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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...

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: 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...

Gear Review: Mocke Life Line Craft Leash

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At this year's ChuckTown Showdown, a fellow OC-1 racer  showed me his leash, the Mocke Life Line Craft Leash.  I was immediately intrigued. And being the gear geek I am ...I quickly purchased one. Here's why it's a great option if you paddle OC, or surfski...

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...

Gear Review: Reflekt Unsinkable Polarized FLOATING Sunglasses

Reflekt sunglasses
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It's well-known that the bottoms of Falls and Jordan lakes, as well as many other aquatic substrates are littered with things that belong to me. And some things that don't, like a sup yoga 10-pound anchor I lost Sunday (sorry Outdoor School!) But, usually...

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...

The Inland Paddler: What I Learned at PaddleSurf Camp

A Week at Nosara Paddlesurf
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A Week at Nosara Paddlesurf One of my local sup surfing heroes once said, “ A week of intense surfing at a much more challenging, bigger break is like an entire season’s worth of waves at home. “ Haywood is right. After a week at the...

The Inland Paddler: Amor Fati

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Live Like Cody I have not been seriously hurt that often - a torn MCL longboard skating and then 27 stitches in my calf thanks to a sup surf fin. After each of those incidents, I was admonished on more than one occasion to rethink...

The Inland Paddler: Getting Back to the Roots

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Paddling is Paddling It’s funny how we sometimes define ourselves by what we paddle - what craft - SUP, OC, Prone, Ski - or by what kind of blade we use - single, double, none. My gateway to paddlesports was sea kayaking. I picked up my...

Gear Review: Expedition/Touring Dry Backpacks

Dry bags
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If you've never gone camping via your paddleboard, you're missing a real treat. If you like camping, that is. And maybe even if you don't. But touring and camping a la sup requires a little bit of a twist in thinking when it comes...

The Inland Paddler: Filleted by the Fin

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When SUP Fins Act Like Chef's Knives It was a nice, beautiful Carolina morning at Wrightsville Beach. A small rain squall was moving offshore, little to no wind and the waves looked pretty clean.  A perfect morning to have a long overdue sup surf session...

Gear Review: Surf-Fur WaterParka

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The last couple of weeks here in North Carolina have definitely been Autumnal. Leaves are changing, even falling, there’s a pleasant lack of humidity in the air, the nights have dipped into the 40’s. And most sadly, my local lake temp has dipped below...

Gear Review: Deckbagz Retro Sup Deck Bag

Gear Review DeckBagz
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I am always looking for a better way to carry my stuff on my deck when I paddle.  I try to minimize the amount of accoutrements I take with me but there are those times when I find I need cargo capacity.  Maybe it's a...

The Quest for the Perfect Bag: Boreas Gear Erawan Pack

Gear Review Boreas Erawan
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The search for the perfect bag is a thing with me. It's a quixotic thing...like Don Quiote chasing after those windmills, I am always chasing after the better bag- the better bag for everyday carrying, for gear, for travel, and especially for travel with...

Gear Review: Watershed Westwater Drybag

Watershed Dry Bags Perfect for SUP Touring
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Watershed Dry Bags Perfect for SUP Touring A good touring or expedition drybag needs to be durable, have a secure watertight closure and it needs to be easily secured to the deck of my touring board. Backpack straps for portaging or carrying the gear to...

Paddleboard Terms Glossary: What you Won’t Find in the Dictionary (and some terms you will)

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Sometimes a whole new vernacular emerges when a group of people hangs out together, paddles together, laughs and even cries together. Some of us just recently noticed that there is a whole new language in use on the 100/100 paddle challenge Facebook page (and...

The Inland Paddler: Street SUP

land paddling
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My winter training plans, well, they all went to pot, as my grammy would say, on or about December 20, 2014, when my dad had a heart attack and I had to fly out to Phoenix, AZ. Truth be told, they were severely compromised...

Daddy’s Girl

Lisa Schell talks about the loss of her Dad
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Tuesday morning was like every other dawn patrol training morning.  The air was thick with Southern humidity yet at 5:00 am still the coolest part of the day.  I left the house a little later than usual - I wasn’t going to work.  It...

What I Learned on My Summer Vacation: Traveling Cross Country for a SUP Race

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Traveling Cross Country to Race Why on earth would anyone want to load up a 14 foot downwinding board on top of a Honda Element and drive over 2,400 miles for a paddle race? One word: Adventure! After the Mullet did it last year, towing a trailer...

Gear Review: Geckobrands Waterproof Sports Series All Sport Backpack

Geckobrands Allsport Backpack
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So....were you at the Carolina Cup this year?  Did you do the Graveyard Race? On SUP? Well, let me just apologize to you now for making you wait for your turn to go through the shorebreak carnage.  I was the one outrigger who huli'd...

Gear Review: Smartphone Weather Apps to Help you Stay Smart on and off the Water

Dark Sky
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We have a wonderful saying here in the South when out-of-towners grouse about our seemingly unpredictable meteorological conditions.  “Don’t like the weather? Just wait five minutes, y’all.” At no time during the year is this more true than in the summer, when we get into...

The Inland Paddler: Chattajacked Up and Ready to Go!

Lisa Schell at Chattajack
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At about Mile 18 the gunshots started. The first one was, well, attention getting. Then the second one rang out. “That’s a bit....disconcerting,” I said to the young woman in the recreational kayak I’d been trading places with on the river for the last three...

The Inland Paddler: Carolina Cup Essential Kit

Essential Gear for Surviving the Carolina Cup Paddle Race
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Essential Gear for Surviving the Carolina Cup Paddle Race I am really am making an effort to not take so much stuff with me when I travel. Especially to races.  But let's just face it - paddling is a gear-intensive sport. And a lot of...

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