Whitewater Video: Mike T. Breaks down the Backside Crossbow

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River Shredding With Michael Tavares We can't think of anyone we'd rather learn whitewater with than Mike Tavares...he posted this awesome instructional video on his Facebook page on how to do a Backside Crossbow 360 on a river wave.  Makes it look soooooo easy. (And Shred...

Technique with Travis – improve your SUP paddling style

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NSP Team Rider, Travis Grant, 3x Molokai Champion of SUP and 1x Molokai Champion on OC-1, with wins at Carolina Cup, King of the Harbour NZ and countless others and is a coach at Paddle Monster. Also in this how-to series: Technique with Travis – Proper paddle length Technique with...

Competition or Personal Accomplishment: A thought on race courses

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This is an observation for race directors looking to get more people to come and enjoy their races. When you have a challenge that goes beyond a simple 5K or 10K race, one that has obstacles that transcend a straight line, a start and a...

Video: Paddling the V1 Rudderless

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Time in the V1 Rudderless Outrigger Vic Allen gets great coaching in this video in which he makes paddling the V1 Va'a outrigger canoe look easy!    

Confronting the 2018 Racing Season

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Three Weeks Away from Paddle Racing Season The Carolina Cup, what many on the East Coast and in professional racing circles consider as the start of the new racing season, is less than a month away. That means veterans as well as first-timers alike are starting...

Video: Downwinding Beginner Mistakes

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Five Most Common Ocean Downwinding Mistakes Downwinding season is right around the corner, and as the folks from Blue Planet Surf remind us in this video, downwinding in the ocean is very different that in a lake or on a river, even if that river...

How to Pack A Paddle for Air Travel

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Don’t Be Afraid to Fly with Your V-Drive The thought of packing my Quickblade paddles used to scare the living daylights out of me. But, after awhile, I got tired of borrowing blades or renting inferior ones and decided to invest in a good bag...

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...

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...

Surfski Friday: Bracing

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It's All About the Brace I've come to believe that the brace is the most under-taught and under-utilized of the paddle strokes, especially in standup paddling. It is essential in paddling outrigger - because if you do not learn to brace almost without thinking on...

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...

One Board Class: 14 and Under

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First of all, let me be clear. As far as I can see it, there is no dominant governing body that can regulate races. At all. So, no one is imposing anything on anyone. We are a collective group of independents. This could change...

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...

Avoid the Kook Zone: Sup Surfing Do’s and Don’ts

Safe SUP Surfing for the Beginner
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Safe SUP Surfing for the Beginner Slammed We all love the Kookslams Instagram feed, right? But precious few of us would really care to have a video of us posted there.  In fact, I live in abject fear of being a kook in the lineup. When...

Video Trailer: Drafting with Larry Cain!

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SUP Drafting for Racing - Larry Cain Ever want to know what it's like to be Larry Cain, drafting?  Take a look at the new Paddle Monster trailer for his Drafting 101 video and find out!  You'll see how the master does it! The full video...

OC How To: Stay Safe and Carry an Extra Paddle

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Outrigger Canoe Safety Setup John Beausang of DistressedMullet.com / paddlemonster.com shares his outrigger canoe downwinding setup, including how he attaches his spare paddle to his OC1, his leash setup, and hydration method (and tells us why you don't want to carry a water bottle when...

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

Prone Paddleboard Wrightsville Beach, NC shot by Dave Baker
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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...

A Wind (and other relevant conditions) Primer

Deciphering the Wind Forecast
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Deciphering the Wind Forecast Wind. It can either make a great paddle, like when it's ripping toward the West Maui Mountains and the Maliko Downwind run is firing, or it can break us, like the 2016 version of Chattajack, when 25 mile per hour plus...

So You Think You Might Want to Race, Now what?

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Entering your first standup paddleboard race Chances are, if you just bought your first paddleboard and you've discovered you're addicted to it, the thought of entering a paddleboard race has crossed your mind.  Or maybe you've just discovered that sup racing is actually a thing...

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...

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...

So you want to start a paddle race. Here’s a quick list of tips for planning

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A few random suggestions and this is not a complete how-to list. Feel free to add to the bottom: Involve local and regional paddlers in the planning Use standard divisions and practices from the WPA (World Paddle Association) Finding a good date that doesn’t...

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...

Surf Ski 101: Tips and Tricks for Getting out into the Ocean

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Surf Ski Skills: Open Ocean Thinking about taking your surf ski skills to the next level in the open ocean? Before you head out beyond the break, here's some great advice from the folks at Epic Kayak.  You can read the complete article here. Tips for...

OC1 Care – Tips and Tricks to Prolonging the Life of your Canoe

Outrigger canoe care
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So you just bought a canoe, want a canoe, or have a canoe. Regardless of whether you belong in one of those three categories, knowing how to properly care for your outrigger is vital if you want to prolong the life of your craft....
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