The Inland Paddler: Summer Must Have Paddle Gear

Summer Must Have Paddle Gear
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...

The Inland Paddler: The End of A Season

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: Winter Wonderland with Dolphins

deal with Winter
Last week at this time, much of eastern North Carolina was in the midst of its first Winter storm.  The below freezing temps and precipitation dumped a classic wintry mix of ice, sleet and snow on the Raleigh area.  Roads were bad, school was...

The Inland Paddler: Amor Fati

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: All the Leaves are Brown and the Sky is Gray

Today is the Winter Solstice - well, at exactly 5:44 this morning. That moment where the sun shines at its most southern point, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. The shortest day of the year, or the longest night, depending on your perspective. And it is...

The Inland Paddler: Selecting a New Board & Finding That Perfect Dance Partner

My first love… she was a gorgeous blonde beauty with long lines, a smooth glide and a distinctive tattoo marking her lineage…it was a Naish Nalu 11’6”…and she slid me across a choppy Lake Crabtree like no other watercraft I’d ever paddled. It was...

Gear Review: Season Five Basalt Hoodie

In order to stay comfortable and safe during the winter paddle season, you have to be prepared for anything. And that means having a well-rounded arsenal of kit to handle whatever Mother Nature is going to throw out at you between Fall and Spring. Season...

The Inland Paddler: Learning to Catch the Vertical Bumps…

Or...Lessons from the Climbing Wall. This offseason has been great.  I mean really great.  I have been listening to the aches and pains and backing off. I have been resting and making a concerted effort to get as close to eight hours of sleep each...

Inland Paddler: Attitude Adjustment at Altitude

Lisa Maui
"Ladies and gentlemen, we need you to fasten your seat belts and return your seats to their upright positions," the flight attendant said, with obvious strain in her voice. The cabin lights came full on as another flight attendant made her way down the...

The Inland Paddler: So Long, 2016, and Thanks for all the Fish

2016 came in like a lamb but seems to be leaving like a lion.  A rogue lion that has rampaged through the savannah of our childhoods, our pop culture and even our political landscape. A quick look at social media reveals that more than...

The Inland Paddler: Non-Paddles of Thanksgiving

What a whirlwind, these last few weeks! What with the last race of the year at the Surf to Sound at Wrightsville, the post-season let-down, followed by a national, non-paddle event that has affected all of us one way or another here in The...

The Inland Paddler: Chattajacked Up and Ready to Go!

Lisa Schell at Chattajack
At about Mile 18 the gunshots started. The first one was, well, attention getting. Then the second one rang out. “That’s a bit....disconcerting,” I said to the young woman in the recreational kayak I’d been trading places with on the river for the last three...

The Inland Paddler: Cold Weather Paddling is Here! Yay!

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...

Inland Paddler: Out of the Line Up Because of “Injury”

Off the Water Because of Injury “What did you do to your knee? You fall of your skateboard?” “Did you hurt your knee surfing?” People always assume that an outdoor athlete’s chosen sport must always be the mode of injury when one of us gets hurt. And...

Gear Review: Virus International Women’s Lunar Active Tech Pant

Virus Lunar
Virus International, you had me with a stretchy pocket on the thigh of your  LUNAR Active Tech Pant.  That one little detail is huge. Brilliant.  How many times have I wanted a place to quickly stash my keys, wallet or phone while loading boards,...

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: Four Mobile Apps that Make Paddling Alone Safer

We all know that the buddy system is best. Sometimes, though, that’s just not an option. Maybe you just want to paddle alone to clear the cobwebs, or to keep from strangling someone. Maybe you are focusing on training goals. Or maybe your preferred...

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

Forward into Fall Paddling Season
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...

Daddy’s Girl

Lisa Schell talks about the loss of her Dad
Tuesday morning was like every other dawn patrol training morning.  The air was thick with Southern humidity yet at 5:00 am still the coolest part of the day.  I left the house a little later than usual - I wasn’t going to work.  It...

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

OC2 View of the Carolina Cup
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: Winter Approaches

Perhaps I am making peace with the Powers that Be, the Keepers of the Time (not to be confused with the Time Lords) the Changer of Seasons, and/or the fact that Winter is Coming. My last two Dawn Patrols have been, in a word,...

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...

Because We’re All About The Base

base layer for paddling
NOTE: So Lisa, the Inland Paddler, made this graphic and we stole it, but we made her the author of this post because she's the inspiration, but we don't want to be confusing and make you think she said what we're saying below, which is, IT'S COLD AF...

The Inland Paddler: Under the Weather – Strategies for Beating The Winter Cold

beating the winter cold
Let me just say up front: I am not a doctor or any other medical professional. But as a paddler who trains year round, I have a vested interest in learning all I can about beating the winter cold. Or  at least trying to....

Gear Review: Fusion Stereo Active

One of the best additions to my arsenal of electronic training tools came late in this past season, and it was something completely unexpected: a bluetooth stereo. But not just any bluetooth stereo. The Fusion StereoActive. It's made by a New Zealand company that has been in...
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