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-====== South Africa ======+====== South Africa ​Surfski ​======
  
 [Add information and links about your surfski community here. Look at [[:​bellingham|Bellingham,​ WA, USA]] for a template, or create your own.] [Add information and links about your surfski community here. Look at [[:​bellingham|Bellingham,​ WA, USA]] for a template, or create your own.]
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 There are many extreme conditions that regularly occur in the ocean waters along South Africa'​s coastline. Most experienced local paddlers are familiar with the hazards in their back yard. But some risks can be deceptive, not visually apparent, and not always easy to anticipate or adequately gauge even for knowledgeable paddlers. One example is described by Rob ([[https://​www.surfski.info/​latest-news/​story/​1719/​fatal-surfski-accident-in-cape-town.html|surfski.info post]]) in discussing the possible causes of a 2021 fatality in the waters off of Cape Town: There are many extreme conditions that regularly occur in the ocean waters along South Africa'​s coastline. Most experienced local paddlers are familiar with the hazards in their back yard. But some risks can be deceptive, not visually apparent, and not always easy to anticipate or adequately gauge even for knowledgeable paddlers. One example is described by Rob ([[https://​www.surfski.info/​latest-news/​story/​1719/​fatal-surfski-accident-in-cape-town.html|surfski.info post]]) in discussing the possible causes of a 2021 fatality in the waters off of Cape Town:
  
-"The southeaster blows directly offshore on the Atlantic coastline, and it can appear deceptively calm in the lee of the shore, close to the rocks. But a few hundred meters out to sea, the wind, accelerating down the mountainside,​ can be lashing the water with squalls of 50kt or more. And of course, those howling squalls can arrive without warning, as the southeaster grows in strength. +<WRAP center round important 98%>\\ 
- +"The southeaster blows directly offshore on the Atlantic coastline, and it can appear deceptively calm in the lee of the shore, close to the rocks. But a few hundred meters out to sea, the wind, accelerating down the mountainside,​ can be lashing the water with squalls of 50kt or more. And of course, those howling squalls can arrive without warning, as the southeaster grows in strength. So, it’s possible for a paddler to feel safe in the sheltered water close to the rocks, but in extreme danger from the maelstrom of wind and spray, just a few hundred meters offshore. Adding to the risk is the water temperature. Strong southeasters cause upwellings of cold water: as the warmer surface layer is blown offshore, it’s replaced by frigid water flowing up from the deep."\\ 
-So, it’s possible for a paddler to feel safe in the sheltered water close to the rocks, but in extreme danger from the maelstrom of wind and spray, just a few hundred meters offshore. +</​WRAP>​\\
- +
-Adding to the risk is the water temperature. Strong southeasters cause upwellings of cold water: as the warmer surface layer is blown offshore, it’s replaced by frigid water flowing up from the deep."​ +
 Rob's discussion in the above post goes on to remind readers about critically important communication equipment that can make a difference when paddlers are caught in conditions beyond their ability to paddle out of. Rob's discussion in the above post goes on to remind readers about critically important communication equipment that can make a difference when paddlers are caught in conditions beyond their ability to paddle out of.
  
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-===== Downwinders ​=====+===== Downwind/​Paddles ​=====
  
 <WRAP indent> <WRAP indent>
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 ==== Durban Area ==== ==== Durban Area ====
 +
 +----
 +
 +<WRAP centeralign>​
 +
 +**Dolphin Escort**
 +
 + ​{{youtube>​Y8ta3E6-fVY}}
 +
 +.
 +
 +</​WRAP>​
  
 <WRAP indent> <WRAP indent>
 +
 +----
  
 Robin Mousley on **Durban vs. Cape Town**: "This kind of paddling (Durban downwinding) has a different flavour to the downwinds that we do over here in Cape Town. The runs tend to be bigger and longer and fast and the water'​s much warmer than ours. We tend to be nervous of the surf when we go to Durban; when they come here they always exclaim how cold the water is!" Robin Mousley on **Durban vs. Cape Town**: "This kind of paddling (Durban downwinding) has a different flavour to the downwinds that we do over here in Cape Town. The runs tend to be bigger and longer and fast and the water'​s much warmer than ours. We tend to be nervous of the surf when we go to Durban; when they come here they always exclaim how cold the water is!"
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 **Downwinds** **Downwinds**
  
