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Gear Review: Vaikobi Ocean Racing PFD

Low Profile Vaikobi PFD
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The Low Profile Vaikobi PFD Like the Mocke Racer PFD,  the Australian Vaikobi is a lower-volume,  inherently buoyant PFD that is gaining in popularity as paddlers look for more options to the waistbelt inflatable PFD. Like the Mocke, it is NOT US Coast Guard approved...

Gear Review: Yakima SUPDawg Paddle Board Carrier

A Close Look at the Yakima SUPDawg
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A Close Look at the Yakima SUPDawg When Yakima came out with their new paddle board carrier last summer, I got excited.  I was hoping that this new, beefed up board carrier would be a viable alternative to Thule's SUP Taxi. We've all heard horror...

How to convert an insulated bike water bottle into one with a hose for paddleboarding

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This is a step-by step video tutorial on how to make an insulated Polar water bottle into one with a hose for prone paddleboarding. It is one of the amazing tips we learned at the AMAZING prone paddleboard clinic by Cynthia Aguilar in June...

Warehouse Sale: OC-6 and SUP Trailers, Paddles, Boards and Accessories

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Aloha, Y'all Carolina Paddleboard Company is clearing out its warehouse and THE MULLET is helping liquidate the inventory through our STORE. And when we say liquidate, we don't mean throwing everything into a giant Vitamix. We mean sell it ALL at TAKE-IT-NOW prices. SHOP HERE All sales...

Cynthia Aguilar Prone Paddleboard: The Gear

Wonder Bracket from Coastal Eddie holds two water bottles and a gps, gel bottle, etc. $69.99
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We had an amazing prone Paddleboard clinic with Cynthia Aguilar last week. There were so many parts and so much knowledge to take away that we decided to break it apart into a series. This is part 1: The Gear. Water Bottles Any bike water bottles...

New Gear: Hydro Holder: Great alternative to a water bottle cage

Hydro Holder: I chose a spot between where my chin rest would go and the vent plug and bottle cage fin box is.
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I finally had the chance to test out the Hydro Holder water and was thoroughly impressed. The simple system, touted as "The most secure and easiest way to attach a drinks bottle to any water going craft," lived up to all the claims on...

Gear Review: The New Speed Coach SUP2

Speed Coach SUP2
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By Steve Dullack I jumped on board the Speed Coach train when they first introduced the Speed Coach SUP last year. NK is an established American company with the rowing version of the Speed Coach being the standard in coxswain’s seats for decades now. The...

I have a prone, now where do I get bottles, cages, headrests?

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The newly launched Joe Bark store has an accessories section. They now carry water bottles, single and double bottle cages and head rests. Simple items that are great to have and pretty much mandatory for paddles over an hour. Single Water Bottle Cage: The black aluminum...

Whitewater SUP and Leashes

Leashes in whitewater
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by Trey Knight The topic of leashes in whitewater paddling on a SUP is complicated, unique and a personal choice. I hope to bring some new perspective to people’s view on this and help them increase their sphere of awareness on the river. This article...

Gear Review: CamelBak 70 oz 2L Molokai Hydration Pack

Molokai CamelBak Review
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The Camelbak Molokai 70 oz hydration vest was designed specifically for kayaking or standup paddling. I bought one last year to use for long distance paddling where I needed to bring not just sufficient hydration, but also nutrition that I could access easily. When...

Gear Review: Camelbak Tahoe Model Hydration Pack

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I'm a heavy drinker. Of water. When I paddle. GET YOUR MINDS OUT OF THE GUTTER. I have a 70 oz Camelbak and a 100 oz Camelbak. The 100 oz version is made for cyclists and it is pretty bulky, but it is good for...

Flatwater Futures Fins: What you Need to Know

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So, do fins confuse you? You're not alone! Trying to decide which fin to put in your board for that perfect balance of speed, ease of turning, going straight, surfing, etc.? You're going to want to read this. Put together by one of the...

Gear Review: Catalyst Waterproof, Shockproof Case for iPhone 7

Catalyst iPhone 7 Case
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Catalyst  iPhone 7 Case Several iterations of iPhones ago, I tried a Catalyst case and found it lacking. Bad sound quality was the overall problem.  But I have been impressed with Catalyst’s Apple Watch Case and so when the case for the iPhone 7 came...

Gear Review: Mocke Racer PFD

Low-Profile PFD Does Not Restrict Motion
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Low-Profile PFD Does Not Restrict Motion First of all right out of the gate I have to say that this PFD is NOT US Coast Guard approved.  It does, however carry a number of international certifications. Use at your own discretion. After this summer’s discussion...

New Prone Source: Cynthia Aguilar Prone Paddleboard Accessories

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If you're looking for bottle cages, GPS Watch holders, bottles with hoses, Cynthia Aguilar, the same one who has paddled twice from Cuba to Key West, is now carrying them. Go to: https://www.cynthiaaguilar.com/accessories

John Kleintop interview at Pukka Custom Headwear, Shirts and Sweatshirts: 2018 Surf Expo

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Custom Hats By Pukka Pukka Headwear makes all our hats and we love the level of customization coupled with the low minimum orders (48) that can then be broken up into different styles in groups of 12. They also have shirts and sweatshirts and you...

Bewitched by the Rayvolt solar powered eBikes

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Pedal Paddle Pedal That's what's on my mind. After riding all the amazing boards at Starboard meeting, with our boards in hand, we looked to a wonderful surprise and it's a electric bike. Yes, we are stoked on the boards and can't wait to paddle.  But after...

Bike SUP Trailer by Salamander Paddle Gear

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This is definitely one of the cooler things we saw at Outdoor Retailers Expo. It's a SUP trailer that attaches to your bike. It is solidly built with 4 removable sections to expand and contract based on the length of your paddleboard. There is...

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...

NK Sports Launches Version 2 of the OC Speed Coach

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I'm using this with my OC and it's amazing. It is so much more accurate than my Garmin, with a bright, readable screen. The original on-the-water OC performance monitor, the SpeedCoach OC 2, offers athletes accurate, high contrast information about speed, cadence and glide in...

Garmin 310XT – How to set up custom data fields & basic intervals

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Here is a repost of an article Kim Sutton wrote for us about how to set up custom data fields and basic intervals on the Garmin 310XT. Before reading this article, make sure your watch is already set up with your personal information and...

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...

Freaker USA: More fun stuff from Surf Expo

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These guys are in Wilmington, NC and their product, FREAKERS, rocks. It keeps cold cold and hot hot. It fits just about anything you can drink out of and they are customizable, so if you have a business and you are looking for branded,...

Gear Review: Sailcloth Bags from Sailbags Maui and Mafia Bags

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Repurposing Materials: Sailcloth and Sustainability One of my new favorite things is gear bags made of recycled, or rather repurposed sail cloth from a couple of our “sister sports” - windsurfing and kiteboarding.  Sails and kites can rip, and when they do, apparently, they are pretty...

GoPro Hero Session is out and Chuck Patterson is at the Dentist to have it removed

Chuck Patterson GoPro Hero 4 Session
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Introducing the GoPro HERO4 Session, the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro yet. Its rugged, waterproof design eliminates the need for a separate housing, while a single button powers on the camera and starts recording automatically. With 1080p60 video, up to 100 frames per second and 8MP...

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