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Drysuit Comparison: Starboard All Star SUP Suit v. Ocean Rodeo Heat

Cold Weather Options
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Dress for the Water: A Comparison of Cold Weather Options The days are starting to get longer, and here in the South we've had some extremely unseasonably warm weather lately, but the water is still cold. My flatwater paddling venues still are well below the...

Buy Local Shop Profile: Lake Powell Paddleboards, Page, AZ

Lake Powell
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Lake Powell Paddleboards is a family owned and operated Stand Up Paddle (SUP) shop located in downtown Page, Arizona, just minutes from Lake Powell. Location 836 Vista Ave, Page AZ 86040, mailing address is P.O. Box 2187, Page AZ 86040 (post office doesn't deliver to our...

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...

How to convert an insulated bike water bottle into one with a hose for paddleboarding

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This is a step-by step video tutorial on how to make an insulated Polar water bottle into one with a hose for prone paddleboarding. It is one of the amazing tips we learned at the AMAZING prone paddleboard clinic by Cynthia Aguilar in June...

Battle of the Bottles: Avex and Fifty/Fifty Product Review

Fifty/Fifty Bottles
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Once I find a product I really, really like, I will be the first to admit that my mind closes like a bear trap to anything else that competes with it.  At the same time, something new and shiny (ooh shiny shiny!) with appealing...

Custom Board Candy: Joe Bark Unlimited SUP built for the SEVENTY48 Race

Dean Burke, Joe Bark Custom
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Specs This is a custom Joe Bark UL SUP. "Purpose built" for the SEVENTY48 race. Length: 17' Width: 25" Tail: Square/ 10" wide Nose: Displacement entry....but....has some rocker AND is a bit more rounded on the bottom edges. The entry and the rails were an important discussion point in making this...

Footwear Review: Bedrock Carin Pro Minimalist Sandal

Bedrock Minimal Sandals - Perfect in and out of the water
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Bedrock Minimal Sandals - Perfect in and out of the water In my sup classes, I am often asked what you should wear on your feet while you sup. I absolutely, positively prefer to go barefoot because of board feel (ie a better connection with...

Gear Review: CamelBak 70 oz 2L Molokai Hydration Pack

Molokai CamelBak Review
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The Camelbak Molokai 70 oz hydration vest was designed specifically for kayaking or standup paddling. I bought one last year to use for long distance paddling where I needed to bring not just sufficient hydration, but also nutrition that I could access easily. When...

Gear Review: NSP 9’8″ Elements SUP Surf Board

NSP Element
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Looking for a board to up my skills I bought the NSP Elements 9’8” as a vacation board. I’m a very casual surfer. Big waves make me nervous, but I was hoping to change that. The only thing I’ve had for the surf so far...

Whitewater SUP and Leashes

Leashes in whitewater
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by Trey Knight The topic of leashes in whitewater paddling on a SUP is complicated, unique and a personal choice. I hope to bring some new perspective to people’s view on this and help them increase their sphere of awareness on the river. This article...

I don’t care if you can swim or not, I’ll take you Stand Up Paddling.

harmony dawn
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by Harmony Dawn I was born a water baby so it only makes sense that some of my best memories growing up include being with my family on the water at our cottage. I remember sitting on the dock fishing with my dad, learning to drive the...

Buy Local Shop Profile: PappaSurf, Nassau, Bahamas

Buy Local Shop PappaSurf
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Location Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas What board companies do you carry? We carry BOTE, SUPLove, Naish, 404, Boardworks, SIC, Surftech, Imagine, YOLO, Starboard, Lakeshore, Riviera, Kialoa and Hobie. What paddles do you carry? Naish, Starboard, Riviera, Imagine, YOLO, SIC, Epic Gear, Sawyer, Liquid Shredder, Axe, Kialoa and Torch Paddle. Do...

Buy Local SUP Shop Profile: Carolina Paddleboard Co.

