Let’s talk about safety, because someone has to

safety in stand up paddle boarding
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At first I thought, "Is it too early for an article on this?" Then I realized on some levels it's too late. Nevertheless, it's a conversation we need to have. Are we safe when we stand up paddle board? The warning shot It started when Zbigniew Moryn,...

If your lower back hurts, you might not be rotating

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I did not stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, which means I'm not qualified to diagnose your injuries or analyze your technique. That said, I learned something interesting that came into play today on my paddle workout: lower back pain and it's reflection...

Basic Skills Test: Should a Paddleboard Skills Certification be required to rent or race?

Bruce Lee
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What if prior to a race or rental, people had to show that they could safely perform a set of basic paddleboard skills in order to be allowed to rent boards or participate in a race? Safely demonstrate the following Launch and comfortably stand on a...

Gratitude: The 2015 Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race

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This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to take part in my first Catalina Classic: 32 miles from Two Harbors in the north of Catalina Island, past the R10 Buoy at Palos Verdes, and finishing at the Manhattan Beach Pier. The entire experience changed...

Lessons and Tours: Are you paying attention to your favorite customers?

Homies Relay teams
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A friend with a successful SUP tour and rental business recently shared his success story with me. It was strikingly simple and while I can't share the specifics of who he targeted, I can surely share the how so you can create your own...

Welcome to the latest version of Distressed Mullet

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You may have noticed some changes in the Mullet recently. We recently upgraded the Mullet to include a base foundation for some very exciting things to come. You’ll Notice That There Are Numerous New Features Including A ”Who’s Online” Function, A Messages Function, A Very Detailed...

Detroit Rising: OABI (Once Around Belle Isle) as a reflection of a city’s rebirth

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“We’re going to try to get you on the water and started on time to avoid the weather that’s forecasted for later today.” Thunder boomed in the distance. “OK. We’re going to check the weather again and we may have to delay the start.” More thunder. More thunder. Laughter. “I’m...

We just want to say that Mickey Muñoz is amazing

mickey-mike-muir
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Mike Muir from Riviera Paddle Surf sent me this photo this morning. What a gift. "We should all aspire to be doing what Mickey is doing at 76." I'm a huge Mickey Muñoz fan, and not just because he was Gidget's stunt double. He's everything that's awesome about the...

Competition or Personal Accomplishment: A thought on race courses

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This is an observation for race directors looking to get more people to come and enjoy their races. When you have a challenge that goes beyond a simple 5K or 10K race, one that has obstacles that transcend a straight line, a start and a...

Top 5 things to pack for a SUP Camping trip

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(1) Bring a recording of someone screaming for help. If you get in trouble, you can play this really loudly. (2) Bring a Drakar Noir Belt PDF. Because falling off your board stinks, unless you fall off with a Drakkar PFD. (3) Carry a Lego Lifeguard Board...

The mainstream media and stock photography have no idea about SUP safety

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While news reports tend to find a local expert to guide them through the sport of SUP, the articles written for the general public by newspapers and local magazines are poorly researched and fact checked and pick stock photos that don't show how to...

Eight years ago, I rented a Smart Car and went to BOP :: What’s your worst kookslam moment?

Mullet BOP
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Every once in a while, a Facebook memory throws you down a rabbit hole. I had been publishing the Mullet for a few years at this point and was starting to gain traction with the website. I'd been there the year before with friends who...

Ohio quarter celebrates Perry’s 2013 Paddleboard victory

Ohio Quarter
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I was sorting through my change this weekend and spotted this celebratory paddleboard quarter. I had no idea how mainstream SUP had become, how popular SUP had become in Ohio. Congrats Perry! Was from Blazing Saddles or Riverfest? No matter. It's impressive. I can...

What is the future of SUP events?

what is the future of SUP events
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One popular SUP event model has been to build a race, then add events until it becomes a festival—a destination. Meanwhile, in the outdoor sports and whitewater paddle and river worlds, they have festivals that are adding SUP events. How and when will these worlds...

We’re launching a magazine and it’s all about you

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In April, we are launching The Mullet magazine: The first free, quarterly community paddle magazine that tells the stories of local paddlers, local events, local shops and local causes on a national stage. This community needs a unifying mechanism and we believe The Mullet is it. We...

Connor-Kai BOP altercation spills over into the ugly ugly

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Everyone is starting to get home and watch the video. Emotions are starting to spill over. The on-water skirmish is now migrating online. I saw one parent's post on Facebook and totally understand their frustration. I imagine if neither Kai nor Connor won, both families...

Can leashes solve all our paddleboard safety problems?

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Every month, we hear of someone either drowning while paddleboarding, or having to be rescued because they either underestimated the wind or didn't see it coming. Consistently, those in danger are separated from their boards, most often in high winds with choppy, cold water....

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...

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...

Lina Augatis on paddling and pregnancy

Lina Augatis 7 months pregnant
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2014 Battle of the Paddle and World Series Champion and 2015 Lost Mills Champ, Lina Augatis, is enjoying time with her husband Andrew in anticipation of their first child. Werner Paddles caught up with her for a few questions. How far along are you? We are...

One Board Class: 14 and Under

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First of all, let me be clear. As far as I can see it, there is no dominant governing body that can regulate races. At all. So, no one is imposing anything on anyone. We are a collective group of independents. This could change...

Finding a happy place: One Board Class Follow Up

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The One Board Class Post from last week definitely elicited a variety of responses. The end goal for all of us is a healthy, happy, thriving, sustainable sport. We want new people to enter and engage in the sport and the community. We want...

Staying Safe on Holiday Weekends with examples for Wrightsville Beach

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Holiday Weekends are dangerous for paddlers. Mostly because people have an easier time getting a 32-foot motorboat into the water and up to full throttle than they have to adopt a stray cat. AND, they have the right of way over SUPs. It's scary,...

What does a cat litter scientist and Charles Barkley have to do with paddling?

shirley wang
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I came across this article a few weeks ago and it struck a chord with me. If you haven't read it yet, Shirley Wang of WBUR, a public radio station in Boston, tells the story of the unlikely friendship between her dad, Lin, a cat...

Paddling vs television: Overcoming vacant expressions

Photographer Donna Stevens
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There is a frightening portrait exhibit on Hypebeast from Photographer Donna Stevens of children who are watching television. We thought it would be a good exercise to juxtapose these vacant expressions with the expressions of children who are paddling to see if there is a difference....
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