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Gear Review: NRS HydroSkin Paddling Gloves

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It is 25 degrees here today in Virginia Beach but with the wind chill it is about 13 so I think today is a great day to stay inside, have a good cup of coffee, and talk about cold weather paddling.  In past winters...

Things I am Learning Paddling Surf Ski

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I've only just started experiencing in the surf ski...and there's a full blog post marinating...but at this early stage in the transition from double to single and back to double-bladed paddling there are some things that immediately have come to mind. And I haven't...

Another Casualty – Watch Over Your Ohana and Don’t Take Safety for Granted

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It's with incredible sadness that another friend in our paddle community, Josh Hensley, has passed. After another paddle death, the community world-wide mourns. We just can’t believe that it happened. Regardless if you knew Josh or not, you mourn. You wonder if it could...

Downwinding With Joe and Jack Bark

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This might very well be the video that piqued my interest in paddling prone. It features Joe and Jack Bark, Steve Shlens, Joel Pepper, and Reno Caldwell getting some training in several years ago, and it's shot by the extremely talented folks at Fin Film Company,...

2019 Carolina Pro-Am:Returning to Wrightsville Beach, NC April 20-21

Carolina Pro-Am SUP Surf
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South End Surf Shop proudly announces the Salt Life Carolina Pro-Am to be held on April 20-21, 2019 at Wrightsville Beach, NC. The fifth annual SUP Surf event brings together the top amateurs and the world's best sup surfers to North Carolina. This contest...

Cold Water Safety is No Joke

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The days might be getting warmer as we inch closer to spring but this video is a good reminder of why we really need to dress for the water temperature, even if it means extra sweating and getting funny looks. Cold water safety is...

How to Choose Your First Paddleboard: A Beginner’s Primer

How to choose your first paddleboard
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How to choose your first paddleboard Paddling season is here!  Maybe you tried SUP last year and have decided it’s time to take the plunge and get your own board. Maybe you just think it looks fun and cool and you want to give it a...

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...

Leashes 101: It’s that Time Again

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It’s time to talk about leashes. Why we need them. What kind to use. What kind not to use and how to take care of them. Again.  Lots of new folks are joining us on the water during the pandemic so here's a primer. Why...

430 Miles Down the Wisconsin River to tell a “Good News Story”

Jesse Hieb Wisconsin River
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When I talked via smartphone to Jesse Hieb, he had only been off the Wisconsin River for about an hour or so, after a full day of paddling 32 miles. It was his second day on the water and he was trying to make...

Race Profile: 2017 Carolina Cup 9-mile Six Man Outrigger Canoe Race

Expanded OC-6 Event at the Carolina Cup
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Expanded OC-6 Event at the Carolina Cup This year, many new things are being added to the infamous Carolina Cup, including the all new nine-mile, six-man outrigger canoe race. Teams will race the well known Surf to Sound “9-mile flatwater championship” course, with different gender...

Reading the Water with Oscar Chalupsky – Downwind Surf Ski Technique

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Downwind Surf Ski Skills Reading the water and the bumps is a key skill when it comes to learning how to downwind - regardless of whether your are paddling SUP, OC or surf ski.  In this video from Epic Kayaks, surf ski icon Oscar Chalupsky...

NCP heating up the Prone paddleboard molds and continues killer customs tradition

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If you are following Brian Szymanski on Instagram (@brianszymanski8560), you've been watching some seriously cool boards coming out of North County Paddleboards (NCP) (Instagram @ncp_paddleboards). If you are unfamiliar with NCP, you should look into them. They've been around for a LONG time and...

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...

Monday Warm-up: Thread the Needle

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Sey Chelle’s Thread the Needle Sup Warmup This is a warm up exercise version of one of my all time favorite Thoracic spine openers, Thread the Needle Pose. This will open up all the intercostal muscles (rib cage) as well as the muscles underneath your...

Gear Review: ACR Aqualink 406 MHz GPS Personal Locator Beacon

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This is kind of a odd "review."  I can't really test the ACR Aqualink Personal Locator Beacon to its full capacity and nor would I really want to.  I hope never to have to use this device.  But, ever since reading about some near-misses...

Video: Bad Magic by Valkyrie Downwind

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Moody downwind love on Valentine's Day Subscribe to Valkyrie Downwind on Youtube for their latest videos

Hot Time in the Summer: Staying Safe in the Heat

Safe Hot Weather Paddling
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Safe Hot Weather Paddling A summer time heat wave is hitting many parts of the paddling world, and as training ramps up for some of the big races and events like Sea Paddle NYC and Chattajack, it's a good time for a heat safety refresher. Even...

Video: The Epic V5 in the sea and Surf

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James Smith takes the new V5 composite surf ski out for s spin in the waves off Kure Beach, NC.

Video: Sizing Your OC Paddle

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Picking out your first OC paddle So, maybe you've just succumbed to the pull of outrigger canoe and you're about to get your first OC paddle.  Might want to review this helpful video from Dave and Meg Chun at Kialoa before your pick your blade...

SUP-n-Surf Retreat with Sean Poynter and Ian Cairns

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Sean Poynter Sean Poynter, a two-time ISA SUP Surfing Gold Medalist, top competitor on the Stand Up World Tour, host of numerous SUP clinics, and creator of the online “SUP Surf Tips” series is now partnering with his longtime coach Ian Cairns to co-host the...

How to Prone Paddleboard Part 2: Getting Started with Jack Bark

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Jack Bark guides you how to get on a prone (traditional) paddleboard and a basic stroke. Shot by Chris Aguilar. Sponsors: Bark Paddleboards, Surftech and Distressed Mullet. Please like and share! Check out Surftech: http://www.surftech.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/Surftech-SUP/108453439180132?fref=ts Check out Bark Paddleboards: http://www.joebark.com

Epic Cuba 2 Florida Paddle About to Launch

Cuba 2 Florida Epic Paddle
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Cuba 2 Florida Epic Paddle Prone paddlers extraordinaire Cynthia Aguilar, Aimee Spector and Karen Figueroa  are getting set to paddle from Cuba to the Florida Keys to raise money for several charities, including Special Olympics Florida, Inc. and Ocean of Hope. Here's how they describe their expedition on...

Halloween Standup Paddleboard Fun

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FREAKY FLOTILLA Check out more photos and tag yourself on Carolina Paddleboard Company's Facebook page here Fun stuff from Instagram and beyond Olaf and the hotdog paddleboard sesh. #paddleboard #paddleboarding #SUP #sunrisepaddleboards #SOFLO #standuppaddleboard #suplife #watersports #suptime #supfun #supforsale #floridasaltlife #isup #ipaddleboard #supyoga #paddleboardyoga #supinstructor #paddleboardinstructor #myjob...

On the Water 2: Video for A Cold Winter’s Day

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"It's more than just about going fast....it's that connection you get when you put your paddle in the water..." Exactly. This is a beautiful video from Makana Denton and Open Ocean Outrigger and SUP and it pretty much sum it up.  File this under Things We...
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