Wavesport transformer (T1)

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Wavesport transformer (T1)

Post by Doorman » Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:39 pm

Hi.

I have been looking for playboats for a bit now and have decided that I think the wavesport transformer is the one for me. I am completely new to playboating but have kayaked for 5 years doing lots of things and want the newest challenge. I am 50kg and around 5ft1 (growing teen) so looking at the T1.

However I want to hear some reviews of the boats, ideas and offers of T1's.

Looking forward to seeing what happens

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Re: Wavesport transformer (T1)

Post by Doorman » Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:19 am

I have changed my mind to ideally have a T2 but will consider T1's still

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Re: Wavesport transformer (T1)

Post by Adrian Cooper » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:25 am

The Transformer was released about 15 years ago so you might struggle to get useful info. My son paddled one back then and enjoyed it but has progressively moved on to the ZG, Project, Project X and now paddles a Pyranha Jed. You might just find a second hand Transformer in an old shed somewhere but you will probably need to try one out yourself for feedback

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Re: Wavesport transformer (T1)

Post by Doorman » Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:17 pm

I have some places I could get some so not worried about finding one. Thanks

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Re: Wavesport transformer (T1)

Post by Mark Mulrain » Thu May 02, 2019 12:24 pm

Very outdated boat. Wasn't a great design when it was released either.

If you are looking for an all out freestyle kayak for a reasonable price, go hunting for a 2nd hand;
  • Pyranha Jed
  • Jackson Allstar/Rockstar
  • Wavesport Project/Project X
  • Dagger Jitsu/Kingpin

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Re: Wavesport transformer (T1)

Post by StoneWeasel » Thu May 02, 2019 1:43 pm

Why a T1?

I never owned one but I tried a Transformer a couple of times and thought it was a pretty hateful boat.

What is it about the transformer that has taken your fancy?

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Re: Wavesport transformer (T1)

Post by Adrian Cooper » Fri May 03, 2019 10:48 am

I'm not sure it was really so hateful. Deb Pinneger paddled one and, without the bolt-ons it is not dissimilar to more modern short playboats. Being short it would spin and cartwheel well which was the order of the day back then

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Re: Wavesport transformer (T1)

Post by StoneWeasel » Fri May 03, 2019 1:23 pm

Adrian Cooper wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 10:48 am
I'm not sure it was really so hateful. Deb Pinneger paddled one and, without the bolt-ons it is not dissimilar to more modern short playboats. Being short it would spin and cartwheel well which was the order of the day back then
I am working from quite old memories but I really did not like it at all.

It definitely spun and cartwheeled but I just remember it being really slow and really sluggish / boggy on the carve.

Now I am not the best paddler ever and I was even worse back then so I will not have been getting the most out of the boat, I am sure, but I distinctly remember thinking it was a step backwards and not up to the standard of some of the other boats out at the time.

I still think I would much prefer a LL Pop, Pyrahna S6 of evn a Dagger G-Force to a Transformer and I am pretty sure they all pre-date it.

All just my opinion anyway,

Denzil

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Re: Wavesport transformer (T1)

Post by Adrian Cooper » Fri May 03, 2019 4:44 pm

Interestingly I think Doug had a LL Skip before but it was the ZG which made the big step up for wave paddling with much better speed.

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Re: Wavesport transformer (T1)

Post by Doorman » Sat May 11, 2019 4:01 pm

Thanks for all the info. Guy I may buy it of has said I can demo it before I buy to see if I like it- so that's a bonus. If I don't like it I think I may go for a titan genesis. It is the debate for me of cheaper boat and more/ better gear or better boat but less/not so good gear

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