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Stories and Incident Reports

“There are no new accidents, just new victims.”


Bellingham Bay photo from video and this story…………………………..

Reports from national marine rescue organizations usually include all types of rescues and not just ones involving surfskis. As such a number of the links collected here may just be starting points that you will have to narrow down further in your search specifically for surfski or downwinding related reports. But some of the collections such as the ones from or Whatcom Paddlers are almost exclusively related to surfskis and/or downwinding. Stories from websites that are not just primarily related to organized rescue tend to include a mix of safety related incidents, enjoyable paddles, and paddler musings.

Don't Shoot Our Messengers - Moulton Avery

Surfski and Downwinder Focused Stories

International Maritime Reports


New Zealand

South Africa

United States

Extreme Miller's Run - Can you see paddler lower right center? photo: safety gear article