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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!

Hi,

i am looking for a surfski boat wich can be used to travel .

Where is it possible to test yours in france ? Do you know an owner ther ?

Many thanks.

Vad väger den?

Har inte vägt den, men Kajaksidan anger 28 kg...

Thanks Bjorn, COVID has not made it easy the market the Liker brand. I am getting good reviews on the V.50, OnWind and Spirt. Just need to pair these boats with the right paddle. With the narrow fit I'm thinking 200-210 cm max.

Any suggestions

Hi Jozef. I am sorry but I have been a happy Greenland-style paddle addict for so many years now that I have lost track of what the producers of euros and wings have to offer nowadays.

And for Greenland paddles, I am – after having tried some commercial carbon versions (slippery, noisy, cold in the winter, hot in the summer) – back to using my own hand-carved wooden favorites.

Hello Björn

I am interested in buying a Liker surfski.

Can you tell me The difference between this boat and The Epic V7 ?

Thank you very much!

Kindley regards,

Arnoud

Hi Arnoud,

I can't give you an experienced evaluation, since I haven't had a chance to try an Epic V7. But looking at figures and shapes, I might guess that speed is approx the same: Epic is slightly longer which gives it an edge, but that is probably offset by Liker Onwind's slightly higher Cp. Stability is also probably approx the same – Epic slightly longer, Liker slightly wider. This is hardly surprising since both, in essence, are high-performance elite ski hulls that have become wider and shorter to suit another usage and other users.

It seems, depending on version, that Epic is a couple of kg:s lighter than Liker, which may mean that higher quality HDPE is used, but may also mean that Liker Onwind is a more robust and tough ski.

Thank you very much for your replay!

The Liker is foresale in The netherlands, so I will have A look!

Kindley regards,

Arnoud

There are some good reviews on the internet – among them one that covers the build quality etc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJg9iYZ2EwQ.

I have seen a likewise very in-depth review of its qualities afloat and surfing big waves etc, but I couldn't find it when I looked now...

But here is a paddler keeping the Onwind at 10-15 km/h during a 9 km race, which I find quite impressive with a short and heavy plastic ski (although he spent some time in the wake of a group of team boats ;-)

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