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Is My PFD Safe? What does it all mean?

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USCG v ISO Personal Flotation Devices We recently reviewed two very popular low-volume/profile PFDs that have international safety certifications and are considered safe for use in countries like Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Both have been popular in the surf ski community and are...

Gear Review: Mocke Racer PFD

Low-Profile PFD Does Not Restrict Motion
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Low-Profile PFD Does Not Restrict Motion First of all right out of the gate I have to say that this PFD is NOT US Coast Guard approved.  It does, however carry a number of international certifications. Use at your own discretion. After this summer’s discussion...

SUP Safety: One Paddle Shop’s Perspective

Taking SUP Safety Seriously
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Taking SUP Safety Seriously As our regular readers know, we've focused a lot on safety this summer, in light of what seems like a high number of SUP-related drownings.  And we've had good conversations on our social media about how to improve use of pdfs...

Downwinder Tuesday: Athens, Greece and the Meltemia Winds

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Downwinding Greek Style We just love this.  Mullet reader John Spinoulas sent us this video from last week, when the summer winds known as "Meltemia" created perfect downwinding conditions in Athens. John and his brother got in four great days of downwinding and he captured the highlights...

NY Paddler Death: PFD Was Apparently Worn

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Long Island Man Drowns in Upstate NY Lake Last weekend on Lake George, New York, another paddler drowned.  According to the local news, the Post Star, Michael Butler was wearing a PFD - a waist belt inflatable which he did not activate.  As the report...

Hot Time in the Summer: Staying Safe in the Heat

Safe Hot Weather Paddling
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Safe Hot Weather Paddling A summer time heat wave is hitting many parts of the paddling world, and as training ramps up for some of the big races and events like Sea Paddle NYC and Chattajack, it's a good time for a heat safety refresher. Even...

Maliko Monday Video: It’s all about the footwork!

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Jeremy Riggs and an Epic Maui Downwind Day Paddle with Riggs' Jeremy Riggs is the undisputed Jedi Master of the Maliko Run and in his latest video, he gives us a master class on the art of walking the board.  Conditions on Maui's North Shore...

Interview: Aussie Pro Angie Jackson and One SUP

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Angie Jackson - One SUP We had the opportunity to meet Australian paddle champ Angie Jackson in Hood River this past week and Distressed Mullet's Pacific Northwest Correspondent Jhacoli Yang of the Village of Stoke interviewed her about her new line of paddleboard - One...

The Mullet Summer Reading List Part II: More Suggestions

The Distressed Mullet Summer Reading List Part II
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The Distressed Mullet Summer Reading List Part II So many books, so little time.  When we started thinking about summer water-related reading, we realized we had lots of suggestions.  So here's Part II of our recommended reading list to help you get inspired, educated and...

California Man Dies After Falling off SUP In Harbor

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SoCal Paddleboarder Death With No PFD More details on the 26-year old man who died in Southern California earlier this week when he fell off his paddleboard. He was in the Huntington Beach Harbor. He did not know how to swim. He was not wearing...

A Tale of Two Gorges: The Tennessee River Gorge and The Columbia River Gorge

Paddler's Paradises: The Tennessee River and Columbia River Gorges
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Paddler's Paradises: Tennessee River and Columbia River Gorges Not all river gorges are made alike. Some are narrow, snake through the mountains in a elegant, sinuous fashion, while other are wide, deep, and less curvy and can look as rough as the ocean. Two of them, at...

Video: Two-Man Surfski Rides Cyclone Swell – Don’t Try This At Home!

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Surf Ski Cyclone Run in South Africa There are no words for this video.  Unless it's just crazy. Flat out crazy. And amazing. But even those fall short. On March 4, 2012,Tropical Cyclone Irina hit Durban, South Africa.  Barry And Mark Lewin went out on a...

Outrigger Monday: V1s off of Kauai

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Video VI Outrigger Action off Kauai Feeling those Monday blues? Get medicated by watching Kauai locals Makana Denton and Christian Martson chasing bumps on their V1!! V1 paddling is something special as you need a true feel for the water to make it move smoothly and...

The Mullet Summer Reading Part I: Some Suggestions

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 A Paddler's Reading List Much to our chagrine, we can't always be paddling in our copious spare time. But if we can't be out on the water, we can at least read about it.  Whether you're trapped in a car on a long business trip...

SUP Fatalities By The Numbers: A look at 2016 USCG Stats

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Dissecting the USCG SUP Accident numbers Good news and bad news this week on the safety front. The bad news Another paddler, a doctor from Toronto, died on Lake Huron over the weekend.  According to news reports, witnesses said 39-year-old Dennis Bowman fell into the water at...

Video: The Epic V5 in the sea and Surf

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James Smith takes the new V5 composite surf ski out for s spin in the waves off Kure Beach, NC.

Mullet talks on the CHUM for this week: July 7th

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Cape to Cape in Cape May, NJ, Sea Paddle NYC, OABI Detroit, Safety Concerns, KeyVault from Kanulock and an ama rack. See more at Distressedmullet.com

Safety Squeaky Wheel Alert: Know How to Swim and Wear Your PFD!!

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Paddle Safety Reminder It’s been a sad holiday weekend, dare I say holiday week, or even summer.  It seems, anecdotally at least, that there has been one report after another about paddlers drowning in any number of circumstances - from tourists renting boards for the...

Surf Ski Tuesday: Another Durban Downwinder

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Surf ski Run in South Africa This video by Gareth Miles of a ripping downwind beach finish is full of challenging surf and resulting carnage. If you paddle anywhere and in anything on this Fourth of July, remember to wear your PFD, your leash (even in your...

Kern River on an Inflatable Prone!

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Shredding the Whitewater on a prone paddleboard Jack Bark.  He just makes everything look easy. And fun!  Love this video featuring the prone master taking on the whitewater in the Kern River on the new Bark inflatable prone!      

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...

Maui Jim’s Profile of Travis Grant

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Profile of Travis Grant In advance of the Molokai to Oahu race coming up in just a few weeks, Maui Jim's has released this awesome video of NSP paddler and Paddle Monster Coach Travis Grant.  What a multi-faceted athlete!!  

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...

A Wind (and other relevant conditions) Primer

Deciphering the Wind Forecast
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Deciphering the Wind Forecast Wind. It can either make a great paddle, like when it's ripping toward the West Maui Mountains and the Maliko Downwind run is firing, or it can break us, like the 2016 version of Chattajack, when 25 mile per hour plus...

PFDs, Leashes and Lives: How Do We Get the Message Across?

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A Note on the Cover Photo: Current US Coast Guard regulations only require a PFD be on the board, as shown in the photo above. But it is extremely difficult to put a PFD on in an emergency situation, or if the board gets...

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