Monday, October 23, 2023

lakes near me

low light on local lakes

gliding on evening glass

winding paths through reeds

paddling heaven here at home

vid links below....

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Summer Build, Autumn Surf - Surf kayak from conception to fruition

Summer Build, Autumn Surf

Surf Kayak from conception to fruition - vid link below

This video is a weird mix, showing me building a surf kayak in summer, and surfing it in autumn.

Before the build, was eight months designing, which was in my head, which doesn't video that well.

The clips of the build are in sequence - i did three decks, but thankfully kept the same hull.

The clips of me surfing the surf kayak, are sprinkled throughout and not in sequence.

Did I like the build? Unsure, but it keeps me off the streets...and that was my fourth build.

Do I like the way it surfs? It basically does what I thought it would do, so i'd give it a satisfactory, and there is nothing wrong with satisfactory. 

If you can customise something and you are the customiser, there is a tendency to keep on customising in the quest for 'beyond satisfactory'. That'll do.

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Spills and Thrills - surfing in whitewater kayaks

(Vid links below)

You need a decent roll if you go surf kayaking.

I don't subscribe to a bomb proof roll - sooner or later, in the right set of circumstances (the 'perfect storm'), your roll will fail.

Usually I 'bomb out', once a year on average, but live to write this piece and collate this video.

Hope your surf kayaking is more thrills than (recoverable) spills

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.