If you love to kayak, like surfing (or just the idea of surfing) and would like to try something a little racier than our half or full-day kayaking tours – FreshAir Adventure is now offering 2-hour surfski training and/or wave-riding sessions (we recommend you do both if you’ve never used a surfski before)!
For those unfamiliar with surfskis: They look like long (20-foot), lean, glamorous kayaks. Surfski heritage comes from the Surf Lifesaving movement in Australia, and the roots of surfski racing is found in long distance ocean paddling. Ocean surfski racers thrive on big waves and top racers can push a boat’s speed up to 25+km/hour.
Surfski paddling can be practiced on any body of water and in any conditions: on oceans, rivers or lakes; in high winds, no wind, high surf/waves and no waves; on flat or flowing water and through rapids.
Finally, surfskiing is a sport that blends the three elements of adventure, fitness and competition into a fantastic mix. It is on the “extreme” end of paddle sports – though at FreshAir Adventure, our “extreme aim” is directly correlated to the fun and excitement of trying something new (and sliding down waves)!
If you’re a fairly confident ocean kayak paddler, a K1 paddler who would like to take a crack at ocean swell, or a brave adventurer with a penchant for trying new things (and don’t mind a soaking!), surfski paddling may be for you.
Worth noting: Surfski paddlers do get very wet, and all paddlers will be required to practice falling off and remounting their surfskis before they can attempt to paddle in the Bay. We recommend paddlers wear tights, leggings, or neoprene (if you have it) for additional warmth.
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Warning: All surfski paddlers must practice falling out of and then remounting their surfski before they can leave the protected waters of the estuary to head out onto the Bay of Fundy. If you own neoprene, it might a good idea to bring it along!
As a two-time member of the US National Marathon Kayak Team, Joe Glickman’s passion for paddlesports was limitless. Glickman was the author of numerous books, videos and articles about kayaking. His video introduction to surfski racing – seen here – captures the essence of surfski paddling in an insightful and unique way.
2012 US Surf Ski Champs – Sitting on a Skinny Boat in the Bay, from Joe Glickman on Vimeo.
JOE GLICKMAN 1958 – 2015