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Northern Hemisphere Off-Season Training Programs – Zoom Recording

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Listen in on Paddle Monster Head Coach Larry Cain from his Monday, November 22nd discussion where he answers questions about the 2021-22 Northern Hemisphere Off-Season Training Program and the 2022 training year in general. Learn...

Chattajack Zoom Recording – Part 4 – Knowing the Course – Pre-race and In-race...

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Please join Coach Cain, and Lisa Schell for this week’s recording on Knowing the Course – Pre-race and In-race tips Paddle Monster Zoom Series Content this week includes an interactive discussion on the venue, the race,...
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Chattajack Zoom Recording – Part 3 – Fueling your Performance

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Please join Coach Victoria, Coach Cain, and Lisa Schell for this week's recording on Fueling your Performance. Session details: Part 3 – Fueling your Performance An interactive discussion on pre- and in-race nutrition and hydration including: Why? ...
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Chattajack Zoom Series – Part 2 Recording – Drafting – Making Use of Those...

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This Zoom session originally aired September 29, 2021 at 7:30 PM ET

Chattajack Zoom Recording from September 22, 7:30 PM ET

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Chattajack Prep Zoom Session Part 1 Recording! September 22, 7:30 PM ET How to Train to Successfully Race 31 Miles

Chattajack Prep Zoom Session Part 1 Recording! How to Train to Successfully Race 31...

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This Zoom session originally aired September 22, 2021 at 7:30 PM ET

Paddling Injuries: How Loving the Conditions and Training Works when We are Injured

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Dealing with Paddling Injuries Spend enough time on this website, or the Paddle Monster Facebook page and you’ll notice two mantras, mottos or hashtags: Love the Conditions and Training Works. Spend a bit of time training...

Chattajack Zoom Series

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Paddle Monster Zoom Series Welcome to the Chattajack Zoom series, a four-part Zoom experience in which the Paddle Monster Coaches and special guests hold a discussion on important, Chattjack prep topics. If you want to truly...

Congratulations Penny Tsaoutou!!

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A big congratulations to Penny Tsaoutou for her first place finish in last weeks ICF SUP World Championship! Penny finished first in the Sprint 50+ category with an amazing time of 1.13:09!!! Way to go Penny!!

Coach Victoria on Post-Covid Fitness

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Paddle Monster Fitness and Nutrition Coach Victoria Burgess shares a presentation she put together recently on returning to training after a “pandemic time out.”  Excellent info here!   youtubeembedcode en Casino utan licens youtubeembedcode es Casino utan licens    
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Chattajack Race Prep: Rookie Mistakes

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Final Countdown to Chattajack So, we are a little less than two months away from Chattajack time - Delta variant notwithstanding (fingers crossed!) And first-timers might be starting to get a little antsy right about...

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

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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...

But What About the Critters? Paddling and Animal Encounters

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But What About the Critters When Paddling? Every now and then we see posts on social media from new or prospective paddlers who worry about animals they may encounter in the water. Both the fresh...

Chattajack Nutrition Program with Victoria Burgess, PhD

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The Chattajack Nutrition Program with Victoria Burgess, Ph.D., CISSN certified Sports Nutritionist, includes: —In-depth customization for nutrition based on the current training plan for Chattajack 2020 —Constant guidance in nutrition and supplementation to help increase performance...

Wild Wave Wednesday: Amazing Surfski Surfing in Australia

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Western Australia Surfski Surfing! This video from Hamish Worsley in Western Australia is just mesmerizing! Exactly what we need to get the daydreaming going on this Wednesday!! If this doesn't make you want to learn to...

Four Essential Chattajack Training Tools

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Chattajack Training Tools Chattajack is just around the corner...in fact, today’s the start day for Paddle Monster’s CJ focused training plan with Coach Cain. A training plan should be your number one training tool, but after...

Chattajack Training with Coach Cain begins Monday, August 16th

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It's time to kick it into gear. Fall-specific peak race training.

Gear Review: Options for Icing When Injured – The Hurt Skurt and Freeze Sleeve

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Ice, Ice Baby: The Hurt Skurt and Freeze Sleeve If you do an activity or sport long enough, with enough determination (or not, as it were) injury of some sort is inevitable. And that means...

Blown a Mile Offshore: What Would You Do?

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Blown a mile offshore: What Would You Do? Several news stories captured my attention over the last few days, prompting me to again think about the what if’s of paddling and how I’d handle them. First...

Races in the next few weeks

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Here are a few US races in the upcoming weeks

SUP Downwinding Checklist: Catching Bumps and Staying Safe

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SUP Downwinding Checklist - What You'll Need to Start What is Downwinding? Downwinding is a specialized form a paddling that can be done on a sup, prone paddle board, or in an outrigger canoe or surf...

So You Want to SUP Surf? What To Know Before you Go

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So You Want to SUP Surf? Yes, you can surf a standup paddle board! It is super fun and in some ways, easier to learn than prone surfing.  Here’s why: You don’t have to pop...

Beginning Racing: Your First Chattajack Race

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Your First Chattajack Race Guessing that a whole host of first-time Chattajack racers  are signed up for this year’s 32-mile sojourn down the Tennessee River Gorge in October. SUP paddling is booming because of the...

Paddle Monster Viewers Guide to Canoe-Kayak at the Olympics

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A Viewers Guide to Canoe-Kayak at the Tokyo Olympics It’s hard to believe but the 2020 Olympic Games are finally upon us, a year late in 2021.  Of course, that means from August 2 –...

