Kaskazi Skua AR
The Skua AR (Adventure Racing) is a sit on top version of the Skua touring kayak. It was initially designed for adventure racing and other multi-discipline events, where competitors need to change quickly from one discipline to another. The benefit of the sit-on-top configuration is the ability to paddle safely without a spray deck. Another advantage of the AR is that when righted after a capsize, the cockpit is dry. The performance of the AR is much the same as the classic Skua.
The AR configuration does mean that you are exposed to the elements, and you are unable brace the kayak with your knees under the deck in rough conditions. Obviously it would be impossible to roll the kayak since you would drop out of the cockpit when capsized.
ARX decks are available for the Skua to accommodate a spraydeck and provide protection from the elements. The ARX deck can be detachable or permanently bonded. The coaming is larger than the standard kayak, and therefore requires a special spraydeck and also does not allow you to brace the kayak – it is still a sit on top!
The Skua AR is fitted with self-bailers which can be plugged to keep water out when paddling with a deck.
The Skua AR is suitable for all paddlers from beginners through to experts. Even a novice would enjoy a Skua in safe and calm conditions. At the other end of the scale, an expert would be able to handle the most extreme sea-kayaking conditions.
- Comfortable cockpit
- Tracks well without the rudder
- Good secondary stability
- High load carrying capacity
- Large hatches
- Two bulkheads
- Rudder with up-haul / down-haul
- Pedal steering with self-adjusting rudder lines