Tips & Techniques

Thursday, 08 February 2007 15:08 | Written by
[Editor: Oscar Chalupsky was recently asked a series of questions about training by a paddler in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.  Here are they are with answers from the big O.]
Friday, 08 December 2006 00:12 | Written by
Sunday 3rd December, 18h00, 4km west of Steenbras Point, False Bay, South Africa The big Oryx helicopter hovered over Casper Kruger as he lay semi-conscious on his surf ski.  "It was flying only about two ski-lengths above the water, about twelve metres." he said, "It flew past about 200 metres. …
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 19:12 | Written by
One of our US readers asked about the grading system used in some of the races in South Africa - this article explains the system.   The largest surf ski race series in South Africa is the Discovery Men's Health series which takes place in Durban during winter and East…
Wednesday, 13 September 2006 20:51 | Written by
All good things are built from a solid base, and this is no truer than in our world of canoeing. The basics of the forward stroke are the most important part of a good technique because all the other elements fall easily into place after this. And a good technique…
Tuesday, 12 September 2006 21:04 | Written by
[Editor: Dale Lippstreu is a paddler and craftsman of note. In this article he describes how he's improved the V10 rudder by adding winglets to improve performance, particularly in downwind conditions] Downwind paddling in big conditions is for me what might be politely called a "development area".  This is not…
Tuesday, 12 September 2006 20:22 | Written by
Who's Ready for Pure Core?   One of the single toughest physical events anywhere in the world is approaching - the longest, most gruelling surfski race anywhere. You guessed it, the Surf Ski Challenge, Port Elizabeth to East London. It's nothing but pure hardcore racing over four days between two…
Sunday, 03 September 2006 10:17 | Written by
In this follow-up to his first article Mark Lewin shares his thoughts on training - specifically for non-elite paddlers.  There should be a different approach to getting fit if the main event you are training for is a one day or a multi day event. (Scottburgh to Brighton), as opposed…
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 17:20 | Written by
Think you know your arb from your carb? Well did you know, for example, that 9 jelly babies will provide the same amount of carbohydrate as a litre of low-fat milk or a cup of baked beans?  And exactly how many carbs should you be taking in during the days…
Thursday, 18 May 2006 13:45 | Written by
The category "intermediate paddler" I take to be the working (5-6days a week) guy, certainly the amateur paddler, not the likes of Hank McGregor and Dawid Mocke etc.  
Saturday, 22 April 2006 02:10 | Written by
The purpose of this article is simply to help those struggling with the often frustrating art of downwind paddling. Some of the techniques utilized are counter-intuitive, particularly for those like me who grow up with very little experience on large bodies of water. The principles contained below were gathered from…

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