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View from the Back: Lest we forget

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Waking up everyday just a little bit changed While it breaks over us like waves Long live beauty; short live pain Lust for wonder and hunger pangs Face your fear, but do not shame: It doesn't end; it just wears away But leave the lights on Cause it might be nighttime...

View from the Back: Up High; Down Low

Katie and April
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"April, wanna go paddle?" "Where to, Katie?" "Uh, possibly the edge of the marina . We'll see." I hadn't stood up on a paddleboard since May. Five months almost to the day. I had stood on the surfboard on springs at my physical therapy/super secret ninja training facility....

View from the Back: Fitness with Chris

Chris Aguilar Prone
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[EDITOR'S NOTE: I share my column space with only one other person. My brotha from anotha motha, Chris Aguilar. Please welcome him back, writing-wise. Great story! ~Katie) Yesterday my mom was telling me about two of her staff who just got into SUP and that...

View from the Back: Days of Yore

Freaky Flotilla
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"I roll and roll 'till I'm out of luck." ********** Four years ago I started stand up paddleboarding. The featured (above) photo is from the Freaky Flotilla, my first paddle race. I dressed like a kelp forest. I even had inflatable floaty fish. It was boss. After...

View from the Back: Still in the Back

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I started writing this post last Saturday when I got back from the Colonial SUP race. I really had the best time. But I was tired. Back in June one of my friends said to me "It's so important to have something that makes you...

View from the Back: Just Paddle

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dol·drums: calms, sudden storms, and light unpredictable winds. ***** I'm having some summer blues. I don't know if it is because I was stuck inside for so long because of my leg or I'm working on some things that I don't particularly want to be working...

View from the Back: Double Trouble

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"How far do you want to go?" Dave asked. "I dunno," I said. "We can go however far you want," said Renee. Oh Renee. You should never say that to me. ******* I've been prone paddling a handfull of times. Fewer than ten, more than two. I got my...

View from the Back: Dave Made Me Do It

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The Long National Mullet Katie nightmare is over.  The Foot is free.  Seven Weeks Even though it's full-scale summer, there hasn't been a "View from the Back" since I broke my ankle. That's because the view has been from my couch, and it ain't been pretty. Well, it's mostly...

Chris Aguilar’s View from the Back: Rock2Rock

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Endurance experts say that the first mile of any race is the most important mile. That is where you set the pace, where you collect your thoughts and hopefully check into your “zone”. This year, at the Rock 2 Rock, my first mile started...

View from the Back: The Ankle Speaks

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As soon as I landed on my right foot in 18 inches of water I knew something was wrong. I couldn't breathe. COULD. NOT. BREATHE. "Where's my hat? My paddle? Thank god I'm wearing a leash. Shit. SHIT. SHITSHITSHITSHIT. HOLY F&*^ THAT HURTS." The wind howled. I...

View from the Back: View from the Dock

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Above photo from Jason A. Frizzelle Photography. See the gallery here.  So, I didn't race the Carolina Cup, but I felt like I completed a race. I was fortunate enough to work with the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club to help organize the event. They had...

View from the Back: “It’ll be fun!”

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“It’ll be fun,” I said. “We can do it as a relay, I said. “I’ll just paddle and you can just run,” I said. I made it out to the beach after the paddle portion of the Wrightsville Beach Biathlon just before Patty started the second leg...

View from the Back: How do you Pick your Paddle Races?

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I woke up the morning of April and Corey's wedding/ paddle race tired, grouchy, not feeling well. It was cold, threatened to rain, and I didn't want to paddle in the river. I was also afraid of having some sort of major internal organ...

View from the Back: And I didn’t know I was lost.

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I got a new board yesterday and Bob Risner left us. Well, he left us on Sunday, but I found out yesterday, so whenever I paddle my new board that I picked up yesterday I will think of Bob, if only briefly when I'm...

View from the Back: Operating Mullet

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Above: It looks warm but it's not. ------------------- This is the time of year that I just want to give up.  Work overwhelms, there's no sunlight--even though the days are getting longer. We have ice storms and snow storms, and even though we aren't in the great...

View from the Back: Twas the night before. . .race day

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'Twas the night before race day and at Distressed Mullet I packed some snacks to be shoved down my gullet while paddling fast and gunning for Lexy 'cause drooling GU Chomps is so very sexy. If the race happens like one early this year there will be time on...

Watch. Listen. Learn. Pay your dues.

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Please welcome guest writer Julie Nicholls telling her story of her first year as a SUP racer. -------- I had spent some time paddling around on a small hand-shaped sup board when I watched my first Cold Stroke Classic in 2011. It was blowing a NE...

View from the Back: So What Happens Now?

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(Above photo from Lisa.) So what happens now? I paddle off into the sunset. It's been a good year.  No, wait. I actually paddled off into the sunset last weekend. (Photo from Sharna.) Note to paddlers: If you take your headlamp out of your CamelBak, if you take your strobe...

View from the Back: Hell Fog

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"Y'all just looked like you were in heaven. Floating in the clouds."  The Chattajack race director Ben Friberg's Mom said that to Patty and me on Saturday night at the awards party.    She had a different take on the morning fog than I did. Before we...

View from the Back: Country Roads Take me Home

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When I was a little girl I had a record player and I listened to my John Denver record on the record player equivalent of repeat, which is to say I had to pick up the needle and move it whenever it reached the...

View from the Back: Be Brave in the Attempt

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The Special Olympics oath is: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let be brave in the attempt." These words were spoken by Roman gladiators as they entered the arena, facing the greatest battle of their lives. Our athletes recite the oath at the Opening...

View from the Back: And now for something completely different

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At the beginning of September the  jellies appeared in the channels and waterways, large as dinner plates. Translucent pink and undulating. Fascinating and disturbing.  ------- Just a few weeks ago, my Mom said, with tears in her eyes, "I won't ever get over wishing that you...

View from the Back: View of the Back

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Piled the car up yesterday with three boards, four paddles, four people, two coolers, four food bags, three cameras, three computers, a wifi hotspot, 12 bags of gu chomps, a case of Moroccan Mint Iced Tea, Justin's nut butter, Jewelry and high heels (Barbie),...

View from the Back: The 20 Mile Paddle

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"So, I don't mean to sound, you know, like, mean or anything, but how far was that race you didn't finish?" "13 miles." "And how far is that race your'e doing in October?" "31 miles." -------- The whole time I've been training for the Chattajack this voice in my...

View from the Back: Cobianado!

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"I wish I had been wearing my heart rate monitor," I said. "I know, right?" said Sharna. "I would probably have a new maximum heart rate. Like, 190." "While going zero miles per hour!" --------- I should probably have the coordinates of Masons Inlet just north of Wrightsville Beach...
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