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The Science of Paddling Part IV

Sunday, 24 April 2011 14:44 | Written by
OK, so we all know that paddling in shallow water is a pain. You trim aggressively bow down to keep from experiencing that "sinking feeling" in the stern, and paddle like there's no tomorrow. Yet when you hit the shallows it still feels like you've hit a wall. Waves become…
There is considerable debate these days about the best feather angle for a kayak paddle (or whether to feather the paddle at all). The following discussion should give you some information to decide what is best for you — there is no single best feather angle for everybody.
Greg Barton at the 2010 Island Shamaal Greg Barton at the 2010 Island Shamaal Credits: Hywell Waters

Dale's Downwind Update

Sunday, 06 February 2011 14:03 | Written by
A recent post in the forums asked for an update on Dale Lippstreu’s downwind paddling ability – after his two sessions with Oscar Chalupsky paddling Millers Runs in Dale’s double.  Has anything changed?  Here’s Dale’s reply.
Heading out with Oscar Chalupsky Heading out with Oscar Chalupsky Credits:

Route Notes: Davenport Run (California)

Sunday, 09 January 2011 13:08 | Written by
A unique 15 mile stretch of exposed open coast in northern California offers world class ocean downwind conditions for expert surfski paddlers.
Mike McNulty tackles the Davenport! Mike McNulty tackles the Davenport! Credits: Jasmine Shabandi

Downwind with Oscar Chalupsky ** Video **

Tuesday, 04 January 2011 07:43 | Written by
The ski tilted forward and I felt an overwhelming urge to accelerate my cadence so that we’d catch the run, but “Timing!” growled the big man up front.  “Take it easy!”  I was paddling with one of world’s greatest downwind paddlers and it was proving to be a fascinating (and…
Millers run with the Big O Millers run with the Big O

Gerard de Gannes Wood Ski – Trinidad

Monday, 11 October 2010 17:23 | Written by
When retired teacher Gerard de Gannes joined the Trinidad surfski club after recovering from a stroke, he found that the constant swimming and remounting wasn’t as much fun as he’d been lead to believe…
Wood ski! Wood ski! Credits: Gerard de Gannes

"450 Class" Surfski

Wednesday, 28 July 2010 07:13 | Written by
[Editor: we quite often hear from smaller paddlers (especially women) that skis are too long and difficult to handle.  Is there place for a “450 Class”  in our sport?]
"450 Class" prototype "450 Class" prototype Credits: Jon Raggett

Route Notes: the Millers Run ** videos **

Sunday, 25 July 2010 21:34 | Written by
[Editor: This is the first of what will become a regular feature; Route Notes that describe a favourite paddle.] For those downwind paddling addicts living in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, the Millers Run is the default route in summer when the southeaster blows.  Here are some notes on…
Gale Force Millers Run! Gale Force Millers Run! Credits:

That Rudder – Positive Caster or Canted Axis?

Saturday, 10 July 2010 21:08 | Written by
[Editor: Phillip Nye writes to say that Johan van Blerk’s rudder may well work – but it’s not a “Positive Caster” rudder]
The CAR rudder on a new EOS 660 ski The CAR rudder on a new EOS 660 ski Credits:

Pimp My Ski - Mods to the Red7

Sunday, 04 July 2010 16:33 | Written by
Jamii Hamlin loves the Red7 Surf70 Pro and has made a number of customisations to his ski: footplate, rudders, wave deflector and seat have all been modified.
Jamii Hamlin and his Red7 Surf70 Pro - Cape Point Challenge 2007 Jamii Hamlin and his Red7 Surf70 Pro - Cape Point Challenge 2007 Credits: Jamii Hamlin
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