Dawid and Nikki Mocke run Surfskischool in Fish Hoek, Cape Town, South Africa. They've trained over 3,000 beginner paddlers. Now you can learn some of their secrets in a new video entitled "The Ocean ABC Of Surfski."
There is a reason why the Golden Gate is the second most dangerous major port entrance on the west coat behind the Columbia River bar. Just call me Mr. Potato Head!
What's up Doc? "As we approached [the South Patch], I remember hearing this really low rumble," Raymond recounts. "I looked up and there was this wave, a perfectly shaped Hawaii 5.0 wave, breaking a mile out from us. It was maybe 50 feet, 70 feet on the face, just Hawaii 5.0ing down the line," he says. "It was one of the most spectacular things I've ever seen."
Keith Keillor of Valhalla SurfSkis surfing his original ski at Point Loma in 1982.I'm going to do some butt surfing today myself when I get the ski wet for the first time this year. I will be wearing something a tad bit warmer than Keith.
Update: There was mucho viento today. I went to the beach and got blasted by wind swept sand. It would have been a perfect day for some rock and roll sailing. Needless to say, the ski is still dry.
The Banshee is still hibernating. She is tucked in and catching some shut eye before I wake her in a few weeks. The Alden is peaking at me asking me to take her out for a spin. But the Knysna has an attitude problem, she is saying, "Dude clean me up so we go out and play in the surf." You're lucky old gal that Bonnie poked me into doing some Spring cleaning.
She looks pretty good, but what's up with the ivy?
The foot pedals work, hurray! Do you like the pvc tape? Can you guess what it's for?
A little corrosion around the rudder controls. Houston, it looks like we can go for a splash next weekend.
The sticks are a whole different tamale. I'm going to have to re-glass them. What a pain!
There's a great article on Dave Kissane, the three-time Australian Men's Health Ocean Racing Series champ, over at Epic Kayaks.
Here's a peak at Dave's typical week of training:
Tuesday: Flat water kayak squad interval workout: 15-20 km total, i.e. 4 km, 2 x 2 km, 2 x 1 km, 2 x 500m, then 5 min. easy paddling followed by 2 x 2 km, 2 x 1km, 2 x 500.
Wednesday: Open ocean session. Typically something like 8 x 2 km at a heart rate between 135-150 beats per minute.
Thursday: Flat water workout, i.e. 4 km wash riding warm-up and then 6-8, 500 meter efforts.
Friday: Go surf! If there are no waves, he’ll go for a swim and a run.
Saturday: Two hour session with other open water paddles. i.e. 5 min. efforts for 70 minutes into the wind and then a straight 50 min. effort back with the wind
Sunday: Either a 2 hour downwind paddle or a club race in either kayaks or in the ocean.
The only thing that I do that is similar to Dave's schedule is Friday's workout (minus the run). I guess I won't be paddling in this year's Molokai race.
Brah, you'll see me on the beach driniking Mai Tais.