Paddling Awareness: Understand the Risks of Standup Paddling

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Editor's Note: It should be obvious that all of us at Paddle Monster LOVE paddling - we want everyone to love it! But if you have a bad experience on the water, especially one...

Bracing for Stability, or How Your Paddle is Your Best Friend

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Your Paddle is Your Best Friend When I first started paddling sprint canoe many years ago the first thing the coaches told me as I stepped into the canoe for the first time was “do...

SUP Travel: Let’s Talk about Waves and Beach Launches

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SUP Travel: Let’s Talk about Waves and Beach Launches All this month, I am working from home which is Maui, Hawaii. (I know, I know, please don’t hate - I am originally from here so…)...

Gear Review: Shower Toga – The Perfect Changing System

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The Perfect Post Paddle Changing System I am always looking for the perfect changing poncho or system or strategy for making getting out of wet paddling clothes and into dry clothes easier. And let’s face...

Types of SUP Paddling: Breaking Down the Different Paddling Disciplines

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Types of SUP Paddling and the Boards You'll Need As more people are discovering the fun and benefits of standup paddling, many new paddlers I talk to are full of questions.  And many have absolutely...

How to Get Your Sup Board into the Water

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How to Launch Your SUP Beginners sometimes struggle with launching their sups for the first few times.  Here are some general tips and tricks for getting into the water smoothly for the first few times! From...

Gear Review: The Modular Modl Bottle Hydration System

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I am always looking for a better hydration solution, especially when it comes to finding a bladder or bottle that is going to work well in multiple paddle craft. When I first saw the...

SUP Paddling In the Ocean for the First Time

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SUP Paddling in the Ocean for the First Time When I teach beginning SUP classes, I am often asked how difficult it is to paddle in the ocean. Or what the difference is between standup...

Choosing Your First SUP Paddle

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Choosing your First Paddle It can be intimidating purchasing all of your SUP gear for the first time.  And expensive.  Understandably you don’t want to spend a fortune on your first set of equipment. But...

How to Know Which SUP Leash to Use

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How do I know which SUP leash to use? Buying a SUP? Don’t forget to get a leash to go with it!  Leashes save lives.  They are an important safety device for paddling because they...

Knowing When It’s Okay to Go Paddling: How to Improve your Skills Safely

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How do we know when its okay to go paddling? It's raining. It's kind of windy. There are whitecaps. The waves look big. How do I know if it's safe for me to go paddling? There...
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Jewel Tri (paddle, bike, and run) on Saturday, August 14 at Dreher Island State...

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Come celebrate outdoor life and being on the water by shaking things up at The Jewel Tri on Saturday, August 14 at Dreher Island State Park on the “jewel” of South Carolina, our beautiful...

The Save a Paddle Kit: Five Things Every Paddler Should Keep Handy

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Save a Paddle Kit   Beyond the obvious - leash, life jacket, water, communication, first aid - here's a cheat sheet for your Save A Paddle Kit...five things that can get you in the water, instead...

Paddling Solo Safely: Tech that Will Give You Peace of Mind

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Using Tech for Paddling Alone Safely A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I wrote a post on handy apps to help you stay safer on water - especially if you paddle...

RunOff Waterproof Phone Case Review – Protecting your smartphone and others

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RUNOFF® WATERPROOF PHONE CASE RunOff revolutionizes waterproof protection. This unique soft case protects phones from water, dust, and sand with a slim design that fits in pockets or can be attached to the included lanyard....

The Paddle Monster Community – Now Supports Many Languages!

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It's about time. Paddle Monster has been growing its roots globally for a few years now, and in preparation for some big changes coming to our community, we are now multi-lingual! Besides welcoming our...
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2021 SUP 11-City Tour—15 Week Paddle Training and Nutrition Plan

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The SUP 11 City Tour Nutrition Program with Victoria Burgess, Ph.D., CISSN certified Sports Nutritionist, includes: —Weekly interval training programmed workouts to improve aerobic endurance, fitness, speed, and paddling efficiency. Written specifically to prepare you...
Key West Paddle Classic

Key West Paddle Classic set for October 2, 2021

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Course:  Starting point is at Higgs Beach, Paddle South toward the Southernmost Point, through the Key West harbor, around the USCG base and under the Fleming Key Bridge. From here we cross the sailboat mooring...
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History-Making 200+ Mile Bay Paddle Returns as Team Relay

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ANNAPOLIS, MD. (Wednesday, April 28, 2021) — Today, Chris Hopkinson, who last summer, with the help and coaching of Paddler Monster, became the first person to traverse the entire Chesapeake Bay by standup paddleboard,...
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Paddle Monster Elite Sprint Technique Coaching Program with Coach Andrey Kraitor Now Available

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All-encompassing elite sprint technique coaching program with Coach Andrey Kraytor Limited to only a few paddlers each month, the Sprint Coaching Program offers individually tailored technique coaching and development programs that are delivered by Coach...

Coach Cain and Coach Andrey Facebook Live Recording

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Coach Cain and Coach Andrey talk about everything from C1 to SUP, long-distance paddling to sprinting, and how it all relates in this great discussion with our new SUP Coach, Coach Andrey Kraytor!

May 13th at Noon ET – Coaching Roundtable – A Free Facebook Live –...

