Stealth Surfskis in Australia

7 years 9 months ago #11940 by Dennist
Australian Kayak Specialists have been announced as the new master distributor for Stealth Performance Products in Australia and the Pacific Islands.

Our Surfski range includes:

Strika
Toura
Junya

Visit www.kayakspecialists.com.au for more info.

Dennis Tocknell
Australian Kayak Specialists
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7 years 9 months ago #12033 by Spudnut72
Has anybody paddled one of these? Any feedback on quality, build issues.
They are priced very competitively and the length would mean it's easier to store in my garage.

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7 years 9 months ago #12034 by Dennist
Nathan,

I would be happy to bring one to Brissy for you to try once the stock arrives. Always better to try before you buy.

Dennis

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7 years 9 months ago #12038 by Spudnut72
Dennis,
Thanks for the offer. I look forward to trying one when the stock arrives.
Cheers,
Nathan

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7 years 9 months ago #12039 by Dennist
No worries I have your details and will contact you when the stock has come in.

Cheers :)

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7 years 9 months ago #12040 by gnome
Replied by gnome on topic Stealth Surfskis in Australia
I had a Strika briefly.
It was 2nd hand, good condition and as cheap as. Quality was OK, strong, went faster than expected and was easy to remount by any method I tried. In chop too. The foot plate was weak but was easily strengthened with angle plates in under the side bits. I dont know how much a new one is, but if they were like $1000 min less than anything else thats a known brand I would buy another real quick to save some $$$. As really they are all boats and its the engine.
It handled the chop OK picked up the runner alright. So for anyone not wanting to morgage there house and go out in the ocean once or trice a month in average size stuff. There average but not a bad boat.If your into flat racing. No, too slow but not embarrasingly slow.
They had a faster model, no idea what it is like never seen one.
I have no affiliation with this company or brand. Just had one. I wish I kept it for the once a month trip to the beach when I cant handle the unstable but faster (not by alot) Uno.
Mind you if the sides where a bit higher it would have a dryer ride. But thats wanting everything.
I think I will look into them again now it looks like some one might deal them. I couldnt find a dealer before. Here in Australia.
Paul.

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7 years 9 months ago #12044 by gnome
Replied by gnome on topic Stealth Surfskis in Australia
This is what I wrote about it 4 months ago.


I Just got one of these ski's after having a Green 7 pro. The G7 is nice ski but too unstable for me in choppy conditions. Downwind and head into the waves Ok. Scary to turn around. in anything over a foot high chop. Drains like there is no tomorrow.
I only do 12km/h over 10 15 ks. Sprint speed 16km/h for short distance. 1k distance 13km/h. On flat fresh water. So that indicates my mediocre ability.
Only get to the beach once a month so Im very inexperienced in the ocean.
The Strika for me as a weekend hack.
On the flat. speed is down about 1km/h over long distances, sprint speed also down 1.5km/h. Compared to the G7. Off the GPS.

Stability, a very slight twitch (in the chop)but no were near the G7 or Fenn Elite. Where the two other mentioned ski's feel that way on the flat. The Strika is a plank on the flat.
Secondary really solid. I can do support strokes the same as in my white water river kayaks. To the point of physically falling out of the bucket where the white water kayak you can fall right over then roll up. Though I was impressed how far I could fall and catch it.

Comfort. Im only 5`11`tall 31 inch inseam 80/85kg.
No where near as comfy as the G7 but about the same as the Fenn Elite. The feet are same height as bum. The hump is low but too long for my calves but not too bad. The foot pedals are too low so you have to push with the heels. I will lift these so the rudder flaps can be controlled by the toes only.
Paddling
Small chop couple feet high. Paddling out into the wind. Moves very solid in the water not much bow slap, just a nice bow lift and fall. Runs quite flat, keeping as much hull in the water for as long as possible.

Same conditions, with heading into the wind and chop off the quarter bow. Same steady feeling with just accassional brace. Nice and strong paddling in still acheived.
Catches the small chop very easily with very good stability. Not quite as fast as the G7 but can still out run the waves and get onto the waves infront. Still fun

In 2m slightly choppy conditions (light winds) but with seperated swell. Paddling out, very good drive, stability very settled. Turn arounds no fuss. On following swell. Oh so much fun. Speed not much different than the G7 as the Strika can still run down the wave and onto the next in front. So the speed is Ok. (Not great, but enough) Though once again the stability makes for stress free fun.

