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...

Danny Ching talks Hippo Sticks

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The paddles have two shaft configurations: One for race and one for surf. Check out the video. Let me know if you have any questions.

Standup Paddle Races: Standardized Distances?

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First, let's start with what's out there from the WPA and the PSUPA: From section 6A and 6B of the WPA Rule Book:  6. Race/Courses Defined a) Short Course – it is recommended that short course races should be conducted on a safe and manageable course free from...

I’m down with B O P, yeah you know we’ll see

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This was originally published Friday as a editorial in the CHUM Newsletter, posted here, expanded and revised. I bumped into a guy who had been living under a rock and he asked me if I'd heard about Rainbow Sandals pulling out of BOP and the...

A lightsaber is a little like a paddle, right?

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I'd been driving for about 10 hours when I pulled off the road to find a bathroom in a hotel. It was about one o'clock in the morning and that west side of Nashville. I pulled into the first hotel I saw that had enough lights outside...

PFD Exception for Prone – Traditional Paddleboards

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According to the Coast Guard, vessels propelled by hands or feet without the use of engines, sails, oars, paddles, propellers (the rule gives the full list) are excepted from the USCG life jacket requirement as per rule 33 CFR 175.11 (CFR stands for Code...

Traditional Paddleboard Race Scenario: What do we do?

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Race Director Decisions Consider the following and let us know how you would handle this if you were the race director. Race Entry Scenario 7  traditional (prone) paddlers show up to a paddleboard event. There are two courses, a long (10 mile) and short course...

The gator, the stand up paddle board, and homeland security

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Enough time has passed perhaps to tell you a little story about an-unplanned, ill-advised training run that nearly resulted in landing me and Jason from Carolina Paddleboard Company in jail for terrorism or even worse, gator rolled and fish food at the bottom of...

Planning a road trip to a SUP race

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Updated June 29, 2016 If you are hopping in your cars and heading for the nearest SUP event, here are a few things to remember: The first step: Cover the basics Register for the event Make a reservation at the event hotel or one close by ...

Best of The Mullet Instagram Stream this week

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Here are some of the great photos and videos from the Distressed Mullet Instagram Feed. These are some great people to follow on instagram. Frank Lundy on the downwind in VB No Waves, No Worries A post shared by Franklin Lundy (@franklinlundy) on Jul 7, 2018 at...

Paddleboarder on surfer violence, staying safe and surf etiquette

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I came across this article this morning and it struck a nerve. First, it's on a site that is obviously anti-paddleboarder, so the tone rose my temperature as I read. But then, it looks like the standup paddle boarder used his paddle as a...

CHUM Video Update for July 28, 2017

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Discussion on the drowning by a paddler who was wearing, but did not deploy his belt PFD, a series of videos by Travis Grant, the arrival of our Kumo Board, upcoming races, and more for this last week in July.

Tips for Race Directors starting a SUP race

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In the past 6 weeks, there have been two examples of disastrous races. Races that barely escaped being headlines in the local paper. Races where paddlers could have been injured or killed. I can't call them out, but one was on the East coast and one...

Virtual ding repair $10

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Did you drop your board? Did someone bang into it? Or did that dock cleat pop a hole in it? No worries. Send us a photo and we'll repair it digitally. It'll look as good as new on Facebook, through email and even on...

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...

Safety Discussion from the Surf Expo

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"We need to take responsibility for the safety of the people in our sport." Tyler callaway leads off the stand up Paddleboard manufacturer's safety meeting at @surfexpo. On Friday, September 9th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida manufacturers, media, and representatives from the...

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

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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...

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...

Paddle for Humanity DC: What I learned about how to run a great race

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I raced hard at the P4H DC race. Still, I barely held that maniac Kiwi Annabel Anderson off at the finish. She was on an old 12'6" that she borrowed the day before the race. I was on my shiny new 14' race board....

How to be happier: Find a charity and donate time or money—Great Options

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Giving makes you happier. It's scientific. It's psychology. The 201o Do Good. Live Well Survey by United Healthcare surveyed more than 4,500 American adults and found that 68 percent of those who volunteered in the past year report that volunteering has made them feel physically healthier. Volunteers agree...

Happy Father’s Day: Get your Dads on the water

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One of the best gifts we can give our kids as fathers is to get them on the water. It opens doors. It gives them a place to think, mourn, dream, rest, achieve, and play. It brings respect and humility as much as it...

New WPA Surf Drafting Rules

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Drafting in the surf has gotten out of hand as of late. An incident at the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race this past weekend prompted swift and definitive World Paddle Association action. In the above photo by Chase Kosterlitz, Brody Welte is in clear violation. Boards will...

The CHUM for July 14, 2017

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John Beausang and Lisa Schell discuss the latest on Distressed Mullet for the week ending July 14th in this week's CHUM. Safety, The Gorge, SEA Paddle, OABI, Great Peconic Summer Books, and more...

Goodbye old friend, hello new ones

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I said goodbye to a friend on Wednesday. No, nobody died. Nobody moved away. I sold a board. I stopped to get gas at a truck stop just south of Wilmington in the early-morning twilight. I saw the board strapped to my roof for the...

Chattajack31: What I learned about how to run a great race

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Nothing can prepare you to run an event than going to other events and paying attention. Being a competitor will help you be a better race director. Every problem that you will face has been solved, somewhere, by someone else. Take note of the...
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