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Coach Larry Cain and Coach Andrey will be discussing new Paddle Monster monster coaching opportunities and much more in their upcoming, joint Facebook Live. Mark your calendar for May 13th, Noon ET.  It will be...
The Goat Boater, Lake Wylie Paddleboarding is stoked to offer Lake Wylie’s first ever SUP Race Series

The Goat Boater, Lake Wylie Paddleboarding is stoked to offer Lake Wylie’s first ever...

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The Goat Boater, Lake Wylie Paddleboarding is stoked to offer Lake Wylie’s first-ever SUP Race Series.  9 paddleboard races, 10 opportunities to win.  The Series is open to all level paddlers, all ages &...

Coach Victoria on Fueling Your Workouts the Right Way

Fueling your Workouts the Right Way! Hello Paddlers!! Can you believe it’s May!!! This part of the year is always interesting. Some of you are coming from a deep freeze, snow and mostly land/cardio training....

Safety First – A Primer on How to Get Back to Paddling Safely

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How to Get Back To Paddling Safely It’s that time of year -many of us are returning to our favorite paddle spots, so it’s time for a refresher on how to get back to paddling...
PADDLE for MENTAL HEALTH 2nd annual 5K virtual paddle

Event Spotlight: PADDLE for MENTAL HEALTH 2nd annual 5K virtual paddle

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Join us for A United Day of Hope! PADDLE for MENTAL HEALTH 2nd annual 5K virtual paddle is happening Saturday, May 22nd., 2021. Please help us build awareness and funds, by JOINING OUR PADDLE...

Paddle Monster Elite Technique Program

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The Paddle Monster Elite Technique Program As the first paddler to take Paddle Monster Elite Technique Program with Coach Cain, I thought it appropriate to document my experience and tell you what it's like. If you're...

Hopeful news about Chattajack 2021

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The event has heard positive feedback on the permitting for large events in Chattanooga.
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M2O sadly announces the cancellation of the 24th Annual Moloka’i 2 O’ahu Paddleboard World...

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Despite progress against the pandemic, M2O has decided to cancel this year's event. Here is the letter just released from M2O: Aloha M2O Athletes, We appreciate the recent emails inquiring about the status of this year's Moloka'i...

What You Should do Before that First Spring Paddle

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Ah spring! That wonderful time of year when nature explodes after the dark, dank grey of winter and re-ignites our paddling souls!  The air temperature warms up, and we dream of barefoot paddles, board...

Eruption on the Treasure Coast: Paddle Battle Sets Bar High for 2021 Season

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March 20, 2021, Fort Pierce, FL. – It’s been a long winter, longer yet that the current state of the world is still putting a damper on our collective paddling ambitions. But for many,...

So, You Want to be a Better Paddler? Learn How to Sprint.

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So, You Want to be a Better Paddler? I’ve long contended that sprinters (and here I am talking about those who compete in 200m races at the highest level) are the most technically proficient paddlers. ...

Welcome Coach Andrey!

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If you haven't seen already, Paddle Monster is super stoked to announce the addition of Andrey Kraytor to the Paddle Monster coaching team! Andrey is an Olympian, a world champion in 200m C1, a high level coach (the Chinese National Teams womens canoe coach) and one of the fastest SUP sprinters in the world. On top of that hes got a huge passion for anything to do with paddling that rubs off on everyone around him and is a great guy who is a clear and effective communicator. Hes going to be a fantastic addition to the Paddle Monster team and bring great value to everyone he works with. Coach Andrey will be not only offering All Access programs, but also specific technique programs for sprinting and long haul paddling for SUP and C1! Welcome Andrey!!

Paddle Monster’s Newest Coach – Welcome Coach Andrey!

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it's with great excitement and fanfare that the Paddle Monster team is announcing the addition of Andrey Kraytor to the Paddle Monster coaching team! Coach Andrey Kraytor is our newest SUP and C1 Coach.  Andrey,...

Paddle Monster Spring Training Camp – Starts Today!

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Attention Paddlers! The Paddle Monster Spring Training camp starts today, March 19, 2021! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for daily posts about technique, training, and just basically paddling hints from Coach Seychelle and Coach...

Spring Training – 2021 – One Last Minute Slot Has Opened – Sign up...

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A last minute slot has opened in this weekend's Paddle Monster camp. Reach out to us ASAP if you're interested in joining!

We can’t wait to see you at Spring Training Camp

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Remember a few things

2021 Crossing for a Cure – Paddle Monster Training Program with Coach Victoria Burgess

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2021 Crossing for a Cure Training Program Are you participating in the 2021 Crossing for a Cure?  Do you want to have expert training to help you make the most of your crossing? If so, Paddle...

Paddler Survey – Please Help us Advance SUP

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  About Our Paddlers Survey A member of the Paddle Monster community who lives outside of New York City has asked that we run a survey to help him with a local problem. This survey was prompted...

Spring Base Training with Coach Larry Cain Starts Monday

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Get back to full-load on-water training to develop an aerobic base for late spring/summer races.
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Spring Base Training with Coach Larry Cain starts Monday, March 15

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The Spring Base Program with Coach Larry Cain starts Monday. It is designed to reintroduce paddlers to full load on-water training and to develop a specific aerobic base. If you have been able to paddle...

FinJak fin-mounting plate review

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https://youtu.be/D8IZ-P8bEB0 No more missing screw and plate for fin mounting! No tools needed with FinJack. Screw and plate are so 10years ago! "Made of hi-strength Acetal resin, the Finjak replaces the stock screw and sliding plate...

