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Surfski First Looks: The Carbonology Switch

Saturday, 31 August 2013 15:21 |

A little while ago I was asked if I would like to demo a new ski in development, sounded fun, so a few weeks ago I got the call to pick up the first of two skis I would test over the next few weeks: The Switch

Remounting the V10 Double (and first looks)!

Sunday, 17 February 2013 15:30 |

Second time out on my new V10 Double - in some challenging downwind conditions - and we take a swim...  Nothing like being 2km offshore to try out remounting a new ski!

Surfski Review: Carbonology Sport Flash

Saturday, 07 July 2012 10:24 |

When I was first offered the opportunity to demo the “Flash”, Carbonology’s first foray into the full-length elite ski market, I recalled Rob’s impression in his review of the Carbonology Atom, “it made me look like a paddling super-hero”.  But on my first encounter with the “Flash” the first impression I got was that it presented more like a mild mannered Clark Kent than some super hero. Book Review: SURFSKI with the Pros

Sunday, 27 November 2011 18:49 |

Transcribe the accumulated wisdom of two of the best surfski paddlers in the world, add some truly stunning photographs, and in case that’s not enough, make things even more clear with beautifully executed diagrams.  That’s SURFSKI with the Pros in a nutshell. Review: Allwave CX

Saturday, 20 August 2011 15:40 |

When Mario Graziani called to say that there was an Allwave CX surfski in Cape Town and would I like to try it, I leapt at the chance.  At the same time I was a little apprehensive – what could Italians possibly know about making surfskis?! Review: Carbonology Sport Atom

Sunday, 12 June 2011 18:47 |

Ok, let’s sprint to the other side of the harbor,” I said.   Issuing a challenge like that to my training partner Dale Lippstreu always results in a ball-bursting, neck and neck, 110% redline effort.  This time though he just disappeared (behind me) and 200m later I looked back to see him paddling backwards.  “I thought I had something on the rudder,” he said.  Nah.  We did it again and the same thing happened.  I was on an Carbonology Sport Atom – and on flat water it made me look like a paddling super-hero.

Review: A Paddlers Opinion of the Vajda Orca

Thursday, 02 June 2011 06:43 |

Let’s start by clarifying that this is an independent product review.  Secondly, I have won numerous national kayak titles in both sprint and marathon, and was selected to represent Australia at the World Cup and other International Events.  I have also competed in surfski events at state and national levels in surf lifesaving.  Summary – independent and qualified advice on craft.

Review: SpeedStroke Gym Ergometer

Sunday, 30 January 2011 10:05 |

A year ago, Kayakpro released an updated version of their Speedstroke kayak ergometer.   In an effort to be on the leading edge of the indoor paddling world, I made the switch from their older model, the Speedstroke which was introduced in 2001, to their newer model, the GYM, one year ago.  KayakPro is owned and operated by British ex-Olympian and World Champion Grayson Bourne. Review: Kayak Centre Zeplin

Sunday, 30 January 2011 08:23 |

A big ski for big people: supremely stable and massive fun downwind (it makes a superb camera platform!)

Fenn Mako Elite Slim Line – First Looks

Monday, 17 January 2011 07:44 |


I had the good fortune to paddle the latest Fenn creation last weekend – the Mako Elite Slim Line (SL).  I’d heard that the boat was tippier than the Elite and I was curious to see how I’d handle it.

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