Friday, January 27, 2023

spring/summer 22/23

 mucking about catching waves in 3 boats and 1 paddle

vid link below

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

negative SAM


SAM refers to the Southern Annular Mode.

It is the belt of westerly winds (Roaring Forties and Furious Fifties) between Australia And Antartica and can be a swell driver in the cooler months.

In a negative SAM the winds and low pressure systems are closer to Australia and so winter swell can be more consistent and/or larger.

Video shows surfing with a negative SAM, in smallish surf in a couple of plastic wavesports, and also home made jobs, but allergic to changing the paddle.

Hope you are getting some fun water time.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

sea grass surf

 kayak surfing

bookended by drifting sea grass

(vid link below)

close to water

just back from a camping trip

(seems a popular pastime these days)

found some fresh water interstate

and mixed it with salt water back home

hope you like a waveless vid

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Paddling Vanuatu

thanks to my fellow paddlers
and also to the people of Vanuatu 
(somehow the video (see link below) was posted on vimeo but this blog entry got lost in drafts for a couple of years)

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

finless fun

this goes back to to 2017 (vid link at bottom)

when i was starting to get the feel of my wavesport Z in surf

the waves aren't that steep or powerful but more 'rampy'

good to play on the face with wide arc turns but easy to overpower

heaps of spray being kicked up (part of the slower boat speed and/or less boat skimming)

so my eyes are getting redder and redder with the spray of the salt water as the video goes on

- it was all a natural high

lots of folk seem to be kayaking now in all of its many variations

but I still like a whitewater kayak with a greenland paddle in small-medium surf

..... with not too many people to share it with!

(I am very slowly and incompetently building a composite kayak, with my own mods, but more on that in another post)