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Sydney Harbour dawn as Team Fat Paddler set-off for Manly

Practice Run for the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach

The Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach – 11.5km of open water racing on Sydney Harbour – is an annual institution on the Sydney paddling calendar. It starts under the iconic…

The dolphin watched us from below

Wild Dolphin Encounter at Shelly Beach, Manly

You never know when the ocean might throw up some magical experiences, and this morning around 6am we got one of the best when a wild little dolphin frolicked with…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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A Return to the Surf… or Paddling to Feel Alive

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about paddling, and the parts I love, as well as the parts I don’t love so much. In particular, I’ve thought a lot about…

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The Dawn Patrol – Surfing Short Boats and Surfskis

Manly Beach Australia, 5.30am, first days of Winter. In a word… it was COLD. But three paddlers braved the wind to get out at dawn for a session in the…

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Paddling Nirvana – Soul Surfing With A Friend

I’ve spent the past few months learning to paddle my Stellar SR surfski and taking part in races, whilst building a considerable rivalry with Nat from Sydneysurfski.com. Whilst the rivalry…

The sun breaking through the fog over North Head

Video: Dawn Paddle Through Sydney Fog

I’d planned a little trip out through the Heads and down towards Bondi, since the weather and sea conditions had forecast seas under 0.5 metres and only 5-10 knts of…

And we're off! Hundreds or paddles churn up the Harbour.

Bridge to Beach 2010

Timbo and I met up at Blues Point a little after 5.30am to start the logistics for competing in the Bridge to Beach event on Sydney Harbour. We had to…

Stand Up Paddlers at Manly Festival of Surf

Manly Beach is one of Sydney’s premier beaches, and yesterday hosted the Manly Festival of Surf.  It’s great to see the sport of Stand Up Paddling now accepted amongst the…