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How to balance nutrition needs for SUP or other exercise with weight loss

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Throughout our pre- / during- / post-training series I received several requests for information on how to balance nutrition needs for SUP or other exercise with weight loss. Not everyone has racing as his or her primary goal. In fact, I’m willing to bet...

How to convert an insulated bike water bottle into one with a hose for paddleboarding

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This is a step-by step video tutorial on how to make an insulated Polar water bottle into one with a hose for prone paddleboarding. It is one of the amazing tips we learned at the AMAZING prone paddleboard clinic by Cynthia Aguilar in June...

Book Review: How to Increase your Standup Paddle Performance: From Beginner to Elite by Suzie Cooney

Book Review: How to Increase your Standup Paddle Performance: From Beginner to Elite by Suzie Cooney
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When I first started standup paddling some five years ago, there was virtually nothing available, either online, or in bookstores that was especially helpful. One or two books were out there, but the sport was new. I quickly moved beyond the how to's described...

How to Stand Up Paddle with Dave Kalama: Reach

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Dave Kalama gives you tips on your stand up paddle stroke in this Quick Fit for Quickblade and Distressed Mullet. This week: reach in the stand up paddle stroke. Shot by Chris Aguilar. Sponsors: Quickblade Paddles and Distressed Mullet. Please like and share! Check out Dave Kalama: A...

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...

Avoiding “Air Catching” when standup paddleboarding

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by Larry Cain, Head Paddle Coach, Paddle Monster It’s crucially important to spear the blade into the water so that it is actually moving forward as it enters.  This helps us maximize the water we’re able to gather on our blade at the catch, thus...

How to read the Water: And what is an Eddy?

Wrightsville Beach Drawbridge Eddy
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This is another non-expert description of terms you'll find as you learn how to stand up paddle. I am neither a geomorphologists nor a fluid dynamics experts, but I know how to stay out of the current and if you want to do well in...

Seychelle on the most important part of the SUP Paddling Technique—the Catch

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Seychelle, 2019’s World Champ and Paddle Monster Coach, talks about the most important part of SUP Paddling Technique and the paddle stroke... the catch

Get your Riding Bumps Code to Start Training!

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Repost from 2014. Use the coupon code and get your discount: I'm sitting here on my rear waiting to get my cast off and thinking about Chattajack. I don't know if my ankle will be strong enough to stand for that long. I'm just going...

How to Set your Garmin 310XT – The Basics

How to set your Garmin 310XT
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 We've had some questions on how to use a GPS watch. This is a repost of directions Kim Sutton created last year. There is a newer Garmin 910XT model, that Jenny Kalmbach reviews here on the Garmin Blog. Whether you are training for a big event,...

SUP’s Bigfoot: In-Race Nutrition for Ultra-Distance Racing

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This is Part Two in a series from Steve Dullack about ultra-distance racing. Read Part One here. ******* Ultra-long SUP races are a completely different animal than your more traditional 4-8 mile, 1-2 hour SUP race. I like those type of race as well, but I LOVE...

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

Whitewater wisdom from Trey Knight, USNWC

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This is the first on a series of whitewater gear and technique Q/A posts from whitewater sup educators. This one is from Trey Knight, Kayak Program Manager and standup paddle yoda at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC. Question: What kind of basic...

SUP tips: Common beginner mistakes

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Here's a great beginner video on common mistakes beginner paddlers commonly make. We've all been there. The video is by the awesome crew at Blue Planet Surf. For more information on Blue Planet Surf, go to: http://blueplanetsurf.com

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...

Board Meeting Episode 2: Preparing for the Molokai 2 Oahu SUP Race – Part 2

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Here is part 2 of our Molokai 2 Oahu episode where Robert and I continue our discussion on how to prepare for the Molokai 2 Oahu SUP race. We talk about training, fitness, nutrition, using the proper equipment, logistics, and a whole lot more...

How to Put your Paddleboard in the Water and Get it Out

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So, you just bought a shiny new paddleboard! How do you put it in the water and take it out so that you don't break it? How do you avoid getting a ding (What IS a ding? We'll cover that later.) How to put your...

Talking about SUP Yoga with Boga Yoga’s Sarah Callaham

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We were able to float and talk on the Payette River in Cascade, Idaho with Boga Yoga's Sarah Callaham. Sarah answers basic questions on doing yoga on a paddleboard and why the on-the-water practice is so fulfilling. For more information on Sarah, go to: http://www.sarahcallaham.com/ For...

Trailblazers: It’s time to bring your own division

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I've been around events for a long time and there seems to be a consistent theme. With 80,000 potential divisions, people end up paddling a craft, age group, and/or gender that sets them in their own category. Inevitably, they are left out of the awards...

Lesson 1: Determining the right paddle length

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How to find the right paddle for you. A SUP instruction with Dave Kalama. How to paddle on a stand up paddle board. Check out the Naish 2011 stand-up paddling collection at: naishsurfing.com

Fitness Onboard: 25 Days of Fitness

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I kept seeing these awesome fitness guides floating across my Facebook Dashboard and then promptly forgetting to share them with you! But we're only a little over halfway through, so there's still time to catch up! Fitness Onboard is doing 25 Days of Fitness and...

Races are changing, here are some great tips for running and great race

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At one point early on, races were actually about the podium. If you were in a sport with 10 people, you could expect a top 10 finish. Hardware was cool and plentiful. Then, it was finishing high in the age groups. It worked for BOP,...

Biomechanics SUP Series 2 – Posture

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The second video in KIALOA's Biomechanics SUP Series focuses on posture. Learn with us how to paddle longer, paddle stronger. http://www.kialoa.com/biomechanics

Ocean Paddling: Getting Out is All About The Angle

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I took two fabulous clinics at the 2015 Carolina Cup and, while I benefitted tremendously, I took the clinics for YOU. So, in order to milk these babies for all they're worth, I'm going to be posting tidbits one piece at a time. After...

Surf Ski Technique: Greg Barton on the Forward Stroke

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How many times have you heard someone tell you to pull yourself to the paddle, not pull the paddle toward you? That's been a tenant of Greg Barton's forward stroke philosophy for years.  Barton is the Olympic sprint kayaker gold medalist and co-owner and...

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