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Waveski GoPro: Scarborough South 13/8/12

A couple of foot of messy southern swell in South tonight. I got out for half an hour and managed a few decent rides. Using my Pro Designs ski with both lap and quad straps – lovely! A first attempt at mounting a GoPro on the ski.

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Yesterday I had my first proper waveski session. After being outbid on 2nd hand ebay skis for over a year I finally picked one up last month, and so far had only had a quick go on it at the Scarborough competition. In small (2ft) sunny surf at Seaburn I had plenty of time to get to grips with moving onto a ski from surfkayak.

The first 20 – 30 minutes were extremely hard work! I was spending so much time and effort trying to stay upright that any kind of directional control was lost and making it out of the whitewater was not happening. Unfortunately during this stage I did take a nose impact – good job its a pre-loved ski!

Breakthrough 1: Quad strap not lap strap. I decided to try a quad strap setup rather than just the lap belt. What a difference! The change was almost instant, being much more kayak like, more responsive and allowing me to use much more leg control and reflexes I had already built up. Straight away I was able to start taking on green waves. Now the problem was getting both feet in the straps whilst paddling for a wave at the same time….

Breakthrough 2: don`t bother with the foot straps! Just getting my feet in the footwells was enough to supply foot pressure and was way faster than getting caught up on the straps. I was now able to ride properly – climbing, dropping, turning and railing.

Breakthrough 3: barefoot! The problem with quickly getting my feet in the straps was obviously boot related, even after I had opened the straps right out. Once I ditched the 7mm boots it was much easier to get my feet in place quickly and gave noticeably better control. Really pleased with the first session and hoping to spend much more time on the ski this summer!