Please welcome Ozpaddle’s new coach

In the absence of Leechy over recent weeks, ozpaddle has been scouting for new coaches to lead the crew to bigger and better things. Finally a signing has been made. Check out the video footage of our new man in action by clicking here 


June 27, 2006 at 11:25 pm 1 comment

War on the Water Revisited


Having seen the Getaway segment last week I felt compelled to take the footage off the videocamera and remind ourselves what ozpaddle is all about. The unsanitised version, where musclemen from Manly are willing to give their life for the pride of their suburb and where Balmoral ironmen are willing to get really really out of breath…..

Click on the image to see the video. Crank up the volume to maximum.

May 22, 2006 at 9:19 am 2 comments

War on the Water – Helen’s photos

helen and guy

Good job that WOGOW (Wife of GOW), one Helen Leech was on hand to capture the War on the Water evening in style. From this first photo, it looks like the audience at the War on Water was bigger than any of us imagined.

The photos look a bit stretched because they are just 320×240.

April 14, 2006 at 7:43 am Leave a comment

Chuckie’s Blog – a personal account


This morning's paddle session was a surf ski session at Manly.
The Great Ocean Warrior told the six of us – "let's go to Dobroyd Pt – I will make men out of you."
So off we paddled. As we paddled around the point into a strong westerly – I noted a large wave feathering into the middle of the bay about 150 across from Dobroyd Point. The Great Ocean Warrior then suggest we paddle nearer the rocks where he and Pat were sitting. I pointed out to him that waves were feathering across in the bay away from the point and perhaps that wasn't wise.
He said "they won't break there! And then he said "here comes one now, Derek paddle hard."
Derek did paddle for 15 seconds and then as the 8 foot wave started to feather and he looked like plunging down the big face – thought better of it and pulled back.
At the time he was 40 meters further across from the GOW and Patrick – in deeper water. (more…)

April 10, 2006 at 3:43 pm 4 comments

War on the Water – Manly sneaks home

Its official. Zoe from Balmoral took out the womens title in fine style. In lesser news the Manly men squeezed a narrow victory over an unlucky and brave Balmoral team……

Actually its not true ..Manly trounced Balmoral and your Blogmaster has to apologise for not getting a more official update onto the website. I have been moving house and dealing with other complexities and for once have failed to find the time for what is really important. Yes, it would have been different if Balmoral had won.

I'll be updating with a bit of fun video and more details very shortly so watch this space. 

April 10, 2006 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

Manly adopts new mascot


The Manly team have adopted a new mascot as they prepare for the upcoming War on the Water. A Manly spokesman confirmed that Sally Robbins embodies everything the Manly team stands for.

  • If you get tired …take a rest
  • Winning isn’t all that important
  • Go out strong …blow up at the end

Looks good for the Balmoral contingent.

Meanwhile – definite signs that some legitimate content is required for the blog – whats the story on time-trial updates – and perhaps some right-of-reply should be granted to the Manly team.

cya 6.30am Thursday morn with the Dreamteam

March 8, 2006 at 4:59 pm 3 comments

Check out Chuckie


Tomorrow, Saturday March 4th, marks an annual event. Hundreds of Manly foreshore onlookers historically gather to watch Charles ”Chuckie” Stewart climb out of his surf-ski after a strenuous 11km Bridge to Manly paddle.
Paddlers will start under the Harbour Bridge after which the paddlers will head East to a turning boat near Fort Denison. They then go to another turning boat at Bradley’s Head. After rounding Bradley’s Head the paddlers will keep to the Western Shore to a marker off Dobroyd Head. They then proceed to Ocean World and Manly Wharf.

Most of the competitors usually get off their ski and continue their day like normal human beings. Ever the comedian, Chuckie likes to entertain the tourists with his hilarious impression of ‘ the man with no legs‘. Make sure you are somewhere close to Ozpaddle’s Manly HQ to see this year’s performance.

March 3, 2006 at 3:07 pm 6 comments

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