2021 Virtual Paddle League – March into Spring

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The Next Virtual Paddle League Race is Up! "March into Spring", a free, combined event race that is the combination of: - A 5k race with a turn at 2.5k, - A 2k race with a turn...

Paddle Challenge Update!

Attention all paddlers, read our latest article on The Paddle Monster Paddle Challenges - If you're not participating, it's not to late to get in!

Paddle Monster – Paddle Challenge Update

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Attention Paddle Monster Paddle Challenge and Virtual Race Community! The Paddle Monster and Paddle Logger teams are reminding all paddlers that there are three events currently active. We will review them in a moment,...

Technique Tip: Nordic Double Polling for Paddle Boarders

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Coach Larry has long likened the loading/unloading motion of hips and legs in stand-up paddling to the double poll motion seen in cross country skiing. Here Starboard Dream Team member Bruce Kirkby explains the relationship in more detail using video of Larrys stroke for his comparison and, for those skiers out there, explains how to double pole properly. @BruceKirkby's post helps land-locked winter paddlers on how Nordic Double Polling is a great winter conditioning sport for Paddle Boarders, AND, will help you work on your paddle technique as well. If you haven't, check out the amazing video below and listen closely.

Video: Thank you from Coach Victoria and Paddle Monster

Thank you for being a part of the Nutrition Challenge!

The February Five – VPL Results

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February is over and the results of "The February Five" 5k VPL race are in!  Congratulations to all racers! It's exciting to see where people are, how they have maintained after a few months hiatus...

Challenge and Race Results Submission Upgrade

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To all VPL and Paddle Challenge Participants Today we upgraded the Paddle Challenge and VPL submission forms on the Public PaddleMonster.com site! You can now select all the challenges for which you are participating when you...

Day 29 Challenge for March 1st

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Take a break from all caffeine

Day 27 Challenge

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Try to eat 1 gram of protein per bodyweight pounds

Paddle Monster GIF’s and Stickers

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Paddle Monster now has stickers for Instagram Stories, Facebook and anyplace GIF's are available to convey your true support for Paddle Monster. You'll find Paddle Monster, VPL and Paddle Around the World stickers and GIFs as well. Use them anytime you post and show your support for the Paddle Monster community!

Day 26 Challenge for February 26th

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Enjoy that glass of wine or beer

Day 25 Challenge for February 25th

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Keep track of your water intake. Did you get 8 glasses?
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Bone Island 6-Mile Paddle Race, Lazy Dog Key West This weekend!

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I'm not sure if you're as cold as I am, but the thought of Key West sounds amazing to me right now—especially when facing down the 12+ feet of snow or freezing cold rain...

Day 23 Challenge for Feb 23rd

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Eat dinner on a smaller than normal plate

Day 22 Challenge for February 22th

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Check dates on Condiments and Spices

Day 21 Challenge for February 21th

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Eat the colors of the rainbow

Day 19 Challenge for February 19th

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Try a shake for breakfast

Zoom Recording – Winter Paddling – with Coach Cain – Originally aired Wednesday, February...

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Join Coach Cain where he discusses winter paddling and how to make it happen! From gear to safety, listen to Coach Cain discuss how he approaches paddling in Ontario Canada!

Day 18 Challenge for February 18th

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No on-the-go junk foods. Pack fresh snacks.

Day 16 Challenge for February 16th

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Make something in your Crockpot or Instapot

Zoom Session – Winter Paddling

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A ZOOM discussion with Coach Larry Cain on Wednesday, February 17th at 3 PM EST Coach Larry Cain will be discussing winter paddling. If you want to learn to, improve, or get Larry's tips on...

Day 15 Challenge for February 15th

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Try a new protein bar with low sugar content and at least 15 G Protein

Custom Technique Training – With Coach Cain

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Have you ever considered personalized technique training? Technique is one of the 3 main pillars of success in paddling (the others being aerobic fitness and strength). It is so vitally important that even the strongest, fittest athletes will not perform to their potential without being able to paddle effectively. Yet technique remains one of the least understood and coached parts of most paddlers' preparation.

Day 12 Challenge for February 12th

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Make your dinner plate half veggies

The Valentines Day “I Love Paddling” Challenge

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The Next Paddle Monster Paddle Challenge The Paddle Monster Challenges are back for 2021 with a series of shorter challenges designed to keep everyone motivated and provide a chance for those that miss the start...

Day 10 Challenge for February 10th

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DIY your favorite takeout food

Day 9 Challenge for February 9th

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Create MyFitnessPal account and log in all foods today

New VPL, Race and Paddle Challenge Short-Cut Menu

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The Paddle Monster team is excited to announce our new short-cut to all Paddle Monster and community races. From this side menu, you can reach Virtual Paddle League, Paddle Challenge, registration, upload, and leaderboard...

Day 6 Challenge for February 6th

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Write a list of 5 healthy snacks

Day 5 Challenge for Feb 5th

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No preserved or packaged food today

Day 4 Challenge for February 4rd

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Shop for meal plan. Add two additional colors to the list

2021 Virtual Paddle League – The February Five

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The Virtual Paddle League is Back The Virtual Paddle League is back this year with a series of virtual events with shorter windows. Leading off is "The February Five", a free, 5 km out and...

