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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.

How to: remount your ski (side-saddle method!)

Saturday, 02 March 2013 07:26 |

Alex Matthews is a Sea Kayak instructor from British Columbia.  Bob Putnam lent him a Think Eze surfski for the winter (eeek - that's cold!).  Bob said that Alex "had been resistant, almost anti-surfski."  Clearly though, sea kayakers are a tough breed and Alex is now hooked on surfski and has been playing in a tidal race called Baynes Channel.  The first thing he had to do though, was practise remounting the ski.

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…

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

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...

How to Sabotage a Sale

Monday, 12 January 2009 15:45 |

I watched the ski roll downwind, and knew that I'd blown it - big time.  Not only was I faced with a 300m swim to the beach but the wind was blowing it offshore - with my paddle and my GPS.  And I'd just started advertising the ski for sale.  DAMNATION!

Drift Speed

The GPS track showing the ski's last moments as it dived for the rocks at 15kph

Ant's Close Call - feeling safe but stupid

Wednesday, 08 October 2008 11:16 |

Having had one or two close scrapes in my time I've had opportunity to reflect on them (with relief) and learn something (like not repeating said stints again), but my most recent (repeat act) has bothered me sufficiently to feel the need to share it with you. Who knows, it might help prevent someone from being as complacent (stupid) as I was recently...

Anthony Allen
Anthony Allen - PFD next time?

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