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

Carolina Cup Time
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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…

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...

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