Paddling to Steenbras mouth

Deon and I had both suffered fairly serious physical injuries during the past two years and as a result our paddling adventures had stalled. Recently we had tentatively ventured back into the sea kayak, and this weekend we resolved to paddle around to one of our erstwhile haunts, the Steenbras River mouth. Now we were […]

Kayaking to Duiker Island, Hout Bay

Deon and I resumed our double sea kayak trips off the Cape Peninsula after a break of more than a few years. We intended to launch at Three Anchor Bay but some or other mass walking/running event had sealed off any access to the sea between there and the Waterfront. Unamused we decided to head […]

Outdoor Vlogs

None of these recent activities (kayaking, cycling, windsurfing) warranted a blog post in and of itself, so I thought I would aggregate the short video clips into one post. They do give a sense of this beautiful part of the world that I get to call “home”. They also motivate me to redouble my efforts […]

Paddling in G Bay – video

Here is a short video of yesterday’s lazy paddle around Gordon’s Bay. Windless, hot and very beautiful. I shot it using the new GoPro Hero2 camera, tried to edit it a little but need to learn a lot and also get better video editing tools … Anyway enjoy a view of what the Cape has […]

Green machine prowls Gordon’s Bay

The new toy

Last Sunday I took the new lime-green Skua out for its maiden paddle around Gordon’s Bay. We ducked into the old harbour, sheltered from a cloud burst under the NSRI station for a while, cruised over to Harbour Island and weaved through the marina, and then powered across gray glass to […]

Paddling up the Steenbras

Pausing off Steenbras mouth

There isn’t actually much of the Steenbras River to paddle up, even on a kayak – only about 300 metres. Rather it’s the 13 km round-trip paddle from Gordon’s Bay harbour and the usually benign, but spectacular, rivermouth entrance that is most of the fun. On this last Sunday morning, […]

Kayak Rooiels-Pringle Bay, Kogelberg Coast

Rooiels coast

On this crisp morning, Deon and I launched at Rooiels and paddled out to look for the first Southern Right whales of the season, but it seems it’s still too early. So we settled for a paddle down the coast to Pringle Bay and brunch.

A fairly heavy swell was running and […]

Sea kayaking in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve

A Southern Right whale surfaces close to Deon off Steenbras mouth

On most weekends, Deon and I paddle and sail this coast, spending countless enjoyable hours.

Spring is whale season off the South Africa’s Cape coast. The Southern Rights cruise the sanctuaries in their hundreds. On this day Deon and I paddled around to […]

Sea kayaking and hiking around Robberg

Plettenberg Bay: 17 & 19 December 2006: The Robberg peninsula is a nature reserve and marine protected area at the southern extremity of Plettenberg Bay,


Sea kayaking from Hangklip to Gordons Bay

A 40km paddle along some of the most beautiful coastline in the Cape – Cape Hangklip to Gordons Bay. (“Hangklip” = “Hanging Rock”)


Kayaking at Kraalbaai and Langebaan

Well, it’s not quite hardcore kayaking. Sometime in 2002 I had tired of waiting for wind that sometimes never comes during twenty-nine or more years of windsurfing. Now there was an alternative.