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

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...

Gear Review: Ion Products Hydration Vest Comp

Gear Review Ion Hydration Vest
Hydration. Next to our PFDs and leashes,  our onboard, on bod water supply system might just be one of the most important pieces of gear we carry with us. And while CamelBak and others have been producing a variety of great hydration packs for...

Starboard All Star Showdown – The 2016 14’ x 25” All Star vs. the 2015 14’ x 25” All Star

I remember seeing a few internet posts in the winter in which there was some speculation on whether the 14’ x 25” 2016 Starboard All Star was as fast as the 2015 model in flat water. I’m here to put any speculation to rest....

Gear Review: Mocke Life Line Craft Leash

At this year's ChuckTown Showdown, a fellow OC-1 racer  showed me his leash, the Mocke Life Line Craft Leash.  I was immediately intrigued. And being the gear geek I am ...I quickly purchased one. Here's why it's a great option if you paddle OC, or surfski...

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

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...

Kevin Woodin Reviews Everything: Quickblade V Drive and Kanaha Paddles

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...

Buy Local Shop Profile: PADDLE! The Florida Keys, Tavernier, Florida

Go Paddle Shop Profile PADDLE! The Florida Keys
  Locations 90773 Old Hwy. Unit 1 Tavernier, FL 33070 88000 Overseas Hwy. Islamorada, FL 33036 What board companies do you carry? YOLO, Tahoe, Focus SUP Hawaii, Hovie, SOL Inflatable, Pulse. What paddles do you carry? Quickblade, Aquabound, Surf Stow, YOLO, Torch. Do you have Paddleboard Rentals? Yes Do you offer lessons? Yes What other services...

Meet Jane Paddler: Jamie Lee Moir, Ottawa, Ontario

Jane Paddler Jamie Lee Moir
Where you were born and where you live now? I was born in Brantford, Ontario and I am currently living in Ottawa, Ontario. What is your occupation? I am a Personal Trainer at Greco Lean & Fit. Where do you SUP the most? I SUP mostly here in Ottawa...

Meet Joe Paddler: Erik “Elo” Logan Toppenberg

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...

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

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...

Gear Review: Expedition/Touring Dry Backpacks

Dry bags
If you've never gone camping via your paddleboard, you're missing a real treat. If you like camping, that is. And maybe even if you don't. But touring and camping a la sup requires a little bit of a twist in thinking when it comes...

The Inland Paddler: Reconnecting with the Prone Zone

Rediscovering the Magic of Prone Paddling
Rediscovering the Magic of Prone Paddling Three years or so ago I started paddling prone, after being inspired by people like Julia Nicholls, Katie Elzer-Peters, Danielle Goldston,Chandler Bold and John Beausang.  I remember the first few times I tried to paddle my prone board in...

Gear Review: Reflekt Unsinkable Polarized FLOATING Sunglasses

Reflekt sunglasses
It's well-known that the bottoms of Falls and Jordan lakes, as well as many other aquatic substrates are littered with things that belong to me. And some things that don't, like a sup yoga 10-pound anchor I lost Sunday (sorry Outdoor School!) But, usually...

Buy Local Shop Profile: West Coast Paddle Sports

West Coast Paddle
Location 4360 Morena Blvd, #130 San Diego, CA. 92117 (858) 272 3278 What board companies do you carry? Jimmy Lewis, Starboard, 404, SIC Maui, Riviera, Boga,La Hui Kai, Kings, Surftech-Bark, Infinity, Guy Takayama What paddles do you carry? SUP: Quickblade, Kialoa, Werner, Hippo Stick, Puakea, Riviera, Art in Surf, OUTRIGGER: QuickBlade,...

The Mullet is Now a Starboard Dealer!!!

The Big Announcement! Today, The Mullet announces the next step in our expansion to serve our paddle community. We're very excited to announce that we're now An Official Starboard  Dealer. The entire Mullet team is so excited about adding Starboard equipment to the list of products...

Reasons why standup paddlers are laying down

I know. It's just another thing. A trend on the end of a movement? Maybe not. Prone paddling was here first. So was surfing. This has nothing to do with anything, except that you'll see a post once in a while where paddlers who have...

Meet Jane Paddler: Lauren Rodriguez, Shawnee, Kansas

Jane Paddler Lauren Rodriguez
Where you were born and where you live now? I was born in Girard, KS. I now live in Shawnee, KS (suburb of Kansas City.) What is your occupation? Critical Care Nurse Where do you SUP the most? Shawnee Mission Lake, the Kaw and Missouri Rivers. Do you have a...

Paddleboarder on surfer violence, staying safe and surf etiquette

I came across this article this morning and it struck a nerve. First, it's on a site that is obviously anti-paddleboarder, so the tone rose my temperature as I read. But then, it looks like the standup paddle boarder used his paddle as a...

Lessons and Tours: Are you paying attention to your favorite customers?

Homies Relay teams
A friend with a successful SUP tour and rental business recently shared his success story with me. It was strikingly simple and while I can't share the specifics of who he targeted, I can surely share the how so you can create your own...

Basic Skills Test: Should a Paddleboard Skills Certification be required to rent or race?

Bruce Lee
What if prior to a race or rental, people had to show that they could safely perform a set of basic paddleboard skills in order to be allowed to rent boards or participate in a race? Safely demonstrate the following Launch and comfortably stand on a...

Joe Paddler: Meet Jeremy Cass “J.Cass” from South Berwick, ME

WHERE YOU WERE BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW? I was born in Cleveland Ohio, but have lived most of my life in Maine. WHAT IS YOUR OCCUPATION? I am a licensed Clinician and help young people to face life’s challenges. I also teach paddling and...

Gear Review: Watershed Westwater Drybag

Watershed Dry Bags Perfect for SUP Touring
Watershed Dry Bags Perfect for SUP Touring A good touring or expedition drybag needs to be durable, have a secure watertight closure and it needs to be easily secured to the deck of my touring board. Backpack straps for portaging or carrying the gear to...

Meet Jane Paddler: Evelyn O’Doherty, East Hampton, NY

Evelyn O'Doherty, East Hampton, NY
Evelyn O'Doherty, East Hampton, NY Where you were born and where you live now? Born in New York City, living in East Hampton NY What is your occupation? Stand up paddle coach, yoga teacher, online editor Standup Journal Tell us about your website Evelyn O'Doherty Mind Body Excursions My website is...

The Inland Paddler: What I Learned at PaddleSurf Camp

A Week at Nosara Paddlesurf
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...

Preparing and executing a long solo offshore paddle by Surfsalt

Years ago, a super calm day fishing turned into a nightmare. A powerful front with tons of lightning and 70 mph gusts that flipped our boat. We were "lost" for 24 hours. Thank GOD we eventually swam to land and were able to live to tell about it. I...
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