Tips & Techniques

Saturday, 18 August 2007 13:27 | Written by
This is the second in our series of stroke correction videos.  The idea is that you grab your camera and a friend to take some video footage of you paddling - upload the video to youtube (or send it to us & we'll do it for you); we display the…
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 17:01 | Written by
Many of us start paddling without much idea of correct stroke technique.  If we're lucky, more experienced paddling buddies throw us a few pointers, but for most it's a case of try it and see. has several surf ski schools listed in our links, but they're few and far…
Sunday, 08 July 2007 09:17 | Written by
Hank McGregor took part in a recent event as number four in a relay team - the anchor man.  As he paddled out, the commentator said, "... Hank McGregor... look at that action on the water ladies and gentlemen, poetry in motion..." We took some video of Hank as he…
Saturday, 09 June 2007 18:49 | Written by
Gordon Laing shares some valuable lessons he learned the hard way, read about Gordon's ordeal in Miller's Run - without the fun... You probably are aware that I was recently “lost” at sea – this according to News reports. Whilst I always knew exactly where I was I did come…
Saturday, 02 June 2007 15:47 | Written by
Remounting your ski is an essential skill.  Fall off in cold water offshore - you need to get back on that ski immediately before you get cold.  Fall off in the surf zone - you need to get back on fast before the next set comes in. And yet, how…
Friday, 27 April 2007 20:06 | Written by
False Bay was covered in breaking 2m waves and the wind, already 30kts, seemed to be strengthening.  But the worst problem was that it was already almost dark. And as I paddled into Fish Hoek at the end of what should have been a classic downwind run, I was frantic…
Tuesday, 20 March 2007 10:35 | Written by
On a recent "Miller's Run" on singles in a big South-Easter, from Miller's Point to Fish Hoek, about 20 minutes into the paddle, my paddling partner Gavin Gottschalk and I were stung by bluebottles.
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.]
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…

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