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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...

The Inland Paddler: We are All Connected by Water

We are all connected by water
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We are all connected by water. We say that a lot. But the more I paddle, and the more places I go to paddle, and the more people I meet, it becomes so much more evident.  And nowhere is that more apparent that here on...

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...

The Inland Paddler: What a difference a year makes! Recapping the 2017 Carolina Cup

OC2 View of the Carolina Cup
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OC2 View of the Carolina Cup Last year, after training all winter in the OC1, which I was still new to, I made a big splash on my first-ever Graveyard course. Literally. I flipped or huli'd four, count 'em four, times before even making it...

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...

The Inland Paddler: Summer Must Have Paddle Gear

Summer Must Have Paddle Gear
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Summer Must Have Paddle Gear With the temps starting to warm up, I recently made the decision to retire the dry suits to the storage closet and am anxiously awaiting the moment when I can do the same with all the neoprene.  This is the...

The Inland Paddler: The Edge of 2017 – Getting Ready for the New Season

Carolina Cup Time
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Carolina Cup Time Is Almost Here! It’s April. Finally! We are on the cusp of the 2107 racing season.  Oh sure, there’ve been a few events here and there, but this month, it ramps up and big time. For most of us on the East...

The Inland Paddler: Facing the Dragon

Paddle Surfing Notes
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Paddle Surfing Notes Sometimes, Mother Ocean knows you need to learn something. Sometimes, well, all times really, in order to progress you have to leave your comfort zone and accept a bit of risk. Sometimes when you do that, you get worked. No matter how...

Gear Review: Hyperflex AMP shorts, Neoprene Shorts for the In-Between Season

Hyperflex AMP shorts
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Hyperflex AMP shorts Sometimes, I think that I can will the weather to be warm and springlike if I just simply refuse to believe it's cold. Maybe I will wear flip flops all day - the sun's out.  My feet will be warm. (Even if they...

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...

The Inland Paddler: Winter Surfing Magic

Sup Surfing with Friends
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Sup Surfing with Friends - Peer Pressured into Epicness "Come on, you're gonna get wet anyway," one of my training partners and friends said as we were breaking away from the breakfast table at the Blockade Runner.  It was the Sunday after the Cold Stroke...

The Inland Paddler: You Never Forget Your First Race

do the Cold Stroke
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Peer Pressured to do the Cold Stroke, but in a good way "You really need to do the Cold Stroke," my manager at REI said, not long after I was hired at the store in Raleigh. He started to tell me why. It's fun, It can...

The Inland Paddler: Winter Wonderland with Dolphins

deal with Winter
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Last week at this time, much of eastern North Carolina was in the midst of its first Winter storm.  The below freezing temps and precipitation dumped a classic wintry mix of ice, sleet and snow on the Raleigh area.  Roads were bad, school was...

The Inland Paddler: Under the Weather – Strategies for Beating The Winter Cold

beating the winter cold
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Let me just say up front: I am not a doctor or any other medical professional. But as a paddler who trains year round, I have a vested interest in learning all I can about beating the winter cold. Or  at least trying to....

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

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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...

The Inland Paddler: Learning to Catch the Vertical Bumps…

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Or...Lessons from the Climbing Wall. This offseason has been great.  I mean really great.  I have been listening to the aches and pains and backing off. I have been resting and making a concerted effort to get as close to eight hours of sleep each...

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...

The Inland Paddler: All the Leaves are Brown and the Sky is Gray

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Today is the Winter Solstice - well, at exactly 5:44 this morning. That moment where the sun shines at its most southern point, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. The shortest day of the year, or the longest night, depending on your perspective. And it is...

Gear Review: Fusion Stereo Active

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One of the best additions to my arsenal of electronic training tools came late in this past season, and it was something completely unexpected: a bluetooth stereo. But not just any bluetooth stereo. The Fusion StereoActive. It's made by a New Zealand company that has been in...

The Inland Paddler: Non-Paddles of Thanksgiving

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What a whirlwind, these last few weeks! What with the last race of the year at the Surf to Sound at Wrightsville, the post-season let-down, followed by a national, non-paddle event that has affected all of us one way or another here in The...

Gear Review: Season Five Basalt Hoodie

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In order to stay comfortable and safe during the winter paddle season, you have to be prepared for anything. And that means having a well-rounded arsenal of kit to handle whatever Mother Nature is going to throw out at you between Fall and Spring. Season...

The Inland Paddler: Live Aloha, Y’all

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I am writing tonight in Wrightsville Beach.  It’s the eve of the Surf to Sound weekend…which this year also coincides with my least favorite day of the year - the End of Daylight Savings Time.  This year, on the day we turn the clocks...

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...

The Inland Paddler: Double Trouble at Chattajack 2016

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Exactly one month before Chattajack, I get this message from my friend Dana in Atlanta. “Want to paddle an OC2??? I’d race with you!! We just need to borrow one.” Um….I have an OC2. Bought a Tempest last year from Jason the Pied Piper of Paddlecraft...

ChattaTravel: Creature Comforts to Help Make it to Race Day

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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...

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