I am an ambassador for Tiderace Sea Kayaks and I have access to kayaks in the range and arrange demos and sales.
How to arrange a demo and sales
- Contact me to arrange a demo
- Book me for some coaching and guiding and try a kayak on the day
- Come along to one of the Tiderace organised demo events (more details to come)
Kayaks available for demo
- The all new Tiderace Xceed (medium size) – built on the success of the Xcite, Xplore and Xcape to deliver the next generation of touring kayak.
- Tiderace Pace 17 Tour S – the high performance expedition kayak for the smaller paddler
- Tiderace Vortex – the RM version of the Xtra HV
Why I have always paddled Tiderace Sea Kayaks.
For me, it is first and foremost the fit and comfort of the Tiderace cockpit.
With only a thin foam layer on top of a hard plastic seat (the earliest designs didn’t have this foam layer), minimal and firm backrest and slimline thigh braces the cockpit looks a little spartan to the untrained eye. It is certainly not an armchair like you see in some kayaks. But in this lies decades of design expertise and thinking and a commitment to efficient forward paddling posture and connection at key places without adding hinderance. I find it very comfortable for long days in the kayak.
I sometimes add a little extra foam (Skoosh) seat, not to add comfort as this isn’t needed, but to add a little bulk. For me this is only needed in the summer (ha!) when I tend to wear a few less layers.
Secondly, closely related to the first, is the sizing. Tiderace make boats for a wide range of physical sizes and I am at the smaller end of the spectrum. I find the Xcape s, Xplore s, Xcite s all to be excellent fits and have paddled them all on both day trips and expeditions. I look forward to getting familiar with the Pace Tour 17 S and Xceed S.
Next, is the quality of the construction. I’ve opted for the stronger hardcore construction, a combination of carbon, kevlar and glass layers for a very build that means I don’t need to worry too much about rocky landings. Gel coat repairs are easy (even for me), the skegs are very simple, reliable and maintainable. The deck fittings are very strong, giving confidence to lifting and carrying over rough ground.
Me and my Tiderace kayaks getting to all sorts of places (click for captions).
For further information please visit Tiderace Sea Kayaks.