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Julia Nicholls: Jumping From Eddy to Eddy is Not What You Think

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There are certain markers when you know that you have become a StandUp Paddleboarder. You don’t have to do the Graveyard at the Carolina Cup or the Battle of the Paddle in California. You don’t have to own more than one board or have...

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

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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...

100/100 You Did It! Stick Art by Julie

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The “History” of 100/100 Stick Art by Julie First off, that’s tongue in cheek, to say there is a “history” of 100/100 stick art. The history lies in what the 100/100 Paddle Challenge facebook group is. WE are a group of mulleteers who paddle, pros...

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...

Julia Nicholls: Hula Girls, Santa Clause, and a Sup Race in North Carolina NASCAR Country?

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Above photo from Dashboards and Saddlebags. See the gallery here. “My Aloha Paddle and Surf” in Mooresville, North Carolina, organized the very first paddleboard race on Lake Norman this last Saturday benefitting the Catawba River keeper. They did everything right. Right for a great race...

Camaraderie, Commitment, Consistency Trifecta: Three Peat, Triple Crown Third Year in a Row “100 hours in 100 days” Paddle Challenge

100/100 Challenge
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Camaraderie Three times is a charm. For the third year in a row, the Facebook group “100/100 Paddle Challenge” is taking up the gauntlet where each member will strive to achieve 100 HOURS in 100 DAYS. Why? Because we can and because it’s free and...

Dave Kalama Clinic Recap: Silver Bullet? Magic Beans? Brooms & Sticks?

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Having just finished the Molokai 2 Oahu in 4:24:44, Dave Kalama’s credentials in the water world are unquestionable. He’s a big fish in a big pond, a real deal. Signing up for his clinic at The Carolina Paddleboard Company, I wasn’t looking for a...

And Another Thing with Julie Nicholls: Injured!

Julia Nicholls Chattajack Stand Up Paddleboarding
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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...

Define “Being a Paddler”: The 100/100 on “Where They Stack Up”

Paddlers Defined
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The 100/100 “Who?” The 100/100 Paddle Challenge Facebook group, now three years old, is almost 800 members strong. We are a community, a family, of paddlers completing (note I did not say “COMPETING IN”) 100 day paddle challenges. Sometimes it’s 100 miles, sometimes 100 hours,...

Gear Review: Season Five Kiowa Hoodie

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On November 8th, I broke the rule of “never try anything new on race day” and have lived to tell about it. In fact, I am thrilled with my deviation from THE golden rule. Having just finished the Chattajack 31 mile race on a...

Flat Julia and Other Stories and photos From the 2015 Chattajack31

Flat Julie
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At every paddle event, big or small, the real success lies in the experience and attitude of everyone involved; organizers, volunteers, spectators, and of course, the paddlers. The water can be a nightmare and the weather even “worserer”, but if the people are stoked,...

Julie Nicholls: PRE.RACE.CRAZY. OWN.IT.

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I saw a TV program the other day discussing a study on “productive” crazy. They had a pie chart with 5 or 6 “crazy” categories and which one was the best to have. I’ve decided to use their study as a stamp of approval...

And Another Thing with Julie Nicholls: Winter Woes with 100/100

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The 100/100 Paddle Challenge Group has just passed the 30 day mark for our first 2015 challenge. Most of us have the winter woes. Paddling a mile a day for 100 days seems easy until you live someplace where there’s nothing but snow, ice,...

Why NOT to do a Standup Paddleboard Race

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Why shouldn’t you do a StandUp Paddleboard race? I’ve started a list of some of the reasons why you should NOT to do a Standup Paddleboard race, can you add to it?   1.     You’ll wear spandex and mini-bottoms on your not-so-mini bootie, you’ll sweat profusely,...

The Risks and Rewards of Mixing It Up: An Experiment of One

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First, let me say, do not take this blogpost as serious heavy duty training advice. This is just me, Julia Nicholls from the 100/100 Paddle Challenge Facebook group. It’s just me, it’s “Hi, my name is Julia and I’m an Overtrainer” and I need...

The 100/100 Starts Their Race Season at the Carolina Cup

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We all know that pro’s are amazing. They are focused, well-trained, with skills often developed over a lifetime. Many start, lead and finish races with full on Braveheart game faces. Water warriors. While most race coverage will be about the men and women in...

Julia Nicholls: EAT.SUP.LOVE

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Above photo from Kelsey Callahan The more I get involved in racing, social media groups, or just hanging out on the water; the more impressed I become at the innate “goodness” I see in the world of SUP. It’s like there’s these unwritten Golden Rules...

Race Directors, Industry Manufacturers, Racers and Pro Athletes; I got some ideas!

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Let me note, I’m a firm believer, in peace, love and harmony but this “lettidor” may sound a bit contentious. It is what it is and it’s not sour grapes. It’s not meant to call out any one person, race or brand out. It’s...

100/100 Pictures Speak for Themselves

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January 1st, 2015; the 100/100 Paddle Challenge Face book Group started our now annual 100 miles in 100 days base building, deadline April 10, 2015. Then “Ice-A-Nado” made itself known with a gusty and bone-chilling THUD. Unless you live in California or Florida; have...

SERIOUSLY, the Science of SUP Training

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My Disclaimer and Credentials First, I am neither a scientist nor a physician.  What I am, is a woman who became a wannabe athlete in my late 30’s and found the study of how to train whether it be running, biking, swimming, lifting, and now...

And Another Thing: Getting Schooled

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Above, Kate from Stand Up Outfitters Getting schooled means getting your clock cleaned, getting the stuffing beat out of you, and eating a big piece of humble pie. Yup, all those things and cupcakes too. With paddling, it’s being willing to listen, try, fail, get...

Moving this sport forward by a back of the packer

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This blogpost really should read “Letter to the Editor” as it’s my opinion on how all of us can help move the paddle sport we love so much forward. Whether we standup, surf sup, prone, boat in an outrigger, surfski or whitewater, we all...

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...

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...

Happy New Year! Now start paddling!

2016 100/100 sticker
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To be a paddler, you have to paddle. Simple. Doesn’t matter if you’re a pro prize money winning athlete or a recreational cruiser. You’re a paddler, if you paddle; and if you WANT to be a paddler, paddle you must. 100 Miles in 100 Days....

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