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There’s just nothing like the feel of taking your feather-weight 24lb (11kg) surfski off your car racks with one hand, carrying it to the water with one hand, and with one hand setting it down gently onto the H2O while all about you other paddlers are lugging kayaks apparently constructed…
Hank McGregor - on the ultra-light 8.9kg/20lb V14 GT. Hank McGregor - on the ultra-light 8.9kg/20lb V14 GT.

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

Saturday, 02 March 2013 07:26 | Written by
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…
Practising remounts... Practising remounts... Credits: Alex Matthews

When things go wrong...

Thursday, 13 December 2012 08:27 | Written by
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…
The AMS METRO Rescue Helicopter hovers overhead, directing the NSRI's Eddie Beaumont II rescue RIP to the scene. The AMS METRO Rescue Helicopter hovers overhead, directing the NSRI's Eddie Beaumont II rescue RIP to the scene. Credits: Barry Lewin, John Hishin, Kassie Crous, Chops Craig

Rotator Cuff Rehab

Saturday, 24 November 2012 14:33 | Written by
[Editor: I’m currently battling with a low-level chronic inflamed rotator cuff. This kind of injury is endemic in our sport and whitewater professional Kim Russell wrote this article on rotator cuff rehab.  She kindly allowed us to republish the piece…]

Getting out through Surf: Advice from the Pros

Saturday, 18 August 2012 02:00 | Written by
We first published this story in 2009, but it's no less relevant today.  Ten of the best surfski paddlers in the world give advice and tell their stories about getting out through big surf...
Punching through - but is this the right way? Punching through - but is this the right way?

What's the optimum length for a surfski?

Saturday, 12 May 2012 18:30 | Written by
Here’s a debate that pops up quite often: what length is optimum for surfskis?  Ralph Baker, a student at the Newcastle University School of Marine Science and Technology (phew what a mouthful!) recently completed an eight month long project looking at this precise question.
What's the optimum length? What's the optimum length?

Radical Red7 **more pics**

Tuesday, 09 August 2011 18:46 | Written by
[Editor: When Jean Mars Tavignot tried out his new Red7 Surf 70 Pro in downwind conditions, he was not pleased; his 10 year old Fenn Millenium handled the short steep Mediterranean waves better!  Nothing daunted, he took out his toolbox…]
Jean Mars' radically modified Red7 Surf70 Pro! Jean Mars' radically modified Red7 Surf70 Pro! Credits: Jean Mars Tavignot

Fitting a Think rudder to a Fenn

Monday, 01 August 2011 06:50 | Written by
I have always wanted to fit an elliptical rudder to a Fenn, particularly a Mako 6 as it is my favourite ski. I can paddle an Elite but I prefer the 6 for all round stability and performance particularly in chop. Its main weakness is that the shark fin loses bite…
Fenn rudder (L) and Think rudder (R) Fenn rudder (L) and Think rudder (R)

Back Pain: Don't do what I did!

Sunday, 17 July 2011 07:18 | Written by
"Life's too short to learn from our own experience, instead, learn from others and save the expense..."  I recently hurt my back and was forced to stop training in my kayak and ski for six weeks.  In the process of repair I found some amazing things I’ve been doing wrong…
Chris Walker Chris Walker Credits: Chris Walker
Rudders are a critical part of any boat’s design – and in my opinion many of the rudders on surfskis are sub-optimal, to put it mildly.  But at last a manufacturer has got off their butt to offer a wide range of rudders for different conditions.
Rudders - by Think Kayaks Australia Rudders - by Think Kayaks Australia
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