View from the Back: Beasts of the Southern Wild

  Fall is a great time for wildlife. It's all on the move. Baitfish are shooting by all over the channel. You can stick your hand in the water and pull out a flounder. The (mostly harmless) cannonball jellyfish are starting to show up. Dolphins...

Why NOT to do a Standup Paddleboard Race

Why shouldn’t you do a StandUp Paddleboard race? I’ve started a list of some of the reasons why you should NOT to do a Standup Paddleboard race, can you add to it?   1.     You’ll wear spandex and mini-bottoms on your not-so-mini bootie, you’ll sweat profusely,...

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...

Gear Review: Smartphone Weather Apps to Help you Stay Smart on and off the Water

Dark Sky
We have a wonderful saying here in the South when out-of-towners grouse about our seemingly unpredictable meteorological conditions.  “Don’t like the weather? Just wait five minutes, y’all.” At no time during the year is this more true than in the summer, when we get into...

The Inland Paddler: Always Something to Learn

Dawn Patrol Paddle Surf Run
When A Dawn Patrol Paddle Surf Run Doesn't Go As Planned No matter what the conditions, there is always something to learn. Even if the board stays in the rack, your clothes stay dry and you go for a walk instead of a ride. There is always...

Ultimate SUP Challenge 2014 Recap Video from Distressed Mullet

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Race organizers Harmony Dawn from UrbanOcean and Starboard Team Manager, Dan Gavere, put on the Ultimate SUP Challenge: an amazing multi-day camping, whitewater and flatwater event with the help of volunteers, family and friends.

View from the Back: There Will Be Blog

SPOILER: THIS IS A DRAMA-FREE (MOSTLY) BLOG. What? No disasters? No freak outs? No hospital visits? Where is Katie and what imposter is writing this View from the Back? How You Prepare for a 13.27 Mile Paddle You paddle 9.5 miles the day before.  Actually, that's not optimum,...

Gear Review: Season Five Kiowa Hoodie

On November 8th, I broke the rule of “never try anything new on race day” and have lived to tell about it. In fact, I am thrilled with my deviation from THE golden rule. Having just finished the Chattajack 31 mile race on a...

Dominion RiverRock: Under the Radar, Exceeding Expectations

Quite possibly one of my favorite events every year passes without much noise in the SUP world. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t kinda like it like that, though. The event is far from small, recording over 100,000 guests over the three-day...

How to be happier: Find a charity and donate time or money—Great Options

Giving makes you happier. It's scientific. It's psychology. The 201o Do Good. Live Well Survey by United Healthcare surveyed more than 4,500 American adults and found that 68 percent of those who volunteered in the past year report that volunteering has made them feel physically healthier. Volunteers agree...

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