Tips & Techniques

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 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?]
Sunday, 25 July 2010 21:34 | Written by
[Editor: This is the first of what will become a regular feature; Route Notes that describe a favourite paddle.] For those downwind paddling addicts living in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, the Millers Run is the default route in summer when the southeaster blows.  Here are some notes on…
Saturday, 10 July 2010 21:08 | Written by
[Editor: Phillip Nye writes to say that Johan van Blerk’s rudder may well work – but it’s not a “Positive Caster” rudder]
Wednesday, 07 July 2010 19:16 | Written by
The art of mastering surfski paddling is in learning to balance. The ocean is never flat and even on the calmest days there are bumps out at sea or waves breaking on the shore.  Balance is absolutely crucial to your performance, whether you’re a novice or a pro.

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