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Thursday, 16 July 2009 04:50 | Category : Tips & Techniques

If you've ever wondered whether you really need to be exactly in synch with your doubles partner - read on.  Turns out that the answer is an emphatic YES - but there's more...

Wednesday, 17 June 2009 15:37 | Category : Tips & Techniques

Why aren’t doubles twice as fast as single skis? If I lose weight, will I go faster?  For some answers to these vexed questions... read on!

Tuesday, 09 June 2009 05:47 | Category : Tips & Techniques

I made a comment in my recent review of the Fenn Elite Double and the Apex Double skis that the balers on both were not at all effective.  Here's how to solve the problem - with the aid of a set of Red7 Bullet Scuppers.

Tuesday, 07 April 2009 16:37 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Tried a 'Splashy' when canoeing? Sure you have. Now for a SplashSki, for surf-skis!

Splashski Hood

Splashski Hood

Sunday, 05 April 2009 14:30 | Category : Latest Surfski News

I thought this might be interesting to those lucky enough to use their surfskis in their natural environment... namely the ocean.  There is an increasing use of surfskis in locations literally hundreds of miles from the nearest tide.


Tuesday, 31 March 2009 06:51 | Category : Surfskis

[Editor: Dale Lippstreu is well known for tinkering with his skis - and many of his creations (rudders, rudder winglets, cockpit bulkheads, etc) have featured on  Now he's made what is arguably the most extreme modification yet - to make his V10 Elite into an Ultra, Ultra Elite...]

Wednesday, 25 March 2009 11:08 | Category : Latest Surfski News


A year ago Steven Kelly sent us some pics of a ski that he built himself out of wood.  Well, he's been at it again. Check out the pics of his latest work of art...


Saturday, 03 January 2009 10:47 | Category : Tips & Techniques

[Editor:  Fred Schiess from Santa Barbara, CA, wrote to us about an innovative modification to the rudder pedals in his ski.]

Thank you for allowing me to describe and illustrate to you what it is I've achieved and believe to be a great improvement for a more powerful stroke and better overall transfer of power to a surfski...


Friday, 15 August 2008 01:48 | Category : Tips & Techniques

I've noticed a fair amount of chat about overstern rudders lately. There's the Avon Descent discussion where many skis are taken down this river. There was also the replacement overstern rudder for the Epic V10.


Overstern rudder
Martin Gunda's carbon overstern rudder


Thursday, 17 April 2008 08:26 | Category : Latest Surfski News

I enjoy the science and design of surfskis nearly as much as paddling them and have experimented with a number of things including:

  • A low aspect ventral fin under the seat of the paddler
  • A winged rudder with an endplate
  • A hydrofoil located on the bow of the ski

Articulated Surfski rudder
Dale Lippstreu's articulated rudder (Pic: Dale Lippstreu)
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