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Paddling tips from a surfski guru

Four-time world surfski champion and founder of Mocke surfski school, Dawid Mocke offers up some simple and effective tips to improve your paddling. 1. GET STABLE I can hear chuckles and smirks already. Easier said than done I hear you say. This may come as a surprise to you, but [pullquote align=”right” color=”” class=””]Stability issues will remain with you forever, whether you’re starting out or winning the World Championship.[/pullquote] Yes, that’s right, being stable is an […]

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10 Ways To A Fresh Start

Follow these surfski paddling basics to become a better ocean paddler 1 Never sacrifice stability for speed Your ski selection and set up will have a very big impact on your paddling. You will enjoy your paddling much more when you are completely comfortable in your surfski, than if you are unstable and uncomfortable. Don’t try a racing boat first time out, there are loads of great beginner boats out there. When you are sitting […]

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Surfski downwind safety tips

Things to remember in downwind paddling I’m still alive! Wasn’t it one of Deon Braun’s e-mails which asked the question “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” Guys don’t underestimate your potential. I had butterflies when I agreed to do it but last night’s paddle was awesome. The conditions were really not that bad! Conditions were far worse that day I took my son to Umhlanga. The wind seemed to […]

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Top five paddling tips by Dawid Mocke

GET STABLEI can hear chuckles and smirks already. Easier said than done I hear you say. This may come as a surprise to you, but stability issues will remain with you forever, whether you’re starting out or winning the World Championship. Yes, that’s right, being stable is an issue even the best have to deal with.   The secret here is to approach it in a pragmatic and progressive manner. Firstly, there are certain things […]

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Abu Dhabi International Tri, surfskis and death wishes

Big bike miles for Abu Dhabi – in a boat I’m heading east in March for the Abu Dhabi International Tri (12 March) as a guest of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Board. There are several distance options and as a media invite, I thought I’d show my appreciation and do the long event. There’s bound to be more to write about, at least that’s the theory! It starts with a 3km swim, then a 200km […]

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