Mega Jester Rio feedback welcome....

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Mega Jester Rio feedback welcome....

Post by yabbadabba » Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:30 am

Hello to all,
I have been really lucky and picked up a Mega Jester Rio for free, tatty but usable.
So far I have had a couple of sessions in it on 3-4ft nice swell, rolling easy, paddle out easy, holding a wave face, awesome, turning well I have not found the steering controls yet ;-)
So a daft question does it turn and if so how?
My Mega Intruder I can turn well, my last longer boat the Mega Rave I could weave through surfers with confidence.
So far with the Mega Jester Rio I feel a resistance to any form of turning or I trip on the edge and go submarine mode. So any hints on steering would be good. Is it a twist and turn using stern rudder, lift a knee and edge gently.......any hints welcome.
When I say turning I mean on the wave face and shoulder.

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Re: Mega Jester Rio feedback welcome....

Post by StoneWeasel » Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:03 pm

As I am sure you have found it tracks pretty well but feels somewhat locked in when you come to do a big turn. That is because in a boat like the Rio, it is locked in, really locked in. You have a great big, long, round rail just gripping the water and holding you firm.

For a big dynamic turn you are going to have to release the rail. You best bet for releasing the rail is lead with your head and lift with your knee. Don't be afraid to get aggressive and boss your boat about a bit.

This video shot in slow-mo shows it really well. Just look at how much angle people are putting on their IC boats to release the rails



I hope that helps as a general starter.

Feel free to fire any more questions my way though. I love IC boats and am always glad to see more people trying the long way of life :)

Denzil

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Re: Mega Jester Rio feedback welcome....

Post by yabbadabba » Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:39 pm

Hi Denzil,

Thanks for the tips :-)
Your description is so spot on it made me smile, locked in is definitely the right expression.
My experience so far.

Paddle 1: Clean 2ft waves mainly to get used to paddling around and practise a few rolls before hitting anything bigger. Everything felt odd but good fun.
Paddle 2: Straight to some bigger stuff 3-4ft, catching the waves felt amazingly easy, I found myself stuck on the wave face going in a straight line parallel to the beach but nearly every time managed to have enough speed to get onto the shoulder and hop off the back of the wave.
Paddle 3: 3-4ft Progressing to continually climbing up the wave face and falling off the back of the wave, just couldnt figure out how to change direction and drop down the wave face.
Paddle 4: 4ft plus and messy, more of a survive in one piece day for me, beaten up by 3 waves in a row, 3 rolls in a row so good practise.
Paddle 5: 3-4ft super clean sets with a nice interval and it clicked, lots of torso rotation, more dynamic use of the knees and paddle. By the end of the session I was happily amongst the surfers and weaving through them with confidence when on the wave.

My other boats didnt even get a look in for the rest of the time I had in Cornwall.

Thanks for the link, I will study the video for when I am next back in Cornwall in October :-)

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Re: Mega Jester Rio feedback welcome....

Post by StoneWeasel » Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:49 pm

yabbadabba wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:39 pm
Thanks for the link, I will study the video for when I am next back in Cornwall in October :-)
If you are down in Cornwall give me a shout. I am always up for a surf :)

Denzil

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