Being a huge a fan of the Barracuda Kayaks lightweight kayaks I was pleased to be invited to be asked to join a select few to test paddle the prototype of the new Barracuda Interface Sea kayak. I have been paddling the Beachcomber sea kayak for more than 3 years which has proven to be a great all-rounder for me excelling in playing in the surf and a great kayak for scouting around the NZ coastline on day trips.
Here is a preview from my test paddles of the Barracuda Interface
It was about 12 months ago I had a chance to paddle one of the original fiber glass designs of Barracuda with the deep v hull … what a great experience! As good as the Beachcomber is, after paddling the V hull in some rough water I realized this was the hull design I wanted, sadly it was not possible to get one of the original designs as they were removed from production due the high costs of manufacture.
Enter the Interface prototype, sleeker faster version of the beachcomber but with the advantages of the V hull. Which include less sideways slippage on a wave, greater directional control, and quieter over the back of waves and all round nicer feel under the hull. I found the Interface incredibly efficient, fast and stable. On a wave it was like being in ski picking up runners with even less effort than the Beachcomber and very easy to edge to change direction.
This prototype is a glass version and the intention for Barracuda is to manufacture the Interface using the lightweight vacuum formed plastic. Until I see and paddle the final production model I will not be sure if the Interface is replacing the Beachcomber for 100% of my trips a I think the Beachcomber has its place in my adventures.
Here is the fireside chat interview with Gordon Robinson the designer, where he gives some insights into the process and the reasons behind the design of the Interface. It is estimated that Vacuum formed production kayaks will be in the market by early to mid-May…I have my order in!
Find out more about the Interface at Barracuda Kayaks website HERE