By TONY CROUCH
Special to the Parade
To start, I’ve been on a bunch of different kayaks, so to have one really impress me is not an everyday thing, but the newest addition to the Hobie family is the Hobie Revolution 11, and this thing knocked my socks off, stable yet fast, length is 11’6”, turns on a dime yet handles great, the weight is a light 46 pounds, something very important when loading, unloading, and transporting to the water.
To my surprise, for a kayak that is only 29 inches across it is still a very stable kayak. Now, I practice and teach deep water re-entry weekly, but that doesn’t mean I want to be falling out of my kayak every day, this thing didn’t even give me the feeling that I was close to falling out. It just showed me the time of my life.
Yes, I felt like that young kid again trying something new. This thing is a serious fishing machine, yet able to satisfy that day of play. I’m going to take one out on the surf when I get a chance, I will definitely let you know how that experience went.
Now, back to the stats. The front of the kayak has a sharp nose to it, so I noticed that when I would stop pedaling, I would continue to just glide through the water with ease. Several people have come by the shop to see the new Hobie and ask about its speed. I have described it in one sentence: “When you see a sign that says, “SLOW, NO WAKE,” it means slow down in this bad boy.
I have already been giving a couple months notice by my son that Christmas is right around the corner and he would like to see one under the tree, unfortunately for him he did not specify he wanted it to have his name on the card. Maybe there will be one under there, but oh so sad for him, it just might say to “Daddy from Santa Claus.”
As Always, stay safe, always wear your P.F.D., and test your whistle every now and then. See you out on the water. For questions or comments on our stories, or to just let us know of a specific item you would like to see us cover, please place your replies on our Facebook page U.B. Captain, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor’s Note: Tony Crouch is a certified kayak instructor and holds classes at U.B. Captain Kayaks, 5009 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX. For more information, call (956)-761-1669 or look for him on Facebook at U.B. Captain.