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An introduction to Ocean Ski paddling with Ivan Lawler. Filmed on a glorious October morning in Studland Bay, Dorset, UK, ‘Off Piste’ gives an introduction to the surfski world. Ivan is joined by Ben Brown, Ben Farrell & Chloe Bunnett for a little play time off Old Harry Rocks, while giving an overview of the sport, the boats & racing tactics.
Let’s say that I want to buy a new ski. I live in Europe where the ocean waves rarely reach 2 meter. Should I then go for a 6,4-6,5 m racing ski from Epic, Fenn, Think, Nelo etc, or should I search for a shorter, older racing ski, like the ones that they used in the fastest Molokai races 13-15 years ago?
Clyde Hedlund gave me an answer to this tricky question;
”I noticed that I’d get more fatigued paddling a long distance ski than I do paddling the conventional ski.
I first attributed this effect to maybe I was going faster in the ski. But then I notice I’d be slowing down because of the fatigue setting in.
I suspect this all has to do with hull efficiency? That is a low efficiency hull, although faster, requires more energy to paddle. While a more efficient hull, that is slower, requires less energy to paddle.
So for a long distance race over three hours, I’d paddle the more efficient (slower) ski, and use the less efficient (faster) ski in shorter (under 2 hours) races.
This is why, the Molokai record is still held by the ”slower” more efficient (surfing) hull”.
But when following the discussions on the forum at www.surfski.info , the topic ”shorter boats for wind chop” , ”Red Pepper” says something else;
”I can’t see where a shorter ski would have much advantage in wind chop – I would think the period between the waves is too short for a few feet of length one way or the other to appreciably change the wave effects on a 17 – 21 ft boat.
In my experience the lighter boats pick up the wind chop better (which may explain what you notice in an ICF boat).
In a couple of races this year, using either my V10L or my Thunderbolt, I’ve had a distinct advantage when the winds kicked up because I could blow through the waves that were giving fits to the racers in ICF boats.
I’m sure much of it has do with hull designs in this class of boat that are oriented towards working waves – in either direction”.
During the last couple of days I have had a very interesting mail conversation with Clyde Hedlund about the evolution of surfskis. This amazing guy, who now is pushing towards 70, shared his personal experiences and thoughts with me.
Thank you Clyde. I know this topic is of great interest for many paddlers.
The fastest ski’s back in the -80′s and -90′s were much shorter, slightly wider and heavier than todays surfski’s. But they were surely fast in the open ocean.
In fact, Dean Gardiner still holds the fastest Molokai crossing time (3hrs 21min 26sec) which he set in 1997. The ski that Dean won the race on was the old design and was made brand new for the race. During the race, Dean got speared in the tail, but still won the race with about 2 1/2 litres of sea water in the hull. He also lost his water bladder at the start of the race and so didn’t drink any fluids too.
If you ask Oscar Chalupsky, Keith Fenn or Dean Gardiner about which skis are faster, they’ll all say today’s skis are. But the winning times, going back over the years, even for the shoreline races, don’t indicate this, even during similar water conditions. Why is that?
The C-Ski, which was made by Tom Conner (legendary all time Hawaii waterman) and the Chalupski ski, designed by Oscar Chalupsky and made in Hawaii by Bob Twogood, were both very popular in the open ocean bump riding unlimited design surfski races that originated in Hawaii.
The C-ski, was the weapon of choice in Hawaii before the advent of the 6,5m/22 ft class boats. Big volume up front, lots of rocker, not as good on the flat, but maybe more fun to surf than anything that’s come out since.
The last Molokai Race won by a Chalupski surfski was in 1989 with Oscar winning it and his brother Herman, also on a Chalupski, coming in second. American Olympic paddler Michael Harbold was third on a Holua surfski.
One thing is for certain, Dean was in his prime when he set the record, and the same for Oscar, when he held it paddling his now ancient low volume Chalupski.
Another interesting thing, when Oscar won the Molokai Race in 1989, he and his brother Herman, were both using flat blade paddles, around 222 + cm.
In 1984 Mike Cripps wrote an article about ”Hawaiian Surfskis” in SeaKayaker Magazine. In the article he talks about Chalupsky surfing his Chalupski on its side to ”increase the wetted surface area” when riding the bumps.
