Author Topic: Ke Nalu's New Konihi  (Read 41407 times)

PonoBill

  • Cortez Bank Status
  • *****
  • Posts: 23277
    • View Profile
Re: Ke Nalu's New Konihi
« Reply #75 on: August 18, 2014, 10:14:17 PM »
Length is really critical for the Konihi blade. And as always, I don't know why it's so. But it is. If you get it a little too short the catch goes away some. Go a little shorter and it gets noisy. Go a little too long and the blade feels heavy. It's not just catch, there's something more to it. I shortened the 95 by a half inch today and it felt great. It had been feeling heavy. I thought it might just be the blade size so I lengthened the 84 by an inch and it felt heavy. Slowed my cadence way down. Dropping my lower hand further on the shaft helped, but I went back to the truck and dropped it an inch and it was back to feeling quick and light.

I found my board speed is highest when it feels like it's not doing much--the light feeling. I couldn't get 5.3 with the 12'2" again today, but I got two short sprints of 5.2 with each paddle.
Foote 10'4X34", SIC 17.5 V1 hollow and an EPS one in Hood River. Foote 9'0" x 31", L41 8'8", 18' Speedboard, etc. etc.

stoneaxe

  • Cortez Bank Status
  • *****
  • Posts: 12058
    • View Profile
    • Cape Cod Bay Challenge
Re: Ke Nalu's New Konihi
« Reply #76 on: August 19, 2014, 07:39:28 PM »
I found my board speed is highest when it feels like it's not doing much--the light feeling. I couldn't get 5.3 with the 12'2" again today, but I got two short sprints of 5.2 with each paddle.

Same feeling I had. It doesn't seem like it makes any sense. You can definitely tell when you have it right but it still feels weird. I had some fastest runs ever on my Vec on some of my training paddles.

Saturday wasn't a good test and I think I would have been better off with the Molokai because of all the bracing I needed to do. I'm finding the Konihi to be a thoroughbred. Awesome for straight out speed for races and long distance cruising when conditions are good. Not sure its going to be my go to otherwise though. I've caught the winglet surfing and more than a few times on Saturday while back bracing.

One thing I noticed.....you want flutter...try paddling it backwards. As much as you can't make it flutter normally, backwards it looks like you're trolling a rapala.
Bob

8-4 Vec, 9-0 SouthCounty, 9-8 Starboard, 10-4 Foote Triton, 10-6 C4, 12-6 Starboard, 14-0 Vec (babysitting the 18-0 Speedboard) Ke Nalu Molokai, Ke Nalu Maliko, Ke Nalu Wiki Ke Nalu Konihi

kayadogg

  • Teahupoo Status
  • ******
  • Posts: 1398
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Ke Nalu's New Konihi
« Reply #77 on: August 19, 2014, 08:09:33 PM »
So, got to the Cape this morning and stopped into Nauset Surf.  I was surprised when I picked up this Bote paddle and noticed what looked to be similar winglets as the Konihi.  I haven't seen a Konihi in person yet so I could be wrong.  It was tough to photograph them as they were pretty subtle but it definitely seemed like a very similar design concept.  Has anyone else seen this Bote paddle?  Is it possible to be jumping on Ke Nalu's coat tails this quickly or do great minds think alike?  Hmmm.

« Last Edit: August 19, 2014, 08:12:36 PM by kayadogg »

JillRide45

  • Peahi Status
  • *****
  • Posts: 557
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Ke Nalu's New Konihi
« Reply #78 on: August 19, 2014, 08:15:53 PM »
Really difficult to tell from the pictures but it looks like the winglets on the Bote paddle are much larger than the Kenalu.  The winglets on the Konihi are very small, not sure you could even tell in a photo. 

I am really loving the Konihi. 

Cheers, Jill

PonoBill

  • Cortez Bank Status
  • *****
  • Posts: 23277
    • View Profile
Re: Ke Nalu's New Konihi
« Reply #79 on: August 19, 2014, 09:20:51 PM »
Nice looking paddle, It will be interesting to see what people think of it.
Foote 10'4X34", SIC 17.5 V1 hollow and an EPS one in Hood River. Foote 9'0" x 31", L41 8'8", 18' Speedboard, etc. etc.

stoneaxe

  • Cortez Bank Status
  • *****
  • Posts: 12058
    • View Profile
    • Cape Cod Bay Challenge
Re: Ke Nalu's New Konihi
« Reply #80 on: August 20, 2014, 05:32:37 AM »
That does look nice. Similar but definitely bigger.
Bob

8-4 Vec, 9-0 SouthCounty, 9-8 Starboard, 10-4 Foote Triton, 10-6 C4, 12-6 Starboard, 14-0 Vec (babysitting the 18-0 Speedboard) Ke Nalu Molokai, Ke Nalu Maliko, Ke Nalu Wiki Ke Nalu Konihi

jdmotes

  • JD Motes
  • Teahupoo Status
  • ******
  • Posts: 1745
    • View Profile
Re: Ke Nalu's New Konihi
« Reply #81 on: August 20, 2014, 12:33:45 PM »
The "swine"! How dare them to copy a paddle blade that's clearly labled as patent pending! Oh wait; That's a different blade we're working on... Never mind - back to sleep...   Paddle on,   JD
JD Motes/Water Bound Sports LLC
Florida; Ga; S.C; Sales Rep for:
Progressive SUP
Exocet SUP
Kona SUP
Epic Gear SUP Paddles and Accessories
Ke Nalu Precision SUP Paddles

LM

  • Site Sponsor
  • Rincon Status
  • *****
  • Posts: 237
    • View Profile
    • KeNalu
    • Email
Re: Ke Nalu's New Konihi
« Reply #82 on: September 16, 2014, 04:00:37 AM »
So, got to the Cape this morning and stopped into Nauset Surf.  I was surprised when I picked up this Bote paddle and noticed what looked to be similar winglets as the Konihi.  I haven't seen a Konihi in person yet so I could be wrong.  It was tough to photograph them as they were pretty subtle but it definitely seemed like a very similar design concept.  Has anyone else seen this Bote paddle?  Is it possible to be jumping on Ke Nalu's coat tails this quickly or do great minds think alike?  Hmmm.

Interesting, it does look a little similar. Enough so that I might need to send them a little note, there's a patent pending on the "winglets". (It is this one JD :)

Rogue Wave

  • Rincon Status
  • ***
  • Posts: 127
    • View Profile
    • Jimmy Lewis Canada
    • Email
Re: Ke Nalu's New Konihi
« Reply #83 on: February 17, 2015, 01:39:51 PM »
To everyone in Canada, we have received our first shipment of Ke Nalu paddles and are shipping them out this week!
Lower prices this year in Canada and you can order either online, or just give us a call to discuss which ones are right for you.

Also check out Lane's new YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX8lUchPeVkeu-j8vua-nZQ


www.kenalupaddles.com
Jimmy Lewis Canada