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Sonar Report 2018 Winter Surf Expo

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Discussion on the vendors and shops attending the 2018 Winter Surf Expo in Orlando, FL with host John Beausang and Guest Matt Lennert from Blackbox Surf.

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...

Sonar Report for January 12th

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An Update from John Beausang, Publisher of Distressed Mullet. This is our 10th Year posting about paddling. Over 12,000 posts. Thank you for your support. Here's what's going on in our paddle world.

The Inland Paddler: Happy Thanksgiving!

Giving Thanks for Our Paddle Life
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Giving Thanks for Our Paddle Life If y'all are anything like me, you've spent the last few days trying to figure out when and how you are going to sneak out to get your Thanksgiving Day paddle in, perhaps before the day of cooking, celebrating...

The Inland Paddler: Cold Weather Paddling is Here! Yay!

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Embrace Cold Weather Paddling! Okay. I am trying.  Really I am.  And I am about 75 percent more sincere about rejoicing over the fact that it is officially Cold Weather Paddling Season in North Carolina, as well as elsewhere, this year than I was a...

Joel Yang: Getting Perspective

Turning to the Water for Perspective
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Editor's Note: The water, no matter where we are or what kind it is, can teach us things.  It can give us perspective. If we let it.  Sunday was one of those days for our friend and colleague Joel Yang, of Stoke on the...

The Top Ten Things to Love About the Off Season

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Time Off From Paddle Training Yes, we all really know that there is no such thing as the "off season." Even taking a scheduled break is really part of training. It is as necessary as those intervals and drills are.  And I for one, am...

The Inland Paddler: The End of A Season

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So Long, 2017 Paddle Racing Season And just like that...boom! The time changes (for most of us) and the daylight departs way too early and the stand up paddle race season is over. For many of us in the South and Mid-Atlantic, our last hurrah of...

Op-Ed: Heavy Water and the Women

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I don't often write about things that are political. Or super controversial. We like to say it's a Stoke Only Zone here at the Mullet.  But there is some serious stoke missing in our world this week and lots of people are talking about...

The Inland Paddler: Essential Chatta-crap – the stuff I can’t live without right now

Kit that's Getting me to Chattajack
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Kit that's Getting me to Chattajack We're in the final countdown to the premiere event on the East Coast - the Chattajack 31 (yes, we all know it's really 32 miles, not 31) in Chattanooga. It's easy to become obsessed about the race right about...

The Race Debate Continues: A Prone Paddler’s Perspective

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Editor's Note: East Coast Prone paddler Lisa Malick weighs on on the race division issue from the perspective of a category of racers long used to inconsistent recognition on the podium. How to Handle Prone Paddlers in a SUP Race By Lisa Malick I admit it.  Traditional...

Don’t look to the brands to step up. Your event has to be able to stand on its own.

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I freestyled this in the CHUM Newsletter this morning and have had such a response that I felt it wise to bring it over to the main site with some additions:   The posts continue on how to fix the race scene and there's an interesting...

The Inland Paddler: Age – It Really is Just a Number

Age Doesn't Have to Stop us from Paddling
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Age Doesn't Have to Stop us from Paddling This month, I turn 54.  And while I firmly believe that age is indeed just a number, there are some undeniable truths about how your body deals with “things” the more trips around the sun it takes. Simply...

The Inland Paddler: Welcoming Fall (and even Winter) Paddle Season. Really.

Forward into Fall Paddling Season
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Forward into Fall Paddling Season In the past, I have groused about Fall and the inevitable coming of Winter, the advent of Neoprene Season, and the time change and shorter days. This year, it’s a little different. Well, not the part about the losing Daylight Savings Time...

The Inland Paddler: Chatta-Freakout Time 2017 Style

Chattajack Time, Ready or Not
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Chattajack Time, Ready or Not If you are or ever have trained for the 31 mile "Inland Molokai to Oahu" that is the Chattajack race in Tennessee at the end of October, then you are probably starting to panic or have panicked right about now....

Traditional Paddleboard Race Scenario: What do we do?

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Race Director Decisions Consider the following and let us know how you would handle this if you were the race director. Race Entry Scenario 7  traditional (prone) paddlers show up to a paddleboard event. There are two courses, a long (10 mile) and short course...

Op-Ed: Making SUP Races More Viable by Shortening the Courses

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Editor's Note: This is another post, from a fellow paddler, father and doctor Steve Phillips, weighing in on the discussion about improving the status of paddle races. Maybe SUP Races Need to be Shorter I really liked your piece on finding a happy place. I agree...

Finding a happy place: One Board Class Follow Up

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The One Board Class Post from last week definitely elicited a variety of responses. The end goal for all of us is a healthy, happy, thriving, sustainable sport. We want new people to enter and engage in the sport and the community. We want...

One Board Class: 14 and Under

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First of all, let me be clear. As far as I can see it, there is no dominant governing body that can regulate races. At all. So, no one is imposing anything on anyone. We are a collective group of independents. This could change...

The Inland Paddler: Roads to Recovery

Waterproofing the Surf Injury
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Waterproofing the Surf Injury I'll tell you what. No one likes to be on the Injured/Disabled List, but I'll take a laceration, like the one my sup surfboard fin gave me almost three weeks ago, over a soft tissue injury any day. You get almost...

The Inland Paddler: Filleted by the Fin

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When SUP Fins Act Like Chef's Knives It was a nice, beautiful Carolina morning at Wrightsville Beach. A small rain squall was moving offshore, little to no wind and the waves looked pretty clean.  A perfect morning to have a long overdue sup surf session...

The Inland Paddler: Always Something to Learn

Dawn Patrol Paddle Surf Run
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When A Dawn Patrol Paddle Surf Run Doesn't Go As Planned No matter what the conditions, there is always something to learn. Even if the board stays in the rack, your clothes stay dry and you go for a walk instead of a ride. There is always...

CHUM Video Update for July 28, 2017

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Discussion on the drowning by a paddler who was wearing, but did not deploy his belt PFD, a series of videos by Travis Grant, the arrival of our Kumo Board, upcoming races, and more for this last week in July.

July 21 CHUM Update from the Mullet

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Review of this week's articles, discussions, videos and events.   Consider being a Distressed Mullet Supporter and keep these articles and the free classifieds flowing. Support the Mullet Friend : $10.00 USD - yearly Friend with benefits : $25.00 USD - yearly Lifetime Friend : $50.00 USD - yearly Big Papi...

The CHUM for July 14, 2017

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John Beausang and Lisa Schell discuss the latest on Distressed Mullet for the week ending July 14th in this week's CHUM. Safety, The Gorge, SEA Paddle, OABI, Great Peconic Summer Books, and more...

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