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Thursday, 13 December 2012 08:27 | Category : Tips & Techniques

Chasing 3m breaking waves in 35kt gusts is the best fun you can have outside of tangled sheets – but gear failure can be a much bigger issue.  You have to be mentally and physically prepared for things to go wrong…

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:56 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Sea Rescue – National – Wednesday, 18 August, 2010. WARNING – Shark activity close inshore.

The NSRI and Save Our Seas foundation are warning bathers, paddlers and surfers to be acutely aware that at this time of year sharks migrate towards the shoreline in search of food.

 

Thursday, 04 March 2010 08:31 | Category : Tips & Techniques

Monday, 1st March, 2010 saw one of the strongest southeasters of the season hit Cape Town.  Cape Point was registering an average of 40kt, gusting to 46kt.  Roman Rock lighthouse showed an average of 39kt.

There’s a right way and a wrong way…

Two unidentified paddlers (from the UK, according to the NSRI), one a novice, decided to launch at 3 Anchor Bay near the Cape Town CBD.  Understand that at 3 Anchor Bay, the southeaster blows OFF shore.  Also, because it had been blowing for several days, an upwelling had brought frigid water to the surface.

So they were venturing out into a strong 25-30kt (and getting stronger) offshore wind and very cold water.

The two paddlers were wearing baggies; one of them had a cap...  They had no PFDs; no paddle leashes; no body leashes; no cellphone; no radio and no flares.

Almost immediately, the novice paddler fell off and had difficulty getting back on his ski.

Increasing in strength all the time, the wind was pushing them straight out to sea.

 

Thursday, 03 September 2009 06:52 | Category : Latest Surfski News

3 September 2009, Port Elizabeth, South Africa: The body of 37-year-old Barry Guy Marshall was recovered from the sea 10nm off Port Elizabeth according to NSRI spokesman Craig Lambinon.

Sunday, 14 June 2009 10:29 | Category : Latest Surfski News

ABC News, Austrlalia: Police hold grave fears for a man who has been missing since telling his mother he was going for a quick paddle on his surf kayak on the New South Wales Central Coast.

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Monday, 12 January 2009 15:45 | Category : Latest Surfski News

I watched the ski roll downwind, and knew that I'd blown it - big time.  Not only was I faced with a 300m swim to the beach but the wind was blowing it offshore - with my paddle and my GPS.  And I'd just started advertising the ski for sale.  DAMNATION!

Tuesday, 11 November 2008 01:34 | Category : Latest Surfski News

[Editor: Steve Price from Hobart, Tasmania contributed this salutory tale of a less than pleasant experience.  I know of at least three paddles that have broken in the last couple of weeks - are you prepared for this?]

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Sunday, 09 November 2008 02:53 | Category : Latest Surfski News

[Editor: Six weeks ago, David Scheen disappeared during a paddle near his home town Peterborough in Victoria, Australia.  Some of his gear, along with his smashed ski, was found the next day.  Here's a follow up report from The Standard online.]

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Wednesday, 15 October 2008 03:41 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Editor: It's with a heavy heart that we publish this story - David Scheen from Victoria, Australia is missing after setting out on a training paddle yesterday.  I met David in Hawaii earlier this year where he paddled the Molokai Challenge - he's a strong paddler, but the story looks grim.  Keep him in your thoughts and let's hope for a positive outcome...

David Scheen
David Scheen, pictured in Hawaii in May this year

Wednesday, 08 October 2008 11:16 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Having had one or two close scrapes in my time I've had opportunity to reflect on them (with relief) and learn something (like not repeating said stints again), but my most recent (repeat act) has bothered me sufficiently to feel the need to share it with you. Who knows, it might help prevent someone from being as complacent (stupid) as I was recently...

Anthony Allen
Anthony Allen - PFD next time?

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