Great pics. I have a special type of respect for ski paddlers from the southern hemisphere. The conditions they train and race in are much tougher than here on Maui. Side on wind, big seas, surf, shore pound etc.
When I switched to ski from outrigger here on Maui, it was a real eye opener. I got thrashed in a ski, in conditions that I thought were 'easy' or 'safe' on an outrigger. That steered me into a big safety mode. The ski forums have a wealth of great ideas. Those guys have their act together.
I've seen an old ski guy here do the big swim, get in the meat wagon and go to the hospital with hypothermia. No bright colors, no pfd etc. The helicopter was searching, flying right over him - couldn't see him.
I'll pass on that idea. I may not look "cool" like the big dogs here, but that's ok, I can't paddle like them either. I'd rather look like a ski paddler from down under.