Mocke surfskis at Pole

2017-10-24 06:00
Dawid Mocke, four-time world surfski champion and founder of Mocke paddling, is returning to Antartica to paddle with Lewis Pugh on surfskis. They will also visit the Falklands and South Georgia islands.

Dawid Mocke, four-time world surfski champion and founder of Mocke paddling, is returning to Antartica to paddle with Lewis Pugh on surfskis. They will also visit the Falklands and South Georgia islands.

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It has been a year since False Bay resident Dawid Mocke, four-time world surfski champion and founder of Mocke paddling based in Fish Hoek, navigated through some of the most unexplored waters in the world alongside renowned swimmer Lewis Pugh.

The duo travelled to the icy waters of Antarctica as part of an expedition to launch the Antarctica­2020 campaign, an initiative backed by the United Nations Environmental Programme (Unep) and led by Pugh.

This week, Mocke will return to the continent with Pugh and the team to do it all over again. However, this expedition has many firsts.

The group will travel to Antarctica via the Falklands and South Georgia islands.

For the first time in history, the team will use surfskis as their paddling craft. Surfskis have been specifically designed to withstand the roughest weather possible, making them an ideal choice for these extreme conditions. It is also the fastest open water kayak available. A surfski is a sit-on-top craft which means it is easy to remount – opposed to a sit-inside craft which fills up with water if the paddler capsizes,which is not ideal in below-zero temperature.

Apart from being the team’s official safety kayaker, Mocke also hopes to be the first person to pioneer downwind paddling routes in the Falklands and South Georgia islands.

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