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Squeezing into a surf kayak

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:12 am
I’m looking to get a mega banshee, at 5’11 and 107kg, which on paper should be OK. Have sat in one and managed to get my thunder thighs in, but it was a contortion act. This will be my first surf boat, so only comparison I have is river boats which are so much roomier. Is it normal for big guys to struggle a bit getting in or am I deluding myself and need to go for something bigger like a megatron? I know there’s taller and heavier guys in these, but it’s the squeezing thighs under the thigh brace that’s a struggle. Perhaps there’s a technique to getting legs into a narrow cockpit which I haven’t had to worry about before! Can’t find anything on youtube or google so hoping someone here can shed light.

Re: Squeezing into a surf kayak

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:18 pm
by Ripley92
Hi, can't help but interested in the answers... I have a similar situation with large thighs. I am 6'1 and 95kg and have a Mega Edge. There is definately an art for getting in the boat. I think its normal though.

Re: Squeezing into a surf kayak

Posted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:50 am
by Daker
I presume this is the same question that was asked on the Scottish Surf Kayak Facebook page ?
Did you get enough info or still needing help ?

One thing that did occur to me is that a lot of the boats which have raised rear decks may present an issue in being able to get thick thighs into the cockpit area, where as IC boats and mid-sized boats with lower rear decks should (in theory) allow you to slide in from the back deck with straight legs, so may work for you.

It may well be that you have to accept that a boat with thigh braces isn't going to work for you and (given the vast majority of folk have them fitted) you're best option may be to but a 2nd hand boat and cut them out, or visit Ride / Mega / Hobson to sit in a few different boats and see what fits.

Where are you based and what boats have you tried to get in to ?

Re: Squeezing into a surf kayak

Posted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:48 pm
by AndrewSansum
I’m 6’2” and 95kg and have a megatron which fits fine and feels much like my ww boat in fit. Am not a hardened playboater or surf kayak though and found I couldn’t fit comfortably in the neutron or scarab so decided to go large.

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Re: Squeezing into a surf kayak

Posted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 4:37 pm
Yeah same as posted on Scottish surf kayak Facebook page. I spoke with Pete at mega kayaks, and decided to go with a banshee, but with the higher braces of the Edge fitted to it, and leave the centre foam out initially - it’s in the xtech so he said it’s plenty strong enough. All of that should give more room than the standard banshee. I’ve sat in a banshee, and bullitt s - could get get in but both tight in the brace area. I’m in Dundee, no one I know of locally to try any other surf kayaks.

Perhaps I just need to adjust my expectations and get used to squeezing into a surf kayak, which aren’t as roomy as river boats or sea kayaks. At 5’11 and 107kg I ought not to be too big for the banshee. At 9 feet it should be a little more forgiving than the shorter HP boats for me, and was more the shape I was looking for than the megatron, which I’ve no doubt would fit comfortably. Hobson kayaks look good but too much money to take a punt on when I can’t try their boats, and banshee has a good reputation. It’s just for fun, not competitions. Something a level up from the Pyranha ripper I’ve been using.

Re: Squeezing into a surf kayak

Posted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:42 am
by Daker
Cool, sounds like you have a great solution there.

There’s a few guys based at Leuchars that surf and a few others in Fife that paddle St Andrews so post on the SKS FB page if you’re heading out.