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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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Jeep Team athletes win countrywide

This past weekend, Jeep Team’s athletes claimed podiums across the country, with Hank McGregor winning the FNB Varsity College Surfski Series, OCR’s Thomas van Tonder and Hlubi Mboya dominating the Jeep Warrior Series and rising multisport star, Mikaela Jonsson, securing a Silver medal at the South African Triathlon Championships. Multisport In the Eastern Cape, 17-year-old Mikaela Jonsson fought hard to secure a Silver medal in her age category at the SA Triathlon Championships, which took […]

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Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge a muddy success

Few backdrops can compare with the scenic natural grandeur of Plettenberg Bay, and so it’s no wonder that a record field flocked onto the Garden Route to take part in the ever-popular Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge. Thousands of athletes, weekend warriors, and celebrity sports stars lined up for the eleventh Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge, competing in a diverse range of events, including open-ocean swimming, trail running, mountain biking, beach walks, and a Kids of Steel […]

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Hank McGregor wins gruelling Molokai Challenge

Hank McGregor underscored his status as one of the best paddlers on the planet by winning a second title in the Maui Jim Molokai Challenge in Hawaii on Sunday, beating Australian star Clint Robinson in a thrilling finish to the tough 56km race. Faced with tough flat and windless conditions for the Kaiwi channel crossing between Molokai and Oahu, the title race quickly turned into a two-horse affair between defending champion Robinson and 2009 champ and current K1 […]

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Carbonology Sport Cruze Review

Until recently, most manufacturers completely underestimated the size and purchasing power of the recreational ski market. There are hundreds of social paddlers with no desire to contest dices or race series – they simply want to get out there and enjoy the ocean on a stable surfski. Epic got in there with their V8 and more recently the Fenn Bluefin, and both have hit the ground running. The Carbonology Sport Cruze is right in that […]

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McGregor clinches 2013 Steelcase Dragon Run

Flatwater Marathon World Champion Hank McGregor (Fenn Kayaks/MacSquad Elite) reinforced just why he is regarded by many as one of the greatest all-round paddlers of all time when he overcame a field of world class pedigree and stormed to a memorable and record-breaking victory in the 2013 Steelcase Dragon Run surfski race in Hong Kong. McGregor, the first of no less than five South Africans to finish in the top eight, was both relieved and […]

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Bartho first woman to complete Richards Bay to Durban paddle

Durban surfski ace Danica Bartho became the first woman to complete the gruelling 162km surfski paddle from Richards Bay to Durban, finishing with a demanding downwind leg in huge swells, and in the process rounded off her “Lettie Paddle” campaign to raise funds for close friend and cancer patient Nikki “Lettie” Heyns. Bartho was the first female paddler to complete the DaReal Richards Bay to Durban Challenge, which concluded on the weekend with a tough […]

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Bartho embarks on four-day paddle for cancer

Durban surfski paddler Danica Bartho will attempt to become the first women to successfully paddle the 162km from Richards Bay to Durban on 30 October. Motivated by a close friend battling cancer, Bartho will tackle this four day challenge and face unpredictable seas, exhausting distances and an epic battle of mental toughness to draw attention to the PinkDrive.   Dubbed the ‘Lettie Paddle’ campaign, Bartho has been inspired by fellow paddling enthusiast Nikki ‘Lettie’ Heynes […]

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Chalupsky’s fitness “exceptional” as he leaves for Molokai Challenge

Surfski ace Oscar Chalupsky (50) was put through his paces at the Prime Human Performance Institute just hours before he jetted off to Hawaii for the defence of his title in the gruelling Molokai Challenge, with the sport medicine experts agreeing that he is in remarkable shape for an athlete entering his sixth decade. Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts collated the data from a stringent set of tests and concluded that Chalupsky was at a […]

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Mocke and Alford-Loots show their skill in the Caribbean

Maxi Mocke dominates in the Carib Dawid Mocke continued his dominance of world surfski racing by claiming victory in the Defis Kayak event in the French Caribbean Archipelago of Guadelope over the weekend. “Maxi Mocke” as the local French Press have now dubbed him, showed class in very hot and fair wind conditions to finish the event ahead of other paddlers from South Africa, France, the USA and Caribbean nations (St Marten and Martinique).

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