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  1. When Lisa and I trained in the Concord River she sometimes didn't wear a PFD because it inhibited her rotation. She felt the difference but I don't think we ever timed the difference. There was always at least a 1-minute difference between our 8.6-mile runs (probably due to wind). She also hates to wear a wetsuit for the same reason.
  2. You could argue that a sea kayak is a pretty good flotation device too, as long as the hatches don't flood.
  3. http://www.jerusalemonline.com/news/world-news/around-the-globe/watch-great-white-shark-breaks-through-divers-cage-24220
  4. Wow, I'd rather be in a sea kayak with a bombproof roll.
  5. Josko, When Olympic sprint paddlers switched over to wing paddles their speed increase was about 2%. But they’re paddling in close to laboratory conditions (short distances with no waves). But variability of ocean conditions on different days might cancel any noticeable differences between two types of paddles. So don’t feel bad if your “faster” paddle blade isn’t always the faster paddle blade on a different day. -Leon
  6. Slowpoke indeed. It's impressive. I'm sitting here drooling (with a broken fibular bone from a fall that twisted my ankle).
  7. I think it's ideal for bracing considerations. But maybe not for the ergonomics of the blade catch or wind drag. I totally agree with all you said this time.
  8. My two cents: I disagree that feather angle has anything to do with how a well-placed blade moves through the water. But feather angle might affect how you place your blade in the water and that will affect how the blade moves through the water.. For me, feather angle was a compromise between what was most comfortable for wrist flexion and my ability to brace and roll. I assume that for most paddlers no feather angle is best for bracing because both a left and right brace are identical. But, like me, some people require some feather angle to avoid too much wrist motion. I wish I would be more comfortable with no (0) feather angle. -Leon PS I’m disregarding the air-drag consideration for feather angle here.
  9. Josco, I assume that the Stellar footplate is at least as good as the Onno (I couldn’t find the Onno either, Patrick’s link take me somewhere else). The Stellar has pull straps so you can pull on one side while pushing on the opposite side (great for all-out racing). Remember, since a kayak’s hull tapers in going forward, the standard slide tracks on each side of the hull are not parallel to each other. So you can’t use the original slide tracks with a footplate, unless you never want to slide the footplate forwards or backwards. The Onno system solves this problem by adding spacers to the hold the two tracks in parallel. I don’t know if Stellar provides the hardware to do this.
  10. The Onno footbar slides on the same tracks as the foot pegs do.
  11. You're right, but you should have seen what it looked like 5 or 6 years ago. Like a disorganized hardware store. Now at it has useless flowers for you viewing enjoyment.
  12. Good point. Onno is a one-man operation. It's sort of like dealing with an old fashioned hardware store vs. Home Depot. Nevertheless, there are probably horror stories dealing with big retailers too. Onno's foot bar is well designed.
  13. Josko, Perhaps Wes already told you about his online reviews, but here are a couple of good ones. This and this. I'm thinking of an Onno for my next wing. I saw one at a Blackburn Challenge and it looked pretty good.
  14. Andy, Hmm, I feel like a troll here. Matt is an experienced surfski racer and I’m not. So put my 2 cents in perspective: If I were choosing I’d choose the V8 Club over the V7 because it’s got to be significantly faster. That’s because: The V8 Club’s extra foot of waterline length increases the hull speed. The V8 Club’s glass lay-up is probably a lot stiffer than the V7’s plastic lay-up. The V8 Club is much lighter than the V7 (38.5 lbs. vs. 50 lbs.) Of course the V7 can stand more beating up and it’s cheaper. However, I don’t think you want a surfski for rock play and extreme durability. That’s the job for your sea kayak. Also, hauling around the 50-pound V7 would be a lot harder than for the 38.5-poumd V8 Club. I know you have the muscle for both, but it’s still a consideration (especially after a 3-hour hard workout). I really appreciated it when I went from my 50-lb. Falcon 18 to the less than 40-lb. weights of my Epic 18X Ultra and all carbon QCC 700X. So, all and all, I think the lighter and faster surfski is worth the extra $900. -Leon
  15. The Epic V10 Sport is a 20-foot long wider ski (18.9")