[Editor: Vineet Buch shared this story of a leash-less adventure in strong winds on the surfski newsgroup. I felt it worth sharing with a wider community, so here it is...]
I went out solo from Redwood City Harbor Sunday, 2/25 morning ~9:30am in my Huki S1-A surfski; the forecast called for strong gusty southeast (onshore) winds, but it was calm when I started, and I changed my original plan of staying in the Redwood City sloughs and instead paddled southeast out of the harbor in the open San Francisco Bay to the Dumbarton Bridge.
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.