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14 years 7 months ago #3637 by shiner
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Hello,

I'm hoping to get into surfskis but i'm limited to a max length of 18' (5.5m) and that is pushing it. I'm 6'3 and 100kg. i wont be racing just pleasure use. Any advice for a short ski would be welcomed.

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14 years 7 months ago #3652 by shiner
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i assume from the lack of replies that you cant get a surf ski less than 18'. i'll have to find a sit on kayak then

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14 years 7 months ago #3653 by StuartXpat
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On the contrary, there are many skis under 6.5m but 18 feet is 5.45m. There are a lot of 5.6m skis about (18 foot 4.5 inches). Maybe you copuld buy on eof those and cut an end off.

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14 years 7 months ago #3654 by keithnix
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There are some beginner spec skis out there at 17". I cant remember who is making them right now but google some Aussie spec ski makers like ozflyte, hayden and dolphin.

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14 years 7 months ago #3655 by YBA/Jim Murray
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Is the reason for a short ski a storage problem? I have seen a hole cut into a shed wall for K2 storage.
Alternatively, as I have done, is to find storage somewhere other than your home.
J.

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14 years 7 months ago #3656 by shiner
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yeah its storage, my garage is just over 17' long. problem i have is im in the uk so ski makers are far and few between so i will have to ship one from the usa or oz. I see hayden do a 16' compact ski but their web site does not seem to be working. Is it asking alot for a short ski to take a 100kg paddler??

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14 years 7 months ago #3657 by Ben Wulfsohn
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I have just bought a Horizon made by Custom Kayaks in Durban South Africa. It is 5.6m long, highly stable and can take quite a load. There is photo on Custom Kayak website showing a 53 year old , 110kg novice making out through the surf. www.customkayaks.co.za/ . Regards Ben

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14 years 7 months ago #3658 by Dicko
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Hang your ski diagnally, like the rest of us.
Stop looking for short skis and start looking for creative
ways to hang your ski from corner to corner. There are only
2 blokes in the whole world that bung their skis straight in,
Wesley and Rob's mate Dale. The rest of us are married and are only allowed one ski and have to put the car in the garage not the ski. Be creative with your storage and the confusing choice of long skis will be at your feet.

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14 years 7 months ago #3660 by shiner
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18 foot was measured on on one wall diagonally, i have an up and over door so hanging from the roof is also a no go. Remember i'm in the uk so house sizes are tiny compared to the rest of you. Plus i also have a 16'6 downwind sup, 9'8 sup, double sit on kayak plus my brothers boards to fit in!
Hope now i've admitted i sup as well the help wont stop. Seen a bit of stick on the sup forums between skis and sup.

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14 years 7 months ago #3661 by YBA/Jim Murray
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OK...do you really want the ski? What are the priorities?
Have no fear, cut the hole!
J.

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14 years 7 months ago #3674 by shiner
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once the hayden web site is up and running i'm going to go for a hayden compact and get it shipped here to the uk

Thanks for the help

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14 years 7 months ago #3675 by garykroukamp
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Hi Shiner. What is a sup?

Consider outdoor racks at the bottom of the garden?

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14 years 7 months ago #3676 by shiner
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SUP = stand up paddle surfer

as for the rack in the garden i would but i cant get into my garden unless i go through the house so to much hassle.

has anyone tried the hayden compact?

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14 years 7 months ago #3678 by rojo
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Hi,
as you are based in Europe you might want to look at the French manufacturers www.polyform.fr or J-F-K (jfkayak.free.fr). Both are selling a modell called Vital which is 5.20 long and based on an old K1 or scandinavian Turkajak.
Same category is the Think Fit.
All three boats are not exactly performance surfskis but should do as good fitness boats for training and an occasional race.

Cheers, RoJo

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14 years 7 months ago #3686 by waterbornewarrior
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My girlfriend has the Hayden compact ski. It's a cool boat for what it is, definitely not competitive with the 6+ meter skis, especially because it's got a lot of rocker (very short waterline). But for in and out through surf, messing around, etc, it's very fun. Very comfortable and well made. You might be pushing its capacity at 100 KG, but that would be a question for Hayden. Their website appears to be up, are you still having problems?

www.haydensurf.com/

Don

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14 years 7 months ago #3691 by garykroukamp
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The other option for people with no storage space at home is to store it at a canoe or surfski club. There may be a boat club or self storage facility which you could utilise to avoid becoming frustrated with a ski that will likely be too short for you. "Think outside the box!"

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14 years 6 months ago #3702 by shiner
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i'm going to try my local sailing club and see if i can store it their. your right no good settling for second best

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