Rob Mousley

Big Wednesday Revisited – Gale Force Downwind Dash

Sunday, 10 February 2008 04:24 |

Gale Force?  Interest has been expressed in some quarters as to just how strong the wind was last Wednesday when the Downwind Dash records were beaten.  Jean Tresfon, sent us the story of what happened at his factory - which is located near to Milnerton and probably experienced the same wind conditions.

Gale force winds at Milnerton
Gale force winds at Milnerton, Wed 6th Feb 2008 (Pic: Brett Dorman)

When Sprint Training Matters

Thursday, 17 January 2008 09:37 |

All the top paddlers will tell you that in order to increase your paddling speed, there's nothing like sprint training.  Sometimes, though it's difficult to get motivated - it's hard work after all.

shark sea kayak hoax or not?
When sprint training really matters...

Looks as though this guy just found the answer to the motivation problem... 

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, 25 December 2007 06:03 |


Alain and Rob would like to wish all visitors to a fabulous Christmas and a phenomenal New Year!

Thanks to everyone who has corresponded with us, contributed or just read the articles. wouldn't exist without you.

Happy paddling!

DSKC - The Golden Years

Thursday, 22 November 2007 16:49 |

The Dubai Surfski and Kayak Club (DSKC) is about to host the richest race in the history of paddling: in ten days time, the winner of the Dubai Shamaal will walk away with US$20,000 of the US$50,000 prize pool.

DSKC Evolution!


Nathan Baggaley Arrested Again

Wednesday, 21 November 2007 06:23 |

It appears that Nathan Baggaley and his brother have been arrested again - this time on even more serious drug related charges.  

Nathan Baggaley
Nathan Baggaley in happier times

Shark-shielded Surf Ski

Sunday, 04 November 2007 10:55 |

Since 2002, three surf skis have been bitten and severely damaged by Great White Sharks in False Bay, here in Cape Town, South Africa (See Sharks and Skis).  After each incident there has been vigorous debate about how to prevent such interactions between the sharks (who are after all just living in their own environment) and humans.


Shark Shielded Surf Ski
Fenn Mako6 Shark Shield Special - showing location of the battery pack (Pic: Mike Schilperoort)


Close Call - Skis Meet Catamaran

Thursday, 01 November 2007 17:29 |

Gordon's Bay, Cape Town, South Africa.  Kyle Mahood saw the big 30ft catamaran motor slowly out of the harbor.  "Great," he thought, "they're coming to help."  But to his horror, he saw the big fishing boat rapidly accelerate, heading directly for them and he realized that the skipper hadn't seen them. 

Theo Conradie's surf ski
Kyle Mahood & Theo Conradie with the wreckage of Theo's ski (Pic: Theo Conradie)

Record English Channel Crossing – in a Fenn Mako6

Sunday, 28 October 2007 14:43 |

Nigel Hatton had a dream - to set a new World Record for crossing the English Channel in a Kayak.  Problem was that the current holder of that record, Ian Tordoff, had blown him away in a Sea Kayak race in 2006, so he decided to find someone else to do the job for him.


Ian Wynne channel crossing in surf ski
Ian Wynne starts the crossing (Pic: Nigel Hatton)

Shark Encounter Updated - Black Tip bites Mako(6) off Durban

Monday, 27 August 2007 18:14 |

Anton Fouche of Durban, South Africa was hurtling down a wave at 25-30kph off Umhlanga when his Fenn Mako6 ski came to an abrupt halt.  The sound of the impact was "really loud" - but what had he hit?

More accurately, the question is what hit him?  "I caught a glimpse of a large dark object & a big splash," he said, "and almost fell out trying to turn to evaluate the damage & whether I was going to sink or not."


Shark Bite Damage to Anton Fouche's Fenn Mako6 Surf Ski
Shark Bite Damage to Anton Fouche's Fenn Mako6 Surf Ski (Photo: Ant Fouche)



Aussie News and Events

Monday, 27 August 2007 17:30 |

We've been sent a bunch of news by Aussies about paddling down under...  There's a lot going on with some major races set to take place in the second half of the year.  It seems that a large section of the Aussie paddling takes place in the form of Surf Lifesaving Events, but Ocean Racing is clearly taking off as series like the Gold Coast Desalination Project Winter Series demonstrate. 

Gold Coast Desalination Winter Surf Ski Series
Currumbin Creek Paddlers