Waka Kayaks Stoke,
We are still in the early days learning the Stoke and a more accurate description will be posted in the following month as the boats get tested by the whole Waka Team and wider public.
Here’s what we know so far: The Stoke is by far the skippiest boat we have ever made. It’s fast, it’s loose, it’s predictable, it surfs, it’s easier to roll, more hand room, and has awesome secondary stability. This is what comes to mind, I’m sure it may have some drawbacks like every boat but the only thing I notice so far is when you want to use the stern like a puffy steeze you remember it’s a full volume creek boat.
The Stoke isn’t replacing any boats in the Waka range but more complimenting the Steeze/ Puffy Steeze in particular. It fills the gap when you need the extra volume and speed while being an absolutely familiar feeling to the Puffy Steeze which makes it slick to change from one to the other according to what water you are running. The Stoke will be a good alternative to the Gangsta for racing in proper whitewater courses as it is far easier to control with extra rocker and a release hull. For more flat water races the Gangsta will still rule. The OG is still the king in the shorter creeker range. It’s size and rocker loves tight steep creeks of any volume.
Enjoy the Stoke!
|| creeker/race boat
Easy to adjust outfitting is what the Stoke has been equipped with. We wanted to have strong but fast adjustment to our outfitting to ensure it caters for everyone from schools to experts.
The seat is Roto-moulded. It has three screw holes under the hip pads on seat tab to adjust the seat position. Just loosen two screws and the seat will slide forward and backwards. The seat is very comfortable, especially over longer periods of time.
Shaped pads are provided that velcro onto the seat. Also they have two straps that go around the seat to provent loosing them in a swim. Two extra pads for each side are provided for easy adjustment. You can put one or two pads between the shaped pad and the seat as required.
The back-band is extremely comfortable. It has two ratchets and ladders, making it easy to adjust and tighten. It can be adjusted even more by altering the length of webbing on the back of the back-band. The back-band has been mounted to allow for easy access to any safety equipment or overnight gear stored behind the seat.
The thigh braces are extremely comfortable. They are simple, light weight and most importantly, very effective, giving you perfect control.
The thigh braces in the Stoke have purposely been left longer for extra knee grip for the full on boaters. If you find this is to much or want easier exiting from your boat you can easily trim the braces down 5mm-10mm preferably with a rasp.
The foot-block is fully adjustable thanks to four thumb-nuts on the inside of the hull. The width of the foot-block is also adjustable, depending on the position of the foot block.