It’s often been said that a kayaker doesn't have a roll until they can roll in the surf – I think the same can be said for those crucial edging and bracing skills as well. For the intermediate paddler who has developed a solid level of bracing, rolling and boat control, it can be difficult to hone these skills and take them to the next level in a safe environment. For years now I have ventured into surf to muck around and practice, starting with very gentle conditions at first and gradually building up my skills and confidence while keeping things safe and not getting beaten up too much (but just enough). I’ve often looked for small and messy multi directional surf breaks which are closer to an open water sea state where swell and wind often move in different directions (and this usually provides some open space with no surfers to run over). I have also divided my surf time between my sea kayak and a smaller play-boat which is more nimble and easy to control. I’ve found that my sea kayaking skills and confidence in rough open water conditions have really benefited from this cross training. Whether it’s a sea kayak, whitewater play-boat or a high performance Mega surf kayak, this provides an excellent option to already experienced paddlers – and can be highly addictive. Remember to think safety first, start slowly and go out and have some FUN. Enjoy the clip.