Skrivet av: Peter | maj 16, 2010

David Mocke – Surfski professional

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David Mocke – Surfski professional

Dawid Mocke




Nikki Mocke and Samuel Mocke (1 year old)

Living in
Fish Hoek Cape Town South Africa, Home to the World’s Best downwind paddle, the Millers Run

Do you remember the first time you paddled (if yes, please tell us a bit about it)?
Yes, I was 11 years old and my dad and I regularly went paddling on an old beat up foam double surfski that he has bought. 2 of my brightest memories are getting caught inside a reef break of a point on Fish hoek bay and the other was coming back in the dark about 7pm in late winter and a whale coming up right next to us about 50m from shore.

What is it about paddling that makes your heart tick?
Surfski paddling is the only limitless watersport in the world. You can do it in any conditions and on any water. Rivers, lakes, oceans, big surf, no surf, big wind or no wind, you can surfski. I also love exploring coastlines and paddling new water. the adventure really gets me excited.

How many hours a week do you train?
Between 10 -24 depending on the time of year. On average about 18 hours/week

Can you tell us a bit about how you train? (paddling (technique, sprint, distance etc), gym, running…)
60-85% paddling – distance, intervals for speed and fitness, resitance
10-20% gym and running
5-10% cross training or “playing” (surfing, paddle boarding, cycling, white water kayaking)

Your wife is an elite athlete as well, you have a young son together, you run a surfski school and a paddling equipment company… How do you manage to solve the life puzzle and still squeeze in the amount of training that is required to be at the very top?
I believe I am doing exactly what I’ve been designed to do; I’m using my God given talents and following my God given passions. “A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always seems to be doing both.” Francios Auguste Rene Chateaubriand from the book Let my people Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard

Now imagine that you were a mid-pack racer, with a busy life (or not so understanding wife…) and only able to train 2-3 sessions per week, for about 1-1.5 hours per session. What and how would you train during those sessions to get the maximum out them?
1 session as much downwind as possible, 1 session long paddle, 1 session intervals or fitness training. And try to squeeze a 20 -30 minute run with some excercises (only takes 25-50min)

In a race, what is it that motivates you? Is it to beat the other guys, or to achieve your personal maximum? Or something else?
The pursuit of excellence; being the best I can be, using all my skill and to keep refining it for next time. And prize money is a good motivater too…

Which achievement, professional or personal, are you most proud of?

I wouldn’t call it “proud”, but i am most joyfull that I do what I love and that I love what i do every single day. Then as far as races go, my favourite victories have been winning:
The King of the Harbour New Zealand ‘04,
USA Champs ‘05, ‘06,
Dolphin Coast ‘07,
the 2 Dubai Shamaals ‘06 and ‘07,
Hong Kong Dragon run ‘08,
World Series ‘09,
Cape Point Challenge ‘09,
The Perth Doctor 2010.

If you look into the crystal ball, what do you think will be the major differences between todays surfskis and the ones that will be in the market 10-20 years from now?
Steering systems, rudder design, fin placement and different surfskis for different conditions. There is still some radical design to come. Super light and long for still windless conditions right to 30kgs and shorter surfskis modified to go downwind in hurricane force winds. I believe alot will also change with our rudder designs and selections depending on conditions.

What do you think about the DailyPaddle Net Race, and will you participate? We’d sure like to see some good downwind times =)
I think it’s a fantastic concept and I am looking forward to seeing it develop. We may even have a tool with which to run the World Ranking system for the ISPA (International Surfski Paddling Association.)

Anything else you think we should have asked, but have forgotten to?
Who’s going to win the FIFA World Cup – At a 100 to 1 my money’s on Bafana Bafana

Finally: 5 quick ones, choose which one you prefer:

“Do the right thing” vs. “Not do the wrong thing”
Do the right thing even if it hurts. To do what is right is better even than sacrifice.

Technique vs. stamina
Rather good stamina and average technique than average stamina but good technique.

A night at home with family vs. beachparty with friends and family

Right now a night at home.

Ferrari vs. Porsche


Money vs. wisdom
Easy one, wisdom.


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