Speaking of Big Guys...

Aloha! I'm a novice paddler and hoping to get an OC-1...but here's the problem: I'm shortier and bulkier... I"m like 5'6" and 220 I know...i gotta stop eating spam musubi's and ease up on the green bottles... All kidding aside, should I go with a Kai Wa'a Scorpius or Arcturus? They seem to be for paddlers who are on the heavier end of the spectrum?? I've heard the Pegasus is good but have yet to demo one.. Any input would be great! Mahalo Nui!


Submitted by Kaimanu2007 on Fri, 09/19/2008 - 9:04am

Kai said the scorpius would float me well at 255 and you know he is not desperate to sell boats. He said the polaris is even bigger if you have any concern and was the most comfortable for bigger paddlers as is sit on top and does not have a seatwell. My understanding would be that the peg would be too small, more well suited for <200...

#1 Fri, 09/19/2008 - 9:31am

just going on the fact that the arcturus is like a 300 year old model, I'd go fer the newer one...

#2 Fri, 09/19/2008 - 11:49am

Get whatever boat you like-after you paddle alot the weight will come off, anyways. There's plenty big guys your weight who move the Hurricane just fine-so don't buy into the big guy/different boat theory, especially at your height.

#3 Fri, 09/19/2008 - 2:46pm

you should try a pueo.........i like it....its even better on the reef........GET A PUEO

#4 Fri, 09/19/2008 - 9:53pm

Wait with the Pueo until you're around 200, your okole will appreciate it.

#5 Sat, 09/20/2008 - 1:58pm

i recommend used boat until you get more serious .

Used Stingray, Polaris, or Pahoa would be good for you in terms of comfort, stability, and good price. Also try them out first.

Have fun

#6 Sat, 09/20/2008 - 2:32pm

Take it from a REALLY HEAVY guy. The Polaris is great. Top end speed is similar to a Fusion, but the Fusion has a much better average speed. The reserve buoyancy on a Polaris is straight up, so when you fall off a bump, you sink. The Fusion tends to hold more speed as you fall off bumps, thus you don't have to work so hard to catch the next one. Stay away from a Hurricane. They're fine for heavy guys if you're tall, as your weight is further back due to the adjustable seat, keeping the nose up and out of the water. The worst person for a Hurricane is someone who is short and heavy. Too much weight on the nose. You'll plow on every bump, whether you know how to surf or not.

#7 Sat, 09/20/2008 - 7:55pm

any weight your bump will get sore......

#8 Sat, 09/20/2008 - 8:56pm

Eh brah! First thing,you shld not be Kidding: Loss the weight to 150-160 lbs, then try any boat and build your strenght from there. When your Okole to big, you can't get comfortable and stomach getting in the way when you reach, your Leg numbs and your hip is in pain to much that you can't power up. Do a lot of cardio and Cross- Training , don"t use Paddling to loss weight it's going to take you forever and lay out from rice, and Processed food (& bread).Do some heavy cleansing. give it a month extensive regimen, no excuses. Then you be ready for any boat the TOP guys Paddle.

#9 Sun, 09/21/2008 - 11:45am

Thanks for all the input everyone. I do have a goal to lower my weight eventually down to 180 and in the meanwhile I'll try to demo as many boats used and new as possible and see what feels right as far as the okole/seatwell interface is concerned. Until then...I'll train train train and paddle paddle paddle.


#10 Mon, 09/22/2008 - 8:34am

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