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Mark Feather RIP - A message of condolence from your Australian Mates

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 23:40 |

On Saturday 15th of November a downwind ocean race was held in East London, South Africa.  One of the paddlers, Mark Feather, was lost at sea during the event and was later found deceased 40 km past the finish on Monday morning.

Missing Paddler Update

Monday, 17 November 2014 06:56 |

East London – The Dischem Automall Pete Marlin Surfski Race was rocked by the disappearance of one of the paddlers during the race on Saturday but with the help of the local community a huge search party was deployed in an attempt to locate Mark Feather who remains lost.  However the search for him will continue.

Missing Paddler in East London, South Africa

Sunday, 16 November 2014 09:58 |

Our sport is risky.  Ideal conditions for us involve big waves and strong winds.  And sometimes accidents happen.  Yesterday, the Pete Marlin world series surfski race was held in East London, South Africa, and shit happened.

When things go wrong...

Thursday, 13 December 2012 08:27 |

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…

Shark Alert (South Africa)

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:56 |

Sea Rescue – National – Wednesday, 18 August, 2010. WARNING – Shark activity close inshore.

The NSRI and Save Our Seas foundation are warning bathers, paddlers and surfers to be acutely aware that at this time of year sharks migrate towards the shoreline in search of food.

 

Close Call – where was the safety gear?

Thursday, 04 March 2010 08:31 |

Monday, 1st March, 2010 saw one of the strongest southeasters of the season hit Cape Town.  Cape Point was registering an average of 40kt, gusting to 46kt.  Roman Rock lighthouse showed an average of 39kt.

Surfski Sea Rescue Exercise

Sunday, 06 July 2008 08:37 |

Ever tried to look for a surfski from a helicopter?  Or from a rescue craft on the water?  Here's the story of our exercise with the South African National Sea Rescue Institute.

NSRI Exercise - 2008
'Spirit of Safmarine III' - Simonstown NSRI

NSRI Appeal

Thursday, 27 December 2007 11:30 |

[Editor: although this story refers to the South African National Sea Rescue Institute, the points made apply wherever you are in the world!]  On Christmas day, members from three NSRI stations: Yzerfontein, Melkbosstrand and Table Bay responded to reports of an abandoned surf ski found near Dassen Island.

NSRI Logo

New National Emergency number for NSRI

Friday, 09 December 2005 19:06 |
If you're paddling on the open ocean, it's generally considered a Good Thing to be carrying a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch (like the Aquapac).

But, who do you call?  The National Sea Rescue Institiute has a new emergency number valid for the entire country: 082911.  Memorise it.  And store it in your mobile phone's address book.

Essential Surf Ski Skills - The Remount

Saturday, 02 June 2007 15:47 |

ImageRemounting 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? 

Here are some answers...

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