Tips & Techniques

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…
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... 

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