport in my opinion, as it makes us more professional and helps support the elite athletes, some of whom literally train full time for these events.
But first let me just say: I am a big believer that if you host a well run, organized, fun event, then people will participate regardless of prize money. I don’t believe we should be paddling just for the money, and a cash prize purse is not absolutely required to draw good paddlers, however it can definitely help if done right.
But here’s the thing… what myself and probably everyone else has noticed is that *some* of these events don’t seem to be giving women their fair share of the prize money split. In fact it’s not just some SUP races, it’s almost all of them… → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: In this week’s Mondays With The Mad Scientist, Jim Terrell follows up on his massively popular article about board restrictions and the future of our sport.
Thousands and thousands of people viewed the article last Monday. There were over 1,000 Likes (a record on SUPracer.com) and 100+ comments, the majority of them positive and most of them agreeing that *something* had to be done, though often with questions about exactly how Jim came up with his proposed restrictions. So this week Jimmy responds to the five most popular questions about why this would be a good idea. Take it away Jim… → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: Jim Terrell is one of the most influential figures in Stand Up Paddle racing. As a 4x time Olympian, founder of the iconic Quickblade Paddles and an established SUP racer in his own right, Jim is in a unique position to comment on the current and future trends impacting our sport.
The debate about board classes and design restrictions has been raging for months now (partly thanks to us) and now the Mad Scientist is having his say. Jim believes the sport is at huge risk due to radical new designs, and that something has to be done to save it. During his time in canoe racing, Jim had his finger on the pulse of board design evolution more than perhaps any other paddler in the world. He’s seen this exact same problem (and fierce debate) before, when Olympic and Marathon Canoeing went through extreme growing pains as designs became too extreme and inaccessible for beginners.
So read the guest post from Jim Terrell below. It’s a controversial one for sure… But whether you love it or hate it, leave your comment as we’d really like to hear your thoughts. → READ MORE
Last week Jim Terrell from Quickblade talked about Stand Up Paddling in the Olympics - if/why/when/how it should be there… but now we want to know exactly what SUP racing will look like if it ever makes the Olympics.
So sit back and enjoy Jim Terrell’s SUP Racing In The Olympics: Part 2. → READ MORE
On this week’s “Mondays With The Mad Scientist!” you can find out what Quickblade’s Jim Terrell thinks about Stand Up Paddling in the Olympics. Should SUP racing ever make the Olympic Games? If it did, what would it look like? And when would it get there?!
Click through to watch… → READ MORE
Jim Terrell and the Team at Quickblade Paddles are known around the world as one of the most successful Stand Up Paddle racing teams. Their roster boasts the likes of Jamie Mitchell, Candice Appleby, Chase Kosterlitz, Fernando Stalla and dozens more of the world’s finest.
But now in this SUPracer exlusive, we can reveal the secret, ultra-stealth new training techniques being deployed by the Mad Scientist, Jim Terrell, to give his team that extra boost when they paddle. The secret’s out… CLICK THROUGH TO WATCH → READ MORE
Watch Jim Terrell (aka the Mad Scientist from Quickblade Paddles) preview this weekend’s big Battle of the Paddle race.
Jim has raced every Battle of the Paddle going right back to the first event in 2008, so he’s seen more BoP action than most. Listen to his predictions for the Elite Race plus find out what he thinks about racing in the waves. Click through to watch: → READ MORE
Here’s an oldie but a goodie from Jim Terrell and Quickblade Paddles.
This video from the Mad Scientist breaks down the stand up paddle stroke and shows you how to paddle faster & more efficiently → READ MORE
Time for another Monday’s With The Mad Scientist! This week, Quickblade’s Jim Terrell shares his thoughts on the future of SUP and how we can get bigger crowds, larger audiences and more lucrative sponsorships.
As always not everyone’s going to agree, so click through and see for yourself, then join the debate by leaving a comment after you’ve read Jim’s post… → READ MORE
This week on Monday’s With The Mad Scientist! Jim Terrell shares his unique insights into sprint racing plus we get a sneak peek at a his crazy new concept SUP race board.
There’s also a great video from the recent Silver Blade Regatta SUP race, so click through to check it all out… → READ MORE
Check out what Quickblade’s Jim Terrell thinks about “Board Classes” in stand up paddle racing. Do you agree or disagree? Click through to watch the video, then leave a comment and let us know what you think. → READ MORE
Check out what Quickblade’s Jim Terrell thinks about “drafting” in stand up paddle racing. It’s a hot topic in our sport right now… so click through, watch the video interview, and then tell us: Do you agree or disagree with the Mad Scientist?! → READ MORE
The Waikiki Paddle Festival has just wrapped up and it was a massive weekend of stand up paddle racing. Quickblade’s Jim Terrell was in town to be part of the fun, so we grabbed a special Mondays With The Mad Scientist! Waikiki Video Edition. Click through to watch Jim’s recap of the event… → READ MORE
Check out Jim Terrell’s recap of the 2012 Carolina Cup SUP race. The Quickblade Paddles founder finished 5th in a super strong field and has some awesome insights into elite SUP racing. Click through for the full story… → READ MORE
If you’re anything like me, your goal is to paddle faster than everyone else every time you enter a race.
The only way to do that is obviously through a lot of training, but how focused is your routine? And are you really getting maximum benefits out of every SUP training session?
Simply just spending “more time on the water” is a great start, but unless you’re using a set training routine to work towards an end goal, you’re going to be wasting a LOT of the potential gains in paddling speed and fitness. → READ MORE