Just bought a V8 this weekend, and have taken it out on 2 short paddles so far just to get the hang of it. Very stable, not at all what I expected.
I'm 5' 9", 165 pounds, short legs. I've got the foot rest where I can fit a fist under my knees, which seems to be the general rule of thumb.
The cockpit fits well, but I've managed to find some (very few, and not detailed) comments about padding out to improve contact points. I know how to do this on a sea kayak, with a deck.
What about a surfski?
This is all new to me. I'm not sliding around, but have be on flat water with just boat wake. I can feel muscle soreness in places I haven't before, but it kind of reminds me of what you get when you paddle a sea kayak that does not quit fit or has not been padded out, and you need to use a lot more leg muscles to edge.
Any recommendations? What kinds of things should a newbie think about?
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Use Detachable V-10 Sport Bulkhead Pads|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Jun-17-13 7:06 AM (EST)
For your V-8. It should take up the slack in that wide cockpit and support your outer thighs? Trouble is, dealers may not stock them anymore. I don't know why? For it's a great product that can be used in other skis too. Call Epic and ask for it.
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Posted by: Kocho on Jun-17-13 9:19 PM (EST)
Thanks for the info and links|
Posted by: nebeginner on Jun-18-13 6:31 AM (EST)
The link was helpful and lead to more info and other links. I'll also look for those pads. I think I'll stop by the dealer and see if they have anything I can use. They sell a lot of surfskis from several manufacturers.
fist under knee|
Posted by: gstamer on Jun-18-13 10:15 AM (EST)
is "old school" and is a "guestimate" at best. It works on some skis and not others depending on how high the "hump" is.
Hey that makes sense!|
Posted by: nebeginner on Jun-18-13 4:01 PM (EST)
Guy at the shop said keep your knees bent, so I did. All the time. Can't wait to get back on the water and play around. I really like the boat.
Posted by: gstamer on Jun-18-13 10:59 PM (EST)
A quick video from Greg Barton explaining hip rotation is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lef_ut8n0ms .