Getting Started

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  • Surfski Basics DVD: Start at the Beginning

    If Bill Gates and Hugh Hefner were out shopping for a ski together, they'd pick the same one as Wesley Echols. Well, maybe not, but when it comes to boats, Echols has the head of the technician and the soul of a playboy: at least he goes through skis the…
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  • Essential Surf Ski Skills - The Remount

    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…
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  • The Forward Stroke

    All good things are built from a solid base, and this is no truer than in our world of canoeing. The basics of the forward stroke are the most important part of a good technique because all the other elements fall easily into place after this. And a good technique…
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  • Beginner's Tips: Time & Money

    (Editor: thanks to Nico de Wet for a fresh viewpoint on Getting Started!) Firstly the assumptions: your leisure time is limited and cash is a factor in your quest to be involved in surfskiing. You are probably a student, young professional  trying to impress by burning the midnight oil, or…
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  • Leashes: When, What, How & Why

    (By Rob Mousley)A perennial debate in Surf Ski circles is about the use (or not) of leashes.  This article discusses:When you should consider using a leashWhat types of leash are availableHow you use a leashWhy you should you use a leash
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  • Getting Started - Paddling

    This is the third part of our Getting Started series. The earlier articles dealt with the basics of surf ski equipment and safety. It's time to get on the water...
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  • Getting Started - Safety

    This, the second article in a series on Getting Started in Surf Ski, covers the basics of safety. Future articles will go into more depth, and will discuss safety measures when paddling offshore, for example.
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  • Getting Started - Equipment

    This is the first in a series of articles about Getting Started in Surf Ski; it covers the basic equipment that you'll need and gives suggestions on how and where to find it. Note that most shops that sell skis offer good advice to beginners; talk to them. Other sources…
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  • Getting Started in Surf Ski - Introduction

    (By Rob Mousley, with input from surf ski paddlers around the globe. Grateful thanks to all who contributed.) For the purposes of this Getting Started Guide, we'll assume that you've never paddled before. We'll also assume that you can swim and that you can hold your breath and dive under…
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