Category Archives: Surfing

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…

Surfski paddlers on the horizon on an early-morning training run down along the northern beaches

Another Surfski Rookie Discovers the Joy of Surf

I didn’t realise how important the ocean had become to my mental well-being until a week ago when my wife insisted I take my surfski out for a surf. I’d…

Charging green lumps at Manly

A Winter Surf Snapshot From Manly Australia

Winter is upon us in Australia and the morning feels Arctic, but there’s no doubt it can be a beautiful time of the year here in Sydney. I managed to…

Running the slot in the hunt for the greenroom

Surfski Surfing: Shooting the Slot in the Hunt for the Greenroom

We’re so blessed here on Australia’s east coast, where those of us who love the beat of the ocean get to play in good surf most weeks. I love taking the…

FP and Ben get on the party wave together

The Team Fat Paddler surfski crew take on the Autumn swell

One of the best parts of paddling in a team is that everyone gets to benefit from the group. Experienced paddlers and surfers get to help out the less experienced…

Team Fat Paddler member Mick Rees testing the Fenn Blue Fin

Surfski Review: Fenn Blue-fin Beginners Ocean Racing Ski

Team Fat Paddler’s southern NSW paddler Mick Rees has fallen in love with the Fenn Blue-Fin. Find out why in his review below. Cheers, FP One of the traits of…

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…

A Sydney Sunrise - the Bower right hand point break, Manly Australia

The Paddlers Lottery: Stay Warm In Bed or Risk the Weather Warning

No-one else wanted to come, even my wife questioned my sanity. A change was coming into Sydney bringing strong winds, dangerous surf and pretty foul conditions. Just the day before…

Surfski Surfing at Stormy Grotto Point

Surfski Surfing the Storm Chop at Grotto Point

The weekend had been set aside for the iconic Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach race, but another round of late-Summer storms hit the east coast of Australia with a vengeance,…

Big surf at the Bower

Paddle Surfers vs Board Surfers: The Battle of Manly

Manly Beach, Sydney. It’s an iconic Aussie coastal spot with great surf and miles of pristine sandy beach. It is also the home of our local paddle surf spot, a…

Paddling storm surges on the east coast of Australia

Storm Paddling the Remnants of Cyclone Oswald on the Australian East Coast

Two years ago the northern Australian state of Queensland was battered by torrential rain leading to one of the worst floods in Australian history, with an area the size of…

Early morning surf at the Bower point break, Manly Beach

Video: A Rescue, Some Surf, & Some Trashings – Just another Team Fat Paddler Surfski Surf Session

With Team Fat Paddler, whilst it looks mostly about fun, it’s also about team work. In our latest outing we not only got to experience some fun waves and a…

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Video: A Surf Lesson with Balls (aka Scaring Freddie)

Summer is always mixed down here in Sydney – some days the surf is great, other days it just flattens out and we’re better off watching the cricket on TV….

Team Fat Paddler - friends who surf together, stay together

Video: TFP Tribe Surfing – Fear, Fun and Friendship

5.45am and the “tribe” is there – 5 paddlers on surfskis, one on a sea kayak, and one on a longboard. This is Manly Australia, home of the oldest surf…