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Gear Review: Watershed Westwater Drybag

Watershed Dry Bags Perfect for SUP Touring
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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...

The Inland Paddler: We are All Connected by Water

We are all connected by water
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We are all connected by water. We say that a lot. But the more I paddle, and the more places I go to paddle, and the more people I meet, it becomes so much more evident.  And nowhere is that more apparent that here on...

Footwear Review: Bedrock Carin Pro Minimalist Sandal

Bedrock Minimal Sandals - Perfect in and out of the water
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Bedrock Minimal Sandals - Perfect in and out of the water In my sup classes, I am often asked what you should wear on your feet while you sup. I absolutely, positively prefer to go barefoot because of board feel (ie a better connection with...

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind

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We're early, we know. It's by design. From now on, CHUM Newsletters will arrive on Wednesdays to reflect on the past weekend's events and give you time to jump last minute into next week's events. The weather has a funny way of cancelling or changing...

The Inland Paddler: What a difference a year makes! Recapping the 2017 Carolina Cup

OC2 View of the Carolina Cup
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OC2 View of the Carolina Cup Last year, after training all winter in the OC1, which I was still new to, I made a big splash on my first-ever Graveyard course. Literally. I flipped or huli'd four, count 'em four, times before even making it...

The Inland Paddler: Carolina Cup Essential Kit

Essential Gear for Surviving the Carolina Cup Paddle Race
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Essential Gear for Surviving the Carolina Cup Paddle Race I am really am making an effort to not take so much stuff with me when I travel. Especially to races.  But let's just face it - paddling is a gear-intensive sport. And a lot of...

The Inland Paddler: Summer Must Have Paddle Gear

Summer Must Have Paddle Gear
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Summer Must Have Paddle Gear With the temps starting to warm up, I recently made the decision to retire the dry suits to the storage closet and am anxiously awaiting the moment when I can do the same with all the neoprene.  This is the...

Meet Joe Paddler: Chris Hipgrave, Bryson City, NC

Joe Paddler Chris Hipgrave
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Joe Paddler Chris Hipgrave Where you were born and where you live now? Born just south of London, England, but have lived in the USA since 1991. Home is now Bryson City, North Carolina What is your occupation? General Manager of Paddlesports, Outdoor Schools, Events and the Nantahala...

Pacific Northwest Report: Top 10 Winter Fails

Top Winter Paddling Fails
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Editor's Note: Many of us are starting to dig out of the cold and are enjoying spring.  In Hood River, it's been a long, hard winter and it's still on the chilly side. Our Pacific Northwest Correspondent Jhacoli Yang from The Village of Stoke...

The Inland Paddler: The Edge of 2017 – Getting Ready for the New Season

Carolina Cup Time
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Carolina Cup Time Is Almost Here! It’s April. Finally! We are on the cusp of the 2107 racing season.  Oh sure, there’ve been a few events here and there, but this month, it ramps up and big time. For most of us on the East...

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

Evelyn O'Doherty, East Hampton, NY
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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...

Go Paddle Race Profile: North Shore SUP Cup

North Shore SUP Cup, Danvers, MA
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North Shore SUP Cup, Danvers, MA Date June 10, 2017 Can you describe the different races and courses? 5 Mile Race, 2.5 Mile Race, and 1 Mile Kids Race 5 Mile Race: 14’ Male 12.6’ Female 12.6′ Male Amateur Racer 12.6′ Female Amateur Racer 2.5 Mile Race: 12.6′ Male Amateur Racer 12.6′ Female Amateur Racer Male (Under...

Go Paddle Race Profile: Blake’s Paddle the Bay, Tampa Bay, Florida

Race Profile Blake's Paddle the Bay
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Date May 13, 2017 Can you describe the different races and courses? 7 Mile Elite Race; 3 Mile Rec Race; Kids Dolphin Dash Race; All Board Classes Welcome Join us in the glassy calm waters of Safety Harbor in the Tampa Bay for an exciting day of paddling...

