Posted by: carltj on Oct-25-12 8:41 PM (EST)
Well, good point. Here's my take: it's a 14 foot sea kayak. It is not designed to be operated solely in a shore break environment or be a white water boat. It is suited to get to the action from the launch point efficiently across several miles of ocean environment. Many tidal races are off-shore as are our reef breaks. The design compromises some to get you there still in the company of the inherently faster long boats in your pod, but provide way more maneuverability and less pearling in the play zone. In addition, in a tide race, as you are likely aware, some considerable velocity is required to exceed the opposing current sufficiently to acquire the wave and surf. That is hard enough in a long boat, a little harder still in a 14 footer, and in a severely blunted craft it can be exhausting. It is said many times in these boards, kayak design is all about compromises.
Case in point.
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