Day 3 Challenge for February 3

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Plan meals for the next 7 days

Day 2 Challenge for Feb 2

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Write Nutrition Goals for the Year

Day 1 Challenge for Feb 1

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Clean out your fridge: Day 1 of the Challenge. For those of you not in the course, sign up today. For those of you already in the course, dig in and chuck stuff out.

Larry’s Spring Competitive starts this week

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The Spring Competitive Program is designed for novice, intermediate and advanced/elite paddlers who have daily access to the water uninterrupted by winter weather and who want to get a jump start on the 2021 competitive season.

30-Day Nutrition Reboot Camp Begins

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Victoria Runs through the nutrition challenge in a quick video

Spring Competitive paddle training begins this week with coach Larry Cain

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The Spring Competitive Program is designed for novice, intermediate and advanced/elite paddlers who have daily access to the water uninterrupted by winter weather and who want to get a jump start on the 2021...

Zoom Recording – Leave No Stone Unturned – with Coach Cain – Originally Aired...

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Join Coach Cain where he discussed the value of leaving no stone unturned in your paddle training and goal pursuit.

Zoom Session – Leave No Stone Unturned

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A ZOOM discussion with Coach Larry Cain on Wednesday, January 27th at 3 PM EST Coach Larry Cain will be discussing the value of leaving no stone unturned when preparing to achieve your goals in...

The Canoe

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“If it is love that binds people to places in this nation of rivers and in this river of nations then one enduring expression of that simple truth, is surely the canoe.” When you're on...

30-Day Nutrition Reboot Camp Challenge Starts February 1

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with Paddle Monster Sports Nutrition Coach, Victoria Burgess, PhD

Zoom Recording – Setting and Achieving Goals – with Coach Cain – Originally aired...

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Join Coach Cain where he will be discussing the value of goal setting.

Don’t stank your seats any more with right kinda covers

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Staying fit and working out is great for your body but can be terrible for your car, truck, and home. Dry Rub anti-sweat seat protectors, seat belt covers, and gym backpacks are designed to...

Paddle Monster Paddle Challenge – YTD Distance Tracking

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To all Paddle Monster Paddle Challenge participants, we did a small upgrade to the Paddle Monster site this past weekend to add a new feature. Track your Year To Date Distance! We now have the ability...

Zoom Session – Goal Setting

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A ZOOM discussion with Coach Larry Cain on Tuesday, January 19th at 3 PM EST Coach Larry Cain will be discussing the value of setting and tracking your goals. This is available for all Paddle Monster...

We say goodbye to a friend and paddler: Bent Ulrik Niss

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It’s with extreme sadness that we learned today of the passing of Bent Ulrik Niss. Many of you know Bent as an amazing human being with who we are all grateful to have crossed paths...

2020 VPL Results – The Haulin Half Marathon

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Congratulations everyone, the results of the Haulin Half Marathon are complete for the Paddle League in 2020. To recap, here were the rules of the race: The Haulin Half Marathon is a grueling 21km race.  Finally,...

2020 VPL Results – The 10k Throwdown

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Congratulations everyone, the results of the 10k Throwdown are complete for the Paddle League in 2020. To recap, here were the rules of the race: The 10k Throwdown is a grueling 10k time trial race! If...

2020 VPL Results – The Fastest Over 5k

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Congratulations everyone, the results of the Fastest Over 5k are complete for the Paddle League in 2020. To recap, here were the rules of the race: The Fastest Over Five is a 5km time trial to lead...

2020 VPL Results – The 2k Tangle

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Congratulations everyone, the results of the 2k Tangle are complete for the Paddle League in 2020. To recap, here were the rules of the race: The 2km Tangle is a 2km sprint as the intro to our...

2020 VPL Results – King & Queen of the 1K

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The King & Queen of the 1K race was a very interesting race for the Paddle League in 2020. To recap, here were the rules of the race: The King & Queen of the 1k is...

2020 VPL Results – Heros of the Half Kilometer

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The Half Kilometer sprint was one of our favorite races for the Paddle League in 2020.  As we mentioned in the 200m post, many of us train and race in longer races, as a...

2020 Virtual Paddle League Results

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The 2020 Virtual Paddle League and Paddle Monster are excited to announce the results of the 2020 Virtual Paddle League Race Series! First and foremost, we want to congratulate all participants for putting in time for the sport they love, committing time for themselves, and ultimately in some cases against the odds, getting on the water and paddling with a purpose in what is sure to go down as one of the most difficult years in all our collective memories. Read our full story and the results of each race on the Paddle Monster home page.

2020 VPL Results – 200m Sprints

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As we discussed in our master post, the results of the 200M Sprints - The Clash of the 200M Titans - is the first race we're reviewing from our 2020 Virtual Race Series. The 200M...

2020 VPL Results

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The 2020 Virtual Paddle League and Paddle Monster are excited to announce the results of the 2020 Virtual Paddle League Race Series! First and foremost, we want to congratulate all participants for putting in time...

ENERGY SYSTEMS – The Systems and Methods Your Body Uses in Paddling

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Watch and Listen to Coach Victoria Burgess review the energy systems of the body. This overview will help you understand how and when the different systems of the body are used in your training and racing. This is a deeper dive into the body's systems that Coach Cain covered in a Zoom discussion mid-2020. This is a must-see!

SUP Marinaa Club – Paddles 135 KM for Clean Water!

