advice on 1 man

Hey guys, i need some advice about 1 mans. I was looking at either the kamanu pueo or karels fuze. I had my mind set on the pueo since it seems newer and is probably gonna stick around longer than the fuze. For those who do own the pueo, what is your opinion on it, and if you have also had any experience with the fuze, how do they compare? I was told by a coach of mine that the fuze would probably be a little too big for me. I am about 120 lbs and 5'9".

Thanks for all your help,

Submitted by kcchee11 on Mon, 07/21/2008 - 7:02pm

If you're waiting for Pueo owners to speak up, it might be a while...

They're all out paddling right now.

Both of them.

#1 Mon, 07/21/2008 - 7:13pm

lolz. Thank you for responding so fast goto. but its alright, i still have to find the money, lol.

Plenty Mahalos,

"Feel da Mana, Feel da Kai. PADDLES UP! It's wa'a time"

#2 Mon, 07/21/2008 - 7:15pm

OK, seriously, I raced in a Pueo this weekend at The Gorge Games. Here's a bullet point list of things I liked:

  • super-comfy seating
  • slices and dices into the wind
  • new ama looks weird
  • new ama works like a dream
  • footwell drains SUCK (the good way!)
  • it's fast

Here's a list of things I DIDN'T like:

  • EVERYBODY wants to try out my new boat
  • that's it.

#3 Mon, 07/21/2008 - 7:34pm

I think the Pueo and Fuze are about the same size, maybe Pueo bigger. Try each canoe. It also depends on where you paddle. At 120 lbs, Hurricane may be the right canoe if you paddle in flat conditions or a carbon fibre Naia Iki or Pegasus if you plan to be in consistant surfng conditions. Try them all if you can. Once you get in the canoe that ifts you you'll know it! Don't take any reps comments - try the canoe yourself or you'll make a costly misitake. Where do you paddle? Goto is the Pueo rep in the pacif Northwest. There probably is a rep near you that may represent Outriggger Connection and other canoes. You must rty the various canoes. Good luck!

#4 Mon, 07/21/2008 - 7:42pm

I paddle in kailua or alamoana on oahu. thanks for all the great replies so fast. goto, i just reserved a spot in trying the demo canoe today, so i about three weeks or so, i look forward to experiencing the same things that you are.

Much Aloha,

"Feel da Mana, Feel da Kai. PADDLES UP! It's wa'a time"

#5 Mon, 07/21/2008 - 7:48pm

Those goddamn canoe reps are all a bunch of big fat liar-heads.

...especially fuzerider.

#6 Mon, 07/21/2008 - 7:59pm


#7 Mon, 07/21/2008 - 8:08pm

Goto, do you have any pics of the new pueo ama and iako setup? I've seen a picture of just the ama and noticed that the front iako connection is on the top of the ama like a wainui, rather than in the side like the kainalu ama. Are the iakos more curved than the kainalu iakos?

#8 Mon, 07/21/2008 - 8:32pm


#9 Mon, 07/21/2008 - 8:38pm

Goto, that shirt looks awfully tight.

#10 Mon, 07/21/2008 - 9:24pm

Who you calling a liar?

I never lie here ,everything I post is pure truth and nothing but the truth.

Even all that chine stuff I posted last Winter when I was down for several months with cabin fever was truth .

Irritating maybe but true....

#11 Tue, 07/22/2008 - 11:30am

Anyone know how long of a wait for the pueo?

#12 Tue, 07/22/2008 - 7:25pm

from what they told me at kamanu, the wait is 3-4 months

#13 Tue, 07/22/2008 - 8:25pm


#14 Wed, 08/06/2008 - 9:06pm

I don't get it...?

#15 Wed, 08/06/2008 - 9:23pm

I think sidjamma1 is the guy beaten endlesly by your avatar... He just want to see you go paddlin so he can get some rest !

#16 Wed, 08/06/2008 - 10:51pm

Goto, you said the ama works like a dream. What makes it look weird? And are you using it own down wind runs or flat water?

