learning to surfski


recreational mountain biking in SA


enjoying the beauty of nature


drinking, tasting and occasionally cooking with wine

Change of Address

After I have tried on numerous blogs, I finally found the one that fits me perfectly:

Sailing on Elbow Grease


Visit my new blog

What happened?

The inactivity on this blog crept, no leaped up on me from out of nowhere.  It seemed like there would be enough regular paddles and mountain bike adventures to write about and keep this blog filled with regular posts and photos of my meandering in the Cape Winelands and False bay.

BUT an unexpected job opportunity came my way that I could not refuse…so back to corporate life in the Winelands for me and with the season time still in full swing, ZERO time for adventure. 

Well, not Zero time for adventure.  Running the marketing for a Wine Estate comes with its own little adventures. 

With the winter season approaching fast, I am slowly getting some more time for adventures of my own.  This past weekend the wife and I had an awesome, "stretch the back muscles", paddle in Gordon’s Bay.  The weather was perfect, the sunset amazing and the company excellent AND I did not tip over once (score).

This coming weekend the wife and I will stock up on some needed winter paddling gear, so watch this space for a report on the next paddle / mtb ride.

Surfski Rescue

A few weeks back, we had an incident where a paddler close to shore was in need of assistance. This got me thinking: ...What would be the best way to retrieve/tow/assist a paddler who can't stay upright or paddle...??

Photo from Charge Life 
So what do I do when I have a surfski related question?  Ask the guys on the forum off course. I started a new topic and soon paddlers from across the world gave their 2 cents worth.  There are some great ideas and one would need to figure out what would suit the situation and your abilities.  

Most important:
Know your own ability
Call the NSRI first thing (if nearby)
Be prepared and carry some safety gear (mirror, tow line, etc)

Should a basic competence and safety test be a pre-requisite before a paddler may paddle into the blue yonder?  It is for power and sail boats.

Safe paddling all

Walk on Water

Truly inspirational video of how kayaking helped a wheelchair bound man enjoy life again.  Definitely worth a watch.