• Dawn Surf Ski in False Bay, Cape Town
  • Seaside Cottages is a short walk from the Fish Hoek surf ski school.

Surf Ski, Kayak and Paddling Events in Fish Hoek

Posted on Sun June 9, 2024.

Fish Hoek is the centre of all things ocean and beach. Surf ski, kayak and paddling events in Fish Hoek occur all year during popular ocean events on the sports calendar. Come and discover the famous Mocke Surfski School in Fish Hoek. It’s the one-of-a-kind Mocke Family brainchild, founded in 2002 and today the source of fantastic camps, courses, lessons and competitions.

Seaside Cottages is the best self-catering accommodation in Fish Hoek, a short walk from the Surfski School club and launching spot. Check into your home away from home, walk up the beach daily for intensive and professional surf ski coaching, and get hands-on advice about the ocean and life-saving and paddling skills.

A family holiday in Fish Hoek this year is a calendar treat. Especially when you stay at the delightful Seaside Cottages self-catering accommodation right on the beach! If you love the ocean then you must meet Jasper and Dawid Mocke, world-champion surf ski paddlers who are passionate about people and the ocean and want to share their expertise with all who visit Fish Hoek in False Bay.

Explore the local Surf Ski School in Fish Hoek.

The Mockes also coach surf ski skills internationally at renowned ocean paddling clinics. Our very own Fish Hoek Beach is the start and end point of their daring and popular Miller’s Point and Cape Point Downwind Camps - thrilling paddling excursions for intrepid ocean lovers.

Their rate includes quality equipment – a huge plus from expert teachers who know how to simplify the basics for beginner and pro surf ski enthusiasts alike. Dawid is one of the country’s top paddlers and a driven entrepreneur who is also dedicated to surf lifesaving in South Africa. He chose Fish Hoek Beach as the best family beach in Cape Town to open his school and he is right – this beach is the best seaside environment for families and children.

Check out the many ocean activities, water sports and marine megafauna viewing opportunities. Fish Hoek falls conveniently between the bohemian delights of Kalk Bay, the outdoor wonders of Simonstown penguins and Cape Point Nature Reserve’s many nature hikes, fishing spots and outdoor action.

Seaside Cottages is in on the action with plenty to see and do!

Some Surf Ski Events on the Calendar this 2024

The Masters of Surf Ski Course:

  • The Skills That ALL Surfski Paddlers Need, At Every Level.
  • How To Continuously Improve Your Technique And Go Faster.
  • The Different Paddles And Boats And How To Select The Right Ones.
  • How To Be Safe Every Time You Go Surfski Paddling.
  • Common Surfski Mistakes And How To Avoid Or Correct Them.
  • The Essentials Of Race Preparation, Training And Competition.

Cape Point Challenge

Race weekend 14th/15th December 2024

From Scarborough/Witsand to Fish Hoek Beach - 52km

The race kicked off in 1980, originally alternating with the famous PE to East London race. The current full course race record is 3:39:50 held by Hank McGregor and men who have won the race twice include Herman Chalupsky; Oscar Chalupsky; Paul Marais, Dawid Mocke, Peter Creese and Hank McGregor. Women who have won the race twice include Jean Wilson, Nikki Mocke, Michele Eray, Bianca Beavitt and Hayley Nixon. A total of 26 races have been held so far: 4 with strong north-westerly winds; 13 with strong south-easterly winds; 6 with ‘calm’ conditions and 2 with massive swell with little wind.

Downwind Camps

The Downwind Camps is a 7-day surf ski trip to Fish Hoek, South Africa to paddle surf ski downwind on the Millers Run. The Camp is hosted by Dawid and Jasper Mocke, both world champions and downwind zealots, who take special care of all participants from beginning to end, including all accommodation and equipment.

There are 5 Camps to choose from, each lasting from Sunday to Saturday.

Day 1: basic orientation, boat allocation and set-up in a light-hearted day to get comfortable paddling and ready to go.

Day 2 - end: each day begins and ends with paddling downwind.  Paddlers get to paddle downwind as much as they want to on this famous downwind route with the world’s best paddlers.

Specific training and instruction from Dawid and Jasper Mocke: 

  • the basic pillars of downwind paddling
  • finding the runs
  • specific skill-enhancing downwind drills
  • advanced racing tips
  • stroke correction
  • paddle choice, length and angle
  • boat choice
  • the perfect boat set-up
  • nutrition and the paddler’s ‘mind’.

Dates: 27 Oct - 3 Nov (Surfski Safari and Tour); 10 - 16 November 2024

Downwind Camps are Unforgettable!

The Miller’s Run

This is known as the world’s best downwind paddle from its stunning location below the breathtaking landmark of Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope. It is always windy here and the Miller’s Run stretches 12 km along the ocean in hectic windy conditions made for downwind paddling. Winds and swells change constantly attracting novice and expert paddlers who can all cope in their chosen conditions. Some runs are extremely dangerous and others are fun and light-hearted. Choose your difficult!

The 5 Capes

Paddle around the five most famous capes of Southern Africa on a surf ski led by world champions, Jasper and Dawid Mocke. The adventure includes 11 days/10 nights of accommodation, transfers, food and drinks, equipment and logistics, guiding and coaching.

* Days 1 & 2 – paddle Cape Recife and Cape St Francis
From Port Elizabeth around Cape Recife - ride the longest surf ski wave in the world.

* Days 3 & 4 – Paddle Cape Seal and the Knysna Heads
From Plettenberg Bay around Cape Seal, or the Robberg peninsula, one of South Africa’s most precious marine protected areas and headland leading to Bahia Formosa. Then the amazing Knysna Lagoon, home to the world’s only estuarine seahorses, to paddle through the Knysna Heads.

* Days 5 & 6 – Paddle Cape Agulhas
Stay in Arniston and visit the L’Agulhas Lighthouse, housing South Africa’s lighthouse museum and perhaps enjoy a meal at a restaurant at the bottom of Africa. Paddle around the southernmost tip of Africa – Cape Agulhas to the small harbour of Struisbaai.

* Days 7, 8 & 9 – Paddle The Cape Of Good Hope and Cape Point
End in Cape Town, around the Cape of Good Hope. To experience the Cape of Good Hope is to experience much of what it means to be South African.

Don’t miss a chance to experience the 5 Capes!

Seadog Paddle Series

The Seadog Paddle Series began one Friday evening in October 2009 and has never missed a Friday since! Every Friday from October to March surf skis and other ocean crafts take off from Fish Hoek Beach to race.

The SEADOG is a registered NPO that wants to uphold and grow an event series that truly makes a difference at the community level through its positive value system and financial contribution.

Try one Seadog Paddle Series and be hooked for life!