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Lessons and Tours: Are you paying attention to your favorite customers?

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A friend with a successful SUP tour and rental business recently shared his success story with me. It was strikingly simple and while I can't share the specifics of who he targeted, I can surely share the how so you can create your own...

What does a cat litter scientist and Charles Barkley have to do with paddling?

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I came across this article a few weeks ago and it struck a chord with me. If you haven't read it yet, Shirley Wang of WBUR, a public radio station in Boston, tells the story of the unlikely friendship between her dad, Lin, a cat...

Eight years ago, I rented a Smart Car and went to BOP :: What’s your worst kookslam moment?

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Every once in a while, a Facebook memory throws you down a rabbit hole. I had been publishing the Mullet for a few years at this point and was starting to gain traction with the website. I'd been there the year before with friends who...

If your lower back hurts, you might not be rotating

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I did not stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, which means I'm not qualified to diagnose your injuries or analyze your technique. That said, I learned something interesting that came into play today on my paddle workout: lower back pain and it's reflection...

Paddling around a point, how to avoid the shallows

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We are constantly paddling in the eddies, along the edges of the waterways and right next to shore when going against the prevailing current. Unfortunately, there's always that fear and possibility that you will go too close to shore and have your fin or...

Best of The Mullet Instagram Stream this week

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Here are some of the great photos and videos from the Distressed Mullet Instagram Feed. These are some great people to follow on instagram. Frank Lundy on the downwind in VB No Waves, No Worries A post shared by Franklin Lundy (@franklinlundy) on Jul 7, 2018 at...

Staying Safe on Holiday Weekends with examples for Wrightsville Beach

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Holiday Weekends are dangerous for paddlers. Mostly because people have an easier time getting a 32-foot motorboat into the water and up to full throttle than they have to adopt a stray cat. AND, they have the right of way over SUPs. It's scary,...

Competition or Personal Accomplishment: A thought on race courses

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This is an observation for race directors looking to get more people to come and enjoy their races. When you have a challenge that goes beyond a simple 5K or 10K race, one that has obstacles that transcend a straight line, a start and a...

Don’t look to the brands to step up. Your event has to be able to stand on its own.

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I freestyled this in the CHUM Newsletter this morning and have had such a response that I felt it wise to bring it over to the main site with some additions:   The posts continue on how to fix the race scene and there's an interesting...

Traditional Paddleboard Race Scenario: What do we do?

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Race Director Decisions Consider the following and let us know how you would handle this if you were the race director. Race Entry Scenario 7  traditional (prone) paddlers show up to a paddleboard event. There are two courses, a long (10 mile) and short course...

Finding a happy place: One Board Class Follow Up

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The One Board Class Post from last week definitely elicited a variety of responses. The end goal for all of us is a healthy, happy, thriving, sustainable sport. We want new people to enter and engage in the sport and the community. We want...

One Board Class: 14 and Under

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First of all, let me be clear. As far as I can see it, there is no dominant governing body that can regulate races. At all. So, no one is imposing anything on anyone. We are a collective group of independents. This could change...

CHUM Video Update for July 28, 2017

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Discussion on the drowning by a paddler who was wearing, but did not deploy his belt PFD, a series of videos by Travis Grant, the arrival of our Kumo Board, upcoming races, and more for this last week in July.

July 21 CHUM Update from the Mullet

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Review of this week's articles, discussions, videos and events.   Consider being a Distressed Mullet Supporter and keep these articles and the free classifieds flowing. Support the Mullet Friend : $10.00 USD - yearly Friend with benefits : $25.00 USD - yearly Lifetime Friend : $50.00 USD - yearly Big Papi...

The CHUM for July 14, 2017

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John Beausang and Lisa Schell discuss the latest on Distressed Mullet for the week ending July 14th in this week's CHUM. Safety, The Gorge, SEA Paddle, OABI, Great Peconic Summer Books, and more...

Mullet talks on the CHUM for this week: July 7th

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Cape to Cape in Cape May, NJ, Sea Paddle NYC, OABI Detroit, Safety Concerns, KeyVault from Kanulock and an ama rack. See more at Distressedmullet.com

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind

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We're early, we know. It's by design. From now on, CHUM Newsletters will arrive on Wednesdays to reflect on the past weekend's events and give you time to jump last minute into next week's events. The weather has a funny way of cancelling or changing...

So you want to start a paddle race. Here’s a quick list of tips for planning

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A few random suggestions and this is not a complete how-to list. Feel free to add to the bottom: Involve local and regional paddlers in the planning Use standard divisions and practices from the WPA (World Paddle Association) Finding a good date that doesn’t...

A really annoying shame-based motivation technique to remind you to paddle

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I subscribe to a number of newsletters that are outside the the paddlesphere. I know it's hard to believe, but I do. Jocelyn K. Glei has a great newsletter that give basic and not-so-basic life hacks and it's one of those newsletters I always...

Cold Stroke Classic, Where is the current?

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On Saturday, January 21, 2017 low tide is at 08:34 AM The Race begins at 10am and is being put on by Coastal Urge Therefore, the tide will be going from low to high or the tide will be coming in. That means, water...

We are thankful for you

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We're thankful for the manufacturers We've seen a reorganized shakeup on the industry side in spite of continued growth in SUPs popularity. We've seen a renaissance in all watercrafts like outriggers and surfskis just as the last few years brought a resurgence in prone paddling....

Has surf helped or hurt the growth of SUP?

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In the beginning, after Laird created the heavens and the earth. ... he said, “Let there be a big board,” and there was a big board. Laird saw that the board was good. And he said, “Let there be a tall paddle so we shall...

Safety Discussion from the Surf Expo

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"We need to take responsibility for the safety of the people in our sport." Tyler callaway leads off the stand up Paddleboard manufacturer's safety meeting at @surfexpo. On Friday, September 9th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida manufacturers, media, and representatives from the...

Surf Expo Day One and the stoke factor

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For those of you unfamiliar with Surf Expo, it is a convention held twice per year (September and January) where manufacturers bring their product lines for the coming year to sell to surf shops, resorts and outdoor outfitter shops. The buyers from each retailer...

Detroit Rising: OABI (Once Around Belle Isle) as a reflection of a city’s rebirth

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“We’re going to try to get you on the water and started on time to avoid the weather that’s forecasted for later today.” Thunder boomed in the distance. “OK. We’re going to check the weather again and we may have to delay the start.” More thunder. More thunder. Laughter. “I’m...
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