Chasing 3m breaking waves in 35kt gusts is the best fun you can have outside of tangled sheets – but gear failure can be a much bigger issue. You have to be mentally and physically prepared for things to go wrong…
Remounting your ski is an essential skill. Fall off in cold water offshore - you need to get back on that ski immediately before you get cold. Fall off in the surf zone - you need to get back on fast before the next set comes in.
And yet, how to remount is one of the commonest questions - especially from beginners. What's the "straddle" method? How does it differ from the "sidesaddle" method?
Christmas night 2005 - Alan Witherden lay awake listening to the howling wind. The southeaster had been blowing hard for several days and thoughts of the resulting rough seas were preying on Alan's mind. In Cape Town on holiday, he had arranged to join his friend John Rhynes for an early morning paddle the next day. They were to do the famous "Millers Run" from Millers Point near Simonstown, across the bay to Fish Hoek.
The NSRI Fundraiser at Seaforth Beach in
Cape Town takes place this weekend.
Sometimes one has to wonder whether the NSRI looks forward to these "fundraiser"
events... Last year the southeaster came
roaring in and about 40% of the fleet ended up "retired, hurt" and ironically many
of them had to be rescued by the NSRI.
It‘s been just over two days since DA ward councillor Stanford Slabbert‘s near fatal brush with hypothermia, and the men involved with saving him feel it was a stroke of good luck they were able to assist.
An avid paddling enthusiast, Slabbert was surfskiing in the third leg of the Sportsworld Downwind Winter Series Race on Saturday, when he was knocked from his ski by a large wave.
Port Elizabeth, 24 June, 2006. Surf-skier rescued after going missing at sea has been taken directly to hospital for treatment for hypothermia aboard an SA Air Force helicopter.
Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth Station Commander said: "At 15h20 NSRI Port Elizabeth were activated to a report of 2 surf-skier's suspected to be missing at sea during the surf-ski event the "Sportsworld Downwind Winter Series Race 3", between Sardinia Bay and Noordhoek near Port Elizabeth.