Date: 27th November 2011
Location: North Bay, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England.
Conditions: Waves 1m, Temp 8 0C, Wind 48-64 km/h.
Experience of rider: 5 years experience on plastic SOT surf kayaks.
Size of rider: 5ft 11 inches, 100Kg.
The 1st RPF Master sit on top surf kayak arrived in the UK and was taken for its first surfing session at North Bay, Scarborough, England. The conditions were challenging with very strong winds at 48-64 km/h with even stronger gusts at times. However the Master was easy to handle even when trying for the first time, and produced good results (and plenty of fun) despite the challenging weather. The foundation for this was the good stability of the kayak that allowed the rider plenty of confidence in the surf. Punching out through the surf was easy, the kayak has good rocker and easily rode over all wave sizes, either unbroken or white water. Turning was straight-forward and catching waves was noticeably easier than on plastic SOT kayaks. The kayak holds the wave face nicely and was responsive to movements of the body and paddle when working the wave face. Of particular note was the ability to break easily out of the broken surf thus avoiding the sideways ‘bongo slide’. Carrying to/from the beach and general handling are easy due to the lighter weight and more manageable size of this kayak. This kayaker was looking to break away from using heavy plastic SOT surf kayaks and was looking for the next level of performance in a SOT format. The Master more than adequately fulfilled this requirement, provided good stability for a kayaker of greater stature and gave excellent indications of enhanced performance on numerous occasions during this first trip out. Can’t wait for the next surf session! Thanks RPF!
Dr. John Huntriss
Division of Reproduction and Early Development,
Leeds Institute of Genetics, Health and Therapeutics,
The LIGHT Laboratories,
University of Leeds,