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When you commit to a surf launch...........................!

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When you commit to a surf launch...........................!

Postby erik the viking » 05 Feb 2018, 19:40

Rod has been posting videos for a while now.
A committed 'Stealth' fisho that puts in the k's and gets the results.
His latest 'launch' is not what I would consider doable in my Outback.
But check it out (up to 5:00min) for the launch stuff, the rest is usual for Rokkit.
Enjoy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLgdR1jzlyY
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Re: When you commit to a surf launch........................

Postby laneends » 05 Feb 2018, 19:56

What that demonstrates about the skis compared to most SOTs especially Hobies is the narrow footwells, shallow seat recess and lack of tankwell and enclosed hull volume means they are very bouyant and not destabilised by swamping due to minimal water collection. When a hobie gets swamped like that it turns into a bath tub and its all over as it turns into a destabalised unresponsive slug.
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Re: When you commit to a surf launch........................

Postby shane » 05 Feb 2018, 20:24

That's where you need your balance. It usually drains out before the next wave comes through. :lol:
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Re: When you commit to a surf launch........................

Postby cheaterparts » 05 Feb 2018, 20:41

erik the viking wrote:Rod has been posting videos for a while now.
A committed 'Stealth' fisho that puts in the k's and gets the results.
His latest 'launch' is not what I would consider doable in my Outback.


Eric it's a horses for courses thing - look at where kayaks are made and what there main purpose is --- most glass skis are from South Africa with a large off shore fishing group , and some less than friendly surf
I think the biggest advantage is being able to store rods inside the hull for that surf zone - a fast efficient hull doesn't hurt ether

however a glass ski would not be a first choice kayak for a bream fisho - so back to my first point horses for courses
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Re: When you commit to a surf launch........................

Postby shane » 05 Feb 2018, 21:49

For anyone not familiar with Rod's videos, this is the one to watch for the low down on surf launches in a ski. I particularly like the drone footage from the palmy blitz that shows just how far waves can push you back.

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Re: When you commit to a surf launch........................

Postby laneends » 05 Feb 2018, 22:19

Dude certainly makes good vids, and probably a few stealths have been sold as a result of them.
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Re: When you commit to a surf launch........................

Postby erik the viking » 06 Feb 2018, 08:45


Eric it's a horses for courses thing - look at where kayaks are made and what there main purpose is --- most glass skis are from South Africa with a large off shore fishing group , and some less than friendly surf
I think the biggest advantage is being able to store rods inside the hull for that surf zone - a fast efficient hull doesn't hurt ether
however a glass ski would not be a first choice kayak for a bream fisho - so back to my first point horses for courses


I must admit that not being able to get the rods away and under the deck is a bit annoying occasionally.
Whether be it a surf/wet launch or the old river rapids.
But I won't be swapping craft anytime soon :eh:
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