Virtual ding repair $10

virtual ding repair
Did you drop your board? Did someone bang into it? Or did that dock cleat pop a hole in it? No worries. Send us a photo and we'll repair it digitally. It'll look as good as new on Facebook, through email and even on...

Gratitude: The 2015 Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to take part in my first Catalina Classic: 32 miles from Two Harbors in the north of Catalina Island, past the R10 Buoy at Palos Verdes, and finishing at the Manhattan Beach Pier. The entire experience changed...


As you know, there have been plenty of reports of #nakedLaird popping up all over Pacific and Atlantic. But don't be afraid. While this is a serious matter, apex predators assure us that the chances of having #NakedLaird hop on your back and paddle...

PFD Exception for Prone – Traditional Paddleboards

According to the Coast Guard, vessels propelled by hands or feet without the use of engines, sails, oars, paddles, propellers (the rule gives the full list) are excepted from the USCG life jacket requirement as per rule 33 CFR 175.11 (CFR stands for Code...

Planning a road trip to a SUP race

Updated June 29, 2016 If you are hopping in your cars and heading for the nearest SUP event, here are a few things to remember: The first step: Cover the basics Register for the event Make a reservation at the event hotel or one close by ...

One Board Class: 14 and Under

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...

New WPA Surf Drafting Rules

Drafting in the surf has gotten out of hand as of late. An incident at the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race this past weekend prompted swift and definitive World Paddle Association action. In the above photo by Chase Kosterlitz, Brody Welte is in clear violation. Boards will...

The SUP Narrative is changing: Letter from the Publisher of Distressed Mullet

A number of years ago, our friend Casey at SUP Gladiator posted about SUP as being the Gateway drug to other watersports. Can you say SUP Prophet? We think so.   This week, there are two OC videos on Distressed Mullet, both from OC-legend, Kai Bartlett....

Cold Stroke Classic, Where is the current?

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’re launching a magazine and it’s all about you

In April, we are launching The Mullet magazine: The first free, quarterly community paddle magazine that tells the stories of local paddlers, local events, local shops and local causes on a national stage. This community needs a unifying mechanism and we believe The Mullet is it. We...

Races are changing, here are some great tips for running and great race

At one point early on, races were actually about the podium. If you were in a sport with 10 people, you could expect a top 10 finish. Hardware was cool and plentiful. Then, it was finishing high in the age groups. It worked for BOP,...

The gator, the stand up paddle board, and homeland security

Enough time has passed perhaps to tell you a little story about an-unplanned, ill-advised training run that nearly resulted in landing me and Jason from Carolina Paddleboard Company in jail for terrorism or even worse, gator rolled and fish food at the bottom of...

Goodbye old friend, hello new ones

I said goodbye to a friend on Wednesday. No, nobody died. Nobody moved away. I sold a board. I stopped to get gas at a truck stop just south of Wilmington in the early-morning twilight. I saw the board strapped to my roof for the...

Best of The Mullet Instagram Stream this week

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...

Ohio quarter celebrates Perry’s 2013 Paddleboard victory

Ohio Quarter
I was sorting through my change this weekend and spotted this celebratory paddleboard quarter. I had no idea how mainstream SUP had become, how popular SUP had become in Ohio. Congrats Perry! Was from Blazing Saddles or Riverfest? No matter. It's impressive. I can...

Chattajack31: What I learned about how to run a great race

Nothing can prepare you to run an event than going to other events and paying attention. Being a competitor will help you be a better race director. Every problem that you will face has been solved, somewhere, by someone else. Take note of the...

What is the future of SUP events?

what is the future of SUP events
One popular SUP event model has been to build a race, then add events until it becomes a festival—a destination. Meanwhile, in the outdoor sports and whitewater paddle and river worlds, they have festivals that are adding SUP events. How and when will these worlds...

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

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...

Gratitude for an amazing morning paddle off Wrightsville Beach, NC

Ever since I signed up for the Catalina Classic, my buddy Dave has been beating me up in our Tuesday and Thursday dawn patrol workouts. Paddling, running, swimming, getting my whole being in shape and shaking off a second year of rehabbing an injury. Those workouts...

Connor-Kai BOP altercation spills over into the ugly ugly

Everyone is starting to get home and watch the video. Emotions are starting to spill over. The on-water skirmish is now migrating online. I saw one parent's post on Facebook and totally understand their frustration. I imagine if neither Kai nor Connor won, both families...

How can the sport be growing when the industry is shrinking?

So many people have asked us what we think of the Standup Paddleboard industry after attending the Outdoor Retailer Expo in Salt Lake City. Is it growing or is it dying? What's going on? Did the bubble burst? The best way to describe it is...

A lightsaber is a little like a paddle, right?

I'd been driving for about 10 hours when I pulled off the road to find a bathroom in a hotel. It was about one o'clock in the morning and that west side of Nashville. I pulled into the first hotel I saw that had enough lights outside...

Surf Expo Day One and the stoke factor

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...

Reasons why standup paddlers are laying down

I know. It's just another thing. A trend on the end of a movement? Maybe not. Prone paddling was here first. So was surfing. This has nothing to do with anything, except that you'll see a post once in a while where paddlers who have...

Paddleboarder on surfer violence, staying safe and surf etiquette

I came across this article this morning and it struck a nerve. First, it's on a site that is obviously anti-paddleboarder, so the tone rose my temperature as I read. But then, it looks like the standup paddle boarder used his paddle as a...

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