Monthly Archives: September 2009

Stand Up Paddler - Image courtesy www.wozthatyou.com (c)

Surf Paddlers with www.WozThatYou.com

Doug, A mate of mine on the northern beaches of Sydney, gets up before sunrise each morning and lugs his impressive camera gear down to whatever beach is working best….

Paddling with US writer JF Englert

I met Jonathan whilst out on a gentle paddle to Balmoral and we had since organised to catch up for a kayak on Middle Harbour.  Meeting at the very respectable…

Shannon paddles a Boréal Design Alvik - Chinamans Beach

Shannon from Sydney Harbour Kayaks

It was a crazy day to head out kayaking – 35 knot winds, gale-force gusts and white-capped breakers on Middle Harbour. But tucked in behind the Spit Bridge is my…

Four Paddlers of the Apocalypse

Sydney-siders awoke this morning to what appeared to be Armageddon.  The skies at 5.30am were fire-red and thick with dust, the early stages of what has turned into a full-blown…

Storm Runner

Sydney in Spring can offer up beautiful sunny days, and horrendous tropical storms. And occassionally, both on the same day! On this particular day I’d spent hours drenched in glorious…

Spring sunshine and clear waters

Spring in Sydney is a sensational thing, and there’s no better way to experience it than getting out on Sydney Harbour.  As soon as I got the kayak onto the…

Bloody big Panasonic flat-screens with photos of Alaska

Alaskan Kayaking Photography Exhibit

I recently submitted ten of my Alaskan kayaking photographs to a competition and won a place in their final exhibition, held in the Global Gallery in Paddington, Sydney. For a…

Folbot Cooper, Greenland Paddle, Sydney Harbour

It’s embarrassing to admit this, but last week I forgot that my BD Nanook was still on the roof of my car as I drove into the garage. Imagine my…

Sunset on the Alaska Railroad

Great Journeys: Alaska Railroad

To finish off my Alaska series, I wanted to mention the journey between Anchorage and Seward via the Alaska Railway. This magnificent railway trip, whilst for me a matter of…

Paddle Review: Aussie-made CohoKayak Greenland Paddle

Let me start this review by saying I had no previous attachment to Greenland Paddles, other than the fact I thought they were curious objects d’art. I’d previously reviewed a…

Balmoral Blast with Dez Blanchfield

You don’t need to kayak on Sydney Harbour for long before you realise which paddling sport has become really popular. You’re cruising along at a nice pace through dawn waters…

Fat Paddler trying to balance the Fenn XT

Fenn XT Racing Ocean Ski – a lesson in how to swim

Trialling a racing ski has been in the back of my mind for some time, and whilst at the Balmoral Blast race event this morning, paddling mate Olli offered to…

Amazing coastline, Resurrection Bay Alaska

Alaska: Kayakers Cove

My final kayaking experience in Alaska took me to the south-east end of Resurrection Bay and a hostel known as Kayakers Cove. This cabin in the woods is really basic…

The rugged coast of Resurrection Bay

Alaska: Watertaxi on Resurrection Bay

Alaska is a huge state with a small population, 75% of which live in one town, Anchorage. The rest of the state is remote and largely inaccessible unless you have…