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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...

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...

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...

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

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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...

Happy New Year! Now start paddling!

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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....

The Risks and Rewards of Mixing It Up: An Experiment of One

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First, let me say, do not take this blogpost as serious heavy duty training advice. This is just me, Julia Nicholls from the 100/100 Paddle Challenge Facebook group. It’s just me, it’s “Hi, my name is Julia and I’m an Overtrainer” and I need...

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,...

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 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...

100/100 Paddle Points Challenge Starts Sunday!

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Featured photo from Leslie Maclin The 100/100 2Fer Challenge Comes to an End On November 22nd, 2014, the 2Fer Challenge comes to an end, the third in a series of 100 day paddle challenges for 2014. We did 100 miles, we did 100 hours and we...

Who’s Your 100/100 Daddy? 2Fer Paddle Challenge Update

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The 100/100 facebook training group is well into our third challenge with the thirty day marker coinciding with this weekend’s (Sept 13th) Chucktown Showdown in Charleston, South Carolina. There will be hundreds, thousands, millions of 100/100’s there! Ok, maybe only ten or twenty. One...

Stick Art for Stickers!

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THE BIG REVEAL 2015 100/100 Paddle Challenge Sticker Under the cloak of darkness, away from the prying eyes of ninjas and zombies, the 2015 covet-worthy 100/100 Paddle Challenge sticker has been under construction. White noise, sealed room, bunny outfits, a team of mulleteers has worked...

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...

Julie Nicholls: When Old Folk Take it Lying Down

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My training partner, Bill Brophy, just bought a used 14’ Bark Surftech prone paddleboard from Cousin Mullet. Bill is a life-long open water swimmer, ultra-runner and triathlete, who’s recovering from back surgery. Since he and his wife have water access; I encouraged him (nagged...

100/100 Just Paddle Challenge July 24 to October 31st: Starts today!

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They Know About Us Three years ago I started the 100/100 Facebook paddle challenge group simply to find training partners for a new to me sport, standup paddling. I didn’t have any clue or perspective for paddling. Was an hour long, was 4 mph fast...

Julie Nicholls: PRE.RACE.CRAZY. OWN.IT.

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I saw a TV program the other day discussing a study on “productive” crazy. They had a pie chart with 5 or 6 “crazy” categories and which one was the best to have. I’ve decided to use their study as a stamp of approval...

BEST ADVICE EVER from Johnny Puakea: You Need to Paddle Alone

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Why Take A Clinic? I am a firm believer in the biking quote, “it’s not about the machine, it’s about the engine.” With paddling that means, if my stroke is inefficient, it doesn’t matter what kind of board or paddle I have; I’ll tire faster,...

Moving this sport forward by a back of the packer

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This blogpost really should read “Letter to the Editor” as it’s my opinion on how all of us can help move the paddle sport we love so much forward. Whether we standup, surf sup, prone, boat in an outrigger, surfski or whitewater, we all...

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

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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....

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...

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...

New 100/100 Challenge: “POGO” (PADDLE ONE, GET ONE FREE)

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SUMMER SPECIAL : “POGO” (PADDLE ONE, GET ONE FREE) And a Challenge within a Challenge Surprise NEW 100/100 PADDLE CHALLENGE STARTING AUGUST 15, 2015 The 100/100 paddle challenge group is like a motorcycle gang, but cooler. Our obsession of choice is water; our "rides" are standup paddle...

Share Your Love! Mullet Charity of Choice Day – February 14

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The 100/100 Paddle Challenge facebook group is into its second month of 100 miles in 100 days mission. We are a “tribe” of close to 450 members. Tribes build sideways. Most paddlers I know are involved in a zillion good causes. We care about...

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...

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