#17 Wed, 08/06/2008 - 10:56pm

i think th' ama looks different simply on accoun' o' 'tis different. i be havin' heard several guys talkin' about this rig. from guys paddlin' flat, wee, sloppy, side chop, an' big water. some really really like 't, an' some really dasn't. but thats how 't goes wi' ERE boat. ive seen guys absolutely fly downwind wi' 't, as well an' go super fast in flat water.

o' course all things be relative. all these swabbies be way faster than me. so t' me, th' ama looks like 'tis workin' great all th' time. at least fer th' wee seconds i be near someone fast at th' beginnin' o' a run that be.

#18 Wed, 08/06/2008 - 11:07pm

I have just started using my new Pueo (three weeks) and I love it. It surfs well and the ama is very light and responds well when you want to fly it. It is as comfortable as any canoe I have been on. Last night I did a time trial that went down wind, side wind and up wind. The Pueo preformed well in all conditions and my best section was the up wind leg. The low ama doesn't get caught in the wind and cuts through on coming chop. At this time the canoe surfs much better than I do so I have some work to do on my end.

I really liked my experience with the guys at Kamanu Composites. They are very easy to talk to and deal with. Customer service is great and they listen to you about what you want and give good advise. They go the extra mile to make sure your boat is right and they always are prompt in returning phone calls and emails. It was very cool to be able to visit their shop when ever and check in or just talk about paddling. The attitude is great and the Aloha spirit is alive and well at Kamanu Composites.

I had to wait for my Pueo but it was well worth it, thanks guys.

#19 Thu, 08/07/2008 - 7:53am

Good things come to those who wait I guess. An exercise in patience for those waiting for shipments from Hawaii to the Mainland.

That being said...I cannot wait to try that Pueo!

#20 Thu, 08/07/2008 - 8:22am

jbe, show off the pictures. Would like to see. Seems like the website has the old pictures/version of the Pueo compared to the picture in an earlier post.

#21 Thu, 08/07/2008 - 9:43am

As soon as I take some pics I will share them. Hopefully tomorrow.

Another cool thing is that I was able to get as creative as I wanted with the colors and graphic design of the canoe. You can really work with them on stuff like that and make it your own.

Right now I am thinking about cool colors and designs for when they come out with the V1's.

#22 Thu, 08/07/2008 - 10:07am

hey, thanks for the reply jbe. really lookin foward to those pictures. But, yea, i've heard they can do some pretty awesome graphics, but since i have never previously bought one, im not quite sure how creative i can get with it.


#23 Thu, 08/07/2008 - 11:45am

Doubt very much the Pueo is bigger than a Fuze. I am 190lbs 5'9" and owned a Fuze, own a Pegasus and a Kaimana now. The Fuze I sold was bigger than I expected.

Kaimana is smaller than a Fuze definitely and the Pueo based on what I know is smaller than the Kaimana.

Choke Aloha!!!

Try before you buy!!!! Or you might cry after you buy ;-)

#24 Thu, 08/07/2008 - 1:13pm

Try before you buy!!!!!! At 120 lbs you need a small canoe like a Hurricane, Naia Iki or Pegasus. Other wise you'll be pushing too much boat. Try before you buy!!! Get a used canoe first and try the three canoes above plus the Peuo so you know what you are buying. HAve fun - main thing!!

#25 Thu, 08/07/2008 - 8:07pm

Paddlefast makes a very good point. At your size a smaller canoe should be a major consideration. Good luck.

#26 Fri, 08/08/2008 - 6:32am

Currently own a Kaku Elua and have been very satisfied with it, but have been looking for a new canoe. Since the Pueo has the same pedigree as the Elua I decided to order one. I paddled the demo Goto has in the photo and here’s a few things I noticed:
The ama was very light and easy to fly (in the flats I was able to paddle with it out of the water about an inch or two on every stroke!)
The ama seems to slice through chop and “sits” on top on the water rather than “in” it
The steering was exceptionally responsive and took a while for me to get used to
The cockpit/seat area has raised sidewalls that gives you more hip control, however the seat was a little too far back for me on the demo, but I was told all seats are custom built so that’s easy enough to correct
Yes, you can get any color and graphic design you want (as long as it’s not clear, they also discourage against doing black)
I really like what is going on at Kamanu Composites and don’t mind spending my money with them

As for the Fuze, I’ve demoed this canoe too and I liked it a lot, but what really won me over to the Pueo was the gift with purchase muscle shirt that Goto was handing out!

#27 Fri, 08/08/2008 - 9:22am

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