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Special Olympics South Florida
This is an opportunity. An opportunity to share your stoke. To share your love for paddling. To share the sport you love with a Special Olympic Athlete. On Oct 17 to Oct 18, 2015, Higgs Beach, Key West, Florida, Special Olympics Florida- Monroe County is holding the SUP Invitational, to...

Standup Paddle Races: Standardized Distances?

First, let's start with what's out there from the WPA and the PSUPA: From section 6A and 6B of the WPA Rule Book:  6. Race/Courses Defined a) Short Course – it is recommended that short course races should be conducted on a safe and manageable course free from...

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...

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.

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

“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...

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...

Paddling around a point, how to avoid the shallows

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...

How can a paddle race with 100 people have 3361 divisions? Let’s do the math

This mathematical exercise is based on a comment that suggested we as a sport adopt standard marathon age groups and recognize every division in each race We are going to take the Myrtle Beach Marathon which had 1805 participants in the full marathon as our model for age groups. We...

I’m down with B O P, yeah you know we’ll see

This was originally published Friday as a editorial in the CHUM Newsletter, posted here, expanded and revised. I bumped into a guy who had been living under a rock and he asked me if I'd heard about Rainbow Sandals pulling out of BOP and the...

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...

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