While most of you have been reaping the rewards of surfing the Zenith, those taller and heavier surf kayakers have had to watch from afar as you have been having so much fun ripping up the waves in Ride’s innovative surf machine.
Well, you larger surfers need watch in envy no more… Ride’s new Solar has been shaped, from scratch, for you!
We pride ourselves on our approach to creating new models, opting for a CAD design process and CNC plug production – creating a completely new plug, from scratch, every time. While this new machine has been inspired by the Zenith, it is unique in every way!
The cockpit is larger to allow easy entry and exit, we have increased the volume to give the user more space and to help float those larger limbs, and Ride have added just a touch more width to help the kayak get onto the plane quicker. The widest point of the Solar is near the hips allowing the surfer to drive tight turns out of the bottom of the wave, straight back up the face and into the air!
The attention to detail which Ride have put into the front rails will make re-entering the wave after smashing the lip or hitting a technical-aerial-manoeuvre far more forgiving than competitor models on the market. Of course, bottom turns and lip manoeuvres do not come for free and the most difficult attributes for any surf kayak shaper to combine are manoeuvrability and speed. While this new toy has all of the turning abilities of the Zenith, by tweaking the rocker, just slightly, Ride have also managed to unlock some serious speed with the Solar! Be it choppy, fat, hollow or slow, the Solar will accelerate you into your next radical onslaught.
Ride’s consistency with delivering high quality products is illustrated in the finish of the new Solar. As with all of the other kayaks in the Ride range, it comes with mini cell foam outfitting and an ergo seat set to your desired height. The thing which impresses us all the most is the integral cockpit rim offering extra strength, improved aesthetics and a better seal for your spray deck.
Ride are not only pushing the boundaries of technology with the design, development and prototyping process, but they also lead the way in surf kayak construction. Advanced foam core technology and vacuum bagged epoxy resin systems result in ultra lightweight, super stiff and extremely durable surf products (simpler constructions are available for those on a lower budget).
Rather than adding extra volume to the Zenith, Ride have created one of the most exciting new kayaks to be making its way to the world championships later this year. Maybe this time, it will be the smaller surf kayakers watching with envy as the larger surfers out there destroy the waves in this high octane addition to the Ride quiver.
The Zenith will continue to accommodate paddlers from 65kgs to 95kgs and the Solar will take care of surf kayakers in the 90kgs to 120kgs weight range. The new Solar will be in high demand so get your order in quickly to avoid disappointment!
Length – 239cm
Cockpit – Key Hole
Maximum Paddler Weight – 90 – 120 kgs
– Bonded in front and rear mini cell foam pillars
– Ride shaped foam seat with hip pads
– Ride ‘Bloc’ minicell foam backrest
– Set of minicell foam foot blocks
– Fins – 3 fins, standard in thruster designs
– ‘T-Piece’ foam thigh brace
– One-piece cockpit (Eclipse, Equinox, Mutant, Zenith and Solar)
-Have and special requirements? We will do our best to accommodate you
*Each boat comes with a surform to shape the backrest and other foam parts for