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2005 Men's Health Scottburgh to Brighton

Tuesday, 15 November 2005 11:37 |

Background: my paddling goal for 2005 was to take part in the Cape Point Challenge, a long distance (56km) surf ski race that takes place every other December here in Cape Town. Not having paddled many long distance races before - one only and that a mere 31km - I mounted a year-long campaign and started training in February. First goal in the campaign was to take part in the annual Men's Health Scottburgh to Brighton race off the Kwa-Zulu Natal coast.

The 46km distance of the race didn't worry me; by race day I'd have done nearly 1000km of training including a number of 30km+ paddles. No, what worried me was the notorious Durban surf.


2006 U.S. Surfski Championships

Tuesday, 27 June 2006 10:44 |


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 the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island, a large sandy beach for launching surfskis and much better viewing opportunities for spectators.

King of the Harbour Live Coverage - Transcript

Friday, 28 March 2008 23:09 |


Here is the transcript of our live coverage of the King of the Harbour race in Auckland, New Zealand. Detailed results and photos will follow as soon as we get them. 

2005 Perth World Cup 2nd Day

Monday, 21 November 2005 14:13 |
herman_and_oscar_on_wave_151x101.jpgNovember 20, 2005 - Perth, Australia

Oscar Chalupsky came back with a vengeance in the 2nd and final day of the World Cup competition in Perth. After finishing a disappointing 5th on Day 1, Oscar won Sunday's Rottenest Island to Hillary Harbour stage comfortably. The win moved him into 2nd place overall, behind younger brother Herman in the overall standings. Herman easily won the first day of competition and finished a strong 2nd on Day 2.

Cool new look for SurfSki.Info

Wednesday, 18 January 2006 13:20 |

SurfSki.Info is two months old and in this time we've had close on 30 000 visitors. To celebrate we have given the site a makeover. The cool sea-blue menu and tropical banner are there to inspire you to not only surf the internet, but to get out there and paddle! The clean white background with red hyperlinks reflect the classic white and red colours of many surf-skis.  Let us know what you think and tell us if you spot any bugs...

Surfskier Rescued

Tuesday, 27 December 2005 16:20 |

Cape Times, 27 Dec 2005,
rescue.jpg The NSRI in Simon's Town, South Africa received a call for help yesterday when Alan Witherden, 56, from Parkwood, Johannesburg, fell off his surf-ski near Glencairn. His friend, John Rhynes, from Constantia, paddled to shore to call for help.

After a brief search by NSRI and Cape Medical Response crews, Witherden was spotted clinging to his surf-ski a mile off Fish Hoek beach, having drifted in currents, with 20 to 25 knot south-easterly winds and 1.5-metre swells.

A Metro Rescue Red Cross AMS helicopter crew lowered NSRI rescue swimmer PJ Veldhuizen into the waves. He hooked Witherden to a static line and hoisted him to safety.

Riding the crest of surfskiing wave

Saturday, 10 December 2005 08:33 |

Cape Argus, 9 Dec 2005 

One man's passion and drive for his sport made it so popular that his concept is now being copied in several countries, reports Staff Writer Murray Williams.

It's only 6am on a Saturday and my cellphone starts beeping. "Wake Up Williams!" says the SMS. And across greater Cape Town and the winelands almost 1 000 others are being woken too.

"The Race is on! Get your butt out of bed Williams!"
It's Billy Harker.

Wintertime, Snow, 5F, but Paddling Must Go On ...

Friday, 09 December 2005 11:54 |

blade2.jpgWith Christmas around the corner, and summer sizzling in South Africa, let's spare a thought for our paddling friends in the Northern Hemisphere.

Marek Uliasz from Colorado posted this pic on his blog, check it out, there's some beautiful photography.

Now, if you think this is extreme, read on.....

About us

Monday, 31 October 2005 17:13 |
Firstly what do we want to do?
  • Make surfski information centralised and accessible
  • Build an online community of surf-ski enthusiasts
  • Welcome and guide newcomers to the sport
  • Provide useful and credible content
  • Have fun
  • Paddle a lot
What inspires SurfSki.Info?

SurfSki.Info is inspired by the spirit of Open Source software - where a community give freely of their talents to create something that is of benefit to others. Computer folk have quietly become some of the most generous people around. Communally they produce the best software available - all for free! This site would not be here without these people, I thank and salute them.

Speaking of good people... while browsing the surfski newsgroups on Yahoo I came across regular high-quality postings by a person named Rob Mousley, who Dawid Mocke once described as the 'keenest surfkier on the planet'. I wrote one email to Rob on the 25th November telling him of my fledgling website and that same day I had an inbox full of articles and the site's daily visitor count went from 6 to 160. He is a human network, it is fitting that he works for a company called Grapevine. Nice work Rob, you share the spirit of open source and are a very welcome partner of SurfSki.Info.

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