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2016 100/100 sticker
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To be a paddler, you have to paddle. Simple. Doesn’t matter if you’re a pro prize money winning athlete or a recreational cruiser. You’re a paddler, if you paddle; and if you WANT to be a paddler, paddle you must. 100 Miles in 100 Days....

100/100 You Did It! Stick Art by Julie

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The “History” of 100/100 Stick Art by Julie First off, that’s tongue in cheek, to say there is a “history” of 100/100 stick art. The history lies in what the 100/100 Paddle Challenge facebook group is. WE are a group of mulleteers who paddle, pros...

Julia Nicholls: Hula Girls, Santa Clause, and a Sup Race in North Carolina NASCAR Country?

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Above photo from Dashboards and Saddlebags. See the gallery here. “My Aloha Paddle and Surf” in Mooresville, North Carolina, organized the very first paddleboard race on Lake Norman this last Saturday benefitting the Catawba River keeper. They did everything right. Right for a great race...

Flat Julia and Other Stories and photos From the 2015 Chattajack31

Flat Julie
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At every paddle event, big or small, the real success lies in the experience and attitude of everyone involved; organizers, volunteers, spectators, and of course, the paddlers. The water can be a nightmare and the weather even “worserer”, but if the people are stoked,...

100/100 Non-Challenge: DeTrain/DeStress/DeTox/Move Your Body

100/100 Challenge
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Oh No, Ho Ho, the winter NOT a paddle challenge season is upon us! It’s time for the 100/100 Paddle challenge group, to NOT paddle. WHAT WHAT?! Paddling is a sport, and most of us raced both short/fast and long/endurance events this last year....

Camaraderie, Commitment, Consistency Trifecta: Three Peat, Triple Crown Third Year in a Row “100 hours in 100 days” Paddle Challenge

100/100 Challenge
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Camaraderie Three times is a charm. For the third year in a row, the Facebook group “100/100 Paddle Challenge” is taking up the gauntlet where each member will strive to achieve 100 HOURS in 100 DAYS. Why? Because we can and because it’s free and...

Why NOT to do a Standup Paddleboard Race

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Why shouldn’t you do a StandUp Paddleboard race? I’ve started a list of some of the reasons why you should NOT to do a Standup Paddleboard race, can you add to it?   1.     You’ll wear spandex and mini-bottoms on your not-so-mini bootie, you’ll sweat profusely,...

Define “Being a Paddler”: The 100/100 on “Where They Stack Up”

Paddlers Defined
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The 100/100 “Who?” The 100/100 Paddle Challenge Facebook group, now three years old, is almost 800 members strong. We are a community, a family, of paddlers completing (note I did not say “COMPETING IN”) 100 day paddle challenges. Sometimes it’s 100 miles, sometimes 100 hours,...

Julia Nicholls: Jumping From Eddy to Eddy is Not What You Think

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There are certain markers when you know that you have become a StandUp Paddleboarder. You don’t have to do the Graveyard at the Carolina Cup or the Battle of the Paddle in California. You don’t have to own more than one board or have...

And Another Thing: The Day I Earned My (Pizza) Pie

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We Are Connected By Water Sounds so trite, but it’s true, “we are connected by water.” Saturday October 11th, paddling support for the third annual Swim the Loop in Wrightsville Beach, I was responsible to be out front of the lead swim pack for the...

Stick it! Stick art by Julie

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Time for some afternoon fun! Here are some of the awesome stick art drawings by Julie Nicholls for the paddlers finishing the 100/100 paddle challenge. These people have kept going through some pretty atrocious conditions this winter. Yep. These aren't just Florida paddlers finishing--they're...

And Another Thing: Throwback Thursday–Paddling Pep Talk

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Throwback Thursday pictures on social media have become incredibly popular (and sometimes kinda scary.) I was posting photos of my past "life's"; looking at what I was, what I do today, and what I think my future is. Never would I have imagined I'd be paddling,...

Dave Kalama Clinic Recap: Silver Bullet? Magic Beans? Brooms & Sticks?

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Having just finished the Molokai 2 Oahu in 4:24:44, Dave Kalama’s credentials in the water world are unquestionable. He’s a big fish in a big pond, a real deal. Signing up for his clinic at The Carolina Paddleboard Company, I wasn’t looking for a...

100 MILES IN 100 DAYS: 100/100 PADDLE CHALLENGE STARTS JANUARY 1ST 2016

100/100chattjackers
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To be a paddler, you have to paddle. Simple. Doesn’t matter if you’re a pro prize money winning athlete or a recreational cruiser. You’re a paddler, if you paddle; and if you WANT to be a paddler, paddle you must. The most basic and...

Homestretch for the 100/100 Challenge

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As spring arrived (at least on the calendar) and we were still having North Pole conditions, this group continued to have paddlers surpassing the 100 mile mark, the 200-300 mile marks, going on epic expeditions, and those just getting out of the “I Suck...

Gear Review: Season Five Kiowa Hoodie

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On November 8th, I broke the rule of “never try anything new on race day” and have lived to tell about it. In fact, I am thrilled with my deviation from THE golden rule. Having just finished the Chattajack 31 mile race on a...

The 100/100 Starts Their Race Season at the Carolina Cup

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We all know that pro’s are amazing. They are focused, well-trained, with skills often developed over a lifetime. Many start, lead and finish races with full on Braveheart game faces. Water warriors. While most race coverage will be about the men and women in...

100/100 Paddle Challenge (Almost) March 2014 Update

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(Above photo from Coral Hine) We have a Winner! Our paddle challenge, 100 miles in 100 days, has taken on a life of its own. Even though it’s an unofficial event, we already have a winner! Susan Beck Ballenger of South Carolina reached 100.93 miles on...

WE WANT YOU in 2015! 100/100 Paddle Challenge starts January 1st

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All I wanna do is have a little fun, I have a feeling I’m not the only one, the party has just begun….. What? The 100/100 Paddle Challenge starts January 1st. I want you to paddle 100 miles in 100 days WITH me. You, and you,...

100 miles/100 days Paddle Challenge

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Above Photo from the Blockade Runner Welcome one of our favorite new columnists, Julie Nicholls! (Her new author tag is JuliaN!) Why do you Paddle? Some people paddle for profit and prizes.  Some people paddle because it makes them physically pretty.  Some people (including myself) paddle because...

100/100 Pictures Speak for Themselves

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January 1st, 2015; the 100/100 Paddle Challenge Face book Group started our now annual 100 miles in 100 days base building, deadline April 10, 2015. Then “Ice-A-Nado” made itself known with a gusty and bone-chilling THUD. Unless you live in California or Florida; have...

100/100 Hits the Reset Button

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We are hitting the RESET button for our 100/100 Paddle Challenge. We’re not quitting, because slow and steady wins the race; but we are taking it up a notch, we are going to hurt your PANCREAS (thank you Steve Dullack!) We are going to...

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...

And Another Thing with Julie Nicholls: “Paddlesourcing”

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There’s crowd-sourcing, out-sourcing and bob-sourcing; now there’s paddle-sourcing. It may not be an actual Webster defined term, but who cares, I just made it up. By my own definition, it’s the act of using online SUP resources to figure out how-to and where-to paddle...

And Another Thing with Julie Nicholls: Careful What You Wish For

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Recently there was a birthday video by Chris Aguilar (QuickBlade Paddles and Fin Film Company) which included a clip of “to be a tough dude, you have to do tough dude shit.” Well, for some unknown reason (middle age crisis?), I want to be...
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