Paddling Awareness: Understand the Risks of Standup Paddling

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Editor's Note: It should be obvious that all of us at Paddle Monster LOVE paddling - we want everyone to love it! But if you have a bad experience on the water, especially one where your are injured or have a near miss, then...

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...

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...

Knowing When It’s Okay to Go Paddling: How to Improve your Skills Safely

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How do we know when its okay to go paddling? It's raining. It's kind of windy. There are whitecaps. The waves look big. How do I know if it's safe for me to go paddling? There is a fine line between testing yourself and progressing with...

Gear Review: ACR Aqualink 406 MHz GPS Personal Locator Beacon

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UPDATE: As of June, 2021 the MSRP of this valuable device has increased by about $40 since we wrote this review in 2016. Also, I have had a chance to paddle with this device several times, including multiple downwind runs on Maui and in the...

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...

SUP How To: Falling

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Falling the Right Way After our recent discussion on falling and not being afraid to, several folks suggested we follow up by talking about how to fall. Awesome idea! Knowing how to fall off a sup is a lot like knowing how to fall off a...

Blown a Mile Offshore: What Would You Do?

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Blown a mile offshore: What Would You Do? Several news stories captured my attention over the last few days, prompting me to again think about the what if’s of paddling and how I’d handle them. First off, this one from Hawaii.  Just a day after returning...

What You Should do Before that First Spring Paddle

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Ah spring! That wonderful time of year when nature explodes after the dark, dank grey of winter and re-ignites our paddling souls!  The air temperature warms up, and we dream of barefoot paddles, board shorts and bathing suits and refreshing dips in our local...

PFDs, Leashes and Lives: How Do We Get the Message Across?

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A Note on the Cover Photo: Current US Coast Guard regulations only require a PFD be on the board, as shown in the photo above. But it is extremely difficult to put a PFD on in an emergency situation, or if the board gets...

Save A Session Kit: Items to Always Have on Hand Just in Case

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Save-A-Session Kits If you’ve ever arrived at your paddle destination all excited for a workout or a surf with you buddies, only to realize someone doesn’t have a fin screw, then this is for you. It happens - we forget things. Things break. But keeping...

NY Paddler Death: PFD Was Apparently Worn

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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...

Summertime Paddle Safety Reminder: Safety Never Gets Old

Paddle Safety Tips Refresher
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Paddle Safety Tips Refresher Just in the last week, local news reports have included stories about fatal accidents involving paddle boarders. On a small lake in Indiana, a man fell off his board, starting having trouble and disappeared under the water.  Search and Rescue crews...

Ocean Safety is Ocean Safety – No Matter Where You Are

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This Winter on Maui has been big, even already this early in the season, and recent incidents there prompted our friend Suzie Cooney to write a great post on her Maliko Run blog about safety.  Her advice is solid no matter where you paddle,...

Safety First – A Primer on How to Get Back to Paddling Safely

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How to Get Back To Paddling Safely It’s that time of year -many of us are returning to our favorite paddle spots, so it’s time for a refresher on how to get back to paddling safely.  Last year during the onset of the pandemic, lots...

USCG 2019 Recreational Boating Statistics and Paddling

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The U.S. Coast Guard has released its accident, injury and death statistics for 2019 and as always the results are interesting. Here are the top takeaways overall: Number of Accidents: 4,168 Number of Deaths: 613 Number of Injuries: 2,559 Now keep in mind this involves all...

Paddling Solo Safely: Tech that Will Give You Peace of Mind

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Using Tech for Paddling Alone Safely A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I wrote a post on handy apps to help you stay safer on water - especially if you paddle alone.  Let’s face it, despite the admonishions of well-meaning friends...

How To Video: Surf Ski Rescue

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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...

Costco Promotes Paddle Safety

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Costco Magazine Features Leashes and PFDs Giving a hat tip to Costco - the warehouse retailer that often is the gateway for new SUP and kayak paddlers attracted to low-cost boards and boats - for emphasizing safety in the latest issue of its membership mailer,...

SUP Safety: One Paddle Shop’s Perspective

Taking SUP Safety Seriously
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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...

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...

The Save a Paddle Kit: Five Things Every Paddler Should Keep Handy

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Save a Paddle Kit   Beyond the obvious - leash, life jacket, water, communication, first aid - here's a cheat sheet for your Save A Paddle Kit...five things that can get you in the water, instead of heading for home when your gear fails. Provided you...

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...

How to Know Which SUP Leash to Use

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How do I know which SUP leash to use? Buying a SUP? Don’t forget to get a leash to go with it!  Leashes save lives.  They are an important safety device for paddling because they keep you connected to your board, outrigger or surfski. But...

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...
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