Books in the SURFSKI series provide technical detail and practical know-how, making understanding surfski easy.

There can be a lot to think about when learning a sport, and this is especially true of kayak paddling. The consistency and depth of the content makes them an accepted single-source of material to learn kayak paddling in general, and surfski in particular.

SURFSKI: With the Pros contains the surfski basics, providing the platform for expanded content under these titles:
SURFSKI: Paddling Downwind
SURFSKI: Perfecting your Technique
SURFSKI: Surviving at Sea
SURFSKI: Training for Performance
SURFSKI: Winning the Races

Kevin Brunette is the author and South Easter Communications the publisher.

with the pros - learning the essential surfski technical detail and practical know-how

SURFSKI: With the Pros

SURFSKI: With the Pros contains reference material you can use to fast track the learning process to becoming a proficient surfski paddler. It will boost your know-how from the moment you put a craft on flat water to engaging in ocean racing events on the open sea.

The content provides a springboard for progress, from keeping balance, group and bunch paddling to harnessing the power and rhythm of wind driven swell in a downwind endeavour. It includes guidelines on the craft and wing blade to use for your mode of paddling, also covering the basic safety issues relevant to the sport.

The book features Nikki Mocke and Dawid Mocke, who have played a major role in evolving surfski, through competing in events at an elite level and instruction given through the Surfski School in Fish Hoek, South Africa. It contains the basic technical detail and practical know-how you would expect an expert coach to teach you, making understudying surfski easy. There is plenty to learn and building on what you know, you can soon make meaningful progress in your paddling technique.

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surfski paddling downwind - unravelling the secrets

SURFSKI: Paddling Downwind

SURFSKI: Paddling Downwind is directed at individuals keen to unravel the secrets of surfing ahead of wind driven swell. It takes considerable skill to anticipate the swell patterns and then exploit the heaving peaks and troughs, but the outcome is being able to link one run with the next. When surfing swell, you can move as fast as its energy travels through the water, sometimes faster.

The sea has unrelenting power, demanding courage and precise timing to negotiate a safe downwind passage. Many complex factors come into consideration, including the swell speed, direction and size, and the interaction between wind and ocean swell. The wind direction, strength and gust strength are further factors. The downwind efficiency of the craft used is also a determining factor, as is your confidence on open water.

A downwind activity in unfavourable conditions will test your full range of competencies, including your mental resolve and self-sufficiency. Proficiency in downwind might seem a distant goal that you strive for, but find difficult to realise. With competency, you can experience the freedom offered by the open ocean, with its never-ending changes and challenges.

The book covers the information necessary to engage in a downwind activity, from forecasting the conditions, what to do before venturing onto the water, anticipating and catching swell, linking runs to taking the best line towards the take out point. It incorporates guidelines on using an efficient downwind craft, and the actions that promote and limit achieving speed, such as when to put in effort, overshooting into a trough and broaching, all with the objective of enhancing your downwind performance and experience.

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surfski perfecting your technique - acquiring technical and practical know-how

SURFSKI: Perfecting your Technique

SURFSKI: Perfecting your Technique is aimed at paddlers keen to evolve their stroking action, with the objective of improving stability and attaining boat speed. A perfect technique, one that is smooth and effortless is the dream of every paddler and once achieved, draws the attention and admiration of paddling peers.

Because there is plenty to learn, it is sensible developing decent technique from the outset. Once a movement is embedded into muscle memory, it can take drawn out interventions to deconstruct and rebuild into a textbook perfect stroke. Style can depend on the conditions in which you are mostly active, such as downwind or flat water, and your emphasis on endurance or speed.

Key to achieving a perfect technique is to use a craft and wing bladed paddle appropriate to your paddling personality. These must support your level of competency and at the same time provide a springboard for optimisation. Good technique sets the best paddlers apart from the rest.

The book covers technical detail and guidelines on setting up a platform for technique, from selecting a craft and wing bladed paddle to pulling in the direction that delivers the most power. It covers sitting correctly, setting paddle length and feather angle, rotation and leg drives, stroke rate, maximising boat speed, visualisation and working with a coach.