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In a bid to create awareness about the dangers of dumping waste in water bodies, members of the SUP Marinna Paddle Club of Chennai India - a team participating in the Paddle Monster Paddle...

Hydration – What You Don’t Know About It and How That Can Help You

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Watch and Listen to Coach Victoria Burgess review the importance of hydration. This overview will help you understand how to use hydration to your advantage and understand much more about how it affects your life and your paddling! This is a must-see!

2021 Spring Training Camp March 19-22

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Let’s spend a week together, live paddle training sessions with Coach Seychelle and Coach Victoria Burgess, PhD and virtual sessions with Coach Larry Cain. This is a Standup Paddleboard Specific Camp for all levels except...

Leaning Against the Wind

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YETI recently published their mini-documentary about Lauren Spalding the Hawaiian Outrigger canoe and SurfSki living legend. Leaning Against the Wind Conquering a 45-mile stretch of stacked waves, crashing currents, and blistering winds—13 times with just a...

Custom Training Program – NEW with Coach Victoria

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Paddle Monster and Coach Victoria Burgess are excited to announce our new custom training program that is designed just for you.  This new program covers the most important parts of training from fitness to nutrition.  It offers a complete program designed specifically for you and your race schedules. Maximize your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Train for the races that are most important to you. JOIN for $250/mo Custom Training Program Includes: Custom Training Program limited to 5 athletes per month Includes paddle, cardio, and cross-training workouts Strength training workouts built to your personal training schedule BONUS nutritional templates to match your workouts and energy expenditure throughout the month Basic fitness measure test at the start of the program (VIA Zoom) Followed up with a fitness test every quarter, to gather baseline and measure progress throughout the program Paddle Monster all-access membership included. Includes app, videos, blogs, forums, and online training community Plus 1- 30min phone consult per month to check-in and plan out your training program and upcoming schedule Delivered monthly via email Unlimited emails and program modifications as needed With this new program from Coach Victoria, you will get workouts and nutrition designed just for you.  Join today because space is limited!

Watch the ICF Workshop with Coach Larry Cain

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If you missed this past Sunday's ICF recording of Coach Cain with the International Canoe Federation, you can see the full video here.  As expected, Coach Cain does an amazing workshop on paddle technique! Watch...

No excuses for conditioning your body: KO8 functional fitness system review

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KO8 is a functional fitness system that allows you to choose suspension/resistance mode on the fly. Easy to use and expand your conditioning workout with KO8 https://www.ko8.fitness Direct equipment link https://store.ko8.fitness/products/ko8-resistance-suspension-bands KO8 is one complete...
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whatsSUP: ICF Workshop with Coach Larry Cain

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Don't miss this Sunday's ICF workshop with Coach Cain. The ICF have partnered with Starboard to offer free series of online workshops from the world's top SUP paddlers. Each workshop will be presented by different world-class...

ICF whatsSUP: ICF Workshop with Coach Larry Cain – Sunday November 22, 8:00 AM...

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Don't miss this Sunday's ICF workshop with Coach Cain. The ICF have partnered with Starboard to offer free series of online workshops from the world's top SUP paddlers. Each workshop will be presented by different world-class experts covering unique materials to teach novice to intermediate paddlers who wish to improve their SUP skills. The workshops are free but participants must register to receive the unique link for each workshop they wish to attend. All attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the presenters and ask questions which will be answered live. Each session will be approximately 60 minutes long including the Q&A section in the end. For sessions with two presenters, each presenter will present for 30 minutes including Q&A. The videos will be posted online afterward for those who are unable to attend at the specified day and time.

Zoom Recording – Testing, Marker Workouts and Why You Want to Keep a Training...

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Join Coach Cain where he discussed keeping a journal, testing and other tools for helping you understand where you are, how you're progressing etc.
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Offseason: The Importance and Use of a Good Offseason Strategy

Join Coach Victoria where she talks about the importance and approach to offseason training. She also covers how and why it is to your advantage to use it.

Coach Victoria with a brief update on The Importance and Use of The Offseason

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Join Coach Victoria where she talks about the importance and approach to off season and how to use it to your advantage.

SUPfm – Podcast with Coach Larry Cain

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Coach Larry Cain chats with Nick Robinson from SUPfm about his Olympic achievements, transitioning to SUP, cold water paddling throughout the winter in Canada, and the full story of SUP's ultimate training platform Paddle...

Zoom Session – Testing, Marker Workouts and Why You Want to Keep a Training...

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A ZOOM discussion with Coach Larry Cain on Wednesday, November 18th at 3 PM EST Coach Larry Cain will be discussing the value of tracking your training and the tools that will help you achieve...
Science of Paddling Fitness

The Science of Paddling Fitness

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The Science of Paddling Fitness Many paddlers have discovered the undeniable benefits of a structured science-based training regimen. It works and works well. It’s what Olympians and elite athletes around the world do to train,...
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Developing Base Training!

We hear everyone talking about base training, but what is it and when is it applied? Base training is the first and foremost priority of an 'off-season.' It is an opportunity to develop your aerobic...

Attention: All Coach Seychelle Paddle Athletes

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Zoom Recording - Coach Seychelle Transition Zoom - If you're a paddler training with Coach Seychelle, please watch. Useful to others as well!
Paddle Monster Coaching Changes

2021: Paddle Monster Coaching Changes!!

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Paddle Monster Coaching Change Heading into 2021, there are a few coaching changes afoot at Paddle Monster. It is with mixed emotions that we announce that Seychelle’s role will be changing in 2021. As a result,...