-   * **Tiffany'​s Beach (Salt Rock- Umdloti** ​ approx. 25 km [[https://​youtu.be/​OTbt6gCPRh8|video]],​ [[https://​youtu.be/​q-AU7LMxnRA|video2]] +   * **Tiffany'​s Beach/Salt Rock - Umdloti** ​ approx. 25 km [[https://​youtu.be/​OTbt6gCPRh8|video]],​ [[https://​youtu.be/​q-AU7LMxnRA|video2]] 
-  * **Durban Point Waterfront/​Point Beach/​Addington Beach **  at the southern end of the "​Golden Mile" of Durban harbor beachfront there is a km or so where paddlers traditionally put in or take out for downwinders along the beach that is protected by a submerged reef. There are various get together sites such as "​Marine"​ (Marine Lifesaving Club), "​Vetchies"​ (Vetch'​s Pier) and "​DUC"​ (Durban Undersea Club), but they all represent the same launch beach.+  * **Durban Point Waterfront/​Point Beach/​Addington Beach **  at the southern end of the "​Golden Mile" of Durban harbor beachfront there is a km or so where paddlers traditionally put in or take out for downwinders along the beach that is protected by a submerged reef. There are various get together sites such as "​Marine"​ (Marine Lifesaving Club), "​Vetchies"​ (Vetch'​s Pier) and "​DUC"​ (Durban Undersea Club), but they all represent the same general ​launch beach area.
 <WRAP centeralign>​{{:​locales:​southafrica:​pointbeach.jpg?​direct&​500x91|pointbeach.jpg}} <WRAP centeralign>​{{:​locales:​southafrica:​pointbeach.jpg?​direct&​500x91|pointbeach.jpg}}
  
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 </​WRAP>​ </​WRAP>​
  
 +  * **Durban Undersea Club**
 +      * **DUC - Hawaan **18 km [[https://​youtu.be/​9lr_pWW2SzE|video]]
   * **Marine Lifesaving Club**   * **Marine Lifesaving Club**
-      * **Marine - Durban View** ​ 16 km in either direction see [[https://​downwindable.com/​marine-to-durban-view|Downwindable.com]] 
       * **Marine - Umdloti **23.6 km [[https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=niMKXEEVDFw|video]]       * **Marine - Umdloti **23.6 km [[https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=niMKXEEVDFw|video]]
-      * **Marine - Umhlanga**  ​15 km[[https://​youtu.be/​NoKIZsXa6Eo|video]]+      * **Marine - Umhlanga**  ​16 km [[https://​youtu.be/​NoKIZsXa6Eo|video]] ​([[https://​downwindable.com/​marine-to-durban-view|Downwindable.com]] Durban View Car Park is in Umhlanga)
       * **Marine - La Mercy **28+ km?       * **Marine - La Mercy **28+ km?
 +      * **Marine - Salt Rock **45+ km [[https://​youtu.be/​a-KLv3xYYuU|video]]
       * **Marine - Toti (Amanzimtoti****) **32 km?       * **Marine - Toti (Amanzimtoti****) **32 km?
-      ​* **Marine - Salt Rock **45+ km [[https://​youtu.be/​a-KLv3xYYuU|video]] +  ​* **Vetch'​s Pier**
-  * **Vetchies**+
       * **Vetchies - Westbrook **33 km [[https://​youtu.be/​2KmoriMiPts|video]]       * **Vetchies - Westbrook **33 km [[https://​youtu.be/​2KmoriMiPts|video]]
       * **Umhlanga - Vetchies **18-19 km (counting several kms out into the bay to lineup for NE swell) [[https://​youtu.be/​JmqeX6fxa0k|video]]       * **Umhlanga - Vetchies **18-19 km (counting several kms out into the bay to lineup for NE swell) [[https://​youtu.be/​JmqeX6fxa0k|video]]
   * **Scottsburg - Winklespruit (Winkle)** ​ 25 km   * **Scottsburg - Winklespruit (Winkle)** ​ 25 km
-  * [[https://​youtu.be/​Y8ta3E6-fVY|Dolphin Escort]] 
- 
 **Surf** **Surf**
  
