Rob Mousley

Sharks and Skis

Saturday, 03 March 2007 06:47 |

ImageIn the last ten years there have been a number of interactions between paddlers and sharks off the South African coast.  This article describes the incidents and debunks some of the myths about the animals.  Paddling is a much safer sport than most – in spite of the emotion and fear associated with sharks.

Awesome Oz Surf Photos

Wednesday, 28 February 2007 12:24 |

ImageSomeone posted a link on the yahoogroups surfski newsgroup a couple of days ago.  It simply said, "rough stuff" and gave the link: http://www.harvpix.com.

 

We checked it out to find a series of great shots of surf skis going out through some mean surf...

Surfski Video

Wednesday, 07 February 2007 11:54 |

ImageSan Francisco based photographer Martin Sundberg made this video clip about the sport of Surfski.  It shows Zsolt Szadovszki (a top US paddler, came 5th in the 2006 US Champs) talking about what he thinks of surfski, and then goes on to show Zsolt paddling in front of the SF skyline.

 

Apart from the beautiful photography, Zsolt’s words really resonate with me - and the clip is worth watching for Zsolt’s immaculate paddling stroke.

 

Enjoy!

Nathan Baggaley Arrested on Drugs Charge

Tuesday, 06 February 2007 11:27 |

More bad news about Nathan Baggaley.

Australian newspapers and websites are carrying the story about his arrest on serious drug charges.  It seems that police stopped Baggaley and a companion in Mermaid Waters, northern NSW and on searching their car found "nearly 800 ecstasy tablets, an unspecified white powder, cannabis and cash".

Millers Run: Youngest Paddler?

Thursday, 01 February 2007 14:45 |

Image The "Millers Run", a downwind route between Millers Point and Fish Hoek in Cape Town can be pretty daunting when the southeaster is up and False Bay is full of breaking waves.

But Duncan Buchanan, a 14 year old visitor from Auckland, New Zealand, was keen to give it a go.

V10 Rip-off?

Wednesday, 08 November 2006 12:35 |
ImageIn the last two years the surf ski market has seen a revolution in terms of ski design.  Skis have become more stable and faster.  In fact, fast, stable skis, with a single footwell and adjustable rudder pedals have become the norm.

 

How has this come about?  At least part of the reason is that Epic were prepared to invest heavily in R&D to design and develop the V10 surfski.  The very name gives a clue to the amount of effort that went into it - the V10 was the 10th version of the design

 

Extreme Surfski - Oscar shows the way

Thursday, 19 October 2006 21:25 |

ImageOn the Surfski newsgroup there's been much discussion recently about how the northern hemisphere is approaching winter.  The denizens of the far north are discussing the finer points of dry suits, hypothermia and the benefits of slipstreaming icebreakers...

In an astonishing scoop, Surfski.info is proud to reveal how South African paddlers tackle cold weather...  See below. 

Surf Ski Attacked by Great White

Saturday, 29 July 2006 00:31 |

ImageFish Hoek, Cape Town, South Africa - 16h40, Friday 28 July 2006

It was supposed to be a normal Friday winding-down paddle from Fish Hoek to Roman Rock lighthouse and back.

Five paddlers were bunched together about 30m from the catwalk near Sunny Cove when a Great White shark attacked the ski closest to shore. 

 

World Cup - Latest

Friday, 30 June 2006 14:03 |

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 paddlers were there and I spotted some French team members as well.  All extremely friendly people (as are our Durban hosts) and much beer and braaied (barbequed) boerwors (SA speciality sausage) was consumed...

 

Some of the visitors (Mark Buck, Mark Sandvold, one of the NZ paddlers), went for an orientation paddle yesterday with Darryl Bartho...

 

 

Beware of Mouille Point...

Monday, 08 May 2006 16:24 |

Three single surfskis were out near Mouille Point, Cape Town yesterday, heading in the direction of Oceana Powerboat Club.  The third cut the corner across the reef and...  was eaten by the break.  His ski was broken in half and one of the other paddlers went into Oceana, borrowed a double and came back out to collect him.

 

According to Craig Lambinon, spokesman for the NSRI, an eyewitness on shore called the NSRI but by the time they arrived, the casualty had reached shore.  The NSRI launch collected the wreckage of the ski and delivered it to the owner.

 

Moral of the story: beware of the reef off Mouille Point lighthouse - the break can extend "surprisingly" far out to sea.  Other casualties of the reef include Dawid Mocke who was dumped during the opening race  last season. He didn't break his ski, but he did lose the race!

 

(And contrary to rumour, Andre van Rensburg wasn't anywhere near the scene...) 

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