Self discovery, Adventure, Pristine Nature, Unrivaled Camaraderie
~ by Dr. Shekar Kumta ~
The 5-Capes Adventure was an amazing experience, not only in terms of the spectacular paddling opportunity that it gave us, but also as an unparalleled opportunity of self-discovery in the rich context of adventure, pristine nature and unrivaled camaraderie.
I had great expectations about this trip and the bar was set high; but despite this I was blown away when we managed to put 2 Millers Runs and a hectic Sea-Dog race – all on the same day- just a day after we landed in Capetown.
A novel and surreal experience
It took no time for the incredible energy and affable spirit of the Mocke Brothers – Dawid and Jasper – to rub onto us; the intensity of the paddling quickly built up and the stunningly beautiful South African Coastline, with its vast openness and fierce water conditions, was a novel almost surreal experience for me.
Confidence in the Waves
Dawid and Jasper soon made us comfortable with getting in and out of the surf — its amazing how quickly they enabled some of us to become confident in tackling the big surf breaks and coming in on breaking waves. Indeed understanding and reading the water is crucial when paddling in open seas with really strong wind and waves. Each paddle brought in new uncertainty as well as an opportunity to master new skills and gain new knowledge.
Challenging Conditions, Calm Mastery
We paddled in some of the most challenging conditions I have been in and some of us got into difficulties – getting thrashed by unpredictable waves, losing skis and paddles – the works.
It was amazing to see how calmly Dawid and Jasper quickly took control of the situation, averting its progression into a serious incident. To see such skills executed at the highest level of mastery in times of potentially dangerous situations was mesmerizing – a testimony to the solid leadership of the Mocke brothers.
Indeed every task that they did on this trip was executed to a level of finesse and detail that one hardly expected in a paddle journey across some of the remote areas off the SA coastline. Every location we stayed in was impeccably chosen – reflecting the need to be in harmony with nature and often right on the Ocean’s edge.
Every paddle was followed by a quick and invaluable review of what was good and what could have been better. In between paddles we explored sights and local areas that gave us a stunning overview of the remote coastline and its varied history. This was a rich and rewarding experience and an opportunity to blend with the maritime history of the region.
The Most Majestic Cape
I was completely overwhelmed paddling around the Cape of Good Hope — looking at this imposing outcrop of rock – a navigation landmark for the ancient mariners – was breathtaking especially from the sea. The huge forest of kelp and the massive rising swells that lifted the skis out of the dense kelp was an unnerving experience as the lull was occasionally interrupted by the crash of a breaking wave.
Yet it was over our dinner time conversations, that I realized how the amazing camaraderie and the rich exchange of ideas took us around the world – connecting diverse people, exploring new ideas and thoughts; understanding the unique experiences of each of us, but rooted in the common ground of humanity and goodness.
The incessant banter and good humor on our drives was infective – coupled with the constant supply of amazing coffee’s, toffees and goodies that would make any kid jealous – this was a vacation like none other!
Making it out of the surf-break was an amazing experience – but nothing can beat the spectacular rides that Jasper and me took on the double at Cape Recife – riding some giant waves that allowed us to surf for 1 minute and 45 seconds without ever having to paddle. This was amazing and absolutely unforgettable.
A Stunning Adventure
The 5-Capes adventure is simply stunning – not only because of the spectacular ocean conditions the unspoiled coastline and the potential for ferocious adventure – but because you will be touched by the humility hospitality warmth and brotherhood of the Mocke’s.
It was a privilege and a blessing to be part of the 2015- 5 Capes Adventure.
Thank you Dawid and Jasper!!
Would you like to paddle the 5 Capes in 2016?
The dates for The 5 Capes in March 2016 have been set and bookings are being made. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to reserve a place.