Results by tag: nsri

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 09:05 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Extreme sports and 100% safety are incompatible. When you go to sea in gale-force downwind conditions, sometimes shit will happen. And it’s then that your safety gear and your preparedness in using it become vital…

Monday, 25 March 2019 11:02 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Editor: The conditions were clearly extreme: 40kt SE and 3.5m swell.  But no-one could have foreseen that a breaking wave would smash Dave Black's surfski so hard that it would disintegrate, leaving him swimming in the maelstrom...  Luckily he had his mobile phone with him and this lead ultimately to his rescue by the Simon's Town NSRI crew.  This story dates from 2012, but with the increase in the number of surfski paddlers worldwide, and the ever lighter constructions being used in surfski manufacture, this story is more relevant than ever.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 10:03 | Category : Latest Surfski News

As the avalanche of water broke over him, smashing him off his surfski, Killian Marzin felt an agonizing pain shoot through his shoulder.  He knew he was badly hurt – and the next wave in the set was roaring in towards him…

Monday, 23 April 2018 09:48 | Category : Latest Surfski News

“NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a man bumped off his surfski near Robberg Beach, Plettenberg Bay…” Bump? Some bump!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 16:52 | Category : Latest Surfski News

A couple of weeks ago, here in Cape Town, a paddler found himself in trouble on the famous (notorious?) Miller’s Run downwind route.  Some 2km offshore, he fell off and after a number of attempts was unable to remount his surfski.  He activated his McMurdo FastFind 220 Personal Locator Beacon.  An hour and half later he was pulled from the water having swum his ski almost all the way to safety. A happy ending - but not because of the PLB.

Friday, 13 October 2017 09:50 | Category : Latest Surfski News

“We have multiple reports of a surfski washing ashore without the paddler,” said NSRI Simon’s Town Station Commander Darren Zimmerman. “We’re activating.  Can you please try to find out who it might be?”

Thursday, 13 December 2012 08:27 | Category : Tips & Techniques

Chasing 3m breaking waves in 35kt gusts is the best fun you can have outside of tangled sheets – but gear failure can be a much bigger issue.  You have to be mentally and physically prepared for things to go wrong…

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:56 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Sea Rescue – National – Wednesday, 18 August, 2010. WARNING – Shark activity close inshore.

The NSRI and Save Our Seas foundation are warning bathers, paddlers and surfers to be acutely aware that at this time of year sharks migrate towards the shoreline in search of food.

 

Thursday, 04 March 2010 08:31 | Category : Tips & Techniques

Monday, 1st March, 2010 saw one of the strongest southeasters of the season hit Cape Town.  Cape Point was registering an average of 40kt, gusting to 46kt.  Roman Rock lighthouse showed an average of 39kt.

There’s a right way and a wrong way…

Two unidentified paddlers (from the UK, according to the NSRI), one a novice, decided to launch at 3 Anchor Bay near the Cape Town CBD.  Understand that at 3 Anchor Bay, the southeaster blows OFF shore.  Also, because it had been blowing for several days, an upwelling had brought frigid water to the surface.

So they were venturing out into a strong 25-30kt (and getting stronger) offshore wind and very cold water.

The two paddlers were wearing baggies; one of them had a cap...  They had no PFDs; no paddle leashes; no body leashes; no cellphone; no radio and no flares.

Almost immediately, the novice paddler fell off and had difficulty getting back on his ski.

Increasing in strength all the time, the wind was pushing them straight out to sea.

 

Thursday, 03 September 2009 06:52 | Category : Latest Surfski News

3 September 2009, Port Elizabeth, South Africa: The body of 37-year-old Barry Guy Marshall was recovered from the sea 10nm off Port Elizabeth according to NSRI spokesman Craig Lambinon.

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