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The Inland Paddler: It’s a Virtual World

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Virtual Paddle Racing Like many of you, I started 2020 with a plan.  A race plan.  I was going to return to the Carolina Cup after a two-year absence and tackle what would have been my third Graveyard course in the surfski.  Then Paddle Imua...

The Inland Paddler: Let’s not Lose our Aloha

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Trying to Share the Stoke In the Time of Corona Last Saturday, I got up early and headed out to Lake Jordan, one of the watershed water supply lakes just southeast of Chapel Hill, NC and southwest of Raleigh. Since it was the weekend, I...

Save the Date: Picking the Right Board with Coach Larry Cain 5/21 at 3PM EST on Interactive Session on Zoom

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Coach Larry Cain will be hosting an interactive discussion on Zoom about Picking the Right Board this Thursday at 3:00 PM ET.  This session is available for all Paddle Monster All Access and Basic Members. If you are not members, join all access coaching...

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...

The Inland Paddler: Getting Back to the Water

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Getting Back in the Water I am a rule follower...as a rule. Maybe it’s because as a child I was afraid of getting in trouble.  Maybe it comes from being a public servant for years. Both? Anyway, I have been observing our state’s stay at home...

The Inland Paddler: My Covid-19 Non-Paddling Life

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Perhaps I need to change the title of my posts here to “The Inside Paddler” since the Stay At Home Orders where I am have closed the lakes where I would normally be training. So, like many of you, I have turned to other...

The Inland Paddler: Diversions in the time of Covid-19

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Not gonna lie, today is hard. It is taking a lot to not go down the bunny hole of despair, given the most recent turn of events. And I am finding it hard to practice some of the things I have talked about doing...

Merging Forward!

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“What can take place without change?” - Marcus Aurelius Some 10 years ago or so, I discovered Stand Up Paddling.  I was a die-hard expedition sea kayaker, and I was at a regional paddle symposium learning how to roll my boat with a long, skinny Greenland...

The Inland Paddler: New Year, New Things!

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Winging in the New Year Sometimes, I get bored. I get bored quite frequently, actually, when work, weather, whatever, keeps me having to paddle on my local training lake too much.  I am a paddler who needs variety. Too much flatwater and I itch for...

The Inland Paddler’s Holiday Gift Guide

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The Inland Paddler’s Guide to Holiday Gifting for Paddlers It’s that wonderful time of year when, as paddlers we probably have a long list of gadgets and gear we’d love to receive. Or maybe not. If you need to jumpstart your wish list, or just...

Gear Review: O’Neill Hyperfreak Wetsuit

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The Surprising O’Neill Hyperfreak Wetsuit This is a review I never in a million years would have expected to write. If you know me at all, or have followed my posts here on the Mullet, you know I have always bemoaned the advent of neoprene season....

The Inland Paddler: Lucky Number Six – Reflections on Chattajack

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Chattajack 2019 - Lucky Number Six Holy crap! It is hard to fathom that this year, I will have paddled up to the start line of the Chattajack river race six times.  In a row.  When I did that for the first time back in...

The Inland Paddler: Sitting Down and Returning to Paddling Roots

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Sitting Down and Returning to Paddling Roots About 20 years ago (gasp!) a dear friend and I decided to buy kayaks. We both chose Ocean Kayak sit-on-tops as our entry into the paddling world. I wasn’t interested at all in sit-in boats - my friend...

The Inland Paddler: The End of a Season

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The Inland Paddler: Outdoor Instructor Life When you are passionate about something, there is nothing more rewarding than introducing someone to the thing you love the most. And for almost every weekend during the warm months over the last five years, I have been fortunate...

What I Learned on My Summer Vacation: Traveling Cross Country for a SUP Race

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Traveling Cross Country to Race Why on earth would anyone want to load up a 14 foot downwinding board on top of a Honda Element and drive over 2,400 miles for a paddle race? One word: Adventure! After the Mullet did it last year, towing a trailer...

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: 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...

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...

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...

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 Inland Paddler: Age – It Really is Just a Number

Age Doesn't Have to Stop us from Paddling
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Age Doesn't Have to Stop us from Paddling This month, I turn 54.  And while I firmly believe that age is indeed just a number, there are some undeniable truths about how your body deals with “things” the more trips around the sun it takes. Simply...

The Inland Paddler: Welcoming Fall (and even Winter) Paddle Season. Really.

Forward into Fall Paddling Season
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Forward into Fall Paddling Season In the past, I have groused about Fall and the inevitable coming of Winter, the advent of Neoprene Season, and the time change and shorter days. This year, it’s a little different. Well, not the part about the losing Daylight Savings Time...
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