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The Inland Paddler: Reconnecting with the Prone Zone

Rediscovering the Magic of Prone Paddling
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Rediscovering the Magic of Prone Paddling Three years or so ago I started paddling prone, after being inspired by people like Julia Nicholls, Katie Elzer-Peters, Danielle Goldston,Chandler Bold and John Beausang.  I remember the first few times I tried to paddle my prone board in...

Steve Shlens: Unsolicited Tips on Knee Paddling

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Many of the mullets are getting into Prone paddling, led by The Mullet (cause he likes to prone), and we're soaking up advice like a cube of peat moss left in a lake for a month. One of the paddleboard clubs is a font...

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...

Julie Nicholls: When Old Folk Take it Lying Down

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My training partner, Bill Brophy, just bought a used 14’ Bark Surftech prone paddleboard from Cousin Mullet. Bill is a life-long open water swimmer, ultra-runner and triathlete, who’s recovering from back surgery. Since he and his wife have water access; I encouraged him (nagged...

Prone Paddleboarding 101 with Jack Bark

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Joe Bark's shapes are unmistakable.  Period. When I came to my first SUP race, six years or so ago (the Cold Stroke Classic) Bark SUP boards were pretty much all I noticed. They are unmistakable too, but when I think of a classic Joe Bark...

So you want to try prone paddling: nine things to keep in mind

Prone Paddleboard Wrightsville Beach, NC shot by Dave Baker
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So you want to try prone paddling Prone boarding is pure.  It’s challenging.  It’s fun.  You get to lie down. The first time I tried it, Katie Elzer-Peters let me climb aboard hers…I almost didn’t give it back. But, it does come with it’s own idiosyncrasies. Balance...

How to Prone Paddleboard Part 2: Getting Started with Jack Bark

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Jack Bark guides you how to get on a prone (traditional) paddleboard and a basic stroke. Shot by Chris Aguilar. Sponsors: Bark Paddleboards, Surftech and Distressed Mullet. Please like and share! Check out Surftech: http://www.surftech.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/Surftech-SUP/108453439180132?fref=ts Check out Bark Paddleboards: http://www.joebark.com

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...

First look at the 2015 Hobie Prone Paddleboard Line

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Mark Johnson from Hobie walks us through the 2015 Hobie Prone Paddleboard line. There are three 12' prone paddleboards in the series. The first 2 are pintails: The Cloud PRO is narrower and has a more rounded bottom for more advanced racers. The Cloud...

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...

Who’s Your 100/100 Daddy? 2Fer Paddle Challenge Update

Chucktown Showdown Course
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The 100/100 facebook training group is well into our third challenge with the thirty day marker coinciding with this weekend’s (Sept 13th) Chucktown Showdown in Charleston, South Carolina. There will be hundreds, thousands, millions of 100/100’s there! Ok, maybe only ten or twenty. One...

How to knee paddle a prone paddleboard

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A great video for knee paddling technique recommended by Sunset Paddleboard Club

Prone Clinic with Cynthia Aguilar this Thursday in NC

Cynthia Aguilar Prone Paddleboard Clinic
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Learn paddleboard skills and strategies from one of the world's best paddlers. $50 per person, cash or check in person RSVP [email protected] At Carolina Paddleboard Company 8-9:30am 1322 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403 (910) 679-4473

A Date with the Strait: Jack Bark, etc.

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This past March, Zeb Walsh, Brad Gaul, and Jack Bark took on the challenge of a lifetime. To paddle from Mainland Australia to Tasmania, a 300 kilometer journey through some of the wildest seas in the world. After settling in after completing their world...

Lachie Lansdowne and Rhys Burrows surfing prone paddleboards

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I reposted a clip from Rhys Burrows the other day that got a ton of attention on the intertubes. Lachie Lansdown helps run Prone Paddlers on Facebook and Instagram with Jack Bark. He sent me this video of him and Rhys having fun in...

DJ and Lacie talk about the Prone Paddleboard technical race at the Pacific Paddle Games

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DJ O'Brien and Lacie Flynn talk about the Prone Paddleboard technical race at the Pacific Paddle Games: Three laps in and out of the surf, through overhead waves.

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...

Uluwatu 2014 Prone Paddleboard Surfing by Rhys Burrows

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Video of Rhys Burrows lighting it up—cutback after cutback—while Prone Paddleboard Surfing in Uluwatu 2014 "Pretty much just cut backs, but oh well..twas fun. Excuse some of the filming, probably our drivers first time handling a camera." Music - Hilltop Hoods - Nosebleed Recharged - youcantleavethisempty Follow...

Epic Cuba 2 Florida Paddle About to Launch

Cuba 2 Florida Epic Paddle
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Cuba 2 Florida Epic Paddle Prone paddlers extraordinaire Cynthia Aguilar, Aimee Spector and Karen Figueroa  are getting set to paddle from Cuba to the Florida Keys to raise money for several charities, including Special Olympics Florida, Inc. and Ocean of Hope. Here's how they describe their expedition on...

Downwinding With Joe and Jack Bark

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This might very well be the video that piqued my interest in paddling prone. It features Joe and Jack Bark, Steve Shlens, Joel Pepper, and Reno Caldwell getting some training in several years ago, and it's shot by the extremely talented folks at Fin Film Company,...

Easy Reader Recaps the Rock 2 Rock Race

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In a typical year, the South Bay’s prevailing westerly winds and accompanying west swell favor stand-up paddlers over prone paddlers in the Rock 2 Rock Paddleboard race, held each year on Father’s Day. Rock 2 Rock begins at Two Harbors on Catalina Island and...

Preparing and executing a long solo offshore paddle by Surfsalt

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Years ago, a super calm day fishing turned into a nightmare. A powerful front with tons of lightning and 70 mph gusts that flipped our boat. We were "lost" for 24 hours. Thank GOD we eventually swam to land and were able to live to tell about it. I...

Introducing the BARK Commander from Surftech

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After years of innovation BARK Paddleboards in partnership with SURFTECH is proud to bring you the long awaited update to their paddleboard line - the BARK Commander. A stock paddleboard shape that has won most of the major races of the last decade

Downwind Prone Paddleboard in Hawaii

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This is from Lachie Lansdown. Check out the runners he gets on this prone. Lachie Lansdown helps run Prone Paddlers on Facebook and Instagram with Jack Bark. Definitely follow them on Instagram. Paddled from Haunalua bay boat ramp to the Outrigger Canoe club the week before...

Cousin Mullet Reviews the World (of SUP): Prone Paddleboarding

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WAIT! What does laying down on the board have to do with SUP? "COUSIN MULLET: YOU ARE WRITING ABOUT THE WRONG THING HERE! YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE REVIEWING SUP IN THIS COLUMN!" To that, I say "Eh." Also, I'm totally capable of having a whole conversation with...

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