Stand Up Paddle NEXT TO A VOLCANO!

by Rachel Rudwall 2

Although I’ve lived in Southern California for the last six years, I’ve somehow managed to avoid stand up paddle boarding. Sure, I’ve seen countless ripped specimens take to the waves off the coast of L.A., and watched videos of legendary surfers catching monster swell with paddle ...

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The Pregnant Athlete

by Jessica Bellofatto 24

About seven months ago, three months prior to my 40th birthday, I started asking around to my slightly older female friends, “What doctors do you use for female issues? Where do I go to get my hormones checked? When you turn 40, do you feel more ...

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Set Your Mind To It

by Karen Mirlenbrink 2

“Damn girl, you strong like bull!” Those were words screamed at me by my shocked Russian client when she found out that I paddled 31 miles in one race last year. Her reaction has stuck with me and brings a smile to my face every time ...

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by Karen Mirlenbrink 4

I was first introduced to stand up paddleboarding years ago when I was approached to teach Pilates on the board. Having never really paddled a board before, I was amazed to find that the board I was given to “play with” was essentially a floating yoga ...

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Why Do You Paddle?

by Karen Mirlenbrink 3

Maybe we should make this question a monthly meditation. But really, why do you? What is it about paddling that keeps you doing it? What has it brought to your life? “Paddling” is a loose word, and I define it as simply that. Paddling. It doesn’t ...

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Pushed to My Limits

by Karen Mirlenbrink 1

I had just finished padding in the East Coast Champs in July 2012, when I got this text message from my friend Michael. It said, “ChattaJack 31 Race, October 13th: 31 Miles on the Tennessee River.” “You doing it?” I replied. “No,” he said, “you are.” ...

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