Gear Review: Fusion Stereo Active

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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...

The Inland Paddler: Non-Paddles of Thanksgiving

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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...

Gear Review: Season Five Basalt Hoodie

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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: Live Aloha, Y’all

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I am writing tonight in Wrightsville Beach.  It’s the eve of the Surf to Sound weekend…which this year also coincides with my least favorite day of the year - the End of Daylight Savings Time.  This year, on the day we turn the clocks...

Gear Review: Surf-Fur WaterParka

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The last couple of weeks here in North Carolina have definitely been Autumnal. Leaves are changing, even falling, there’s a pleasant lack of humidity in the air, the nights have dipped into the 40’s. And most sadly, my local lake temp has dipped below...

The Inland Paddler: Double Trouble at Chattajack 2016

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Exactly one month before Chattajack, I get this message from my friend Dana in Atlanta. “Want to paddle an OC2??? I’d race with you!! We just need to borrow one.” Um….I have an OC2. Bought a Tempest last year from Jason the Pied Piper of Paddlecraft...

ChattaTravel: Creature Comforts to Help Make it to Race Day

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Editor’s Note: This is part of a Distressed Mullet series on on Chattajack Prep.  I've had the good fortune to attend a lot of races this year and I have had some hits and misses when it comes to mastering the Art of Travel getting to...

The Inland Paddler: T-Minus Eight Days and Counting

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Chattajack. If you haven't noticed, we've been kind of Chatta-obsessed here at the Mullet. And with reason.  This is the biggie. Our Inland Molokai to Oahu. Instead of bumps and tradewinds, we will slog 32 miles on flat water that might be torn up by...

Race Reporter’s Notebook: What I Saw at the Games

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This year's Pacific Paddle Games at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA marked a first for me - the first time I have ever gone to a paddle race as purely a spectator or observer and chronicler. Instead of a race bib, I...

The Inland Paddler: New Places, New Perspectives

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This time of year, it's easy for me to not see the forest for the trees.  In other words, I get so focused on the Big Race of the Year and or paddling the same place workout after workout that I forget to look...

Gear Review: Mocke Life Line Craft Leash

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At this year's ChuckTown Showdown, a fellow OC-1 racer  showed me his leash, the Mocke Life Line Craft Leash.  I was immediately intrigued. And being the gear geek I am ...I quickly purchased one. Here's why it's a great option if you paddle OC, or surfski...

The Inland Paddler: Finding that Moment

Inland Paddler Finding the Moment
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In the best races, there is always that moment. That moment when you just know. When you realize that no matter what you are paddling through, against or with, you are going to make it. You are going to accomplish your goal. And then some. Last...

The Inland Paddler: Yo-ho Yo-ho A Paddler’s Life for Me

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I love pirates. I blame Walt Disney and his Imagineers. They had me from the first time I plunged into the depths of their vision of New Orleans under siege aboard the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland.  All it took was that...

Music On the Water: Sneak Peak at a New Way to Take the Tunes Along

Gear Preview Fusion StereoActive
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Several weeks ago, Mullet Central got an email inviting us to take a first look at a new audio device that its makers said was destined to change the way we think about music when paddling. I admit, I was skeptical. But definitely intrigued. I sometimes...

The Inland Paddler: Learning Away the Fear

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Paddle race season will be ending sooner than we might wish. At least for me, October more or less signals the end of a training season that began in earnest back in December and a race season that got under way in April. Wow, what...

Gear Review: Virus Aquatic Performance V2 Airprene Compression Tech Shorts

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I'm guessing the folks at Virus might have heard about my OC wardrobe malfunction of late. 'Cause not too long after that rather gripping experience, these shorts arrived in the mail for me to test. Where have they been all my paddling life?? Now, make no...

The Inland Paddler: Reflections on the Gorge

Inland Padder Cosmic Gorge
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Places known for their epic downwind conditions are special.  They are usually breathtakingly beautiful, and they seem to be alive with an electricity you can actually feel on your skin. They vibrate with a cosmic resonance, the kind more commonly associated with new agey,...

The Quest for the Perfect Bag: Boreas Gear Erawan Pack

Gear Review Boreas Erawan
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The search for the perfect bag is a thing with me. It's a quixotic thing...like Don Quiote chasing after those windmills, I am always chasing after the better bag- the better bag for everyday carrying, for gear, for travel, and especially for travel with...

The Inland Paddler: Wedged between an Ama and a Hard Place….sort of

Inland Paddler OC wedgie
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We have all had wardrobe malfunctions of one sort of another during our lifetimes. Some have probably been more embarrassing than others. But I am here to tell you that the last WM you want to have, at least in the non-prone position, when...

The Inland Paddler On Being the Bug

Inland Paddler Being the Bug
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To quote Mary Chapin Carpenter, some times you're the windshield. Sometimes you're the bug. Last Saturday was a bug day. As in I bugged out. A quarter of the way into the Cape Story OC race across the bay at Virginia Beach. Funny thing was, I...

Gear Review: Ion Products Hydration Vest Comp

Gear Review Ion Hydration Vest
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Hydration. Next to our PFDs and leashes,  our onboard, on bod water supply system might just be one of the most important pieces of gear we carry with us. And while CamelBak and others have been producing a variety of great hydration packs for...

The Inland Paddler: United Outside

Inland Paddler United Outside
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I don’t want to wax political. Yet, the events of this week, well really the last month, make me deeply, deeply sad. Like many of us, I woke up to the news of Dallas this morning and found myself plunged into a funk not...

Gear Review: Deckbagz Retro Sup Deck Bag

Gear Review DeckBagz
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I am always looking for a better way to carry my stuff on my deck when I paddle.  I try to minimize the amount of accoutrements I take with me but there are those times when I find I need cargo capacity.  Maybe it's a...

Gear Review: Reflekt Unsinkable Polarized FLOATING Sunglasses

Reflekt sunglasses
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It's well-known that the bottoms of Falls and Jordan lakes, as well as many other aquatic substrates are littered with things that belong to me. And some things that don't, like a sup yoga 10-pound anchor I lost Sunday (sorry Outdoor School!) But, usually...

Summer Skin 911 for the People Who Paddle

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Raise your hand if you are glad summer is right around the corner! I know that I am ecstastic that I can now leave the neoprene behind, kick off the booties, and enjoy paddling in boardies and lightweight paddle tops! But the advent of the...
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