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New surfski from China

Surfski från Liker Kayaks

Another new kayak from the busy Chinese manufacturer, that I have designed a couple of kayaks for recently – this time, a short plastic (HDPE) surfski, 505x55 cm, aimed at the recreational market, workout and light touring, rather than the racing circus.

A surfski has some interesting advantages for this kind of use: it is fast and very manoeuvrable, easy to get in and out of, and to take a swim from (no tight cockpit to crawl into and no spraydeck to attach) and it is safe to use as it is easy to get up on from the water (no balancing with a high center of gravity while getting your legs in under a foredeck. If you get water in the cockpit from a breaking wave or a capsize, the footwell bailer will drain the cockpit when you speed up (more about this here).

The surfski will be shipped with either a racing rudder if you are serious about speed, or an aft mounted touring rudder (Smarttrack) if you prefer a rudder that can be lifted for getting close to the shore or in shallow waters. These are easily user interchangeable.

I have yet no information where and by whom this surfski will be marketed.

Surfski 505x55 cm

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Looks very interesting, what other models are coming out through Chinese distributors?

From my hand, it is those mentioned in the link above. There may be a few more coming but nothing is decided yet.

Hur blev det finns det någon svensk distributör beskrivningen låter precis som nått sånt jag är ute efter.

Det har hackat lite med introduktionen i Sverige, men Liker Kajak Sverige har tagit in Onwind (de har dock tagit en liten paus i återförsäljandet, men kan kanske ha kvar någon surfski i lagret?).

Även Skärgårdsidyllen har eller har haft Onwind i sortimentet.

Can you tell us who the manifacturer is? Interested to get one.

kajaken kommer att finnas hos Kajaksidan i Stockholm senare i vår , man kan förhandsboka sig för en kajak redan nu.

mvh Petrus

I own a Liker On Wind. I have raced it several times here in Texas. I enjoy the boat very much. I put a over stern rudder on the boat due to the conditions I race in. I have paddled in the Gulf of Mexico in this boat too. On flat water I can keep up with most other boats. I would say it is a good ski.

Hello Bjorn

I am happy to bring your designs to the Canadian market, my new business Kayak Source is aimed at wholesale and will feature the full Liker brand, this includes the On Wind surfski above, the V5.0, Easty 4.5 and others.

Hey Jozef,

I am excited to hear, and I am sure you know that I am not involved with the production, marketing and sales of these kayaks. The designs are done as assignments for Liker kayaks.

But I'll be happy to supply any info you may need or want about the designs, hydrodynamics, visual considerations etc – and if Canada wasn't so far away I would gladly pop over to help introduce the line. I often do that with "my" kayaks on the local market (Scandinavia/Nortern Europe) – introductory talks, demos, classes etc...

Good luck!

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