Fitness and Body Composition – South Florida – Sunday, December 6th 2020

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Fitness and Body Composition To all south Florida athletes! Join Coach Victoria Burgess for a day or Fitness and Body Composition testing.  This special event will be held Sunday, December 6th, 2020! Coach Victoria is offering...

Off Season Training Starts with Coach Cain tomorrow

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The Paddle Monster Off-Season Programs are designed to build the fitness foundation upon which a successful 2021 racing season can be built.
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Off-Season Paddle Training for Cold and Warm Climates Starts November 9th

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The Paddle Monster Off-Season Programs are designed to build the fitness foundation upon which a successful 2021 racing season can be built. Programs specific to those in warm climates, who have regular access to the...

Winter/Off-Season Training – The Facebook Live Session with Coach Cain – Originally Aired Monday,...

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Winter is coming in the Northern Hemisphere, Listen to Coach Cain where he discusses training in the off-season.

The Paddle Monster Elite Technique Coaching Program

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Paddle Monster is super excited to announce our new Elite Technique Coaching Program! The Paddle Monster coaching team is working hard to continue to improve and expand the paddling services they offer around the world....

Review: 2020/21 SIC Maui RS

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I’ve now owned my 2020 SIC Maui RS 14x23 for just about a month. I’ve had a chance to paddle it in a variety of conditions, including various levels of chop, upwind, downwind, and...
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Winter and Off-Season Training – A Free Facebook Live – with Coach Larry Cain...

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Coach Larry Cain will discuss Winter and Off-Season training in this Free Facebook Live on Monday, November 2nd at 3 pm ET.  It's important for most Northern Hemisphere folks to have a winter plan...

Zoom Recording – Active Rest – with Coach Cain – Originally aired Monday, October...

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Join Coach Cain where he discussed the details of Active Rest. What it is and isn't and why you need to understand it.

Phoozy Product Review

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Phoozy Product Review The Smartphone, and many other electronic devices, only like to operate in certain temperature ranges. Phoozy can protect your phone from those cold/hot weather swings, Phoozy also delivers drop protection, it is...

Winter is Coming

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North Hemi Off-season training starts November 2th 2020
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Winter is Coming… North Hemi Off-season strength training starts November 2th, 2020

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The Off-Season Strength Training Program starts now! If you are part of the Paddle Monster Family, it means you are passionate about paddling. Perhaps you are competitive and your main goal is to win...
Active Rest

Active Rest – A ZOOM discussion with Coach Larry Cain on Monday, October 26...

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Coach Larry Cain will be discussing active rest.  What it is and isn't, why it's important, and how to incorporate it into your training to your advantage. Monday, October 26th, at 3:00 PM ET. This...

Virtual Chattajack In The Great Almost-White North

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October 17, 2021 – It’s deep fall in the northern Midwest. The weather is unpredictable at best. 70-degree days are becoming a rarity as the north pole is off-axis to the sun. It can...

Fastest Chattajack ever? 2020 Style in the gorge

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Chattajack 2020 on the Gorge! LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Watch Scott Cummings doing his race Sternwheeler style. Surfski News reported that Scott finished his 32 miles in around 3:54 minutes. Pack a lunch! Find the YouTube video...

Zoom Recording – Tips for Your Virtual Chattajack with Coach Cain – Originally aired...

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Join Coach Cain where he discussed tips for running your Virtual Chattajack.

Hey Southern Hemisphere – It’s Your Time to Shine!

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Southern Hemisphere Paddlers - Join Paddle Monster today and try us out by getting your First Month Free! Learn more below! As the Northern Hemisphere paddling season comes to an end for all except the...

Monday Warm-up: Thread the Needle

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Sey Chelle’s Thread the Needle Sup Warmup This is a warm up exercise version of one of my all time favorite Thoracic spine openers, Thread the Needle Pose. This will open up all the intercostal...

Tips for Your Virtual Chattajack – A ZOOM discussion with Coach Larry Cain on...

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Coach Larry Cain will be discussing his tips for running your virtual chattajack race this Monday, October 19th, at 3:00 PM ET. This is available for all Paddle Monster All Access and Basic Members. If...

VPL Checkpoint – September 1, 2020 Leader Jersey Winners

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The 2020 Virtual Paddle League is excited to announce the September 1, 2020 leaderboard!  This leaderboard, which is represented by craft, race, and gender, is quite extensive and represents the fastest currently in each...

Paddling Through the Pandemic: Midwest Paddle League Reflects on 2020

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Looking Back Planning started for the 2020 Midwest Paddle League season before the last race of 2019. Looking forward to its second year, the League was determined to avoid the sophomore jinx. The new season...

Reflections On 2020, Confessions from the Middle of the Pack

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I’ve had an amazing 2020 paddleboarding season. I’m lighter, faster, more competitive, and I’m having more fun. With the end of the Midwest Paddle League season this past Saturday it seems like a good...

Zoom Recording – Live Video Technique Analysis with Coach Seychelle and Coach Cain –...

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Coach Cain and Coach Seychelle will be performing video technique analysis live on this Zoom session. This will be your chance to see what is included and the value of video analysis offerings from Paddle Monster.

Whatever It Takes Lives Up to It’s Name: Midwest Paddle League Finishes Challenging Season

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September 19, 2020 – When most people think about challenging conditions, visions of Red Bull’s “heavy water” come to mind. Visions of Zane Schweitzer cresting a 6-foot monster swell or Terene Black hammering just...

