PFD Exception for Prone – Traditional Paddleboards

According to the Coast Guard, vessels propelled by hands or feet without the use of engines, sails, oars, paddles, propellers (the rule gives the full list) are excepted from the USCG life jacket requirement as per rule 33 CFR 175.11 (CFR stands for Code...

Drysuit Comparison: Starboard All Star SUP Suit v. Ocean Rodeo Heat

Cold Weather Options
Dress for the Water: A Comparison of Cold Weather Options The days are starting to get longer, and here in the South we've had some extremely unseasonably warm weather lately, but the water is still cold. My flatwater paddling venues still are well below the...

Battle of the Bottles: Avex and Fifty/Fifty Product Review

Fifty/Fifty Bottles
Once I find a product I really, really like, I will be the first to admit that my mind closes like a bear trap to anything else that competes with it.  At the same time, something new and shiny (ooh shiny shiny!) with appealing...

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

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...

Footwear Review: Bedrock Carin Pro Minimalist Sandal

Bedrock Minimal Sandals - Perfect in and out of the water
Bedrock Minimal Sandals - Perfect in and out of the water In my sup classes, I am often asked what you should wear on your feet while you sup. I absolutely, positively prefer to go barefoot because of board feel (ie a better connection with...

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

Dean Burke, Joe Bark Custom
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...

Buy Local Shop Profile: PappaSurf, Nassau, Bahamas

Buy Local Shop PappaSurf
Location Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas What board companies do you carry? We carry BOTE, SUPLove, Naish, 404, Boardworks, SIC, Surftech, Imagine, YOLO, Starboard, Lakeshore, Riviera, Kialoa and Hobie. What paddles do you carry? Naish, Starboard, Riviera, Imagine, YOLO, SIC, Epic Gear, Sawyer, Liquid Shredder, Axe, Kialoa and Torch Paddle. Do...

Buy Local SUP Shop Profile: Carolina Paddleboard Co.

Carolina Paddleboard Co.
Carolina Paddleboard Company is located in Wrightsville Beach/Wilmington, NC, one of the most popular standup paddleboard and paddleboard hubs in the world. Their connection to the community and continued investment in the sport make them one of the top SUP shops in the US. They...

Gear Review: NSP 9’8″ Elements SUP Surf Board

NSP Element
Looking for a board to up my skills I bought the NSP Elements 9’8” as a vacation board. I’m a very casual surfer. Big waves make me nervous, but I was hoping to change that. The only thing I’ve had for the surf so far...

Custom Board Candy: April Zilg’s Custom Hobie Apex Raw

April Zilg talks about her custom 12'6" Hobie Apex Raw race stand up paddle board shaped by Mark Johnson. When to order a custom board: When you know exactly what you want to change on a production board When the conditions you paddle in dictate specific design...

Gear Review: CamelBak 70 oz 2L Molokai Hydration Pack

Molokai CamelBak Review
The Camelbak Molokai 70 oz hydration vest was designed specifically for kayaking or standup paddling. I bought one last year to use for long distance paddling where I needed to bring not just sufficient hydration, but also nutrition that I could access easily. When...

Whitewater SUP and Leashes

Leashes in whitewater
by Trey Knight The topic of leashes in whitewater paddling on a SUP is complicated, unique and a personal choice. I hope to bring some new perspective to people’s view on this and help them increase their sphere of awareness on the river. This article...

Gear Review: ACR Aqualink 406 MHz GPS Personal Locator Beacon

This is kind of a odd "review."  I can't really test the ACR Aqualink Personal Locator Beacon to its full capacity and nor would I really want to.  I hope never to have to use this device.  But, ever since reading about some near-misses...

Paddle Monster and Distressed Mullet are Merging into the New Paddle Monster

Paddle Monster Merger
I have news. But first, some quick background... For the past 12 years, I have been publishing posts about paddling on the Distressed Mullet. In that time, we’ve produced over 13,000 posts celebrating paddling, the people who paddle, the places they go and the gear...

Gear Review: Optrix by Body Glove Waterproof iPhone Case

Optrix iPhone Case
Before I start, let me be perfectly clear. There is no such thing as a foolproof waterproof phone case. Operator error makes that impossible. Natural degradation of materials - in particular rubber seals and gaskets - makes that impossible. That's not necessarily the fault...

Gear Review: Starboard All Star Dry Suit

Starboard Dry Suit
Top TEN Reasons I bought a Starboard All Star SUP Drysuit Carolina Paddleboard Company in Wrightsville Beach had them in stock. Immediate warmth, repeat, IN STOCK. They know me and helped me size appropriately (can’t do that online.) I could, in turn, show my financial loyalty and spend...

Gear Review: Four Mobile Apps that Make Paddling Alone Safer

We all know that the buddy system is best. Sometimes, though, that’s just not an option. Maybe you just want to paddle alone to clear the cobwebs, or to keep from strangling someone. Maybe you are focusing on training goals. Or maybe your preferred...

Paddleboarder drowns in Whangamata and a discussion on leashes

We read this tragic story from the stuff.co.nz website about the death of paddleboarder Amie Russell whose leash got stuck under the keel of a boat, she was held under, couldn't release her leash from her ankle and drowned. According the the article, Amie fell off her board. The...

Meet Jane Paddler: Jamie Lee Moir, Ottawa, Ontario

Jane Paddler Jamie Lee Moir
Where you were born and where you live now? I was born in Brantford, Ontario and I am currently living in Ottawa, Ontario. What is your occupation? I am a Personal Trainer at Greco Lean & Fit. Where do you SUP the most? I SUP mostly here in Ottawa...

Buy Local Shop Profile: PADDLE! The Florida Keys, Tavernier, Florida

Go Paddle Shop Profile PADDLE! The Florida Keys
  Locations 90773 Old Hwy. Unit 1 Tavernier, FL 33070 88000 Overseas Hwy. Islamorada, FL 33036 What board companies do you carry? YOLO, Tahoe, Focus SUP Hawaii, Hovie, SOL Inflatable, Pulse. What paddles do you carry? Quickblade, Aquabound, Surf Stow, YOLO, Torch. Do you have Paddleboard Rentals? Yes Do you offer lessons? Yes What other services...

I don’t care if you can swim or not, I’ll take you Stand Up Paddling.

harmony dawn
by Harmony Dawn I was born a water baby so it only makes sense that some of my best memories growing up include being with my family on the water at our cottage. I remember sitting on the dock fishing with my dad, learning to drive the...

Gear Review: Ion Products Hydration Vest Comp

Gear Review Ion Hydration Vest
Hydration. Next to our PFDs and leashes,  our onboard, on bod water supply system might just be one of the most important pieces of gear we carry with us. And while CamelBak and others have been producing a variety of great hydration packs for...

Buy Local Shop Profile: West Coast Paddle Sports

West Coast Paddle
Location 4360 Morena Blvd, #130 San Diego, CA. 92117 (858) 272 3278 What board companies do you carry? Jimmy Lewis, Starboard, 404, SIC Maui, Riviera, Boga,La Hui Kai, Kings, Surftech-Bark, Infinity, Guy Takayama What paddles do you carry? SUP: Quickblade, Kialoa, Werner, Hippo Stick, Puakea, Riviera, Art in Surf, OUTRIGGER: QuickBlade,...

The Mullet is Now a Starboard Dealer!!!

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...

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

Homies Relay teams
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...

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