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Buy Local Shop Profile: Fennel Blythe Studio in Chattanooga, TN

Fennel Blythe Studio
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Where are you located, list the different locations so we can add you to our Find a SUP Shop Directory Chattanooga, TN What board companies do you carry? Fennel Blythe Handcrafted SUPs Do you offer lessons? Yes What other services do you provide? Custom Handcrafted SUPs, Custom Board Graphics, SUP &...

Has surf helped or hurt the growth of SUP?

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In the beginning, after Laird created the heavens and the earth. ... he said, “Let there be a big board,” and there was a big board. Laird saw that the board was good. And he said, “Let there be a tall paddle so we shall...

Gear Review: Virus International Keep Warm Coffee Charcoal Series

Virus base layers
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To say I love coffee is an understatement.  Not only do I love the taste and texture but I love the way it makes me feel - whether it is waking me up and getting and keeping me going, or warming me up. So, naturally,...

We Made Something Awesome! 100/100 Paddle Challenge Ending and New Beginnings

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In the Beginning… Three years ago, I started the 100/100 facebook challenge paddle group simply to find training partners for a new to me sport, standup paddling. I was clueless on what to wear, how fast or far to go, and didn’t know what an...

Paddleboard Safety: Personal responsibility and it’s impact on others

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At what point do our choices affect others? At what point does saying "personal responsibility" really mean we're not taking personal responsibility or responsibility for the other competitors or the race directors? In the past, most personal responsibility posts have been more on the back...

Step 3: Let the Circuits Begin

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April, Erik, and Jason are continuing in their 2015 season preparations. Step three includes some hard work and starting to get into the rhythm of circuits created specifically for SUP athletes by TOPs Athletics. You’ve already read about our pre-season preparations like FMS, RMR, VO2max,...

Go Paddle Race Profile: The Great Peconic Race, Shelter Island, New York

Great Peconic Race
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Date September 9, 2016 Location Shelter Island, New York   Can you describe the different races and courses? The Great Peconic Race is an advanced recreational and elite paddle race circumnavigating Shelter Island , N.Y. This race offers paddlers three options : The premier 19.5 mile event, a 9 mile...

The Inland Paddler: The Learner’s Mind

Surfing on MAUI
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It’s been an eternity since I was in school. But I still remember with great, great fondness almost all of my teachers - especially the good ones, and unfortunately a few of the bad ones, too. Natalie Panfili was the best journalism instructor ever. My...

View from the Back: And I didn’t know I was lost.

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I got a new board yesterday and Bob Risner left us. Well, he left us on Sunday, but I found out yesterday, so whenever I paddle my new board that I picked up yesterday I will think of Bob, if only briefly when I'm...

And Another Thing: Getting Schooled

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Above, Kate from Stand Up Outfitters Getting schooled means getting your clock cleaned, getting the stuffing beat out of you, and eating a big piece of humble pie. Yup, all those things and cupcakes too. With paddling, it’s being willing to listen, try, fail, get...

Meet Joe Paddler: Mark Salvetti , New Orleans, LA

Joe Paddler Mark Salvetti
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Mark Salvetti is the owner of Bayou Paddle Company which offers unique SUP opportunities on Lousiana's Northshore, including  Bogue Falaya and Tchefuncte Rivers, Lake Pontchartrain and the Bogue Chitto River. WHERE WERE YOU WERE BORN AND WHERE YOU LIVE NOW? Born a Yankee but live and breath...

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...

The Inland Paddler: These are a few of my Favorite Things

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My favorite things and what I am looking most forward to Post-Covid-19 Last week, I wrote about paddling for the first time in several weeks because of the pandemic. I wrote about how for 80 minutes things felt normal.  At the time, that felt wonderful. But...

Meet Joe Paddler: Eric Mims, Isle of Palms, South Carolina

Eric Mims, surfski paddler
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Meet Eric Mims, surfski paddler Where you were born and where you live now? Tennessee, now living on Isle of Palms, South Carolina What is your occupation? I work for Epic Kayaks, Inc. Where do you SUP the most? I surfski in the Atlantic Ocean off of Isle of Palms. Do...

The Inland Paddler: I Mean, Inland, Really Inland

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Normally, "inland" for me means about 100 miles from the coast of North Carolina, where the red clay shoreline gives way to sweet tea colored water, ringed by long and short leaf pines and hardwoods. Where great blue herons and beavers express their disdain...

Go Paddle Race Profile: Treasure Island Pirate Paddle II

Treasure island Pirate paddle
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Events Date May 22, 2016 Location: Point Pleasant, NJ What makes your event great? What will paddlers love about coming to your event? This will be our second year and last year we attracted close to 160 paddlers from 7 states. This year we are anticipating over 200 paddlers...

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

Go Paddle Shop Profile PADDLE! The Florida Keys
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  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...

#MadeTheMullet: Special Olympics Florida-Monroe County

Monroe Special Olympics
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Last weekend Scott, Michael, and Linnea from Florida Special Olympics Monroe County Competed in the 4 mile race at Key West. Scott and Michael became the first Special Olympics athletes to compete in and finish a WPA points race alongside general public athletes. They finished in...

Planning a road trip to a SUP race

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Updated June 29, 2016 If you are hopping in your cars and heading for the nearest SUP event, here are a few things to remember: The first step: Cover the basics Register for the event Make a reservation at the event hotel or one close by ...

The Inland Paddler: Chattajacked Up Again

Inland Paddler
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Whenever things seem overwhelming and insurmountable, I watch this video: Chattajack 2014 from Charles Coleman on Vimeo. It captures the feeling and spirit of my first Chattajack 31 race perfectly, and even though you can only see my back side for just a split second in the...

Joe Paddler: Meet Pancho Filizola from Tampico, Mexico

Joe Paddler Pancho filizola
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Where you were born and where you live now? I was born in Victoria but now I live in Tampico (this is in Mexico up north and right by the gulf of Mexico) What is your occupation? Architect Where do you SUP the most? Playa miramar (gulf of mexico) Do you...

Love, Loss, SUP

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“It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” ― Rose Kennedy   Last summer one of my friends, an...

Define “Being a Paddler”: The 100/100 on “Where They Stack Up”

Paddlers Defined
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The 100/100 “Who?” The 100/100 Paddle Challenge Facebook group, now three years old, is almost 800 members strong. We are a community, a family, of paddlers completing (note I did not say “COMPETING IN”) 100 day paddle challenges. Sometimes it’s 100 miles, sometimes 100 hours,...

Gear Review: NSP 9’8″ Elements SUP Surf Board

NSP Element
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Looking for a board to up my skills I bought the NSP Elements 9’8” as a vacation board. I’m a very casual surfer. Big waves make me nervous, but I was hoping to change that. The only thing I’ve had for the surf so far...
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