Paddling Runners in the Ocean with a Surfski
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!