Category Archives: Travel

Mauritius - the greatest paddling backdrop ever?? (Img credit: Rob Mousley)

Mauritius Ocean Classic 2013 – Race Day

TFP member Nat continues his adventure in Mauritius… After spending most of the week pushed to the limit of my ability in large swells on one hand and headwinds on…

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Mauritius Ocean Classic 2013 Pt2: Sporty’s Relay

Another post from TFP member Nat whilst in Mauritius! Paddling in a beautiful tropical location like Mauritius with crystal clear warm waters and great runs is every paddlers’ idea of…

Paddling with legends such as Dean Gardiner, one of the great parts of Mauritius

Mauritius Ocean Classic 2013 Part 1: Training in Huge Seas

Story from Nat Bradford, posting live from Mauritius “It doesn’t look as big as the first day last year” I said somewhat incorrectly. Sitting on the beach with Dean Gardiner…

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Sea Kayaking in New Zealand with KASK

Some time ago I received an invite from the Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers (KASK) to fly across The Ditch and speak at their annual KASK Forum weekend away, to…

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2012 Top Ten Viewed Stories on Events, Travel & Adventures

Team Fat Paddler is all about fun, adventure, and perhaps a spot of paddling travel. Each year we take on some big charity events, do some crazy challenges to push…

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Paddlemag Edition 2 – Out Now, complete with Team Fat Paddler Mauritius Shamaal Goodness

Something really exciting has happened in the world of kayaking recently – the launch 4 months back here in Australia of the e-magazine Paddlemag. It covers stories across all paddling…

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Remembering Bali Ten Years On

I found myself sitting at work, exactly ten years to the day since I was in Bali that fateful day, with my mind wandering to the bad times. I’ve never…

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Paddling the Northern Territory Part 2

Fat Paddler hits the Northern Territory! (continued from Part 1) by Nat Bradford Dawn on day two was spectacular. The crisp evening gave way to sunrise and the mist rose…

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Video Post: Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta

Barmy beer can boating in the balmy tropical North Winter in Australia’s Southern states is a hard time for paddlers. The sun rises only reluctantly, and does little to warm…

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Mauritius Ocean Classic 2012 Pt4 – The Video

It’s been just over a week now since the 2012 Mauritius Ocean Classic and I’ve had some time to think about the event and what it meant to me. What…

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Mauritius Ocean Classic 2012 Pt3 – Island Shamaal

It’s been seven months since I first entertained the idea of trying to participate in the Mauritius Island Shamaal – seven months of training, dieting, learning to paddle a surfski…

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Mauritius Ocean Classic 2012 Pt2 – Sporty’s Dash

Our first downwind race, and both Nat and I awoke early (4am) feeling sick with nerves. The official pre-Shamaal Race, known as Sporty’s Downwind Dash (named after a paddling character…

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Mauritius Ocean Classic 2012 Pt1 – The Practice Run

It’s quite the journey from Sydney to Mauritius, with the Team Fat Paddler crew of Nat, Josh and your’s truly arriving after 20 hours of door to door travel. But…

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Paddling the Northern Territory Part 1

Guest Post by Nat Bradford representing Team Fat Paddler in Australia’s top end In his usual casual way, Fat Paddler dropped a casual email a few weeks ago asking if…