Paddling Runners in the Ocean with a Surfski

Surfski Runners Mooloolaba Beach

If there’s one reason why I took up paddling it’s to catch runners at Mooloolaba Beach.  Here’s why…

For some years now I have been swimming at Mooloolaba Beach a few times a week with a group called the “Mooloolaba Beach Bums”.  Sometimes, when the conditions are right, we see surfski riders catching runners from the mouth of the Mooloolaba River to the beach.  I estimate that distance to be between 200 metres and 300 metres.

Often there will be a big swell and as many as 20 paddlers will catch the same wave.  It’s a specacle and one that I decided I wanted to be a part of.

For the last 2 months, while I have been learning to paddle, there have been no runners.  The ocean has been relatively calm with Northerly winds.  About 2 weeks ago that changed.  The swell began to pick up and the wind shifted to the South East.  Then the runners began to form.

So for the last 2 weeks or so I’ve been joining my more experienced paddling friends and getting onto those waves.  What an awesome experience.

It’s New Year’s Day today so I decided to take my video and show you what it looks like.  I mounted my Bauhn video camera to the front of my surfski and headed for the ocean.  Below is a video showing what happened.  Enjoy!

P.S.  I apologise for the poor quality of the picture in the second half of the video.  Somehow a little water got into my camera housing and caused condensation on the inside of the housing in front of the lens.  Nevertheless I thought I would persist with filming and I hope you agree it was worth it?

Please watch the video and add your comments on Youtube?  I’m keen to hear what you think!