Any advice for someone who has never paddled a ski?
One concern I have is the under stern rudder. It really sticks down and I will have to be very careful not to foul it.
I have other SOT kayaks but is there a preferred method for getting into this beast?
It has toe straps on the foot braces/rudder controls. Do you loosen and tighten them each time?
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Watch the Oscar Chalupsky video's...|
Posted by: jaws on Feb-02-14 10:16 PM (EST)
on youtube. He has a few instructional ones that seem pretty good.
Posted by: redmond on Feb-02-14 10:30 PM (EST)
1. Get on surfski
John, you are always SO helpful.|
Posted by: string on Feb-02-14 10:35 PM (EST)
Posted by: redmond on Feb-02-14 10:42 PM (EST)
Always nice to be appreciated!!
You forgot ..|
Posted by: jackl on Feb-03-14 8:06 AM (EST)
No.3 -Sell surf ski
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Feb-02-14 10:40 PM (EST)
Try straddling the ski, get your butt down, slowly bring your feet in while bracing with your paddle. Don't tense up and stay relaxed while paddling. That's how I started! Now I just toss the ski in the water and leap on it and off I go.
With my wife's Epic V6........|
Posted by: Yanoer on Feb-02-14 11:22 PM (EST)
I put the boat in water deep enough to stand beside it and sit down in the cockpit and then bring the legs on board.
Could you please|
Posted by: sissy103 on Feb-03-14 8:09 AM (EST)
get someone to take a video your first time out?
Sissy, that's cold.|
Posted by: string on Feb-03-14 9:26 AM (EST)
This surf ski is supposed to be as stable as a sea kayak. We all know that that can vary widely. I already have a very similar boat, but it doesn't fit nearly as well as this one.
Surf Ski Basics|
Posted by: trilobite02 on Feb-03-14 1:01 PM (EST)
With the advent of boats like the Epic V6, Stellar S18S, etc., that blur the line between what previously constituted a surf ski, the good news is, it's never been easier for someone wanting to try out this genre of paddlesport. If you have any degree of skill at paddling a relatively nimble sea kayak, away you'll go in one of these user friendly beginner boats.
Do you remember|
Posted by: sissy103 on Feb-04-14 6:01 AM (EST)
the Georgia kayaker? Didn't we have a video of him his first time on a surf ski?
Posted by: nickjc on Feb-03-14 1:40 PM (EST)
Dress to get wet. Wear a pfd. Practice remounting. Practice remounting in the conditions you paddle in. The pacific northwest has lots of ski paddlers and we've had a few coast guard rescues and 1 death that are all from people not being able to remount and stay in their ski. Look for oscar's remount video on Epic's youtube channel.
Thanks guys. I appreciate the |
Posted by: string on Feb-03-14 3:26 PM (EST)
PRS Surf Ski|
Posted by: TxCamellia on Feb-04-14 10:53 PM (EST)
I just bought a PRS Surf Ski this past September. This was the first racing/fitness boat I had ever paddled in. I have only been able to get out in the water about a dozen times and it is truly a new learning curve for me.
Some sources to get you started...|
Posted by: gstamer on Feb-05-14 9:54 AM (EST)
A decent basic book is "Surfski with the Pros..." by Kevin Brunette. It features a number of photos of Dawid and Nikki Mocke.
Posted by: string on Feb-05-14 4:05 PM (EST)
I have decided to start with my euro paddle since my ski has a kayak hull and a ski deck and I will use it for touring. I am trying to decide whether to put a stern rudder on it as opposed to the under stern rudder since our lakes have lots of rocks and stumps you don't know are there until you hit them.
Smart Move Starting With Euro Blades|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Feb-06-14 5:33 AM (EST)
For that's how I started and the over the stern metal rudder will do just fine, which you'll appreciate the moment it kicks up after hitting a rock.