Carolina Paddleboard Co.
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Carolina Paddleboard Company is located in Wrightsville Beach/Wilmington, NC, one of the most popular standup paddleboard and paddleboard hubs in the world. Their connection to the community and continued investment in the sport make them one of the top SUP shops in the US. They...

Paddleboarder drowns in Whangamata and a discussion on leashes

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We read this tragic story from the stuff.co.nz website about the death of paddleboarder Amie Russell whose leash got stuck under the keel of a boat, she was held under, couldn't release her leash from her ankle and drowned. According the the article, Amie fell off her board. The...

Custom Board Candy: April Zilg’s Custom Hobie Apex Raw

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April Zilg talks about her custom 12'6" Hobie Apex Raw race stand up paddle board shaped by Mark Johnson. When to order a custom board: When you know exactly what you want to change on a production board When the conditions you paddle in dictate specific design...

Gear Review: Four Mobile Apps that Make Paddling Alone Safer

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We all know that the buddy system is best. Sometimes, though, that’s just not an option. Maybe you just want to paddle alone to clear the cobwebs, or to keep from strangling someone. Maybe you are focusing on training goals. Or maybe your preferred...

Gear Review: Starboard All Star Dry Suit

Starboard Dry Suit
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Top TEN Reasons I bought a Starboard All Star SUP Drysuit Carolina Paddleboard Company in Wrightsville Beach had them in stock. Immediate warmth, repeat, IN STOCK. They know me and helped me size appropriately (can’t do that online.) I could, in turn, show my financial loyalty and spend...

Gear Review: Optrix by Body Glove Waterproof iPhone Case

Optrix iPhone Case
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Before I start, let me be perfectly clear. There is no such thing as a foolproof waterproof phone case. Operator error makes that impossible. Natural degradation of materials - in particular rubber seals and gaskets - makes that impossible. That's not necessarily the fault...

Gear Review: ACR Aqualink 406 MHz GPS Personal Locator Beacon

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This is kind of a odd "review."  I can't really test the ACR Aqualink Personal Locator Beacon to its full capacity and nor would I really want to.  I hope never to have to use this device.  But, ever since reading about some near-misses...

Paddle Monster and Distressed Mullet are Merging into the New Paddle Monster

Paddle Monster Merger
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I have news. But first, some quick background... For the past 12 years, I have been publishing posts about paddling on the Distressed Mullet. In that time, we’ve produced over 13,000 posts celebrating paddling, the people who paddle, the places they go and the gear...

The Inland Paddler: Selecting a New Board & Finding That Perfect Dance Partner

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My first love… she was a gorgeous blonde beauty with long lines, a smooth glide and a distinctive tattoo marking her lineage…it was a Naish Nalu 11’6”…and she slid me across a choppy Lake Crabtree like no other watercraft I’d ever paddled. It was...

Sonar Report for Jan 19, 2018: Are we complicit as consumers?

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An Update from John Beausang, Publisher of Distressed Mullet. Are we complicit in our purchases of copied boards and paddles? We noticed an uncanny resemblance of a new prone paddleboard by VESL and Joe Bark's Commander in both design and in graphics. In fact, we...

Gear: Bark 12’6″ Contender Review

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I recently purchased a Bark pro-elite 12'6" Contender from Carolina Paddleboard in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. I had been riding a Bark pro-elite 12'6" Competitor. Before that a Hobie 12'6" elite standup paddleboard.   Surftech BARK Contender Specs I've been paddling as an "Average Jane" for a...

Meet Jane Paddler: Jamie Lee Moir, Ottawa, Ontario

Jane Paddler Jamie Lee Moir
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Where you were born and where you live now? I was born in Brantford, Ontario and I am currently living in Ottawa, Ontario. What is your occupation? I am a Personal Trainer at Greco Lean & Fit. Where do you SUP the most? I SUP mostly here in Ottawa...

Gear Review: Ion Products Hydration Vest Comp

Gear Review Ion Hydration Vest
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Hydration. Next to our PFDs and leashes,  our onboard, on bod water supply system might just be one of the most important pieces of gear we carry with us. And while CamelBak and others have been producing a variety of great hydration packs for...

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