I bought her as a demo model from Ritchie who is in the process of setting up a business importing this brand of ski to Australia.
On first impressions you get the idea that she is built for the surf.She has a large voluminous nose and curvy with a V shaped bow and a blunt booty.Plenty of rocker too.I like big nosed women like Uma Therman, strong features.
She is definitely feminine,her lines not so much shout it but rather smoulder their intentions.
Having studied design I was captivated by the transition of the V'eed bow to the planing surface tapering to the huge skeg and rudder at the blunt stern. The deck layout is minimalist as it should be for a surf capable yak.The hardware on board is common to all South African skis.I did not like the hatch straps that came with the yak.They where those clip buckles you get on back packs.Just not good enough in my opinion, so I bought some bungee loops and studs to replace the original hatch fasteners.My method allows you to quickly close the lid with one hand. The hatch has no rubber seal, even so this setup was able to keep the water ingress to an acceptable level. I had problems with the rudder pedals popping out in the the surf when taking a tumble,but this was due to my habit of keeping my feet in the straps and getting dragged by the yak in the foamies.This is stupid and have now keep my feet out of the straps in the surf.Tying off the adjustable chord has also helped prevent this once I had a pedal position worked out for myself.
The cockpit is deep.This means a lower centre of gravity for more stability.large venturi scuppers drain the water quickly from the footwells.
On my first launch in this yak at Yaroomba,wich can be a tricky launch I felt comfortable straight up,the greater width was new to me.
She is a very responsive ski in the surf.The massive rudder and skeg arrangement guarantee this.Direction control with the paddle is also good.She is quick enough to do what is asked of a ski in the surf.Tracking down a wave is what this thing is made for. The hollow closing out waves I encounter on most of my surf launches are a challenge, the v in the bow helps keep her nose up,I am yet to ''submarine'' her coming back thru the surf even with a few fish in the hatch.Early days though,but I get the impression she won't go down for just any ole wave. Out on the open water the ride is comfortable and getting to various parts of the yak is easy.Sidesaddling is fine.It would take a lot of work to tip her out on the water.Two 5hr trips plus a 3hr one in a row had me wanting to ride her again.She is a lovely yak and a most accomplished all rounder.