The bad
Apart from the average seating area and long hump as mentioned above. Here are a couple not so good bits.
The scuppers are useless dont drain at all. So I had a look inside. There a tubes from the footwell to the scuppers. The tubes run along from the footwell and then travel up before going back down to the scuppers. I assume this stops water coming back into the bucket as the tubes are higher than the feet area. So this makes the required suction too much for the water to be able to be removed. I think. I will fit shorter tubes shortly and will make them travel down and out, without the upward bend. This will allow water in when stationary but I assume then it might actually suck out too. Then if that works fit the scupper bullets to speed it up.
As mentioned earlier too. The foot straps are too low.
Due to having short legs. If the foot straps are tightened up it is impossible to get the feet out in a hurry as your heels get trapped by the front of the hump. The hump is too long. Very dumb shaping there. The adjustable foot plate can be moved furthur back than this so the problem will be even worse. So I think when I lift the footplate this will help that issue.

Remount.
Easy.
Side saddle. Up over the seat and straddle legs in. Up over the back deck pulling up to the seat then sit up and in. All very easy.
I could only do up over the stern then into the seat on the G7 In any chop
I practiced all many times with 100% success. The G7 about 50%. The G7 if I did 4 tries then I became tired. I did half a dozen tries on the Stika of each method and I was fine.

Price second hand in Australia. $700 it is in good condition. I think they are about mid to high $2000 when new. Price of G7 cork $4000 ish. Would I pay an extra $2500 again for the small amount of extra flat water speed. NO.
Is the Strika fun. YES
Is the Strika well built. Its average, but not as good as a Fenn or G7. It feels strong. Will I cry if I break it NO, because it was cheap. If I had broken the G7 it would take me years to save up for another one. Yes I would have cried.
I have flat water K1's and multisport kayaks so a fast unstable ski isnt needed for flat water as the G7 is basically the same as a multisport kayak in regards to speed. So I needed some stability for rougher ocean conditions because I dont get enough ocean practice.

After 4 days away on the coast with many different conditions where a versitile ski was needed not just a ski that can only really handle downwind conditions I came away having a awesome fun few days and I was very impressed being able to use the ski in downwind, upwind, side wind chop and reasonable clean swell. With a big smile the whole time.
If I needed to get another ski would I pay more for another Strika and be happy with its performance. Hell yes. Would I pay double the money for another brand. No.
I dont see the need nore do I see much real difference. Though Im inexperienced, But for what I do the Strika will do just nicely. Is it perfect, NO. But good enough.
I dont follow the fashion police nore the hype.
I am not sponsored, nore am I paid, I do not have any affiliation with any ski company. Im just a normal paddler that has to buy everything with my own money.
I hope this info could be helpfull to anyone looking to get what I think is an intermediate ski thats pretty good, Not perfect. Very versitile and can be had reasonably cheaply.
I'm sure there will be critisism of my views. Though its what I think and that cant be blown away.
Gnome.
Paul

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7 years 9 months ago #12046 by YBA/Jim Murray
I too have a strika and have to concur with most of Gnome's comments. I did think the thing was very slow but then someone asked how old is the engine. That began service in 1944, so.....

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7 years 9 months ago #12047 by Spudnut72
Thanks for the feedback guys. For somebody that only gets onto Moreton Bay two to three times a week(in a very good week), the Strika is looking like a cost effective upgrade to my Spirit PRS.

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7 years 8 months ago #12207 by Dennist
Hey Guys,

A heads up on what AKS will be up to in the next few weeks.

We launch our retail showroom on July 21, which is stocked with over 70 Kayaks, Most of them Fishing Skis- but there are a few Surfskis headed our way- and even more on order as the demand is proving to be quite more, than initially anticipated.

We are offering $100 in store vouchers for those who purchase any of the Fibreglass skis on the day.

The next week, July 28, we are headed to Currumbin Creek (Gold Coast) to Demo our stock. We will have a Strika, Toura and Junya there for test paddles, so bring your family along.

If you want more info visit kayakspecialists.com.au/component/k2/ite...rofisha-575-demo-day

Dennis Tocknell
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