2020 Kruger/Waddell Challenge Long cut video: first crossing of the border route via SUP

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Our Paddle Monsters are at it again. Scott Baste, John Knippers. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! We are so stoked for you! From John's Facebook Page: "Words can hardly describe how amazing yet also how extremely tough it really was though! Paddling...

Paddle Around the World – The First 4,000 km!

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We're now nearly one month into the Paddle Around the World challenge and participation is amazing. With paddlers from all around the world, we're over 10% to our 40,000km goal and we're only three...

Key West Classic is ON for next weekend: Live and virtual options

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Sign up and paddle in person or virtually from wherever you live

Paddle Clinic Alert! Coach Seychelle in Key West on October 2nd

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All-levels clinic geared toward SUP racers looking to improve their efficiency, performance, speed, and longevity in this sport

Zoom Session – Live Video Technique Analysis with Coach Seychelle and Coach Cain” –...

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Coach Cain and Coach Seychelle will be performing video technique analysis live September 29 at 3:00 pm ET on our next Paddle Monster Zoom session. They will be reviewing a few paddlers from the...

Paddle Around the World is now over 4,000 km and 10% to our goal!

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If you haven't been following the Paddle Around the World, at three weeks in, we're at 10% of our goal of 40,000km with more than 4,000km to date! Learn more at https://paddlechallenge.com !

The Inland Paddler: Almost “Normal”

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My favorite thing in our paddle world is surfing. Period. Surfing in the outrigger, in the ski, in the open ocean dowinwinding, or on a board in the lineup. And as much as I...

Where SUP Meets Surf: The SUP Movie

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This classic film was released in 2015 and is now available until 2022 FREE to watch here from Red Bull.  If you've never watched this movie, see where SUP transforms from flatwater fun to...

Gear Review: Technical performance cloth for all sports enthusiasts by VIRUS

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Technical cloth doesn’t happen to be a simple and boring design anymore. VIRUS is brining in more pattern designs to look cool and have all the famous fabrics to performance the best. Look for a...

#TransAlgarveSUP – 160km Paddle Across the Algarve

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Three experienced and dedicated paddle boarders are paddling the breadth of the Algarve, from Sagres to Vila Real Santo Antonio. Tom Longhurst from Algarve Marquees has lived in Lagos for years, Chris Grebby a...

The Inland Paddler: Learning a New Way to Slow Down to Go Fast

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I have recently been learning about the Japanese art of “Forest Bathing” or shinrin-yoku. No, this is not some sort of version of “Naked and Afraid” and it doesn’t involve undressing. Forest bathing might...

New Classified Feature: In Search Of

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Today, Paddle Monster launched a new feature in our Classifieds section.  It's called "In Search Of".  The New In Search Of feature is a way for our members to put a call out to...

Paddle for YOUR Cause on Lake Lansing: Midwest Paddle League Recaps Race 6

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September 12, 2020 – For the 4th consecutive year Shaka SUP Racing was live in action on Lake Lansing, near the Michigan State Capitol. Once again, there were 4 great charities that participants could...

Key West Paddle Classic – Virtual Version

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This year’s 23rd Annual Key West Paddle Classic will have 2 versions of the event; a live in Key West Race AND a virtual (from where ever you are race!) With so many people unable...

Leashes 101: It’s that Time Again

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It’s time to talk about leashes. Why we need them. What kind to use. What kind not to use and how to take care of them. Again.  Lots of new folks are joining us...

Paddle Around the World hit 779.95km

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Huge first weekend!

Paddle Challenge Event Live! – Paddle Around the World

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Paddle Around the World is OPEN!! Paddle Monsters, Paddle Challengers, VPL members!!  It's officially September 5th somewhere, so the 2020 Paddle Around the World Paddle Challenge is now open!  If you're a September 4th laggard,...

Review: Black Project Hydro Paddle and Sonic Fin

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I am not a natural paddler, nor am I physically gifted with a paddler’s body. I’m short (5’5”), I have a short reach, and I’m overweight (190). However, I work hard and I compete...

Book Review: The Wave Watcher’s Companion

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The Wave Watcher’s Companion by Gavin Pretor-Pinney Recently, Paddle Monster reviewed the wonderful How to Read Water: Clues and Patterns from Puddles to the Sea by Tristan Gooley, which is a great guide to learning...

Why Your Brain Needs you to Paddle – A Zoom Session with Larry Cain

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Coach Larry Cain will be discussing the impacts of paddling on brain function and development - Thursday, September 3 at 3:00 PM ET This is available for all Paddle Monster All Access and Basic Members....
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SIC Talk Story: SUP Tip – Turning Your SUP with Coach Seychelle

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This is from SIC: Last week Seychelle SUP had connection issues for her live SIC Talk Story SUP Tip but we are back with a prerecorded version of her Turning Your SUP! As always, you will be...

The Virtual Paddle League 10K Throwdown is LIVE

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The latest VPL race is open for entries.

Larry Cain interviews Bodie Von Allmen for The Virtual Paddle League

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Check out Larry's interview with Bodie and meet one of the top junior paddlers around.

The 10K Throwdown is LIVE

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The 10k Throwdown is a grueling 10k time trial race! If you’re looking for something longer, a race that you can settle into but still get in a game of golf, this race is for...

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