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Carter Johnson Wins 2 Dam Days Race in Missouri

Multiple world record breaker, Carter Johnson, sets new record time for the 2 Dam Days International Flatwater Championships at Lake of the Ozarks. He finished sixteen minutes ahead of Mike Herbert, who finished second place over all. Mike had previously won this race and had set the course record that Carter broke. Carter and Mike traded leads all of both days, with Carter finishing first at the end of each leg. "It was really difficult, but luckily there were surfable waves at the ends of both days that helped lock in the finish for me," said Carter. Carter Johnson chose his newly built HUKI S1-X Special from his roof top quiver of surfskis and made her fly over the two day race course between the two distant dams. Photos courtesy of David Dilks lakeshotsphoto@gmail.com, Lake Shots Photography on facebook.

  
  
  

Huki does well at the first Southern California Winter Race: SDOCC Invitational

Mike Eisert takes First Over All on the new 2012 S1-X Special in the Long Course, Deon Lourens took Third over all surfskis Long Course. Julie Wolfe and Thomas Maximum took First OC-2 Over All in the Long Course.

  
  
  

Huki does well at USSSChamps: Kristen Podolak Wins First Women's, Joep van Bakel takes 8th Over All in Mens, Booth & van Bakel take 2nd Double Men, Carter Johnson & Nicole Russel take 2nd Double Coed.

Kristen, Joep and Carter were on the new 2012 S1-X Special. Joep van Bakel & Michael Booth were on the new S2-XM, and so were Carter & Nicole! Carter took 3rd American in the Single.

  
  
Brent Reitz on 2006 S1-XS takes First Over All in the short course, Dan Couplan on 2012 S1-XS takes second Over All short, Robb Eichelberger on 2006 S1-XS took 4th Over All short.


Introducing the new generation S1-X, low volume unlimited surfski.

  
  

Newest version of the S1-X series, to replace the original S1-X. moderate volume, rough water peformance for mid-small framed people, stability of the original S1-X, improvement on speed, greatly anti pearl. Aft-body and cockpit are the same as the recently revised S1-X special, Gunwales and fore-body are lowered significantly. Carries the new styling theme found with the new S1-X Special and S1-XL

I introduced this surfski at the 2012 US Surfski Championships doing the short course on her myself on August 4th and she performed fabulously.

Increased speed and less pearling in all conditions, excellent in light conditions and great with moderate weight paddlers in rough.

Pricing structure is the same as all our surfskis, and we sell factory direct without dealers anywhere in the world.



Carter Johnson Wins and Dave Jensen takes 3rd at the Gorge Outrigger Race's ’Solo Surfski Division’ on the NEW S1-X Special, and they place 2nd in the WildSide Relay.

     
Three Videos below of Carter Johnson in the Gorge on the new S1-X Special !
     

We’ve redesigned our S1-X Special from nose to tail, top to bottom, to keep up with the paddling talent of our growing sport. We placed more volume in the fore body, a sharper ridge to the fore deck, and a sharp V bottom on the fore hull. The deck and hull come to meet tightly at a fine leading edge on the drop nose stem that slopes forward more than our previous plumb bow. The whole cockpit has been moved back one inch. The footwell now has added room for thick booties, there is a taller heel plate, and lower rounded ridge between seat & footwell. The catch zone is even narrower than previous and gunwales along the seat have been lowered by half an inch to better spill water and allow easier remount. The aft deck is slightly more crowned and the aft hull slightly fuller for surfing big seas. The rudder post is in the same aggressive position and all the S1-XS rudders will still fit. Our entire line of ten proven rudders has been refined & redesigned to offer better performance from lighter materials and processes.

The feel is more control, greater stability, increased speed and less pearling in all conditions, especially when charging the swell in front of you.

Pricing structure is the same as all our surfskis, and we sell factory direct without dealers anywhere in the world.



