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PostSubject: surf kayaks????????   Sun 11 Dec 2011, 3:32 pm

I am looking into buying a boat for surfing, I have a playboat and a creek boat which are both adequate in surf, but I want to progress to a boat designed specifically for surfing. could anyone give me information on whats out there, disadvantages and advantages of surf kayaks over wave skis, glass vs plastic etc. thanks
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PostSubject: Re: surf kayaks????????   Sun 11 Dec 2011, 4:18 pm

Kieran in bantry bay canoes knows alot about them
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PostSubject: Re: surf kayaks????????   Sun 11 Dec 2011, 4:38 pm

as far as i know carbon/fiberglass is better but more expensive Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: surf kayaks????????   Sun 11 Dec 2011, 6:55 pm

Mickey Barry is your man!!

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PostSubject: Re: surf kayaks????????   Mon 12 Dec 2011, 9:27 am

Howdy Conor,
I know where you're coming from with regards growing out of your whitewater boats in the surf. Happened me a while back.

I terms of what to look out for, i'd pretty much forget about plastic as you'll grow out of it very quickly. Its more to do with hull stiffness over weight, any give or take in the hull of the surfboat will slow it down and plastic boats no matter how tough they feel all flex.
Basic Fibreglass layups cost the same or not much more than plastic anyway.

So next question is which composite layup to go for, most companies offer 3 types.
Basic - Fibreglass, reasonably tough, not much lighter than plastic, nice and stiff
Intermediate - Usually very very tough, Carbon/Kevlar very stiff, and very light( as a first boat, i'd go for this as strength is usually very good and it will be lighter than most boats you've ever picked up )
Advanced - These are silly expensive, foam core carbon boats usually. Generally not as tough as intermediate, but insanely light and stiff. Very nice option if you can afford.

There are loads of different classes of surfkayak also that all perform differently too. Long boat and Short Boat. Both are real good but very different performance.
As for surfkayak over waveski, that depends on the learning curve you want. Waveski's have higher performance on the wave, but are harder to paddle( alot harder ) and as of the last few weeks its very chilly to be on the ski rather than the kayak.

I have a shortboat, long boat and ski if you ever want a look to see which you like. Not available for demo unfortunately as they are advanced layup and repairs are not fun but might be handy to have a look. Can try get some of the paddlesurf demo boats also. And they should have some demo ski's shortly too.

PM me if you wanna have a look at the boats, or chat about options,
Mickey

With regards boats to look out for,
Future Kayaks do great kayaks, I got my short boat from them, they also do ski's, i'm currently slowing saving for a new ski from these guys.
The workmanship on the layup is great from them and designs are good.
http://www.futurekayaks.com/

Mega Kayaks - www.surfkayaks.com
Great designs, more choice than you could imagine
My long boat is from mega and it goes very nicely. my housemate has a mega boost, and the things is fair nippy too.

Watertech - www.watertechkayaks.com - boats and ski's
Nice toys, i had one of these and alot of people in Ireland seem to like them. very good finish on boats also.
The paddlesurf demo boats are the watertech speedy and lucifer, i had the speedy and loved it, one of the guys has the Ona and is ripping in it.
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PostSubject: Re: surf kayaks????????   Mon 12 Dec 2011, 5:35 pm

Thanks for all the info, hopefully ill be out in the surf early in the new year! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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