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Monday, 27 March 2006 10:51 | Category : Latest Surfski News

NSRI, Simonstown - Picture: Hazel McQueen

Craig Lambinon, NSRI spokesman, said that three paddlers who were in the area at the time of the initial report called the NSRI on Tuesday as soon as they heard about this story.  

 

The three paddlers were all on single skis.  Conditions at the time were rough, but they were not in trouble at any time.  

 

The original story follows:

 

The NSRI were activated yesterday (Sunday 26th March) when observers on shore near Oudekraal here in Cape Town reported a double ski or kayak in trouble. 

 


 

Wednesday, 08 February 2006 12:08 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Sunday 6th February 2006: Gordon's Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
(by Rob Mousley)

Surf Ski nose sheered off
...the nose sheered off...
The Sunday race was cancelled because a gale force southeaster was blasting False Bay at 40kts or more. Undaunted, Daantjie Malan and Clifford Binedell decided to do the 18km Gordon's Bay to Monwabisi downwind run in their Fenn Millennium double ski instead. They were joined by friends in another two double skis.

The pair had come prepared: lifejackets, body leashes, flares and a fair bit of experience: Daantjie, a 45 year-old from Strand, has just done the 2005 Men's Health Cape Point Challenge, a 56km paddle known as the toughest ski race in the world, finishing third in the Veterans category. Clifford (also 45) from Stellenbosch, has done several Cape Points and with Matthew van Heerden won the 2004 Discovery Men's Health Doubles Series. These are strong, experienced paddlers.

They arrived on the beach at Gordon's Bay at about 10h00. The bay itself was flat but the wind was so strong it was lifting spray off the water and the sea was covered with a smoky haze. Further out, False Bay was a maelstrom of white water, the tops of the 3 to 4m swells being blown off in streamers of spume.

 

Friday, 09 December 2005 19:06 | Category : Tips & Techniques
If you're paddling on the open ocean, it's generally considered a Good Thing to be carrying a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch (like the Aquapac).

But, who do you call?  The National Sea Rescue Institiute has a new emergency number valid for the entire country: 082911.  Memorise it.  And store it in your mobile phone's address book.

Friday, 02 December 2005 13:45 | Category : Tips & Techniques
This, the second article in a series on Getting Started in Surf Ski, covers the basics of safety.

Future articles will go into more depth, and will discuss safety measures when paddling offshore, for example.
Wednesday, 30 November 2005 19:25 | Category : Surfski Gear

pencil_flare.jpgThe safety rules for the Cape Point Challenge state that "all competitors shall carry flares or a cell phone in a waterproof pouch..."  SAMSA also mandates that all small craft should carry them.

But where can you buy them and do they really work?

Monday, 28 November 2005 16:31 | Category : Surfski Gear

Aquapac Cell Phone Pouch

The Aquapac range of waterproof pouches are ideal for carrying keys, cell phones and whatever else you want to keep safe while you paddle.  They're available from Paddlers.co.za, Coastal Kayaks, Brian's Kayaks and other boating shops in Cape Town.

For more information see: http://www.aquapac.net/  

Friday, 25 November 2005 20:04 | Category : Latest Surfski News

I had a minor adventure this morning involving wind, waves & flares.

A friend and I went out in Hout Bay for a paddle on our surf skis.  The Northwester was blowing, and usually in such conditions I wouldn’t have gone downwind across the bay – especially as my paddling companion is not very paddling fit at the moment.  However…  we went along the western edge of the bay towards The Sentinel and then (and the wind really didn’t seem all that bad) we cut across the bay downwind.  The waves got bigger and we had some small runs, and then my paddling companion said that he wanted to turn back.

And that’s where the fun started.

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