Announcing, Newly redesigned S2-XM

     

We’ve redesigned our S2-X from nose to tail, top to bottom, to keep up with the paddling talent of our growing sport and to provide a mid-sized surfski for average and small size people. We placed a sharper ridge to the fore deck, and a sharp V bottom on the fore hull. The deck and hull come to meet tightly at a fine leading edge on the drop nose stem that slopes forward more than our previous plumb bow. The whole cockpit has been redesigned and repositioned. The footwell now has added room for thick booties, there is a taller heel plate, and lower rounded ridge between seat & footwell. The catch zone is even narrower than previous and gunwales along the seat have been lowered to better spill water and allow easier remount. The aft deck is slightly more crowned and the mid through aft hull slightly fuller for surfing big seas and added stability. The rudder post is in the same aggressive position and you can fit all our ten interchangeable rudders including kickup rudder.

36 Lbs in Premium Vac'd Fiberglass!!!! 31 Lbs in Vac'd Carbon/Kevlar!!!.

The feel is more control, much greater stability, increased speed and less pearling in all conditions, especially when charging the swell in front of you.

Pricing structure is the same as all our surfskis, and we sell factory direct without dealers anywhere in the world.



Announcing, the S1-XL

     

We’ve designed our S1-XL.

26 Lbs in Premium Vac'd Fiberglass!!!! 22.5 Lbs in Vac'd Carbon/Kevlar!!!.

The feel is more control, much greater stability, same speed and less pearling in all conditions, especially when charging the swell in front of you.

Pricing structure is the same as all our surfskis, and we sell factory direct without dealers anywhere in the world.



Three Wins for the S1-Z

Carter Johnson, David Gubser and Tommy Yonley win in three different events on one weekend!

Tommy Yonley won the Texas Surfski Championship in his S1-Z, purchased just a couple months before the event. He wrote, "I continue to be blown away with how great this boat is for smaller downwind conditions. I was racing against a friend who has beaten me in several recent races. We commonly train 5 mile flatwater time trials together and I can generally barely hang on to his wake for most of the distance, but I haven't beaten him in several months. He is also skilled in paddling downwind. When we used to paddle downwind together before I got the Z (him in his [competitive surfski], and me in the S1-XS), we were fairly evenly matched. However, now that I have the S1-Z, he hasn't been able to keep up with me on downwind runs (2-4 foot chop). The difference is dramatic. The acceleration and ability to cut through/over the smaller chop is truly amazing. The best part is that I am having so much fun while connecting runs that I would have missed in any other boat. Everyone always says that "it's the paddler, not the boat" (which is true to a certain extent), but I can tell you that without the S1-Z, I would have likely gotton a hard fought 2nd place, and with the S1-Z, I had a comfortable 1st place."

Carter Johnson and David Gubser won their respective Northern California and Southern California events over this weekend on the Huki S1-Z (light conditions Surfski). Conditions at both events were far from light, but still within range of the Z when powered by the exceptional talent of these two World Class athletes. For David, the starting leg of the La Jolla Invitational was into the wind and rough-bumpy conditions, which played out to be a major advantage for him on the Z. He set a gap early on that conventional surfskis couldn't recoup in the surfing leg home. For Carter, the conditions at the WaveChaser-Santa Cruz event were rough enough to challenge the application of power at times, but the glide was sufficient to build up his lead and maintain a growing gap to the finish.

Huki continues to be at the cutting edge of modern surfski concept and design, the S1-Z has the narrowest waterline of any surfski in the world. She is intended to provide better glide than an Olympic K1, while maintaining more stability and rough water performance than K1's. The S1-Z is more stable than many Olympic K1 trainers.


Robyn Benincasa sets World Record on HUKI S1-R !

     

"The farthest distance paddled by canoe/kayak in 24 hours on flat water by a female was 195.33 km (121.37 miles) by Robyn Benincasa (USA) on Lake San Antonio, California, USA on October 28-29 2010"


Men’s solo winner is Santo Albright at Missouri River 340 ... yes, the 340 stands for miles.

