Category Archives: Rock Gardening

Don in Tsunami Ranger mode, somewhere on the US West Coast (photo credit: Jim Kakuk)

Paddling with Don Kiesling – Surfskier, Molokai Racer, Tsunami Ranger

So came the message from Don Kiesling, an avid surfskier from the US with numerous races under his belt including Molokai. He was far better known to me as a…

Dee in close to the rocks for the first time

Beginners Rock Gardening 101: Team Fat Paddler Get More Action Than They Bargained For

It’s hard to believe that’s it been a solid year since I last went rock gardening. Sure, I’ve been surfing my Stellar SR surfski amongst the rocks of the Bower…

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Video: Pushing the Limit with Neptune’s Rangers

Having spent the past year largely on my surfski, I’ve missed out on the rock gardening I did for much of the previous year. I love my ski and love…

Eric Breaks the Wave Barrier in a Tsunami X-1 Rocket (photo by Jim Kakuk)

Vale Eric Soares, The Wave Warrior

A few weeks ago the kayaking world was shocked to learn of the sudden passing of Eric Soares, co-founder of the Tsunami Rangers and well-loved extreme kayaker. This larger than…

A Neptune Ranger breaking the wave barrier on the Californian Coast

Rock Gardening Team Profile: Neptune’s Rangers

Back in March of 2011 those scallywags of the US west coast, the Tsunami Rangers, issued a challenge to find, scale and take a photo at the peak of “Neptune’s…

Midshipman Mike, stoked at catching his first wave. Woohoo!

Rock, Roll and Rescue with Team Fat Paddler

With a huge low pressure system sitting off Australia’s east coast, temperatures plummeted, rain poured down and the ocean swell jacked up to a massive 6 metres. Daily weather warnings…

Eric Soares meets a 4m wall of water. Photo by Jim Kakuk, who was reportedly HAMMERED by this wave a second after this shot was taken!

Q&A with Cmdr Eric Soares, Tsunami Rangers, on Kayak Surfing and Rock Gardens

The Tsunami Rangers are well know for their crazy antics in big surf, wild rock gardens and surfing in caves. This band of renegade paddlers spent many a year playing…

Cmon surf gods, bring it on. Geronimo!! (Image courtesy of Tsunami Rangers copyright 2011)

Video: Kayak Surfing, Tsunami Ranger Styles

Sydney’s weather today – ocean swell up to 3 metres, westerly gale force winds, coastal warnings for “large swell breaking dangerously onshore”. These conditions are dangerous and will keep many…

Lt Cmdr Gelo having a heap of fun at the newly named "Gelo Cliffs"

Team Fat Paddler farewells Lt Cmdr Gelo with some Rock Garden fun at Gelo Cliffs

A small contingent of Team Fat Paddler gathered at the The Spit to see off one of the team’s most popular members, Lt Cmdr Gelo. After a year paddling canoes…

The Aquanaut was a great boat to learn to rock garden in. Tough, stable, and fun!

Rock Gardens are like the Ocean, never turn your back on them – a painful lesson for Fat Paddler

It started off well. Mike, Lt. Gelo and I met at Sydney Harbour Kayaks at the start of a magnificent Saturday morning. We kitted up in protective gear – wetsuits,…

A tough morning's paddle in paradise.

An introduction to paddling fun, Fat Paddler styles

Last weekend I hit the water with Sydney paddler Mike, a random fella I met via the FatPaddler.com Facebook page.  I didn’t know much about him other than he’d paddled…

Lt. Gelo catches his first ever wave in a kayak. Nice!

Video: Rock Surfing with FP and Gelo

Beautiful weather called for an early morning paddle, with Lt. Gelo and I both keen to get amongst the rocks. After a quick paddle from Sydney Harbour Kayaks to Grotto…

You gotta fight! For your right! To paaaaaaddle! (Img: Tsunami Rangers)

Tsunami Rangers Greatest Hits Mash-Up

I’ve been as excited as a fat kid with a cupcake all week with the release of the Beastie Boys long-awaited new album, HOTSAUCECOMMITTEEPARTTWO. I’ve been a fan of the…

Captain Kuk leads the way for some serious fun in Sydney Australia

Video: Team Fat Paddler does a Rock Garden Class with Tsunami Rangers Captain Jim Kakuk

Team Fat Paddler are all about fun and the lads were ecstatic about locking in a session with Tsunami Rangers Captain Jim Kakuk before he returned to his home in…