A Surfski-paddling Dolphin Biologist?

In Wendall’s Lullaby, South African expert on dolphin social behavior (and Dr. Angela Clarke’s significant other), Dr. Robin Nicely, paddles a surfski to stay in shape. What’s a surfski?

A surfski is a long, narrow, lightweight kayak with an open (sit-on-top) cockpit and a foot pedal-controlled rudder. Originally designed for lifesaving use, they are also now used for fitness paddling and open water racing. South Africa is one of the “hot beds” of surfski racing.


The earliest races were the Scottburgh to Brighton in South Africa, a 46 km event first held in 1958; the Port Elizabeth to East London in South Africa, a 240 km event held every two years since 1972; and the most famous of them all, the Molokai race in Hawaii, a 60 km event first held in 1976. The Molokai is also considered the unofficial World Championships of ocean ski racing.

For more information about surfski paddling/racing worldwide CLICK HERE.

To order Wendall’s Lullaby go to my author page where you can choose from the Kindle (ebook) or paperback version.

Look for Dr. Robin Nicely to return in the follow-up to Wendall’s Lullaby. And, it’s likely he will be doing at least a little more surfski padding.


~ by kipwkoelsch on August 26, 2017.

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