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Thursday, 13 July 2006 12:18 | Written by
Good news for social paddlers in Cape Town is that Margaret Silk of Paddlers Kayak Shop in Simonstown is now welcoming surf ski paddlers to participate in their previously sea kayak-only race series. "The demand has been too much and we've caved in!" - says Margaret. "Our kayak races are now…
Tuesday, 11 July 2006 11:28 | Written by
As we all know, Surf Ski is growing as a sport.  But that growth is presenting race organisers with a dilemma. More and more paddlers want to enter the "classic" races like the Cape Point Challenge and the PE to EL Challenge.  But these races have reputations for extreme conditions,…
Sunday, 09 July 2006 21:14 | Written by
2nd July 2006 dawned a beautiful day - for the beach!  Not for what was supposed to be a 30km downwind run for the Surf Ski World Cup...  There was very little swell, and no wind at all. The race was run from Westbrook Beach to a buoy off the…
Friday, 30 June 2006 14:03 | Written by
This correspondent participated in a dice on the Umgeni River last night on a borrowed Red7 Surf 60 (thanks Gav!). The Team Grand Prix event registration was taking place and I met up with some of the international paddlers - Mark Sandvold (US), Mark Buck (US), Dave Jensen (US), Dean Gardiner (Aus).  The NZ…
Wednesday, 28 June 2006 12:56 | Written by
It‘s been just over two days since DA ward councillor Stanford Slabbert‘s near fatal brush with hypothermia, and the men involved with saving him feel it was a stroke of good luck they were able to assist.  An avid paddling enthusiast, Slabbert was surfskiing in the third leg of the…
Tuesday, 27 June 2006 10:44 | Written by
The 2006 U.S. Surfski Championships is starting to take form and this year we will be holding the event at an exciting new location, Crissy Field in San Francisco. Crissy Field is located just inside the Golden Gate Bridge on the South side. This location will offer spectacular views of…
Sunday, 25 June 2006 20:58 | Written by
Spirit of ToftPort Elizabeth, 24 June, 2006. Surf-skier rescued after going missing at sea has been taken directly to hospital for treatment for hypothermia aboard an SA Air Force helicopter.    Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth Station Commander said: "At 15h20 NSRI Port Elizabeth were activated to a report of…
Saturday, 27 May 2006 00:20 | Written by
Thirty four or so surfski paddlers were privileged to take part in the Molokai Challenge last week...  Sitting here in cold rain-drenched Cape Town I could only imagine what it must have been like.  A couple of Molokai participants sent me some reminiscences of the race...
Monday, 22 May 2006 22:39 | Written by
Clint Pretorius' plan was to learn from the best in yesterday's Kona Brewing Co. Moloka'i Challenge World Championships.   Instead, he beat the best to win the surfski division of the prestigious Moloka'i-to-O'ahu race.   Pretorius completed the 32-mile course from Kaluako'i Beach, Moloka'i, to Koko Marina, O'ahu, in 3…
Monday, 22 May 2006 08:58 | Written by
South Africa's 21 year old Clint Pretorius beat Oscar Chalupsky in a tight finish in the Molokai Challenge surf ski race.   The two men paddled neck and neck across the channel.  Finally, Clint chose a better, seaward line at China walls at Hawaii Kai and gained on Oscar who stayed…

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