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Capn Jimbo Offline
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Posted: Oct. 14 2005,19:07

Well it's been just about a month, give or take since the Mako XT hit saltwater.  And, knock on wood, I'm finally, finally beginning to actually be able to relax a bit.  My occasional low braces are relatively infrequent and momentary.  I've begun to find and trust the secondary that really is there (to a point).  

So what do I have to say bout getting into a very high performance surfski?  Here goes:

It's a challenge.  Believe me there have been not just a few days on the water when I really wondered if I'd gone a bit too far - pressed the edge, so to speak, just one time too many.  But not so.  I'm finally beginning to relax, to trust the Mako, to neither under or overreact to it's lively ride, and to really enjoy the experience.

I'm not completely there yet, and have yet to go out in truly challenging conditions, but I can see it happening.  It is all about watertime.  A surfski does require your active attention, demands effective J and C-leans, and good paddling and bracing skills and reactions.  Not for the lazy or faint of heart.

But it is worth all the work.  Full out racing skis are faster, but the Mako XT really does fly.  I've caught a few wakes and it takes off like a bat on fire.  Some practical advice:

In the beginning I pushed hard and moved into rougher waters too soon; in retrospect I'd suggest you get throroughly comfy in dead smooth water, then slowly experience wavelets, wind, small wakes.  Hold the chop, big waves til later.  Allow yourself to build confidence, to relax, and to trust.  Center yourself and sink into the ski, trust it and resist overcorrection.  Find the edge, practice J-leans and C-leans side to side.

It won't be long that you'll settle in and accommodate, find the edge.  And you'll start to be able to apply power and feel the speed.  It is an awesome feeling.  Like no kayak, even a fast one.

Quite thrilling.

Last note:  the Mako XT has been a great entry into the world of surfskis.  It is totally competent, built for big surf, and really quite fast while retaining sufficient stability enough to benefit the novice and intermediate.   Thus it fills a unique dual niche - that of a good training ski - which is also a competent intermediate racer.  That is quite unique.

Had I purchased a true racing ski, it is entirely possible it would be up for sale - this happens to many.  With the XT I own a ski that I will be unlikely to outgrow but which is friendly enough for those who wish to successfully enter this world.

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joebh Offline
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Posted: May 26 2007,06:52

I just  bought an Epic V10 Sport surf ski and am going through the   learning stages described in your early Mako XT posts. Are there any other beginning or aspiring surf skiers out there? If so maybe you should rename this topic "surf skis"
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Posted: June 18 2007,17:17

I am...after doing alot of research I bought an Ocean Kayak Sprinter. This is a plastic sot kayak/surfski. Couple with a Fenn wing this thing is fast...but after a month I am ready for a ski...

Your epic sport is high on my list...love to hear about your progress in it.
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Posted: June 21 2007,18:23

I  have had my Epic  V10 sport out a few times but am now outfitting it before going out again. I am presently
1.  attaching the cockpit pad Epic sent me ( the cockpit is wider than any other surf ski I have sat in so it needs  much padding unless you have a huge butt)
2. Rigging a cart to transport it to the launching ramp or ocean. I finally located a cart that fits the bow perfectly from Quantum Engineering.
3. Rigging a Camelbak in the cockpit because  I drink a lot of water when I exercise.  Unlike most kayaks, surfskis don't have a lot of extra room in the cockpit area.
I'll post some photos when I am done.
Capt Jimbo has excellent advice and links for beginning surskiers like me.
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Posted: June 21 2007,18:25

I forgot to mention I owned a OK Sprinter a few years ago. I posted my review on this website or Paddling.net.
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Posted: June 24 2007,20:00

Thanks please keep me posted. The OC Sprinter is fun but I am looking forward to a ski
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Posted: June 25 2007,04:44

FWIW I just noted an XT for sale (Tampa), white with red trim, asking $1000.  Assuming it's in good shape, that's a pretty decent price, probly get for $900... and it comes with adjustable pedals AND an Epic two-piece wing.  That is one super deal!

Here's the guy's email:

b_12_shot@yahoo.com

Lemme know if you go after it....



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Posted: Aug. 12 2007,18:44

Well I sold the Sprinter about a month ago and bought a V10 sport. I have also created a blog about it http://ct-surfski.blogspot.com/

Great boat and my experience with it is so similar to Jimbo's on the XT that it sounds as if I could have wrote it. I would love to see pics of your improvements.
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