Kia ora! I’m Hiria

If you want to be your best on the water, you must be your best off the water.

You have to value yourself enough to live for your dreams, because when you take care of yourself as a whole person, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

It starts with mindset – the daily practice of connecting within, letting go of bad habits and limiting beliefs, and tuning into your body and your environment.

When you know who you are, you can stand in your own space.  You can let go of the fads, and train in a way that’s right for you.

The more you focus on the present moment, the easier paddling becomes.  You work with the water, feel lighter, have more energy and move with your natural strengths, achieving better results, with less time in the gym.

Change your life and you will change your paddling –

Change your paddling and you will change your life


I work with…

People who have hit a wall in their training, are not performing on race day or who have been thrown off course by injury or personal circumstance, and don’t know how to get back on track.

My story…

My name is Hiria and I am a mama, wife, surfer, paddler, business owner,  and big dreamer from Papamoa Beach, Aotearoa, NZ.  My blog began as a personal journey through the tides of life and how the ocean and waterways help me to maintain some sort of balance.  I am passionate about surfing, paddling and all things water and encourage all I meet to give it a go.   It has changed my life for the better. If I can inspire one person then my job is done.

I had a burning desire to share all the things that I love to do but was afraid to share it as me.  So I created Soulwater, as a way to take back ownership of my life like a mother! To deal with the depression that had reared its ugly head again when I found out I was pregnant with my last baby, number four.

I also started this blog to record my feelings and have some accountability to myself to stay on track.  There is just something about shouting your intent out to the world to motivate you to stay on track.

Soulwater was a way for me to connect to my soul, through the water.  And now it has become a metaphor for living the best life that I can for me and for others.  It promotes connection, movement, mindfulness and good food. All the key elements to living a healthy balanced life right now.

With my background in education, and public health coupled with my experience I am now helping other motivated paddlers to take back control of their lives and becoming the best possible paddler that they can be on and off the water.

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2 thoughts on “Kia ora! I’m Hiria

  1. Barbara Leites. Ara Barbara Mayer Leites on FB. (Web site is life as painter) says:

    Loved the video on rigging the V1 recently on FB. How can I get a copy? And any future ones?
    Learned that I don’t know what I don’t know and it seems HUGE! I’m 75 and won the 500 meter gold medal in 2016 Australia Women’s World Sprints over 70 V1 division as a novice. Just purchased the Fa’a Va’a III from Tiger Canoes, Big Island, Hawaii and going to Tahiti in July for 2018 World Sprints. I paddle in Santa Cruz, CA. I am JUST LEARNING HOW TO MAKE IT RUN the best. Know very little about rigging but think I’m body centered. Mindset critical (confidence) and training in gym too. THANK YOU for you and your sharing of information. Do not have a V1 coach – self taught after 2 lessons on Oahu in winter 2015.

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    • Hiria Rolleston - Mindset Trainer for Paddlers says:

      Kia ora Barbara. Thank you so much for your words. I haven’t had a chance to do the video yet but for any of my vids head to my Facebook page – Eastcoast Paddler Aotearoa. That’s where I keep all my technical stuff for now. I am in the middle of getting ready to launch a project that will support growth such as this within the month. Stay in touch x


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