A relaxed hour or so chatting about our adventures, and those of our paddling mates, from Australia and around the world. We'll feature tales of expeditions, races, the paddling stories of people ranging from the high profile over-achievers, to those who simply get out each week and enjoy our waterways.
Episode 11 - The Bass Berserkers - Zero to Bass Strait in Six Months
The tale of Joe, Trev, Ollie, Simon and Jacqui, and their goal of paddling Bass Strait within six months of their first paddle strokes.
Bass Strait engenders images of mountainous seas, wild westerlies and the islands they ravage, and the idea of four novice sea kayakers taking on the 330km journey does seem unlikely at best.
However you should never underestimate the power of good plan, targeted training and a fair old helping of 'gravel in ya guts'.
Enjoy the story of the Bass Berserkers!
Episode 10 - When Southerlies Strike
A short tale of the fury and unpredictability of one of Sydney's infamous Southery Busters, and a lesson in becoming blasé about the reliability of weather forecasting.
Episode 9 - Bob Turner's Journey Across Bass Strait
Bob Turner started paddling in 2007, and very quickly decided a worthy goal would be to paddle across Bass Strait, on its day one of the most daunting stretches of water in the world.
It took him eleven years to fulfil the promise, but the paddling journey to get there was as diverse and interesting as the expedition that capped it all off.
In this episode Bob recalls his personal paddling life and then relives the Bass Strait crossing in 2018, which he did with Rob, Mark, Andrew and Gazza.
There's even a review of some craft beers that were consumed to lubricate the conversation...!
Episode 8 - Axe and Sundo Smoke the Hawkesbury Classic
An amusing tale of two old mates getting together to paddle the iconic 111km Hawkesbury Classic ultra paddle marathon.
Damian 'The Axe' Willis and Mark Sundin indulge in a blokey chat about a three month campaign culminating in the Classic.
Episode 7 - Introducing Our New Fast Sea Kayak, the Audax Azure
A short tale of the development and launch of new lower volume sea kayak, the Audax Azure.
As soon as the Audax was launched and won instant approval from our kayaking peers, we began work on a lower volume version to cater to paddlers in the lighter weight ranges, to provide a well trimmed kayak more suited to their weight.
We had to try to maintain the Audax' mix of speed and stability, whilst designing hull features that provide a more satisfying ride for paddlers who often find themselves more exposed to the wind.
The result is a sea kayak with potential for racing and fitness paddling, with a carrying capacity up to 120kg for extended multi day or multi week expeditions. It's made in Australia, designed and fitted out by Rob Mercer, and completely customisable to your colours and preferences.
Episode 6 - Big seas, big swell, big wind, big risk, big consequences, and chest thumping.....
A week or wild weather around Sydney had Mark contemplating the kinds of conditions he'd take on and why, and what that can mean for other paddlers, let alone rescuers. Possibly not the most structured fifteen minutes ever published, but a mix of ideas for paddlers to consider!
As a Texas paddler I first was hook by your TWS show. And I have started listing to all of your shows. I hope you do not stop and you keep making them. Funny to listen to and love the stories!