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Eight years ago, I rented a Smart Car and went to BOP :: What’s your worst kookslam moment?

Mullet BOP
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Every once in a while, a Facebook memory throws you down a rabbit hole. I had been publishing the Mullet for a few years at this point and was starting to gain traction with the website. I'd been there the year before with friends who...

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...

If your lower back hurts, you might not be rotating

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I did not stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, which means I'm not qualified to diagnose your injuries or analyze your technique. That said, I learned something interesting that came into play today on my paddle workout: lower back pain and it's reflection...

Paddling around a point, how to avoid the shallows

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We are constantly paddling in the eddies, along the edges of the waterways and right next to shore when going against the prevailing current. Unfortunately, there's always that fear and possibility that you will go too close to shore and have your fin or...

Make friends with your local authorities

Marine Patrol
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From Larry Cain: Tip of the week: get to know your local Marine Police. We see these guys out on the water every day. They know us and we know them. They know we’ve always got our safety gear, are all competent paddlers, usually paddle...

Best of The Mullet Instagram Stream this week

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Here are some of the great photos and videos from the Distressed Mullet Instagram Feed. These are some great people to follow on instagram. Frank Lundy on the downwind in VB No Waves, No Worries A post shared by Franklin Lundy (@franklinlundy) on Jul 7, 2018 at...

The Inland Paddler: Amor Fati

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Live Like Cody I have not been seriously hurt that often - a torn MCL longboard skating and then 27 stitches in my calf thanks to a sup surf fin. After each of those incidents, I was admonished on more than one occasion to rethink...

The Inland Paddler: Getting Back to the Roots

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Paddling is Paddling It’s funny how we sometimes define ourselves by what we paddle - what craft - SUP, OC, Prone, Ski - or by what kind of blade we use - single, double, none. My gateway to paddlesports was sea kayaking. I picked up my...

The Inland Paddler: Eagle Wisdom

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Learning and Adapting in the 2018 Paddle Season Anyone who reads this blog, or my social media channels or sees me at events, knows paddle surfing and downwinding have become my obsessions. Whether it's on a SUP, an OC or hopefully, a surfski...I love catching...

Staying Safe on Holiday Weekends with examples for Wrightsville Beach

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Holiday Weekends are dangerous for paddlers. Mostly because people have an easier time getting a 32-foot motorboat into the water and up to full throttle than they have to adopt a stray cat. AND, they have the right of way over SUPs. It's scary,...

Competition or Personal Accomplishment: A thought on race courses

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This is an observation for race directors looking to get more people to come and enjoy their races. When you have a challenge that goes beyond a simple 5K or 10K race, one that has obstacles that transcend a straight line, a start and a...

The Inland Paddler: What I Learned at PaddleSurf Camp

A Week at Nosara Paddlesurf
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A Week at Nosara Paddlesurf One of my local sup surfing heroes once said, “ A week of intense surfing at a much more challenging, bigger break is like an entire season’s worth of waves at home. “ Haywood is right. After a week at the...

The Inland Paddler: Top Ten Things to Love About March (and a few we don’t)

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Being a Paddler in Late February and March Ah the promise of Spring! Here in the Carolinas we’re seeing it in the blossoming Bradford Pear trees, which are now in full bloom....in the Spring Peeper frogs who have started seranading us in the evenings, and...

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...

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