October 2024

October is heating up ūüĒ•

We are always here to help and push you further as a paddler. Click the October links below to see that each week we have all the tips & tricks on how to paddle faster and more efficiently plus videos on equipment knowledge, nutrition, how to avoid injuries and the science to improve your training performance. 

October Week One
October Week Two
October Week Three
October Week Four
October Week Five

Upcoming Race Events


Only 5 weeks to go!

The much anticipated race event Superbanks Showdown where paddlers finish with a 1km wave. Paddlers will enjoy the following course options: the 13.5km short course or the 20km long course.  All courses finish with the paddler catching the infamous Box Head (Superbanks) 1km wave.

Saturday 2nd November @ 1:30pm is the 13.5km and 20km ocean events.

The 13.5km short course ocean event starts from Patonga Beach and heads up river before turning and paddling around Lion Island to finish at Ettalong Beach. If the course is reversed paddlers start from Putty Beach and head North via Maitland Bay to then turn and paddle back to Ettalong Beach (Course maps below).

The 20km long course ocean event starts from Patonga Beach and heads up river before turning and paddling out to Barejoey and then to the South end of Palm Beach (ocean side) to then make another turn and finish at Ettalong Beach. If the course is reversed the race starts from the Haven, Terrigal Beach and finishes at Ettalong Beach (Course maps below).

If weather conditions are severe there is an alternative 10km or 16km course around St Huberts Island. The 10km course will be 1 lap short and the 16km course will be 2 laps.  



Social Drinks Night 
Friday 11th October 5pm onwards 

Come and join fellow club paddlers for a drink at the Royal Oak Double Bay (downstairs bar area)


Club Champs 
Race 5 - Mosman Clubhouse
Saturday 19th October 7am

Club Champs is so much fun! We have 6 x Club event races for the year and we take your best 3 results to see who are the Club Champs in each gender and age group. Each event is 10km and the course is picked the day before for best conditions. 

The first race you do, you cant win. We gather your moving time and the next races you do you receive a handicap start time based off your moving time. We then have a race where we know everyones moving time and we handicap everyone so that the entire field finish with a 100m sprint at the end. 

We laugh and support each other with everyone enjoying the cafe hangout afterwards. Each event you can see your progression versus yourself and others. 

We encourage you to come and have a go!


SHSC Christmas Party 2024
Saturday 9th November 
Cruise Bar (CBD)




Our Values 


20 Beaches
20km Ocean Race 
Long Reef to Palm Beach 


The return of the 20 Beaches Classic has come about through the efforts made by a passionate group of paddlers, better known as ‚ÄúThe Spooners‚ÄĚ here in Sydney, who share the desire to see this race return to its position as one of the World‚Äôs best.

The 20 Beaches Ocean Classic is one of the most iconic Ocean Paddling races in Australia since first held in 1990 and run by the Manly Warringah Kayak Club. Traditionally raced from Manly to Palm Beach in a Southerly or Palm Beach to Manly in a North Easterly, the 20 Beaches Ocean Classic has attracted the cream of Australia’s best Ocean Paddlers

Sydney Harbour Surf Club crew will be taking the trailer to the end, so please book in on the SHSC App and secure your hire surf ski on the trailer. After the race the trailer will be at Palm Beach where your dry clothes will be ready for you. 

You also need to book into the race event here - https://20beaches.com.au/


North Bondi Classic 
13km Ocean Race
October 9th

The event will have two start options. Distances are approximately 11-13km.

SW, S, SE Winds¬†‚Äst The race will start at Malabar and finish at North Bondi.

W, NW, N, NE, E Winds¬†‚Äď The Race will start at Watsons Bay and finish at North Bondi.

Contingency course:

In the case of big surf conditions, we will have a course in Sydney Harbour. The contingency course will be used if wind or/and swell exceed our event parameters or if conditions on the beach at North Bondi are deemed to be too dangerous.

Sydney Harbour Surf Club crew will be taking the trailer to the end, so please book in on the SHSC App and secure your hire surf ski on the trailer. After the race the trailer will be at Palm Beach where your dry clothes will be ready for you. 

You also need to book into the race event here - https://oceanpaddler.com/ocean-events/north-bondi-surf-ski-classic/


Shipwrecks in Sydney Harbour

There are over 300 vessels recorded as having come to grief in and around Sydney. Of these, more than 90 were lost within the harbour. Many others sank as they attempted to enter the Heads. Listed here are a few of the many maritime incidents that have occurred with the Heads and off the coast of Sydney.
Many tragic incidents occurred in the harbour as the population of the settlement on Sydney Cove grew into the exciting metropolis it has become today. The most tragic of modern-day accidents occurred on 3 November 1927 when the 7,000 tonne liner Tahiti sliced through one of Sydney's famous wooden ferries, killing at least 40 people. Even during wartime, Sydney Harbour provided excellent protection but three Japanese mini-subs managed to enter. Although the creating of significant military damage was avoided, the steamer Kuttabul was sunk with the loss of 19 lives. It was, however, during the migration years of the mid to late 19th century that the most tragic shipping incidents occurred, tragic not only in the loss of lives, but the circumstances of their loss, many lives being lost so close to their destination months at sea.
The fully-rigged ship Dunbar is just one example of such a tragedy, wrecked outside the Heads in 1858, with the loss of all but one of her complement. At 1321 tons she remains the largest vessel lost in or near the harbour.
The Catherine Adamson was another tragedy, with 20 lost - after she had negotiated the Heads. Most losses within the harbour have been as a result of collisions or fire, although six vessels have been lost on Sow and Pigs, one of the few navigation hazards inside the heads.
Divers of an advanced level and above can explore the historic SS Currajong, located at a depth of 26 meters in Sydney Harbour. This passenger steamer sunk after colliding with a cargo ship nearly 111 years ago, yet its hull remains mostly intact today, providing a remarkable underwater scene decorated with flourishing marine life. Night diving is preferred for visiting this wreck; to ensure that ferries have already ended their day's operations before heading beneath the waves.
A prominent wreck located in Sydney Harbour is the Centennial. This steamship was originally constructed in Scotland in 1888 and eventually transformed into a coal hulk. In 1943, it tragically caught fire and sank at Neutral Bay to depths of 30 meters - where she remains today.

After being decommissioned by Chile, the once-feared Itata warship took a different route and was used for commercial purposes until it fatefully collided with another vessel in 1917. Subsequently sinking to its final resting spot on the bottom of Sydney Harbour at 30 meters deep, this remarkable ship remains a popular diving site today.
Resting at 9 meters below sea level near Mosman is another site - The Centurion, a steamship that collided with another fishing vessel before sinking back in 1887. This wreck remains popular amongst both snorkelers and experienced divers.


The Art of going Downwind...



3 x Molokai winner and 5 time Olympian Clint Robinson talks about the art of going downwind to reach higher speeds. 


We are always happy to help.

Learning to surf ski paddle is a journey! If you have any questions big or small please don't hesitate to send us an email and ask us!
Or if you have any feedback on how we can do things better or change please let us know. 


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