Meet Joe Paddler: Tony Fajardo, San Diego, CA

Joe Paddler: Tony Fajardo
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Joe Paddler: Tony Fajardo Where you were born and where you live now? San Diego and San Diego What is your occupation? Workplace Wellness Professional Where do you SUP the most? Mission Bay and San Diego Bay Do you have a favorite local paddleboard shop? West Coast Paddle Sports What paddleboard, surfski or...

Meet Joe Paddler: Troy Nebeker, Seattle, Washington

The Man Behind Monster and Sea
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Meet the Man Behind Monster and Sea Where you were born and where you live now? Salt Lake City, Utah and since 1976, a happy and slightly mossy resident of Seattle, Washington. What is your occupation? Designer, photographer, creative thinker by day. Friend of the sea by night. What...

The Inland Paddler: Facing the Dragon

Paddle Surfing Notes
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Paddle Surfing Notes Sometimes, Mother Ocean knows you need to learn something. Sometimes, well, all times really, in order to progress you have to leave your comfort zone and accept a bit of risk. Sometimes when you do that, you get worked. No matter how...

Meet Joe Paddler: JC Malick, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

Joe Paddler JC Malick
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Where you were born and where you live now? Wilmington, Delaware,  but became a water person in South Jersey starting in Sweetwater then Avalon. Now I live in Indian Rocks Beach, FL. What is your occupation? Third Grade Teacher at Shore Acres Elementary School Where do you paddle...

So you want to start a paddle race. Here’s a quick list of tips for planning

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A few random suggestions and this is not a complete how-to list. Feel free to add to the bottom: Involve local and regional paddlers in the planning Use standard divisions and practices from the WPA (World Paddle Association) Finding a good date that doesn’t...

Go Paddle Event Profile: On Board, Welland, Ontario, Canada

On Board Charity Paddle
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On Board Charity Paddle Date July 2, 2017 Location Welland, Ontario, Canada Can you describe the different races and courses? On Sunday July 2, 2017 Madeline LeBlanc will be paddling 10km down the Welland Canal and is encouraging others to join her. At 2:00 pm the paddling journey will start...

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...

Meet Joe Paddler: Roei Yellin, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Joe Paddler: Roei Yellin
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Joe Paddler: Roei Yellin Where you were born and where you live now? Born, raised and live in Tel-Aviv, Israel. What is your occupation? Paddling Guru at Motionize (A Motionize device attached to a paddle tracks stroke rate, distance speed, and other paddling metrics.) Where do you SUP the most? I...

Paddling in Argentina: Racing and Rediscovering Home

Paddling in Argentina
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Paddling in Argentina While paddleboarding hasn’t established a firm presence on the delta of Buenos Aires yet, kayaking, rowing and canoeing are most popular in Tigre. On weekends, the smaller creeks are like avenues at rush hour in any downtown city. Paddlers, jet skis, motorboats,...

Gear Review: Hyperflex AMP shorts, Neoprene Shorts for the In-Between Season

Hyperflex AMP shorts
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Hyperflex AMP shorts Sometimes, I think that I can will the weather to be warm and springlike if I just simply refuse to believe it's cold. Maybe I will wear flip flops all day - the sun's out.  My feet will be warm. (Even if they...

Meet Joe Paddler: Paolo Ameglio, Miami, Florida

Paolo Ameglio from Miami
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Today's Joe Paddler is Paolo Ameglio from Miami... Where you were born and where you live now? Born in Panama, Republic of Panama. Living in Miami, Florida. What is your occupation? I oversee operations at CAY Marine - we are a full service boat yard, but what we...

Meet Jane Paddler: Karen MIrlenbrink, Dunedin, Florida

Jane Paddler: Karen Mirlenbrink
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This week's Jane Paddler: Karen Mirlenbrink, who was born in New Jersey, but has lived in Dunedin, Florida since she was a toddler. What is your occupation? Pilates and Yoga Teacher, Freediving & Paddle Instructor Where do you SUP the most? Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin, Florida Do you...
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