Also included are guidelines on boat-on-boat comparisons, making way upwind and synchronising with a doubles partner, all with the purpose of fast-tracking the learning process.

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surfski surviving at sea - taking the necessary precautions

SURFSKI: Surviving at Sea

SURFSKI: Surviving at Sea is an essential reference applicable to every individual that puts his or her craft to sea for competition, training or recreation. Just being on a surfski attracts risk when crossing the surf zone and venturing away from the safety of shore. In doing this, you can either choose to be ignorant of the risks or take the necessary precautions to stay safe.

Even though a surfski is a versatile craft on open water, venturing offshore demands a unique set of skills and a heightened awareness of the environment. It is undertaken in sea and wind conditions that demand ongoing respect. There are particular principles you have to observe, each of which contributes to keeping safe and avoiding unnecessary drama.

Depending on the conditions and your paddling competencies, it becomes your decision to venture out or observe the proceedings from shore. Crucially, you have to identify the situations where caution is mandatory and the spaces to avoid, perhaps intermittently clicking into safety mode.

The book includes guidelines from using boat and paddle leashes to communicating distress and firing flares. It includes detail on coping with strong wind and big swell, and taking lines around rocks and reefs. It covers confidence building, setting limits, avoiding hypothermia and how to respond when encountering a shark. There is information on keeping balance, remounting, self-sufficiency and undertaking a self-rescue, all with the purpose of enhancing your offshore experience.

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surfski training for performance - elevating your paddling potential

SURFSKI: Training for Performance

SURFSKI: Training for Performance is directed at individuals keen to elevate their paddling potential through training and related endeavours. The objective is to enhance fitness and endurance, preparing to do your best in competition or recreation.

The major aspect about training is only you can do it. Even with a coach, no one is going to stand over you day-after-day, tracking your heart rate and making sure that you take sufficient sustenance. Only you can undertake the necessary hours and are adequately prepared, ready to compete at your full potential. The training regime for a sport of a physical nature is distinct, and this applies especially to surfski.

A well-structured program produces a platform for the steady realisation of a paddling goal, promoting consistency in training and ultimately event performance. Once a program is functioning and customised to your seasonal cycle and event calendar, it takes the uncertainty and guesswork out of activities.

The book covers practical know-how from setting goals to working with a coach. There are guidelines on training rules, training volumes, weekly routines, creating a support structure, undertaking intervals and cross training. The basics of nutrition are also covered, as is injury prevention, overtraining, rehabilitation and tracking progress, all with the purpose of enhancing your physical preparedness and ability to perform.

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surfski winning the races - reinforcing and expanding your ocean racing skills

SURFSKI: Winning the Races

SURFSKI: Winning the Races is ideal for individuals wanting to step onto the podium or just keen to be more competitive against their paddling peers. It is a thrill to cross a finish line in front of a knowledgeable and responsive crowd. Podium steps are reserved for those athletes putting in the effort and continually attaining their full potential.

Performing well in an event and replicating this in subsequent outings requires deliberate preparation, application and skill. There is no magic formula that guarantees success or even to becoming a leading contender.

Achieving a win is not realistic at every outing, but when it is your turn, all the hard work and sacrifices become worthwhile. An excellent performance is seldom a random fluke. Even for an expert ocean racer, purposeful physical and mental application is a prerequisite to achieving successful outcome. Winning is a result that only you can experience; it cannot be shared.

The book contains information on achieving consistency in performance, from preparing adequately, completing training distances, formulating tactics to devising a sustenance plan. Included are the important issues of getting away at the start, pacing your effort, rounding marker buoys, bunch paddling and taking the best line to the finish. It also incorporates guidelines on assessing performance, with the purpose of reinforcing and expanding your ocean racing skills.

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Contact Tracy on 071 174 3099 or email tracy@paddleexperience.co.za for more details.

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