Tips & Techniques

Monday, 01 August 2011 06:50 | Written by
I have always wanted to fit an elliptical rudder to a Fenn, particularly a Mako 6 as it is my favourite ski. I can paddle an Elite but I prefer the 6 for all round stability and performance particularly in chop. Its main weakness is that the shark fin loses bite…
Sunday, 17 July 2011 07:18 | Written by
"Life's too short to learn from our own experience, instead, learn from others and save the expense..."  I recently hurt my back and was forced to stop training in my kayak and ski for six weeks.  In the process of repair I found some amazing things I’ve been doing wrong…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 06:44 | Written by
Rudders are a critical part of any boat’s design – and in my opinion many of the rudders on surfskis are sub-optimal, to put it mildly.  But at last a manufacturer has got off their butt to offer a wide range of rudders for different conditions.
Sunday, 24 April 2011 14:44 | Written by
OK, so we all know that paddling in shallow water is a pain. You trim aggressively bow down to keep from experiencing that "sinking feeling" in the stern, and paddle like there's no tomorrow. Yet when you hit the shallows it still feels like you've hit a wall. Waves become…
Sunday, 06 February 2011 18:33 | Written by
There is considerable debate these days about the best feather angle for a kayak paddle (or whether to feather the paddle at all). The following discussion should give you some information to decide what is best for you — there is no single best feather angle for everybody.
Sunday, 06 February 2011 14:03 | Written by
A recent post in the surfski.info forums asked for an update on Dale Lippstreu’s downwind paddling ability – after his two sessions with Oscar Chalupsky paddling Millers Runs in Dale’s double.  Has anything changed?  Here’s Dale’s reply.
Sunday, 09 January 2011 13:08 | Written by
A unique 15 mile stretch of exposed open coast in northern California offers world class ocean downwind conditions for expert surfski paddlers.
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 07:43 | Written by
The ski tilted forward and I felt an overwhelming urge to accelerate my cadence so that we’d catch the run, but “Timing!” growled the big man up front.  “Take it easy!”  I was paddling with one of world’s greatest downwind paddlers and it was proving to be a fascinating (and…
Monday, 11 October 2010 17:23 | Written by
When retired teacher Gerard de Gannes joined the Trinidad surfski club after recovering from a stroke, he found that the constant swimming and remounting wasn’t as much fun as he’d been lead to believe…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 07:13 | Written by
[Editor: we quite often hear from smaller paddlers (especially women) that skis are too long and difficult to handle.  Is there place for a “450 Class”  in our sport?]

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