-  * **Durban area** [[https://​youtu.be/​VnYY4FRJbXQ?​t=152|beach surf break video]] from **Scottburgh to Brighton Beach race** ​​​​​​​​+  * **Durban area** [[https://​youtu.be/​VnYY4FRJbXQ?​t=152|beach surf break video]] from **Scottburgh to Brighton Beach race**
   * **The Mound **is a sand bank surf break offshore from Durban which can produce steep, fast waves when the swell is big enough ​ [[https://​www.surfski.info/​latest-news/​story/​79/​surfing-the-mound-durban-south-africa.html|Surfski.info]]   * **The Mound **is a sand bank surf break offshore from Durban which can produce steep, fast waves when the swell is big enough ​ [[https://​www.surfski.info/​latest-news/​story/​79/​surfing-the-mound-durban-south-africa.html|Surfski.info]]
       * [[https://​youtu.be/​SymqH2VZh3w|Surfing the Mound in a double]], [[https://​youtu.be/​vSsaVQ1VE-Y|Surfing the Mound in a V7]]       * [[https://​youtu.be/​SymqH2VZh3w|Surfing the Mound in a double]], [[https://​youtu.be/​vSsaVQ1VE-Y|Surfing the Mound in a V7]]
- \\ 
  
 **Local Safety Concerns** **Local Safety Concerns**
  
-  * Portuguese man-of-war - typically ​in the summer+  * Portuguese man-of-war - more common in beach areas in the summer ​with strong northeast winds and/or high tides, commonly known as "​[[https://​www.news24.com/​parent/​child_7-12/​development/​health_safety/​blue-bottles-and-blue-bottle-stings-20120221|bluebottles]]"​
   * Shore Break   * Shore Break
  
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 ===== Eastern Cape (Oos-Kaap) ===== ===== Eastern Cape (Oos-Kaap) =====
  
-  * **East London (home of Fenn)**+  * **East London (home of ** [[https://​www.fennkayaks.com/​|Fenn]]**)**
       * **Orient Beach - Yellow Sands** ​ ~23 km ([[:​peter_martin_course|Pete Marlin Race Course]])       * **Orient Beach - Yellow Sands** ​ ~23 km ([[:​peter_martin_course|Pete Marlin Race Course]])
       * [[http://​wavenet.csir.co.za/​OnlineData/​EastLondon/​eastlondonwaveD.htm|Wave Data]]       * [[http://​wavenet.csir.co.za/​OnlineData/​EastLondon/​eastlondonwaveD.htm|Wave Data]]
       * [[http://​www.satides.co.za/​common/​scripts/​weekAhead/?​loc=rsa_el|Tides]]       * [[http://​www.satides.co.za/​common/​scripts/​weekAhead/?​loc=rsa_el|Tides]]
-  * **Port Elizabeth (home of Carbonology)**+  * **Port Elizabeth (home of ** [[https://​carbonologysport.com/​|Carbonology ​Sport]]**)**
       * [[:​cape_recife|Cape Recife]]       * [[:​cape_recife|Cape Recife]]
       * **Noordhoek - Bushy Park** ​ (Sardinia Bay Beach?) approx. 16 km       * **Noordhoek - Bushy Park** ​ (Sardinia Bay Beach?) approx. 16 km
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       * **Aston Bay - Seekoei River Mouth**       * **Aston Bay - Seekoei River Mouth**
       * **Canal Harbour - Walskipper Restaurant**       * **Canal Harbour - Walskipper Restaurant**
-  * **Cape St. Francis ** [[https://​youtu.be/​b4JFmQ6J7XQ|surf video]]+  * **Cape St. Francis ** [[https://​youtu.be/​b4JFmQ6J7XQ|surf video]], [[https://​youtu.be/​CjgLqGMAIOc|surf video2]]
   * …   * …
  
