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

harmony dawn
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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: Fusion Stereo Active

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One of the best additions to my arsenal of electronic training tools came late in this past season, and it was something completely unexpected: a bluetooth stereo. But not just any bluetooth stereo. The Fusion StereoActive. It's made by a New Zealand company that has been in...

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...

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

NSP Element
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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...

Whitewater SUP and Leashes

Leashes in whitewater
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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...

Footwear Review: Bedrock Carin Pro Minimalist Sandal

Bedrock Minimal Sandals - Perfect in and out of the water
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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...

PFD Exception for Prone – Traditional Paddleboards

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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...

Why a Year of No SUP Races is Transforming the Sport

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Someone performing and posting a world best time that can be verified by GPS data does the entire sport a service. Their performance is a gift to all of us. While we know it was not done in a real race, it was still done by a human being, on a board, with a paddle, over a set distance, in neutral conditions. We can all relate to it. It redefines what is possible and moves the sport forward for all of us, inspiring each of us to do a little more to go a little faster. We all end up winning because of it.

Gear Review: CamelBak 70 oz 2L Molokai Hydration Pack

Molokai CamelBak Review
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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...

Buy Local Shop Profile: Lake Powell Paddleboards, Page, AZ

Lake Powell
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Lake Powell Paddleboards is a family owned and operated Stand Up Paddle (SUP) shop located in downtown Page, Arizona, just minutes from Lake Powell. Location 836 Vista Ave, Page AZ 86040, mailing address is P.O. Box 2187, Page AZ 86040 (post office doesn't deliver to our...

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

Fifty/Fifty Bottles
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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...

Paddleboarder drowns in Whangamata and a discussion on leashes

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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...

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...

Gear: Bark 12’6″ Contender Review

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I recently purchased a Bark pro-elite 12'6" Contender from Carolina Paddleboard in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. I had been riding a Bark pro-elite 12'6" Competitor. Before that a Hobie 12'6" elite standup paddleboard.   Surftech BARK Contender Specs I've been paddling as an "Average Jane" for a...

Sonar Report for Jan 19, 2018: Are we complicit as consumers?

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An Update from John Beausang, Publisher of Distressed Mullet. Are we complicit in our purchases of copied boards and paddles? We noticed an uncanny resemblance of a new prone paddleboard by VESL and Joe Bark's Commander in both design and in graphics. In fact, we...

Kevin Woodin Reviews Everything: Quickblade V Drive and Kanaha Paddles

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This is part of the Kevin Woodin Reviews Everything column. To read all of his entries, click here.  I’ve been paddling for several years now and getting better each summer.  For me I made the mistakes of buying before trying and the end result is...

Paddleboard Terms Glossary: What you Won’t Find in the Dictionary (and some terms you will)

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Sometimes a whole new vernacular emerges when a group of people hangs out together, paddles together, laughs and even cries together. Some of us just recently noticed that there is a whole new language in use on the 100/100 paddle challenge Facebook page (and...

The Inland Paddler: The Fear of Falling

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Let's talk about falling. Or, if you paddle outrigger, huli'ing. Or, if you paddle surf ski, capsizing or flipping. If you are a long-time paddler, then maybe the topic doesn't feel all that relevant to you. If you are new or new-ish to the sport, then maybe...

The gator, the stand up paddle board, and homeland security

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Enough time has passed perhaps to tell you a little story about an-unplanned, ill-advised training run that nearly resulted in landing me and Jason from Carolina Paddleboard Company in jail for terrorism or even worse, gator rolled and fish food at the bottom of...

Bone Island 6-Mile Paddle Race, Lazy Dog Key West This weekend!

Bone Island
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I'm not sure if you're as cold as I am, but the thought of Key West sounds amazing to me right now—especially when facing down the 12+ feet of snow or freezing cold rain we've had in the past few weeks. In North Carolina,...

Gear Review: Starboard All Star Dry Suit

Starboard Dry Suit
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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...

The Inland Paddler: Selecting a New Board & Finding That Perfect Dance Partner

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My first love… she was a gorgeous blonde beauty with long lines, a smooth glide and a distinctive tattoo marking her lineage…it was a Naish Nalu 11’6”…and she slid me across a choppy Lake Crabtree like no other watercraft I’d ever paddled. It was...

Meet Joe Paddler: Dr. Bob Arnot, Stowe, VT, Nantucket, MA, Palm Beach, FL

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What's your name? Bob Arnot (AKA Dr Danger, AKA Dr Bob) Where you were born and where you live now? Born: Boston Live: Stowe, Vt; Nantucket; Palm Beach What is your occupation? Physician Where do you SUP the most? Waterbury Reservoir, Lake Champlain, Nantucket, Wrightsville Beach, Dana Point, Maui Do you have...

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...

Meet Joe Paddler: Erik “Elo” Logan Toppenberg

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WHERE WERE YOU WERE BORN AND WHERE YOU LIVE NOW? Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Now live in Manhattan Beach, Calfornia WHAT IS YOUR OCCUPATION? President of the "Oprah Winfrey Network" OWN & founder of #OWNSurf WHERE DO YOU SUP THE MOST? Northside Pier, Manhattan Beach, California DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE...
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