Tag: Stellar

Garment Brilliance

One of my favorite pieces of winter gear deserves recognition.


I’ve paddled multiple times a week year round in southeast Virginia for almost three decades now.  Dressing right for paddling in winter is actually pretty easy.  What to wear after the paddle while standing around the launch enjoying a couple cold ones with the boys (and girls) is the challenge.

With the help of a neighbor who sews, I figured it out!  A robe!  But not a Wal-Mart robe, no, a tricked out badass mult-purpose garment!  From a distance, one  would even mistake me for a Jedi Knight!

But this is no costume, and its not just for looks.  Constructed entirely of wind-stopper fleece this keeps me warm in the worst of the worst.  It has doubled as a sleeping bag before.  And it has enough space for two people!

And notice the volume on the pockets.  With enough for six cans of your favorite beverage, this wearable drink transport system holds a 12-pack!  Of course you could otherwisen carry something useful like your phone, pistol, knife or a dachshund.

Paddlers, preppers, and all you other outdoors folks owe it to yourselves to get one of these in your kit.  You’ll be glad you did!

The Imperfect Paddler comes to grips

11807635_904756926229487_6570856213164732811_oI’m a mid-50s guy who has been paddling professionally since 1993, and racing since 1996.  Primarily I race surfskis, but have also raced sea kayaks, marathon canoe, K1, K2, K4, OC1, tandem surf ski, OC6, and even high kneel canoe.  In addition I can frequently be found in a surf kayak or on a SUP.

I have been race director for countless races, have run a couple of paddling businesses, achieved paddling certifications through the ACA (L1 SUP, L3 Surf Kayak, L4 Sea Kayak), been president of the local racing club (MAPA) and run the local paddling meetup.  Currently I run Virginia Beach Paddlesports.   The company sells Stellar surf skis and kayaks, GPower and Orka Paddles, Mocke life jackets and various other paddling accessories.  Instruction for standup paddleboard, surfski, sea kayak, and surf kayak is offered through the store as well.

I train a lot, help other people train, and love paddling.  But I’m only a man.  I drink beer and whiskey, love Snickers, chips, and ice cream, and naps-whenever possible.  I work a day job, run a paddling retail and instruction shop in my spare time, and am chapter coordinator for a national non-profit that takes wounded warriors paddling. My kids are technically adults but require my attention at times, and I try to keep my yard looking halfway decent as well as do the more minor repairs on my fleet of 4 aging vehicles.

This blog will be about paddling everything, racing almost everything one can paddle, the products I use and sell, and other fun stuff along the way.

So I am in the pursuit of balance.  I need to train more, eat better, lose some belly and get faster-all while Father Time is breathing down my neck.