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View from the Back: Fathers be Good to your Daughters

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When I was a little girl, my dad drove me to horseback riding lessons every Tuesday night at a stable 45 minutes away from where we lived. He would sit in his car or in the drafty indoor ring and talk on his cell...

Danny Ching talks Hippo Sticks

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The paddles have two shaft configurations: One for race and one for surf. Check out the video. Let me know if you have any questions.

View from the Back: Cross Training

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I'm a freelance writer. That doesn't make me an asshole, as a fellow paddler called me recently.  What it does mean is that I have to work extra hard not to be fat.  Well, I am fat.  I used to manage botanical gardens. I quit my job...

View from the Back: There Will Be Blog

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SPOILER: THIS IS A DRAMA-FREE (MOSTLY) BLOG. What? No disasters? No freak outs? No hospital visits? Where is Katie and what imposter is writing this View from the Back? How You Prepare for a 13.27 Mile Paddle You paddle 9.5 miles the day before.  Actually, that's not optimum,...

View from the Back: Operation-Graveyard

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  I almost went to the graveyard last Thursday. The actual graveyard. At our paddle clinic with Jeremy Riggs on Saturday we got stickers from Quickblade that say “I’m not here for a long time. I’m here for a good time.” While I like that...

View from the Back: Cold Weather Paddle Gear

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Winter 2012-2013 marks my third winter of stand up paddling. I think I'm finally getting the hang of my gear. Granted, the longer paddling is around, the more stuff people come up with for us to use. I'm kind of a gearhead, too. Not...

View from the Back: That’s What Friends are For

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After the Onslow Bay Challenge in 145 degree heat and over distances to which we were not accustomed, my paddle groupies and I started to get smarter about how we do things. Whereas previously we had no idea about hydration, electrolytes, or nutrition for...

Paddle for Humanity DC: What I learned about how to run a great race

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I raced hard at the P4H DC race. Still, I barely held that maniac Kiwi Annabel Anderson off at the finish. She was on an old 12'6" that she borrowed the day before the race. I was on my shiny new 14' race board....

View from the Back: The Ocean Giveth and the Ocean Taketh Away

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Last weekend Hurricane Sandy hovered 300 miles offshore of Wilmington, NC/ Wrightsville Beach, my hometown. Well, I was born in Indianapolis, which I guess you could say is my hometown. I lived there until college. Wilmington is my town now, though, and it would take...

View from the Back: Beach2Battleship Water Support

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I was supposed to paddle with Hector, a swimmer with one fourth of one arm. The swim started at 7:30 am. I didn’t see him until 10:30 pm. Iron Distance Every year, Distressed Mullet helps the WBFD organize water support for the Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon....

Chattajack31: What I learned about how to run a great race

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Nothing can prepare you to run an event than going to other events and paying attention. Being a competitor will help you be a better race director. Every problem that you will face has been solved, somewhere, by someone else. Take note of the...

View from the Back: Beasts of the Southern Wild

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  Fall is a great time for wildlife. It's all on the move. Baitfish are shooting by all over the channel. You can stick your hand in the water and pull out a flounder. The (mostly harmless) cannonball jellyfish are starting to show up. Dolphins...

View from the Back: The Swell Life

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After KICKING BUTT on the flat flat flat flat (flat did I say flat?) water in DC and some epic days of paddling in the glassy, wind-free intracoastal waterway, I hopped in the ocean for some "training." First with Kim Sutton, then with John...

View from the Back: View from the Front

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What happens when you go from being last to first? You buy kale. Lots and lots of kale. At least that's what I did. Rewind. Oncoming Train I am enjoying traveling with the Wilmington, NC crew to paddle races. The Watermans Paddle for Humanity in Washington,...

View from the Back: Third Time’s a Charm

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I wasn't even out of the Ft. Myers airport before I was on the phone, searching for somewhere to paddle in Florida. My mom's plane hadn't even landed when I talked with Chad from Southwest Florida Standup about booking an eco tour for my...

View from the Back: Fins in the Water

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I saw the first fin about a week ago while we were on our picnic paddle to the swimming hole. A school of small fish jumping and darting away from something. Then the telltale left-right-left sinewy shimmy of the shark. I've never seen a...

View from the Back: Stretch Marks Don’t Tan

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Last week I paddled 38 miles in eight days. That might not seem like a lot for a pro, or someone in serious training. It was a lot for me, though. I feel like, to paddle that much, at the expense of almost everything...

View from the Back: Our Boards, Our Cars, Ourselves

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If my car ended up parked overnight at the mall, it would probably be towed because someone would think a homeless person lived in it. What's in my car? Screwdriver Locking straps Board lock Non locking straps Long straps Dog life jacket People life jackets (2) Adjustable paddle Regular paddle Rash guards Beach towels Duct tape Vinegar Surf...

View from the Back: Goodbye to All That

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What's "all that?" All That is April Zilg, a.k.a Vanilla Gorilla, a.k.a VanGor. She leaves this week to BRING IT at the big Paddle extravaganza in Utah, and shortly after will jet to India. Monday we're having a farewell paddle and breakfast. Then,...

View from the Back: My Week with Jack Daniels

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You think North Carolina is THE SOUTH if you come from Indiana until you go to South Carolina and you hear vowels so round you could play basketball with them. You think North Carolina is THE SOUTH until you see this sign outside a...

View from the Back: Onslow Bay Challenge–Choose Your Own Adventure

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Pre Race Photo Once Saturday, June 30th slipped into the 10 day view on the weather forecast, everyone’s eyes were peeled. Would it really be 120 degrees? Would we have head-high swell or nothing? How about wind?  I know I wasn’t the only one obsessively...

View from the Back: Take a SUP Lesson

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Standup paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. It's basically the next gold rush of sports. That makes it a ripe market for shysters selling anything to anyone. Everybody wants a piece of the action-the money. You can rent...

View from the Back: Check the Tide

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This post started out a lot differently in my head. It started last Saturday night when I paddled over to Masonboro Island at high-ish tide and walked around. I thought about how the view from the back becomes the view from the front when...

View from the Back: If I can Do it, Anyone can Do it

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Hello, my name is Katie and I’m a fat paddleboarder. Oh, don’t worry—it’s ok. I know I’m carrying around a bunch of extra pounds—about 86 to be exact (but I’m down 14!)—so it won’t ever hurt my feelings if someone’s like “Eh, what is SHE...

Pre-BOP Interviews: The Catch with Anthony Vela

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How are you feeling going into BOP? I'm feeling pretty good going into BOP.  It has been such a busy spring and summer of racing, the BOP kind of snuck up on me.  After last weekends Surf Race to Victory in Huntington Beach my confidence...
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