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 +==== Knysna ====
 +
 +  * Home of [[http://​www.knysnaracingkayaks.com/​surf-skis/​|Knysna Racing]]
 +  * [[https://​youtu.be/​QGtArv_iikI|training video]]
 +  * **Surf**
 +      * [[https://​youtu.be/​9lKX9YZgqjc|Knysna Heads Surfing]]
  
 ==== Witsand ==== ==== Witsand ====
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   * **Breede (Breë) River Mouth** [[https://​youtu.be/​JhYbZXEYOmY|video]]   * **Breede (Breë) River Mouth** [[https://​youtu.be/​JhYbZXEYOmY|video]]
 ==== Cape Town Area ==== ==== Cape Town Area ====
 +
 +<WRAP indent>
 +
 +=== Downwinds/​Paddles ===
  
   * **3 Anchor Bay to Barkers Rock**   * **3 Anchor Bay to Barkers Rock**
   * **Milnerton**   * **Milnerton**
-      * **Lagoon Beach to Melkbos** ​ 21 km+      * **Lagoon Beach to Melkbos** ​ 21 km [[https://​youtu.be/​ysMqdWqPgS4|video]]
       * **Lagoon Beach to Big Bay**  10 -11 km - The season for this run is best in the October-February months during South Africa'​s summer season. During these months the side shore winds tend to howl along the west coast of South Africa, making this a great spot for downwinders. [[https://​downwindable.com/​milnerton-run|Downwindable.com]][[https://​youtu.be/​sBcJXFGpE_M|video]]       * **Lagoon Beach to Big Bay**  10 -11 km - The season for this run is best in the October-February months during South Africa'​s summer season. During these months the side shore winds tend to howl along the west coast of South Africa, making this a great spot for downwinders. [[https://​downwindable.com/​milnerton-run|Downwindable.com]][[https://​youtu.be/​sBcJXFGpE_M|video]]
       * [[https://​youtu.be/​Dwf5hmftjXs|Bay Surf video]]       * [[https://​youtu.be/​Dwf5hmftjXs|Bay Surf video]]
 +
 +<WRAP centeralign>​
 +
 +**{{:​locales:​southafrica:​milnerton.jpg?​direct&​400x117|milnerton.jpg}}**
 +
 +Beach at Milnerton Life Saving Club - photo Stuart Edmonstone
 +
 +----
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 +</​WRAP>​
 +
   * **False Bay**   * **False Bay**
       * **Gordon'​s Bay - Strand** ​ ~8 km [[https://​youtu.be/​ixD_fhlorLo|video]]       * **Gordon'​s Bay - Strand** ​ ~8 km [[https://​youtu.be/​ixD_fhlorLo|video]]
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   * **Fish Hoek**   * **Fish Hoek**
       * **Miller'​s Run**  approx 11.5 km **Miller'​s Point to Fish Hoek** [[https://​downwindable.com/​millers-run|Downwindable.com]]       * **Miller'​s Run**  approx 11.5 km **Miller'​s Point to Fish Hoek** [[https://​downwindable.com/​millers-run|Downwindable.com]]
-      * **Reverse Miller'​s Run ** [[https://​downwindable.com/​reverse-millers-run|Downwindable.com]]+      * **Reverse Miller'​s Run ** [[https://​downwindable.com/​reverse-millers-run|Downwindable.com]][[https://​youtu.be/​EAh83l9CFDc|video]]
       * **Sea Dog Lap Course **Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club [[https://​downwindable.com/​the-seadog-lap-course|Downwindable.com]]       * **Sea Dog Lap Course **Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club [[https://​downwindable.com/​the-seadog-lap-course|Downwindable.com]]
 <WRAP centeralign>​ <WRAP centeralign>​
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 {{youtube>​56_U5NegGIQ}} {{youtube>​56_U5NegGIQ}}
 +
 +Reverse Buffels
  
