Team Fat Paddler finds itself in that lovely part of the year between events, the time when there’s no real need to train for any particular event, just a period to relax and enjoy each other’s company. It’s a time when paddlers start considering new paddle craft, and for TFP that is largely about surfskis (especially for those of us still paddling kayaks).
Sydney’s Middle Harbour is a great place to try out a surfski (you can rent them at Sydney Harbour Kayaks easily enough), so we gathered a bit of a posse for a social paddle and surfski test session. We had quite a few ski newbies so I spent a little time at the beginning demonstrating remounts – in my experience, a much needed skill in the early days! Then it was off for a fun 3 hour paddle on the magnificent waters of Middle Harbour, complete with Coffee Boat experience of course!
Our surfski newbies had a great morning’s paddling with only a few rescues required, and of course the obligatory coffee and egg & bacon roll at the end! There are certainly worse ways to enjoy Spring. Cheers, FP