These past few weeks have been a whirlwind

We're early, we know. It's by design. From now on, CHUM Newsletters will arrive on Wednesdays to reflect on the past weekend's events and give you time to jump last minute into next week's events. The weather has a funny way of cancelling or changing...

We’re launching a magazine and it’s all about you

In April, we are launching The Mullet magazine: The first free, quarterly community paddle magazine that tells the stories of local paddlers, local events, local shops and local causes on a national stage. This community needs a unifying mechanism and we believe The Mullet is it. We...

The Other Point of View: Lexy speaks on the near untimely demise

NOTE: This is a response to April's piece here.  Let me preface this with a few important points: ~ I love my friends (even when they’re crazy-pants) ~ I love paddling and paddle surfing! Devastating Loss: Setting the Scene Raise your hand if you’ve ever lost a four-legged furry...

Meet Joe Paddler: Chip Bock, Melbourne Beach, Florida

Where you were born and where you live now? Born: Scarsdale, NY - Now: Melbourne Beach, FL What is your occupation? Director National Accounts - Argon Medical Devices. Where do you SUP the most? Indian River Lagoon behind home/Shark Pit surf break in front of home. Do you have a...

Travelogue: The Eastern Seaboard from NYC to NC

Paddling South from NYC
Paddling South from NYC Thought I could start to lay out what I know of other places in the North East besides New York City, although I could write about the NYC waters in depth, and I will once we get our paddles wet on...

Paddling vs television: Overcoming vacant expressions

Photographer Donna Stevens
There is a frightening portrait exhibit on Hypebeast from Photographer Donna Stevens of children who are watching television. We thought it would be a good exercise to juxtapose these vacant expressions with the expressions of children who are paddling to see if there is a difference....

100/100 Just Paddle Challenge July 24 to October 31st: Starts today!

They Know About Us Three years ago I started the 100/100 Facebook paddle challenge group simply to find training partners for a new to me sport, standup paddling. I didn’t have any clue or perspective for paddling. Was an hour long, was 4 mph fast...

The Inland Paddler: So Long, 2016, and Thanks for all the Fish

2016 came in like a lamb but seems to be leaving like a lion.  A rogue lion that has rampaged through the savannah of our childhoods, our pop culture and even our political landscape. A quick look at social media reveals that more than...

Meet Jane Paddler: Mary St John Radtke, Holly, MI

Jane Paddler Mary St John Radtke
Where you were born and where you live now? Born in Detroit, MI & live in Holly, MI What is your occupation? Secretary of Operations & owner of SUP Edu Where do you SUP the most? Fenton, MI   Do you have a favorite local paddleboard shop? Blkboxsurf What paddleboard, surfski or OC...

The CHUM for July 14, 2017

John Beausang and Lisa Schell discuss the latest on Distressed Mullet for the week ending July 14th in this week's CHUM. Safety, The Gorge, SEA Paddle, OABI, Great Peconic Summer Books, and more...

Finding a happy place: One Board Class Follow Up

The One Board Class Post from last week definitely elicited a variety of responses. The end goal for all of us is a healthy, happy, thriving, sustainable sport. We want new people to enter and engage in the sport and the community. We want...

Surf Expo Day One and the stoke factor

For those of you unfamiliar with Surf Expo, it is a convention held twice per year (September and January) where manufacturers bring their product lines for the coming year to sell to surf shops, resorts and outdoor outfitter shops. The buyers from each retailer...

SUP International: Annabel Anderson-Training to the Red Line

A great article in SUP International Magazine--an interview with Annabel Anderson. Read the Rest >> Psychologically, what are the warning signs of burnout? And can you suggest some tips to sort that out? There are many different signs of burnout and this is resonant of anything in...

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

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...

ChattaTravel: Creature Comforts to Help Make it to Race Day

Editor’s Note: This is part of a Distressed Mullet series on on Chattajack Prep.  I've had the good fortune to attend a lot of races this year and I have had some hits and misses when it comes to mastering the Art of Travel getting to...

River Dancing–with Annabel Anderson at the Payette River Games

Man-o-man…welcome to Kook Central. You may normally expect such a place to be situated nearer the coast, but this week Kook Central is definitely as far from the ocean as you could potentially get. Yes, we’re in the middle of America, transplanted in the ‘blink-and-you-miss-it’...

View from the Back: And now for something completely different

At the beginning of September the  jellies appeared in the channels and waterways, large as dinner plates. Translucent pink and undulating. Fascinating and disturbing.  ------- Just a few weeks ago, my Mom said, with tears in her eyes, "I won't ever get over wishing that you...

And Another Thing with Julie Nicholls: Injured!

Julia Nicholls Chattajack Stand Up Paddleboarding
Disclaimer: I’m not a pro-athlete and I’m not a medical professional. I’m just someone who has chosen stand up paddling as her sport of choice and now I’m injured. This is just my journey, not advice or direction. Just my story. I’m Injured-CRAP! Sorry, no nice way...

Go Paddle Race Profile: Adirondack SUP Festival, Saranac Lake, NY

Go Paddle Adirondack Sup Festival
Date June 17-19, 2016 Location Saranac Lake, New York Can you describe the different races and courses? Adirondack SUP Festival will host WPA sanctioned Long (6 mile) and short (3 mile) course races in the morning on Saturday, June 18th at Lake Colby Beach in Saranac Lake. Afternoon fun...

Buy Local Shop Profile: SUP Music City, Nashville, Tennessee

Where are you located? We are located on Nashville's Downtown Riverfront...we tour from Shelby Park down the Cumberland River into the Riverfront Park where Broadway (the road with all of the honky tonks) ends and Nissan Stadium and the Bridge Building on the other bank....

Gear Review: Virus Aquatic Performance V2 Airprene Compression Tech Shorts

I'm guessing the folks at Virus might have heard about my OC wardrobe malfunction of late. 'Cause not too long after that rather gripping experience, these shorts arrived in the mail for me to test. Where have they been all my paddling life?? Now, make no...

Go Paddle Event Profile: SUP3Rivers Southside Outside Festival, Pittsburgh, PA

GO Paddle Sup3Rivers
Location Southside Riverfront Park, Pittsburgh, PA Date September 3, 2016 Can you describe the different races and courses? 10k distance race for any paddlecraft. This race launches from Southside riverfront park, and will be a water start at the Birmingham Bridge. Racers will then race down the Mon to...

Meet Joe Paddler: John Nordin, Ventura, CA

Where you were born and where you live now? Born in Southern Cal and live in Southern Cal (Ventura,CA.) What is your occupation? FedEx driver (for 20 years.) Where do you SUP the most? The Ventura harbor. Do you have a favorite local paddleboard shop? Blueline Paddlesurf in Santa Barbara What paddleboard,...

Meet Joe Paddler: Derek Schrotter,Oakville,Ontario

Joe Paddler Derek Schrotter
Where you were born and where you live now? Montreal, Quebec and now living in Oakville, Ontario What is your occupation? Self employed Where do you SUP the most? Lake Ontario Do you have a favorite local paddleboard shop? Well of course I do....Paddle Sport Performance!! What paddleboard, surfski or OC do...

What does a cat litter scientist and Charles Barkley have to do with paddling?

shirley wang
I came across this article a few weeks ago and it struck a chord with me. If you haven't read it yet, Shirley Wang of WBUR, a public radio station in Boston, tells the story of the unlikely friendship between her dad, Lin, a cat...

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