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   * **Rooi Els to Strand Run **22 km [[https://​downwindable.com/​false-bay-crossingd18dbece|Downwindable.com]]   * **Rooi Els to Strand Run **22 km [[https://​downwindable.com/​false-bay-crossingd18dbece|Downwindable.com]]
   * **Platboom Beach - Kommetjie** ​ 27 km [[https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=fj-xtU44xXo|video]]   * **Platboom Beach - Kommetjie** ​ 27 km [[https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=fj-xtU44xXo|video]]
-**Langebaan**+=== Surf === 
 +  ​* **Crayfish Factory ​**- [[https://​www.wannasurf.com/​spot/​Africa/​South_Africa/​Cape_Town/​crayfish_factory/​index.html|Wannasurf page]] - with much of a swell this is probably a bit on the [[https://​youtu.be/​SqtvCU8hHdA|advanced end of the scale]] for surfskis, [[https://​youtu.be/​oeia_gm7QQE|video2]] 
 +</​WRAP>​
  
 +==== Langebaan ====
   * **Langebaan - Saldanha **  ~10 km [[https://​youtu.be/​J5VCDikNFTg|video]]   * **Langebaan - Saldanha **  ~10 km [[https://​youtu.be/​J5VCDikNFTg|video]]
-**Surf** 
- 
-  * **Crayfish Factory **- [[https://​www.wannasurf.com/​spot/​Africa/​South_Africa/​Cape_Town/​crayfish_factory/​index.html|Wannasurf page]] - with much of a swell this is probably a bit on the [[https://​youtu.be/​SqtvCU8hHdA|advanced end of the scale]] for surfskis 
 </​WRAP>​ </​WRAP>​
  
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   * **Gauteng**   * **Gauteng**
       * **Johannesburg**       * **Johannesburg**
-        * [[http://http://​dabulamanzi.co.za/​|Dabulamanzi Canoe Club]]+        * [[http://​dabulamanzi.co.za/​|Dabulamanzi Canoe Club]]
  
 ==== Coastline East to West ==== ==== Coastline East to West ====
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         * [[https://​www.bordercanoeclub.co.za/​about-us/​|Border Canoe Club]]         * [[https://​www.bordercanoeclub.co.za/​about-us/​|Border Canoe Club]]
       * **Port Elizabeth**       * **Port Elizabeth**
-        * [[https://​www.facebook.com/​bwcc.paddling|Blue Water Canoe Club]]+        * [[https://​www.facebook.com/​bwcc.paddling|Blue Water Canoe Club Facebook]]
   * **Western Cape**   * **Western Cape**
       * **False Bay**       * **False Bay**
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         * [[https://​www.strava.com/​clubs/​251978|Cape Town Surfski Paddlers]]         * [[https://​www.strava.com/​clubs/​251978|Cape Town Surfski Paddlers]]
         * [[https://​www.peninsula-canoe.org.za/​|Peninsula Canoe Club]]         * [[https://​www.peninsula-canoe.org.za/​|Peninsula Canoe Club]]
 +        * [[https://​www.facebook.com/​MilnertonSLC/​|Milnerton Surf Lifesaving Club Facebook]]
         * [[https://​wccanoeunion.co.za/​|Western Cape Canoe Union]]         * [[https://​wccanoeunion.co.za/​|Western Cape Canoe Union]]
  
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   * [[http://​www.knysnaracingkayaks.com/​surf-skis/​|Knysna]] (based in Knysna)   * [[http://​www.knysnaracingkayaks.com/​surf-skis/​|Knysna]] (based in Knysna)
   * [[https://​www.orkapaddles.com/​|Orka Paddles]] (based in Cape Town) paddles, rudders, accessories,​ Fenn Surfskis   * [[https://​www.orkapaddles.com/​|Orka Paddles]] (based in Cape Town) paddles, rudders, accessories,​ Fenn Surfskis
 +  * [[http://​www.revokayaks.com/​|Revo Kayaks]] (based in Durban)
  
 **Used** **Used**
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