Thank you for being a part of the Paddle Monster 100 Day Challenge. We have enjoyed managing and evolving the 100 Challenge these past few years and are making some changes that will make this group even better. If 2020 has taught us one thing, it’s to be ready to adapt. We’re adapting.
First, we are opening the group up for even more discussions. We’ve noticed more questions from new paddlers and old. We’ve noticed discussions that would usually be outside the realm of the challenges at hand. And we’ve loved these. Whereas before, we wanted to only include posts about paddling and experiences directly related to the challenge at hand, now we want to expand those rules to include any questions you may have about paddling or gear, where to paddle, technique, races—whatever floats your boat and is paddling related is welcome. If you want to know how to fix a ding, how to paddle straight, who makes the best PFDs, where to paddle, where to rent or borrow a board, event questions, where to stay, or arrange a paddling meetup, post it. Ask it. And while we’re still not sure why anyone would put 5 fins on the bottom of a board, we’re open for the discussion.
For the challenges, we’ve held to 100-day challenges structure for a long time. Usually we have 3 challenges per year with some buffer time in between. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s been that we need to manage and adjust our expectations and change to make the most of our situation and our paddling time. That said, we will be creating a series of new challenges, with different durations, with the goal of both bringing us closer together as a community and using our strength in numbers to give back and make the world a better place.
As always, this is a place where people train and paddle. Invite friends. All discussions have to closely relate to paddling. Post with or without doing the challenge. Just be active with the group, a part of our community. Some of the information will be shifting to paddlechallenges.com. We will have a leaderboard and other resources through paddlechallenges.com at times, but the discussion element for the challenges will remain on facebook. We still ask you to list any classifieds on Paddle Monster. And as usual, we have a zero tolerance policy for abuse. Businesses are not allowed to promote or post, but we welcome swag and giveaways, so please contact us for sponsorship opportunities.
Most of all, we will continue to treat each other with kindness and compassion and respect and celebrate our shared love and passion for paddling. And we will protect our waterways not just for our enjoyment, but for the health and wellbeing of us all.
The next challenge announcement is tomorrow. The next challenge starts Labor Day Weekend.