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Friday, 22 November 2019 15:08 | Category : Latest Surfski News

You’d think that in a field studded with Olympians, Aussie SLS Champions and Iron Men, competition would be intense… but you wouldn’t expect one athlete to dominate no fewer than four races in row. But that’s what happened.

Thursday, 18 January 2018 08:13 | Category : Videos

I don't usually list non-surfski videos, but this one is exceptional.  The location is Bundeena: a village on the outskirts of southern Sydney (29 km south of the Sydney central business district), in the state of New South Wales, Australia. 

The poster, Mark Sundin, is a well known explorer, kayak instructor and paddler in Aus.  He's part of Expedition Kayaks, based in Sydney.

The comment on the Expedition Kayaks Facebook page says it all: "Nick, Rob & Andrew having a great time out on the residual groundswell from Sydney's 'Big Tuesday'. It's a reminder of the virtue of shorter, manoeuvrable playboats with volume for absolutely rocking it in the surf, rather than just hanging on & surviving it."

For me, as a surfski paddler, some of the interesting points are:

  • It looks as though they have the rudders up most of the time.  Is this a Sea Kayak "thing" for playing in surf?
  • Watch how they're not just using their paddles to brace but actually to steer on the waves.  I'm not sure this would be possible on surfskis!
  • One of the guys capsizes - but of course, being an expert sea kayaker, he simply rolls upright again.
  • Not all sea kayakers are "sunday drivers"!  Respect!

But this looks like an absolutely awesome location to take a surfski - in the right conditions!

Sunday, 26 August 2012 11:30 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Two videos this week - one from Sean Smith, the (in)famous Fat Paddler in Manly and the other from Adam Fahey in Mandurah, WA...  Both showing the paddlers having fun in waves.  

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 08:04 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Trees blown down on powerlines, roofs ripped off buildings, yachts blown ashore...  Downwind time in Sydney, Australia!

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:14 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Jeremy Cotter and Clint Robinson went head-to-head at this weekend's Gatorade Battle of the Paddles, with Jeremy taking out the 25km  surfski race on Saturday, and Clint claiming Friday's 16km thriller.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 06:10 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Now into its fifth year, the Byron Bay Ocean Paddle has proven itself as a welcome winter’s get together for East Coast based Aussie Surf Ski paddlers.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:45 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Palm Cove, Cairns. Dean Gardener, fresh from his incredible 4th placing in this year’s Moloka’i Challenge took line honors in Sunday’s 40km downwind epic between Northern Queensland’s Palm Cove and Port Douglas, in sweet South Easterly downwind conditions.

Sunday, 29 January 2012 08:17 | Category : Latest Surfski News

The 2009 Doctor -- a 27-km downwind run from Rottnest Island to Scarborough Beach in Perth -- featured a Who's Who of aquatic beasts. Second-place finisher Jeremy Cotter was nine seconds ahead of Dawid Mocke, who held off Murray Stewart, who sprinted to the line with Reece Baker, who was less than a minute ahead of downwind maestro Dean Gardiner. 

Wednesday, 25 January 2012 07:48 | Category : Latest Surfski News

With Kristyl Smith and Kirsty Holmes busy with the surf IronWoman races, and last year’s winner Michele Eray looking into her crystal ball and foreseeing a headwind, this year was perfectly set up for local Ruth Highman to take her first ‘Doctor’ title.

Sunday, 22 January 2012 13:20 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Perth, Australia: The famed Fremantle sea breeze delivered on the second day of the Doctor Festival of Paddle Sports in Perth today and it was the South African flag that flew high.

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