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The Inland Paddler: Oh Garmin! Don’t Fail Me Now!

I am a slave to the data.  I live and die by my metrics. And I am addicted to wearables. Even though there is clearly a limit to how many you...

The Inland Paddler: Amor Fati

Live Like Cody I have not been seriously hurt that often - a torn MCL longboard skating and then 27 stitches in my calf thanks to a sup surf fin. After each...

The Inland Paddler: Finding that Moment

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...

The Inland Paddler: Learning Away the Fear

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...

The Inland Paddler: Live Life, Live Aloha Because You Can

I've been thinking a lot about the idea of "going because you can" or more to the point, "going because you should anyway." Many of us have been training hard through the...

Book Review: How to Increase your Standup Paddle Performance: From Beginner to Elite by Suzie Cooney

I decided I wanted to increase my paddleboard performance. When I first started standup paddling some five years ago, there was virtually nothing available, either online or in bookstores that were...

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SUP Downwinding Checklist: Catching Bumps and Staying Safe

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 ski.  And it might be some of...

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

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 up.  In paddle surfing, you are already...

Beginning Racing: Your First Chattajack Race

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 pandemic and the race was cancelled last...

Paddle Monster Viewers Guide to Canoe-Kayak at the Olympics

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 – 7 we’ll see Olympic canoe-kayak competition for...

Paddling Awareness: Understand the Risks of Standup Paddling

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 where your are injured or have a...
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