Tips & Techniques

Saturday, 25 February 2006 20:53 | Written by
Dehydration is generally regarded as a Bad Thing when paddling. So, if a race is likely to be more than an hour long, paddlers take liquid with them - and where to stow it is a subject of considerable debate. For many, the solution is to tape a bladder to the…
Saturday, 18 February 2006 19:03 | Written by
The .5 Micro2006 will see at least five new surf skis on the market in South Africa (a single and a double from Fenn Kayaks; a double from Custom Kayaks and two new singles from Epic). But all of these, and indeed all the existing models, are designed for adults.…
Saturday, 04 February 2006 18:33 | Written by
(By Rob Mousley)Those without top-of-the-range Heart Rate monitors who would none the less like to train within specific HR ranges will find this Excel Spreadsheet based calculator handy.  The calculator was put together by Shawn Burke of Boston. Shawn may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. it is: Shawn's HR Range Calculator
Monday, 30 January 2006 23:11 | Written by
(by Paul Jacob)  The stock rudder for my Epic V10 surfski catches kelp and weeds so I decided to build my own "weedless" rudder as a replacement. Here's how I went about it... 
Friday, 20 January 2006 08:08 | Written by
(First published in SA Paddler Jun/Jul 2005) Going downwind is not as easy as some might make it look.  It takes lots of practice and definitely a fair bit of experience.  Here are a couple of tips to get you on your way.
Sunday, 08 January 2006 11:09 | Written by
(by Rob Mousley - updated 15/01/2006)  After the 56km 2005 Men’s Health Cape Point Challenge, I asked a couple of the top paddlers how they go about training – for this race and long distance events in general.  Here’s what they had to say…
Wednesday, 21 December 2005 18:16 | Written by
(First published in SA Paddler, April/May 2005) When it comes to ocean racing there are a number of things that one needs to master to get ahead in the game.  One of the biggest challenges facing any paddler is the SURF ZONE….Here are some pointers which can save you from having…
Thursday, 15 December 2005 02:00 | Written by
(Editor: thanks to Nico de Wet for a fresh viewpoint on Getting Started!) Firstly the assumptions: your leisure time is limited and cash is a factor in your quest to be involved in surfskiing. You are probably a student, young professional  trying to impress by burning the midnight oil, or…
Friday, 09 December 2005 19:06 | Written by
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…
Friday, 09 December 2005 17:13 | Written by
(By Rob Mousley)A perennial debate in Surf Ski circles is about the use (or not) of leashes.  This article discusses:When you should consider using a leashWhat types of leash are availableHow you use a leashWhy you should you use a leash

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