View from the Back: The Swell Life

After KICKING BUTT on the flat flat flat flat (flat did I say flat?) water in DC and some epic days of paddling in the glassy, wind-free intracoastal waterway, I hopped in the ocean for some "training." First with Kim Sutton, then with John...

View from the Back: View from the Front

What happens when you go from being last to first? You buy kale. Lots and lots of kale. At least that's what I did. Rewind. Oncoming Train I am enjoying traveling with the Wilmington, NC crew to paddle races. The Watermans Paddle for Humanity in Washington,...

View from the Back: Third Time’s a Charm

I wasn't even out of the Ft. Myers airport before I was on the phone, searching for somewhere to paddle in Florida. My mom's plane hadn't even landed when I talked with Chad from Southwest Florida Standup about booking an eco tour for my...

View from the Back: Fins in the Water

I saw the first fin about a week ago while we were on our picnic paddle to the swimming hole. A school of small fish jumping and darting away from something. Then the telltale left-right-left sinewy shimmy of the shark. I've never seen a...

View from the Back: Stretch Marks Don’t Tan

Last week I paddled 38 miles in eight days. That might not seem like a lot for a pro, or someone in serious training. It was a lot for me, though. I feel like, to paddle that much, at the expense of almost everything...

View from the Back: Our Boards, Our Cars, Ourselves

If my car ended up parked overnight at the mall, it would probably be towed because someone would think a homeless person lived in it. What's in my car? Screwdriver Locking straps Board lock Non locking straps Long straps Dog life jacket People life jackets (2) Adjustable paddle Regular paddle Rash guards Beach towels Duct tape Vinegar Surf...

View from the Back: Goodbye to All That

What's "all that?" All That is April Zilg, a.k.a Vanilla Gorilla, a.k.a VanGor. She leaves this week to BRING IT at the big Paddle extravaganza in Utah, and shortly after will jet to India. Monday we're having a farewell paddle and breakfast. Then,...

View from the Back: My Week with Jack Daniels

You think North Carolina is THE SOUTH if you come from Indiana until you go to South Carolina and you hear vowels so round you could play basketball with them. You think North Carolina is THE SOUTH until you see this sign outside a...

View from the Back: Onslow Bay Challenge–Choose Your Own Adventure

Pre Race Photo Once Saturday, June 30th slipped into the 10 day view on the weather forecast, everyone’s eyes were peeled. Would it really be 120 degrees? Would we have head-high swell or nothing? How about wind?  I know I wasn’t the only one obsessively...

View from the Back: Take a SUP Lesson

Standup paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. It's basically the next gold rush of sports. That makes it a ripe market for shysters selling anything to anyone. Everybody wants a piece of the action-the money. You can rent...

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