Fat Paddler talks about weight loss, nutrition and training to be a better paddler

The Long Journey from Fat Paddler to Healthy Paddler

Friends of FatPaddler.com will have noticed the site has been fairly quiet of late. My focus has shifted somewhat away from the light weekly adventures of old for something a…

The Lifestart Kayak for Kids 2014 - A Great Paddle on a Great Harbour for a Great Cause

Lifestart Kayak for Kids – 30 March 2014

Sydney Harbour will be the backdrop for Lifestart’s Kayak for Kids, an annual fundraising event to be held on Sunday, 30 March 2014. Lifestart is inviting people of all ages…

FP steams towards Manly, enjoying the sunshine and gentle conditions

Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach 2014 Ocean Surfski Race

The annual Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach surfski & SUP race is one of those events that gets talked about all year round. In the past few years the weather…

Sydney Harbour dawn as Team Fat Paddler set-off for Manly

Practice Run for the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach

The Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach – 11.5km of open water racing on Sydney Harbour – is an annual institution on the Sydney paddling calendar. It starts under the iconic…

Fenn Nelo Doctor Ocean Race Jan 2014 (Pic courtesy OceanPaddler.com)

The Fenn Nelo Doctor Ocean Race on again in 2014

In a surprise announcement this week, Fenn Nelo Doctor Ocean Race Director Dean Gardiner announced a shift to the timing for this iconic annual event on the World Surfski Series…

Fat Squad - surfski training on Sydney's North Shore

FAT SQUAD: surfski training with Team Fat Paddler

There’s been an interesting development (or is that evolution?) within Team Fat Paddler. Many of the crew have made the switch from kayaker to surfski paddler, and gradually their goals…

The dolphin watched us from below

Wild Dolphin Encounter at Shelly Beach, Manly

You never know when the ocean might throw up some magical experiences, and this morning around 6am we got one of the best when a wild little dolphin frolicked with…

Fat Paddler Best of 2013

Video: Fat Paddler Best of 2013

It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by, and with the dawn of a new year we get the chance to look back and reflect. For me personally…

Rockin the Hayden Fat Boy in stormy wind chop and surf

Wet and Wild Surfski Paddling on the Hayden Fat Boy

The call went out for the Team Fat Paddler crew to get some surf in at a distant southern Sydney break where the waves are long, green and easy (and…

The Mirage 583 Freeride sea kayak

First Look: Mirage 583 Freeride Sea Kayak

It’s been some time since I’ve paddled sea kayaks as I’ve been paddling surfskis for the past few years, but today I got to experience a very different type of…

Jostling for pole position in the Wenonah

Mission Accomplished – Hawkesbury Canoe Classic 2013

The 111km Hawkesbury Canoe Classic is tough for all competitors. It’s not just the distance, it’s the challenge of doing if throughout the night when your body thinks, quite adamantly,…

Trying to stay on the Hayden Fat Boy in cross-chop... not easy!

A New Paddling Challenge: Switching to Spec Skis

At the start of 2012 I started to paddle surfskis for the first time. Over the following couple of years I fell in love with them – the speed through…

Adventurethon

Adventurethon – Paddling, Trail Running, MTB Riding

These days there are plenty of events to cater to the adventure needs of the outdoors lover. From the small fun-runs to the multi-day endurance events, there’s a myriad of…

Spec Ski Paddling - Manly Beach

Surfski Inspiration: The Surf Lifesaving Movement

After a fun session surfing my Stellar SR ocean surfski at my favourite Manly break, I dropped down to the Manly LSC with a camera to absorb the activity that Spring…