Kai Wa'a Surfski

2 months 3 weeks ago #35154 by zachhandler
Replied by zachhandler on topic Kai Wa'a Surfski
Well I put my money where my mouth is and I now own a Vega. I have done 4 downwinds so far. My overall impressions are unchanged. The ski is simply amazing downwind. It turns effortlessly and when bridging forward to the next wave it has amazing speed. It is very stable for an elite ski. The rigidity and lack of weight are noticeable when a sudden punch of acceleration is needed. It has a deep bucket, but remounting is easy and I can sit side saddle with feet in the water without problem. As far as the ineffective retractable bailer goes I removed the internal mechanical bits and glued in the included straight tube so it now functions as an effective single venturi that sucks air (very loudly) at about 6.5 mph. It drains plenty fast and I only notice the noise on flat water. I think the loudness of the venturi might have something to do with the stringerless  prepreg monocoque construction acting as a sound box. When a paddle hits the side of the boat it makes a high pitch very loud "ping" that is different than any other ski I have been in. On flat water the speed is good, but ergonomically I prefer the higher seat position of an epic or think ski. I have very stiff hamstrings and so I am sensitive to seat height. Downwind I never notice the seat being lower, maybe because the ski is (hopefully) pointing downhill most of the time. 
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2 months 1 day ago #35228 by tve
Replied by tve on topic Kai Wa'a Surfski
Can anyone compare the Vega and a V10 (gen 3) in downwind conditions?

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1 month 4 weeks ago #35248 by zachhandler
Replied by zachhandler on topic Kai Wa'a Surfski

tve wrote: Can anyone compare the Vega and a V10 (gen 3) in downwind conditions?


I have a friend who owns both. From what he has told me they both surf great but the vega surfs better. The wider tail on the v10 gets pushed around a bit more on steep waves. The vega seems to intuitively find the correct line better. The v10 g3 has more powerful high seat position. 

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1 month 4 weeks ago #35255 by tve
Replied by tve on topic Kai Wa'a Surfski
@zachhandler, thanks for posting! Makes sense and not surprising. Bummer about the seating position, having a 550 M/L I don't think I want to go down again...

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