Op-Ed: How Many SUP Board Classes Should There Be?

How Many SUP Board Classes Should There be
Editor's Note: More thoughts on board lengths and classes from marketer and co-founder of Ke Nalu paddles Bill Babcock How about NONE. None is a nice round number. Why do we even have board classes? Before you start explaining hydrodynamics to me, or what airlines will...

How To Video: Surf Ski Rescue

Assisted Surf Ski Rescues Helping a fellow paddler is something we all will likely have to do at one point or another.  Knowing how to use your craft to rescue someone in the water is essential knowledge.  Here's a great video from  Alex Matthews and...

Cape Cod Great White Sightings Prompt Myriad of Responses

Cape Cod Shark Sightings Two days ago we posted about a SUP paddler who's board was bitten by a Great White Shark off the coast of Cape Cod.  As news reports indicated, seals were in the vicinity and indeed beach goers had apparently witnessed sharks...

Is My PFD Safe? What does it all mean?

USCG v ISO Personal Flotation Devices We recently reviewed two very popular low-volume/profile PFDs that have international safety certifications and are considered safe for use in countries like Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Both have been popular in the surf ski community and are...

Gear Review: Mocke Racer PFD

Low-Profile PFD Does Not Restrict Motion
Low-Profile PFD Does Not Restrict Motion First of all right out of the gate I have to say that this PFD is NOT US Coast Guard approved.  It does, however carry a number of international certifications. Use at your own discretion. After this summer’s discussion...

SUP Safety: One Paddle Shop’s Perspective

Taking SUP Safety Seriously
Taking SUP Safety Seriously As our regular readers know, we've focused a lot on safety this summer, in light of what seems like a high number of SUP-related drownings.  And we've had good conversations on our social media about how to improve use of pdfs...

Downwinder Tuesday: Athens, Greece and the Meltemia Winds

Downwinding Greek Style We just love this.  Mullet reader John Spinoulas sent us this video from last week, when the summer winds known as "Meltemia" created perfect downwinding conditions in Athens. John and his brother got in four great days of downwinding and he captured the highlights...

NY Paddler Death: PFD Was Apparently Worn

Long Island Man Drowns in Upstate NY Lake Last weekend on Lake George, New York, another paddler drowned.  According to the local news, the Post Star, Michael Butler was wearing a PFD - a waist belt inflatable which he did not activate.  As the report...

Hot Time in the Summer: Staying Safe in the Heat

Safe Hot Weather Paddling
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...

Maliko Monday Video: It’s all about the footwork!

Jeremy Riggs and an Epic Maui Downwind Day Paddle with Riggs' Jeremy Riggs is the undisputed Jedi Master of the Maliko Run and in his latest video, he gives us a master class on the art of walking the board.  Conditions on Maui's North Shore...

Interview: Aussie Pro Angie Jackson and One SUP

Angie Jackson - One SUP We had the opportunity to meet Australian paddle champ Angie Jackson in Hood River this past week and Distressed Mullet's Pacific Northwest Correspondent Jhacoli Yang of the Village of Stoke interviewed her about her new line of paddleboard - One...

The Mullet Summer Reading List Part II: More Suggestions

The Distressed Mullet Summer Reading List Part II
The Distressed Mullet Summer Reading List Part II So many books, so little time.  When we started thinking about summer water-related reading, we realized we had lots of suggestions.  So here's Part II of our recommended reading list to help you get inspired, educated and...

California Man Dies After Falling off SUP In Harbor

SoCal Paddleboarder Death With No PFD More details on the 26-year old man who died in Southern California earlier this week when he fell off his paddleboard. He was in the Huntington Beach Harbor. He did not know how to swim. He was not wearing...

A Tale of Two Gorges: The Tennessee River Gorge and The Columbia River Gorge

Paddler's Paradises: The Tennessee River and Columbia River Gorges
Paddler's Paradises: Tennessee River and Columbia River Gorges Not all river gorges are made alike. Some are narrow, snake through the mountains in a elegant, sinuous fashion, while other are wide, deep, and less curvy and can look as rough as the ocean. Two of them, at...

Video: Two-Man Surfski Rides Cyclone Swell – Don’t Try This At Home!

Surf Ski Cyclone Run in South Africa There are no words for this video.  Unless it's just crazy. Flat out crazy. And amazing. But even those fall short. On March 4, 2012,Tropical Cyclone Irina hit Durban, South Africa.  Barry And Mark Lewin went out on a...

Outrigger Monday: V1s off of Kauai

Video VI Outrigger Action off Kauai Feeling those Monday blues? Get medicated by watching Kauai locals Makana Denton and Christian Martson chasing bumps on their V1!! V1 paddling is something special as you need a true feel for the water to make it move smoothly and...

The Mullet Summer Reading Part I: Some Suggestions

 A Paddler's Reading List Much to our chagrine, we can't always be paddling in our copious spare time. But if we can't be out on the water, we can at least read about it.  Whether you're trapped in a car on a long business trip...

SUP Fatalities By The Numbers: A look at 2016 USCG Stats

Dissecting the USCG SUP Accident numbers Good news and bad news this week on the safety front. The bad news Another paddler, a doctor from Toronto, died on Lake Huron over the weekend.  According to news reports, witnesses said 39-year-old Dennis Bowman fell into the water at...

Video: The Epic V5 in the sea and Surf

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

Mullet talks on the CHUM for this week: July 7th

Cape to Cape in Cape May, NJ, Sea Paddle NYC, OABI Detroit, Safety Concerns, KeyVault from Kanulock and an ama rack. See more at Distressedmullet.com

Safety Squeaky Wheel Alert: Know How to Swim and Wear Your PFD!!

Paddle Safety Reminder It’s been a sad holiday weekend, dare I say holiday week, or even summer.  It seems, anecdotally at least, that there has been one report after another about paddlers drowning in any number of circumstances - from tourists renting boards for the...

Surf Ski Tuesday: Another Durban Downwinder

Surf ski Run in South Africa This video by Gareth Miles of a ripping downwind beach finish is full of challenging surf and resulting carnage. If you paddle anywhere and in anything on this Fourth of July, remember to wear your PFD, your leash (even in your...

Kern River on an Inflatable Prone!

Shredding the Whitewater on a prone paddleboard Jack Bark.  He just makes everything look easy. And fun!  Love this video featuring the prone master taking on the whitewater in the Kern River on the new Bark inflatable prone!      

So you want to try prone paddling: nine things to keep in mind

Prone Paddleboard Wrightsville Beach, NC shot by Dave Baker
So you want to try prone paddling Prone boarding is pure.  It’s challenging.  It’s fun.  You get to lie down. The first time I tried it, Katie Elzer-Peters let me climb aboard hers…I almost didn’t give it back. But, it does come with it’s own idiosyncrasies. Balance...

Maui Jim’s Profile of Travis Grant

Profile of Travis Grant In advance of the Molokai to Oahu race coming up in just a few weeks, Maui Jim's has released this awesome video of NSP paddler and Paddle Monster Coach Travis Grant.  What a multi-faceted athlete!!  

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