Do you ever surf your boats? Any tips other than practice? I have never successfully surfed any boat, but figure fishermen have to get back to shore.
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Posted by: Big_D on Jan-09-12 12:44 PM (EST)
That was the advice a guide told me on my one and only surf zone paddle. We had some extra time at the end of the tour. The guide asked what we wanted to do with the time. My nephew asked him to teach us to surf the kayaks. He said to get ahead of the crest and lean back. He was still talking, but a wave picked me up and I leaned back and was off like a rocket. What a blast.
Great surf boat|
Posted by: Franknc on Feb-19-12 10:35 AM (EST)
I think the Tarpon is a great surf boat. My hatches leak so I have to pump out often, but I have a great time.
Posted by: guamaniac on Feb-26-13 10:17 AM (EST)
I have ridden the waves in the Gulf of Mexico around Destin, FL in both my Tarpon 100 and 120. The skeg on the 120 catches too much of the wave and is a beast to manage. The 100, on the other hand, is a blast to ride the waves on. I zoom past boogie boarders and oftentimes surf all the way up to the sand and turn and paddle back out for more fun. I do get dumped every so often and will have to empty some water out afterwards but the 100 is a great compromise (I live 4 hours from the Gulf and don't want a dedicated surf kayak as I fish mostly). The Tarpon 100 is a fun boat to have out on the waves!
Posted by: spadefish on May-29-13 11:09 AM (EST)
Leaning back is what will get you on top of waves, if you don't, they'll pass right by you.
Face the waves, and back in... |
Posted by: FishinYak on Feb-23-12 10:04 PM (EST)
This way, you can brace and paddle into the waves to stay straight and not get turned sideways and tumbled.
Quite a bit.|
Posted by: Reefmonkey on May-11-12 2:06 AM (EST)
An OK Frenzy is a really fun little craft in the beakers. Leaning back is important, partly to have a low center of gravity, but it also seems to help the boat ride up on the wave rather that down in it and have the wave pass you by. Low bracing is the main thing you do to maintain control. Leg straps make things a whole lot easier.
There are better choices.|
Posted by: Bernie/CNY on Jun-02-12 9:04 AM (EST)
For surfing you want a bit of rocker to help prevent burying the bow.Tarpons are not good for this sort of thing.Look at some of the Ocean and RTM yaks.
Posted by: Bernie/cny on Mar-12-13 11:09 AM (EST)
the Tarpon 160 with the big fore/aft hatches.IMO it's really not a good choice for surfing.They tend to purl and due to length and lack of rocker they turn way to slow for good control.
Quite a lot.|
Posted by: spadefish on May-29-13 11:07 AM (EST)
I surf my Frenzy, both for fun and out of necessity when I come in from pulling heavy-rigged rods for sharks, bull redfish, spanish mackerel, etc. Frenzy is a good boat for in the surf, but not so much a Tarpon, it's bow has a habit of pearling.