  
  

Santo Albright won the men’s solo division of the Missouri River 340 with a time of 44 hours and 56 minutes on his Huki S1-X Special with Gull Wing. This is Albright’s third time in the race. In 2008 he had a time of 61 hours. Santo won the race in 2009 on his Huki in 51 hours, and now in 2010 knocking off a little more than six hours from his previous win, he has won the Men’s Solo Division again on his Huki S1-X Special with Gull Wing. Santo explained that keeping a constant managable pace was crucial because racers often go at it too hard, wearing themselves down so they have to stop frequently for a break on land. Santo’s strategy was to only take a few short cat naps while drifting down the river race course, using his Huki Gull Wing stabilization system to keep him upright and steady.


Introducing the NEW HUKI Custom Fitted Foam Seat for newer V1-X and V1-R models.

  
  

OC-1 Custom Fitted Foam Seat for paddlers that have no need to adjust their leg length in the canoe cockpit. The custom seat also doubles as a light weight filler for the cockpit area to keep water from accumulating and weighing the boat down.

For V1-X Model 2009 or newer

For V1-R Model 2010 or newer


HUKI V2-X finishes first overall at the 2010 Kaiwi Channel Relay Molokai to Oahu.

  
  

Congratulations Raven Aipa, Bill Pratt, Carlton Helm, and Evan Rhodes for their overall victory with a time of 5:32:30! The first time an OC-2 has finished ahead of all OC-1's

Personal accounts from Evan:

We're stoked with our result first overall to the finish line at 5:32.30. We were ahead of Jimmy Austin by at least 100 yards but the results have us finishing at the same time.

I believe this is the first time a 2 man canoe has ever won the Molokai to Oahu Relay outright first to the beach!

The conditions ranged from flat to choppy in a "sucking" (dropping tide) making for surf that was difficult to catch and stay on.

We had a good start taking an early lead. At about 15 minutes, Manny Kulukuluanui paddled up and passed us. We made a change when Jimmy Austin and Manny switched and we stayed with Jimmy and Manny for the next 70 minutes. Jimmy opened up a 50 yard lead at about 90 minutes and kept it until Portlock Point when we were hit by a heavy rain squall making visibility extremely poor. We couldn't even see Oahu anymore and made a huge course mistake (look at the GPS photo attached). That course mistake would make the end of the race competitive and interesting.

At Black point we all the leaders converged and we were in 4th place. All the teams were racing hard, and the first 4 positions were tight. We managed to work back into second place at the Diamond Head Lighthouse and passed Jimmy and Manny about 5 minutes later in front of the Outrigger Canoe Club. We had your boat flying in the flat water across Waikiki and put about 100 yards on Jimmy to finish first overall.

Thank you so much for letting us race your boat. We had a great time, and now, everyone here knows about the HUKI 2 man.

We'd love to race your boat in the future, so if one becomes available please let me know.

Aloha, Evan


HUKI V2-X finishes second over all OC-2's at the 2010 Steinlager Kaiwi Channel Solo World Championships.

Congratulations Nathan Talauega and Kelli Stevens for taking a 2nd place finish with a time of 5:11:24.

The duo scored a 2nd place finish in the Mixed OC-2 division and were second OC-2 over all OC-2s

Conditions were big, blustery and extremely challenging for the two top paddlers from the calmer parts of Southern California. 8ft-12ft seas were not their usual conditions.


Huki Paddlers take Second & Third at "King of the Harbor" race!

Paul Wilford rest as he rides a swell an later finishes 2nd
Paul Wilford rest as he rides a swell an later finishes 2nd
Paul Wilford (Finished 2nd) & Tim Grammar (Finished 3rd) paddling Huki S1-X's in the lead pack heading into the most technical stretch of the race - the narrow Motuihe Channel about 9 kilometers from home. Here the waves steepened noticeably from the narrowed wind against tide effect, and twisted with a lot more uncertainty in the backwash from nearby Motutapu and Motuihe islands. But after speeds of over 20 km/h and averaging over 14 km/h it was Olympian Mike Walker who surged into the relatively smoother waters of Matiatia Wharf in a time of 1.29.50 with Paul Wilford hot on his heels at 1.31.05 and Tim Grammar third in 1.31.26.

Photos and story courtesy of sportzhub.com

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