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Safety on the Carolina Cup Graveyard Course

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How to have a Great Graveyard Course at the Carolina Cup When it comes to safety at Wrightsville Beach, Dave Baker is the man. If he says it, and it's about water safety, you know it is true. And he is an accomplished paddler and...

Safety Checklist for the Carolina Cup

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Safety Gear for Paddle Racing First time doing the Carolina Cup, or any race this year? Not sure what to bring? Here's our checklist for safety gear essentials. All Races/All Craft: Leash - coiled so that it will stay out of your way and out of...

Going to Surf Camp: Nosara Paddlesurf

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A Week at Nosara Paddlesurf Hello Mother, Hello Father, Here I am at Camp Nosara (PaddleSurf) I never got to go to “sleep away” camp when I was a kid. So being here at Nosara Paddlesurf's weeklong, intensive, total immersion surf camp with Infinity’s Dave Boehne and...

Monday Warm-up: Thread the Needle

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Sey Chelle’s Thread the Needle Sup Warmup This is one of our all-time favorite yoga poses for really getting into the shoulders.  Paddle Monster Coach Sey Chelle shows you the right way to “thread the needle.”    

Yoga in Thailand with Kelly Huck, Starboard Ambassador

SUNRISE SUP YOGA IN CHUMPHON
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Editor’s Note:Seems like yoga has enraptured, rejuvenated and inspirated many paddlers lately, and rightly so.  Here’s the experience Starboard SUP Yoga Ambassador Kelly Huck of SoCal Paddle Yoga in Mission Viejo, CA had on a recent trip to Chumphon, Thailand, where she took a break from her...

Outrigger Monday: The Yoga Epiphany

Yoga For Outrigger and Sup Paddling
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Yoga For Outrigger and Sup Paddling Aloha all! I want to share with you something that has been a huge part of my training regime this past off-season and now pre/in-season. It has helped my technique, stroke efficiency, speed, workout recovery, as well as my...

Off Season Maui Downwinder Edit With Jeremy Riggs and Friends

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Winter Downwind Paddling Maui Style When Maliko is a no-go, often times it gets good on the South side of Maui, especially this time of year.  Jeremy Riggs of Paddle with Riggs has put together another epic video of what it’s like when the Kihei...

Vinyasa Flow Yoga for Paddlers with Seychelle

Yoga with Seychelle
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Yoga with Seychelle Take a look at Paddle Monster Coach Seychelle's yoga flow ( series of poses) that will not only loosen you up but also help you strengthen up your whole body. Coach Seychelle's yoga series is available on the Paddle Monster Training Platform. Join...

Gear Review: Active Skin Repair

Skin Repair and Protection for Outdoor Athletes
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Skin Repair and Protection for Outdoor Athletes So, after putting 27 stitches in my left calf this summer, I think I know a little bit about skin repair. I learned a TON during my bi-monthly sessions at the UNC-Rex Hospital wound care clinic about how...

Outrigger Tuesday: Training Run with Danny Ching and Ryland Hart

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Outrigger Training Motivation - Danny Ching Style! Most of us are getting back into the groove of training for big races such as the Carolina Cup, Sharkbite Challenge, Olukai, and many, many, more. Get pumped and stoked on outrigger by watching this epic video of...

Training Video: Don’t Just Survive, Thrive!

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Thriving in Paddle Training Just doing the miles isn’t enough. To perform well, you need to do more than just miles. Paddle Monster Coach Larry Cain explains how bringing in different elements of training while simultaneously putting in the miles, is the different from a...

Surfski Monday: The Doctor Downwind Race 2017 Edition

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The Doctor Downwinder As a fan of the long-running BBC TV show “Doctor Who”, the title of this race has always grabbed me...but it’s definitely a Bucket List race for all the right reasons, the name aside.  Here’s a look at last year’s course from...

Prone Paddleboarding 101 with Jack Bark

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Joe Bark's shapes are unmistakable.  Period. When I came to my first SUP race, six years or so ago (the Cold Stroke Classic) Bark SUP boards were pretty much all I noticed. They are unmistakable too, but when I think of a classic Joe Bark...

Stories We Love: Another Wildlife Rescue Via Sup

SUP Rescue of An Entrapped GooseSUP Rescue of An Entrapped Goose
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SUP Rescue of An Entrapped Goose Editor’s Note: Even in an urban aquatic environment like what you find in the tidal basins around Washington, D.C. you can have wildlife encounters.  Our friend Veronica Lee’s recent experience with a Canada Goose, caught in fishing line underscores...

Photo Gallery: Winter Wonderland

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Winter Paddle Warriors The members of the Paddle Monster 100 Day Paddle Challenge Facebook group are a hearty bunch! Here are just a few examples of these paddle warriors battling the elements on what has already been called one of the coldest winters in quite...

Paddling Through Cold and Flu Season

Cold and Flu Season and Paddling
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Cold and Flu Season and Paddling Last year, I managed to get through the entire winter without a single cold.  I chocked it up to good self care: resting when I needed to, along with using essential oils and other natural strategies to stay healthy. Apparently...

The Other Maui Downwinder: The Kihei Run

Downwind Paddling - Kihei Side
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Downwind Paddling - Kihei Side   It’s not always fun and downwinders on the North Shore of Maui. Contrary to the idealized notion that Maui’s weather is perennially perfect and so much more consistent than conditions anywhere else on the the planet, sometimes Maliko is a...

Surfski Monday: Epic Kayaks in Hawaii

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Surfski Life We will admit it: we are dragging just a little bit on this Monday morning.  But this video from Epic Kayaks gets our blood going.  Watch for the shot of the ski on the wave at about :30 seconds in, with the surfer. ...

Video: Na Wahine Ikaika

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Outrigger Racing: Na Wahine Ikaika Once a year, the Kanaka Ikaika Racing Association holds the Na Wahine Ikaika. This is a women-only event, open to all crafts, and is more than just a race. Being held the day before the Molokai Hoe - a race that...

Video: Cast Your Fate To The Wind

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Prone Downwinding   We l0ve this video edit of the prone downwinding by Frank Lundy!        

Infographics: Leashes and PFDS

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Quick References for Key SUP Safety Gear The American Canoe and Kayak Association has come up with some handy infographics to quickly and clearly communicate how and why and which leashes and PFDs should be used for stand up paddling.  Take a look, and pass...

Video: Surfski Self-Rescue

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How to Remount a Surfski Surfski is growing in popularity...as more and more paddle athletes are seeing its value as a cross training tool and are lured into it by the speed and the fun. (That's my excuse, anyway - I take possession of my...

Outrigger Saturday: Feeling the Paddle…from a Unique Perspective

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An Inspiring Outrigger Paddle Review We stumbled onto this amazing video by Hawaii filmmaker Ann Allen and OC paddler Vic Allen of Blindfaithmac.com in which Vic, who is blind, reviews the Kialoa Hoku Paddle. Vic's description of the feel of the paddle are amazing, and so...

The Top Ten Things to Love About the Off Season

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Time Off From Paddle Training Yes, we all really know that there is no such thing as the "off season." Even taking a scheduled break is really part of training. It is as necessary as those intervals and drills are.  And I for one, am...

Surfski Tuesday: Dawid Mocke and the Falkland Sound Crossing

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First Downwind Surfski Run Across the Falkland Sound Dawid Mocke is an amazing surfski racer and design innovator....as well as pioneer. Three days ago, he left the Falkland Islands after becoming one of the first surfski paddlers to cross the Falkland Sounds.  You can read...

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