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"Another Chance at Life"

Friday, 08 December 2006 00:12 | Written by
Sunday 3rd December, 18h00, 4km west of Steenbras Point, False Bay, South Africa The big Oryx helicopter hovered over Casper Kruger as he lay semi-conscious on his surf ski.  "It was flying only about two ski-lengths above the water, about twelve metres." he said, "It flew past about 200 metres. …

Race Grading ? How & Why

Wednesday, 15 November 2006 19:12 | Written by
One of our US readers asked about the grading system used in some of the races in South Africa - this article explains the system.   The largest surf ski race series in South Africa is the Discovery Men's Health series which takes place in Durban during winter and East…

Winglets for the V10

Tuesday, 12 September 2006 21:04 | Written by
[Editor: Dale Lippstreu is a paddler and craftsman of note. In this article he describes how he's improved the V10 rudder by adding winglets to improve performance, particularly in downwind conditions] Downwind paddling in big conditions is for me what might be politely called a "development area".  This is not…
Think you know your arb from your carb? Well did you know, for example, that 9 jelly babies will provide the same amount of carbohydrate as a litre of low-fat milk or a cup of baked beans?  And exactly how many carbs should you be taking in during the days…

Tip: Juice stowage inside Fenn XT.

Saturday, 25 February 2006 20:53 | Written by
Dehydration is generally regarded as a Bad Thing when paddling. So, if a race is likely to be more than an hour long, paddlers take liquid with them - and where to stow it is a subject of considerable debate. For many, the solution is to tape a bladder to the…

Point 5 Micro - Kids Surf Ski

Saturday, 18 February 2006 19:03 | Written by
The .5 Micro2006 will see at least five new surf skis on the market in South Africa (a single and a double from Fenn Kayaks; a double from Custom Kayaks and two new singles from Epic). But all of these, and indeed all the existing models, are designed for adults.…

Weedless V10 Rudder

Monday, 30 January 2006 23:11 | Written by
(by Paul Jacob)  The stock rudder for my Epic V10 surfski catches kelp and weeds so I decided to build my own "weedless" rudder as a replacement. Here's how I went about it... 

New National Emergency number for NSRI

Friday, 09 December 2005 19:06 | Written by
If you're paddling on the open ocean, it's generally considered a Good Thing to be carrying a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch (like the Aquapac).But, who do you call?  The National Sea Rescue Institiute has a new emergency number valid for the entire country: 082911.  Memorise it.  And store…
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