The ”different breed” Hawaiian surfskis, such as the C-Ski, Marshall Rosa’s Roseski, Brent Bixler’s Bullet, Dean Hayward’s Holua, Mike Cripp’s Ocean Kayak, Dale Adam’s Seawitch, and later Billy Robello’s Hydroski, were all developed and created to surf Hawaii’s open ocean waves and swells. They were also much much lighter than the imported skis from Australia and South Africa.
Surfing the open ocean bumps was the main attraction for surfski racing in Hawaii. The Molokai kayak race started out as a fun race for a bunch of Hawaii adventurers, and it was the international paddlers that later discovered the race who called it a ”World Championship,” since it was a neutral site and there was nothing similar to it in the world.
The no weight and design restriction races encouraged more innovative surfski designs and more paddlers racing them. ”This is the only place that allows this,” international paddlers would say about the Kanaka Ikaika unlimited racing format. Of course, there was always pressure to change the racing format and place weight and design restrictions on the surfskis. But Kanaka Ikaika stood firm on its unlimited open design racing format, and eventually, in order to be competitive for the Molokai Surfski World Championship, international surfski manufacturers started exporting their special ”Molokai” surfski models that were lighter, longer, narrower, tippier, and sans bow deflector than their production model ”spec. skis.”
I can’t help wondering if the modern racing surfskis are to long? I think they might be for the conditions we have here in northern Europe… Or am I wrong? And they are also very tippy. Do they have to be?
Thank you once again Clyde for sharing your thoughts and knowledge.
The following text & pictures comes from Boyan at Epic Europe, http://www.epickayaks.org
At Epic, our primary goal is to turn people on to the true potential of kayaking as a sport. We want our boats and paddles to inspire paddlers, to entice them to explore and expand the boundaries of their abilities. To find out what the world’s waterways fully have on offer.
Our philosophy steers our designs not to what was, but to what will be. Lightweight, efficiency, speed and comfort; by strictly adhering to these principles, even when tradition may dictate otherwise, we have molded our sea kayaks and surfskis into record breaking, world championship winning, and even market changing products.
Is it a quest? Yes it is! We are determined to see a new generation of paddlers, one that views kayaking as a means to a fit and healthy lifestyle; uninterested in any preconceived notions about the proper appearance and use of their kayak. Paddlers who are looking for an added element of adventure when they head out on the water.
The newest addition to our family of surfskis is without a doubt our most user friendly ski yet. And that’s the point! We didn’t design this one to win Molokai’s; the V8 is the ski that makes fitness paddling, racing and bare-bones cruising more accessible and enjoyable to paddlers across the full spectrum of background and ability.
With a hull design featuring specs of 18’ x 22”, the V8 is unique in its class. Fast, yet extremely stable, this is a surfski that most kayakers should be able to hop right onto and paddle off. The deck features all the surfski simplicity of the V10 and V12, the main components being a fully adjustable footbrace and rear deck bungees. The V8 also incorporates some new features that add to its user friendly appeal: molded in bow & stern carry handles, and a water bottle holder in the cockpit. Venturi drain, drain plug and Epic surfski rudder configurations are standard.
Our goal with the V8 is to provide a boat that bridges the gap between sea kayaks and surfskis. By blending speed, high stability and a performance oriented deck & outfitting, the V8 offers new levels of accessibility and opportunity. Fitness paddlers and racers who want extra emphasis on stability, touring kayakers looking to make the transition to high performance surfskis, or cruisers looking for a simple, efficient boat for a day on the water. The V8 will take you there.
“We wanted to design a fast, stable boat that truly makes surf ski paddling more accessible to paddlers of all abilities. Unlike most skis, which require a longer learning curve to master the stability requirements of a narrow tippy boat, the V8 allows new surf ski paddlers to jump on and go quickly. The extra stability and open cockpit are also great safety features for new ski paddlers – easy remounts and a self draining cockpit. No Eskimo rolling or bilge pumps! With the V8, you’ll be able to move into a variety of conditions sooner and with more confidence – experiencing the thrill of true downwind paddling and surfing.” – Greg Barton & Oscar Chalupsky
Length: 5.49 m
Width: 55.9 cm
Depth: 28.6 cm
Capacity: 145 kg
V8 Value. 17 kg
V8 Sport Performance, 15 kg
If you live in Sweden and want to order a Epic V8, contact Erik Wallgren at Nomado Kayak.