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The Inland Paddler: New Year, New Things!

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Winging in the New Year Sometimes, I get bored. I get bored quite frequently, actually, when work, weather, whatever, keeps me having to paddle on my local training lake too much.  I am a paddler who needs variety. Too much flatwater and I itch for...

The Inland Paddler’s Holiday Gift Guide

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The Inland Paddler’s Guide to Holiday Gifting for Paddlers It’s that wonderful time of year when, as paddlers we probably have a long list of gadgets and gear we’d love to receive. Or maybe not. If you need to jumpstart your wish list, or just...

Gear Review: O’Neill Hyperfreak Wetsuit

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The Surprising O’Neill Hyperfreak Wetsuit This is a review I never in a million years would have expected to write. If you know me at all, or have followed my posts here on the Mullet, you know I have always bemoaned the advent of neoprene season....

The Inland Paddler: Lucky Number Six – Reflections on Chattajack

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Chattajack 2019 - Lucky Number Six Holy crap! It is hard to fathom that this year, I will have paddled up to the start line of the Chattajack river race six times.  In a row.  When I did that for the first time back in...

The Inland Paddler: Sitting Down and Returning to Paddling Roots

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Sitting Down and Returning to Paddling Roots About 20 years ago (gasp!) a dear friend and I decided to buy kayaks. We both chose Ocean Kayak sit-on-tops as our entry into the paddling world. I wasn’t interested at all in sit-in boats - my friend...

The Inland Paddler: The End of a Season

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The Inland Paddler: Outdoor Instructor Life When you are passionate about something, there is nothing more rewarding than introducing someone to the thing you love the most. And for almost every weekend during the warm months over the last five years, I have been fortunate...

What I Learned on My Summer Vacation: Traveling Cross Country for a SUP Race

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Traveling Cross Country to Race Why on earth would anyone want to load up a 14 foot downwinding board on top of a Honda Element and drive over 2,400 miles for a paddle race? One word: Adventure! After the Mullet did it last year, towing a trailer...

The Mullet is Now a Starboard Dealer!!!

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The Big Announcement! Today, The Mullet announces the next step in our expansion to serve our paddle community. We're very excited to announce that we're now An Official Starboard  Dealer. The entire Mullet team is so excited about adding Starboard equipment to the list of products...

Ohio quarter celebrates Perry’s 2013 Paddleboard victory

Ohio Quarter
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I was sorting through my change this weekend and spotted this celebratory paddleboard quarter. I had no idea how mainstream SUP had become, how popular SUP had become in Ohio. Congrats Perry! Was from Blazing Saddles or Riverfest? No matter. It's impressive. I can...

Welcome to the latest version of Distressed Mullet

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You may have noticed some changes in the Mullet recently. We recently upgraded the Mullet to include a base foundation for some very exciting things to come. You’ll Notice That There Are Numerous New Features Including A ”Who’s Online” Function, A Messages Function, A Very Detailed...

Lessons and Tours: Are you paying attention to your favorite customers?

Homies Relay teams
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A friend with a successful SUP tour and rental business recently shared his success story with me. It was strikingly simple and while I can't share the specifics of who he targeted, I can surely share the how so you can create your own...

What does a cat litter scientist and Charles Barkley have to do with paddling?

shirley wang
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I came across this article a few weeks ago and it struck a chord with me. If you haven't read it yet, Shirley Wang of WBUR, a public radio station in Boston, tells the story of the unlikely friendship between her dad, Lin, a cat...

Eight years ago, I rented a Smart Car and went to BOP :: What’s your worst kookslam moment?

Mullet BOP
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Every once in a while, a Facebook memory throws you down a rabbit hole. I had been publishing the Mullet for a few years at this point and was starting to gain traction with the website. I'd been there the year before with friends who...

Custom Board Candy: Joe Bark Unlimited SUP built for the SEVENTY48 Race

Dean Burke, Joe Bark Custom
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Specs This is a custom Joe Bark UL SUP. "Purpose built" for the SEVENTY48 race. Length: 17' Width: 25" Tail: Square/ 10" wide Nose: Displacement entry....but....has some rocker AND is a bit more rounded on the bottom edges. The entry and the rails were an important discussion point in making this...

If your lower back hurts, you might not be rotating

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I did not stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, which means I'm not qualified to diagnose your injuries or analyze your technique. That said, I learned something interesting that came into play today on my paddle workout: lower back pain and it's reflection...

Paddling around a point, how to avoid the shallows

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We are constantly paddling in the eddies, along the edges of the waterways and right next to shore when going against the prevailing current. Unfortunately, there's always that fear and possibility that you will go too close to shore and have your fin or...

Make friends with your local authorities

Marine Patrol
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From Larry Cain: Tip of the week: get to know your local Marine Police. We see these guys out on the water every day. They know us and we know them. They know we’ve always got our safety gear, are all competent paddlers, usually paddle...

Best of The Mullet Instagram Stream this week

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Here are some of the great photos and videos from the Distressed Mullet Instagram Feed. These are some great people to follow on instagram. Frank Lundy on the downwind in VB No Waves, No Worries A post shared by Franklin Lundy (@franklinlundy) on Jul 7, 2018 at...

The Inland Paddler: Amor Fati

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Live Like Cody I have not been seriously hurt that often - a torn MCL longboard skating and then 27 stitches in my calf thanks to a sup surf fin. After each of those incidents, I was admonished on more than one occasion to rethink...

The Inland Paddler: Getting Back to the Roots

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Paddling is Paddling It’s funny how we sometimes define ourselves by what we paddle - what craft - SUP, OC, Prone, Ski - or by what kind of blade we use - single, double, none. My gateway to paddlesports was sea kayaking. I picked up my...

The Inland Paddler: Eagle Wisdom

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Learning and Adapting in the 2018 Paddle Season Anyone who reads this blog, or my social media channels or sees me at events, knows paddle surfing and downwinding have become my obsessions. Whether it's on a SUP, an OC or hopefully, a surfski...I love catching...

Staying Safe on Holiday Weekends with examples for Wrightsville Beach

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Holiday Weekends are dangerous for paddlers. Mostly because people have an easier time getting a 32-foot motorboat into the water and up to full throttle than they have to adopt a stray cat. AND, they have the right of way over SUPs. It's scary,...

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...

The Inland Paddler: What I Learned at PaddleSurf Camp

A Week at Nosara Paddlesurf
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A Week at Nosara Paddlesurf One of my local sup surfing heroes once said, “ A week of intense surfing at a much more challenging, bigger break is like an entire season’s worth of waves at home. “ Haywood is right. After a week at the...

The Inland Paddler: Top Ten Things to Love About March (and a few we don’t)

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Being a Paddler in Late February and March Ah the promise of Spring! Here in the Carolinas we’re seeing it in the blossoming Bradford Pear trees, which are now in full bloom....in the Spring Peeper frogs who have started seranading us in the evenings, and...

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