In 2003, Randy Philliips and Vince Shay designed the Intruder, a radically different production surf kayak that was built on the ‘surf like a wave ski’ premise. Modeled from a waveski, the Intruder was born. At 8’2″, the surf kayak performed more like a waveski than any other production surf kayak, very maneuverable. A great surf kayak, but it had inherent problems. Not enough tail volume, too much rocker and the bottom rails were-although functional-not quite right.
After the 2005 Worlds in Costa Rica Vince wanted to redesign the model and evolve it. This meant taking the design down to 7’8″, flattening out the bottom, reducing the tail rocker, and adding adequate tail volume for the design to function how we initially intended it to in 2003. So, the Twist was created. With the Twist you will get a surf kayak that is very fast and very ‘waveski-like’. The bottom is very basic, flat, with very minimal chine, with just a touch of V at rear. The rails are like nothing else I have ever done before. Sharp from hip back. Very attacking type of surf kayak that carves very predictably and smooth. The deck is a very basic, efficient water shedding type that will not load up on aggressive turns. The Twist is a very user-friendly surf kayak that will challenge you to push to new surf kayak heights. Weight ranges accommodated are from 100-200 pounds. This design caters to the intermediate to expert athlete who likes barrels and craves air.
Date Designed: December 2005
Length: 7’8″ Width: 25.5:
Fin Configuration: Tri Fin Set Up
Entry Rocker: 10″
Tail Rocker: 2″
Tail Shape: Squash