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Padding your surfski

Some surfski buckets are agressive others built like a bathtub. Just like butts come in different configurations too.

I´ve had many skis but only one backside, so I started looking into the art of padding. As always new doors opened to an uknown world. Add padding technique to paddling technique.



Work of art by Kayaker Greg

In my naive beginning I was merely looking for a sort of padding that could stick while not compromising rotation which is of course key to success.

First stop was a Norwegian home depot where foam, tape, glue scissors were bought.

After a few hours of do it yourself I had a very ill-smelling sort of sticky pad that wouldn´t hold up in the water for long. Not half a functional as my Skwoosh x-treme cushion. But just as ugly as most duct-tape pads I see in other in expensive skis.


Skwoosh X-treme Pad

The skwoosh doesn´t stick though, and who needs more floating objects when doing remounts.

Considered EPICs seat pads:seat_pad_set_320

But they´re meant for increasing your stability and not for padding anatomy to  buckets. Smooth for sure, but alto stiff. Got a pair though and kept looking.

Went to Mocke Paddling Online Store. If you´ve ever met a Mocke you know that they only use stuff that works perfectly in even crazy conditions and over a long period of time.

Got myself 5 of those seat pads, handy if I should want to start a surfski store, but they were really cheap.

Butt-PadsButt-pad from Mocke online store

This butt-pad sticks. Forever. And it´s got cut-outs for those lucky enough to have bony butts. It´ll lift your coccyx from the bucket so steep buckets wont give you a raw bony protusion anymore. Also they will pad your backside, and can be cut to pad any other surface. They´re smooth, quite so.

But what was is the perfect customized solution?

More research brought up the name Kayaker Greg. An entire world of padding I never knew existed.

Gregs pimped out Swordfish, impressive:


I asked Greg for a bit of advice and was allowed to share a bit from his wealth of information. And  here goes:


Hi Sune, you need to go to a fabric shop and look for a two way stretchable fabric, much like lycra, most materials only stretch one way, ask and I’m sure they will point you in the right direction. I also run a plastic bag on my seat for a bit more slip, also different shorts work better than others, the neoprenes shorts don’t always slip so good so I wear surfer kind of beach baggies on top, you need to just sit in your ski and try different combinations of shorts.


The foam needs to be quite firm to work. For glue I use an aerosol spray glue, its called Bostic Super Tac, you should be able to find something similar at a home and depo outlet or hardware store. This I use to fix the material to the foam.


You can also glue the seat in with this although you might want to just tape it in to start until you are sure it is right for you, sometimes you need to play with it for awhile. I just fold the tap over down the middle and use that to hold the seat in, this works well for removal and making changes, used this for over six months without any problems and still haven’t glued my last seat I made in yet. Good luck, Greg.



And enjoy a few other rides of Greg’s




If this has gotten you interested I sugget you visit Kayaker Greg on Facebook

And yes, four months after all my padding research I´m still paddling padless in many different skis without many issues. But as always it´s a great inspiration stumbling across this sort of talent and commitment to perfect paddling style. Thanks Greg!

Radar Reflex – expensive stickers but cheap safety

On the Oslo Fiord thousands of boats are racing all summer long. Big, fast powerboats. When it´s windy some like to play in the waves like surfskiers do. On an overcast, low contrast and windy day this gets pretty dicey. What the faster boats going too close by see or don´t see nobody knows. I always assume they´ve seen nothing and very often I´m afraid this is true.


After a few close shaves recently I decided that chasing rogue boaters to the mooring and telling them a few things were pretty unproductive. Rather I wanted to focus on becoming more visible and paint my paddle orange. But then I stumbled upon the most expensive stickers you´ll ever see – 111 $US pr paddle. But they show. Very much so. In the waves I couldn’t tell if they´re interfering with the hydrodynamics of the paddle, but it really wasn´t my impression. On a quiet day I´ll test them against my no-sticker paddle and compare, if any change, I´ll post again.

So why are the stickers so expensive compared to other reflecting bright stickers? According to Radar Reflex the stickers enhance how visible you are on a radar especially when mounted in a correct pattern explained in the pack. If true this is really cool and would be worth paying the very high price for. So naturally I asked how this radar enhancement has been achieved or is explained but Radar Reflex tell they chose to keep this piece of information as a trade secret. Since the product is put forward as having special radar effects and carries a price tag that needs to be justified accordingly I don’t understand why Radar Reflex chooses not to explain or quantify the effect in any way. So basically you´ll have to make your own decision whether you’ll take their word for it and hand over cash that would get you many times more ordinary reflective stickers.

In conclusion all I can justify to say is that the stickers are indeed very bright and visible even in hazy overcast midday conditions. Way brighter than the yellow stickers on an Epic paddle. I saw the stickers being noticed by a few other paddlers. I do feel safer. So in general some kind of reflective stickers are a great idea when paddling.

Stickers don´t change rogue boaters, but the vast majority of boaters aren´t rogue, but just simply can´t see a white surfski against white horses when doing downwind. Now they can see me a lot better


Check it out for yourself. www.radarreflex.com
Norwegian but self-explanatory.
“Kjøp” to buy.