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Hi!

 

2 questions:

– I am approx 198lbs and 5’11, which boat size is better for me, the Storm or the Hurricane?

– do you manufacture the Storm and Hurricane in Hawaii or China? Is there a difference in quality if it is manufactured in China?

 

Thanks

AC

5 Answers

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Either canoe will work well for your height and weight.    However, your height and weight are not as relevant as the conditions where you like to paddle.  A lot of people ask me what I changed on the Hurricane to make the Storm.  The two are completely separate designs, with very different intents and very little in common.  The Hurricane was designed as an all-around boat.  The Storm was designed for downwind surfing.

The Hurricane, even after all the years, is hard to beat in flat water and clean bumps.  Other designs have surpassed it in the surf, so I wanted to design a canoe that excelled in rough water.  The Storm performs beautifully downwind, from small bumps to big rough water.  I live in Haiku, and Maliko Gulch is the closest place for me to launch, so I’m very biased toward rough water downwind paddling.   So for me, I spend most of my time on the Storm, but when the races start, and the water is flat, I’d take the Hurricane.

So if you paddle in flat water, or around buoys, then I’d go with the Hurricane.  If you do a lot of downwind runs, then it’s the Storm.

—I have revised my opinion on this, please read my response below—

Mike

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Aloha AC,

Mike will be able to answer your question best, however it would help to know what type of conditions you paddle in and wish to excel in. Both canoes have their strengths.

Both the Storm and Hurricane are built to the highest quality specifications in the Ozone Factory.

Read more about the factory and build process here:


Hawaii Built vs China Built?

and
Strongest Canoe Built Yet

-Web admin

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Thanks Guys,

 

I live In Sydney, Australia and paddle most of the time in the harbor which is flat to bumpy, however I’m keen to get out in the rougher water more often.

Do you know how much slower the Storm is in the flat water compared to the Hurricane? Is it a lot, or would I hardly notice it?

There is a shipment of Storm and Hurricanes arriving soon, so just trying to work oit which one to get.

 

Cheers

AC

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Best advice I say is to try the boats out yourself and see what works for you. It’s not just about measurable speed but feel.

Demo days can be found on the calendar https://outriggerzone.com/calendar/

Or contact a dealer https://outriggerzone.com/company/dealers/

Cheers,

Joe

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AC

I have been doing a lot of flat water testing lately with other canoes, and wanted to get out on the Storm in flat water and see if I couldn’t give you a definitive answer.  I should have done this a while ago, but I was so focused on the rough water performance of the Storm that I had done nearly all of my paddling downwind.  I have been very happy with the rough water performance, but when people in flat water venues ask for my opinion about which canoe is right for them, I have had a hard time wholeheartedly recommending the Storm because I was very focused on surfing.

This morning the wind dropped, and the conditions were good for some flat water testing.  I met George Dagan who has been helping me test a new low volume prototype.  First we tested the prototype against the Hurricane.  After racing point to point, exchanging canoes, and repeating the process several times we concluded that the prototype was slightly faster.  Neither of us had managed more than a half a boat length advantage in any of the pieces.

Then we went back to the beach and exchanged the prototype for the Storm, and went out for a couple more trials.  As we paddled out I’m thinking, “OK, moment of truth – I hope it’s close”.  It wasn’t – he finished two boat lengths ahead.  He was on the Storm and I was on the Hurricane.  What?  We switched canoes, and again the Storm finished decisively in front.  After battling for half a boat length over and over in the earlier trials the difference was both clear and surprising.

So I think I’m going to have to change the answer I gave earlier in this thread.  On flat days I’m going to take the Storm.

Mike

 

 

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Thanks Mike, I really appreciathe the extra feedback.  I have ordered a Storm through your Australian distributor. I was a bit concerned as most of my paddling is done in flat water, this makes me much more comfortable I’ve made the right choice.

Cant wait for my Storm to arrive!

 

Cheers

 

 

Your Answer

asked October 9, 2012

5 Answers

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Either canoe will work well for your height and weight.    However, your height and weight are not as relevant as the conditions where you like to paddle.  A lot of people ask me what I changed on the Hurricane to make the Storm.  The two are completely separate designs, with very different intents and very little in common.  The Hurricane was designed as an all-around boat.  The Storm was designed for downwind surfing.

The Hurricane, even after all the years, is hard to beat in flat water and clean bumps.  Other designs have surpassed it in the surf, so I wanted to design a canoe that excelled in rough water.  The Storm performs beautifully downwind, from small bumps to big rough water.  I live in Haiku, and Maliko Gulch is the closest place for me to launch, so I’m very biased toward rough water downwind paddling.   So for me, I spend most of my time on the Storm, but when the races start, and the water is flat, I’d take the Hurricane.

So if you paddle in flat water, or around buoys, then I’d go with the Hurricane.  If you do a lot of downwind runs, then it’s the Storm.

—I have revised my opinion on this, please read my response below—

Mike

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Aloha AC,

Mike will be able to answer your question best, however it would help to know what type of conditions you paddle in and wish to excel in. Both canoes have their strengths.

Both the Storm and Hurricane are built to the highest quality specifications in the Ozone Factory.

Read more about the factory and build process here:


Hawaii Built vs China Built?

and
Strongest Canoe Built Yet

-Web admin

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Thanks Guys,

 

I live In Sydney, Australia and paddle most of the time in the harbor which is flat to bumpy, however I’m keen to get out in the rougher water more often.

Do you know how much slower the Storm is in the flat water compared to the Hurricane? Is it a lot, or would I hardly notice it?

There is a shipment of Storm and Hurricanes arriving soon, so just trying to work oit which one to get.

 

Cheers

AC

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Best advice I say is to try the boats out yourself and see what works for you. It’s not just about measurable speed but feel.

Demo days can be found on the calendar https://outriggerzone.com/calendar/

Or contact a dealer https://outriggerzone.com/company/dealers/

Cheers,

Joe

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AC

I have been doing a lot of flat water testing lately with other canoes, and wanted to get out on the Storm in flat water and see if I couldn’t give you a definitive answer.  I should have done this a while ago, but I was so focused on the rough water performance of the Storm that I had done nearly all of my paddling downwind.  I have been very happy with the rough water performance, but when people in flat water venues ask for my opinion about which canoe is right for them, I have had a hard time wholeheartedly recommending the Storm because I was very focused on surfing.

This morning the wind dropped, and the conditions were good for some flat water testing.  I met George Dagan who has been helping me test a new low volume prototype.  First we tested the prototype against the Hurricane.  After racing point to point, exchanging canoes, and repeating the process several times we concluded that the prototype was slightly faster.  Neither of us had managed more than a half a boat length advantage in any of the pieces.

Then we went back to the beach and exchanged the prototype for the Storm, and went out for a couple more trials.  As we paddled out I’m thinking, “OK, moment of truth – I hope it’s close”.  It wasn’t – he finished two boat lengths ahead.  He was on the Storm and I was on the Hurricane.  What?  We switched canoes, and again the Storm finished decisively in front.  After battling for half a boat length over and over in the earlier trials the difference was both clear and surprising.

So I think I’m going to have to change the answer I gave earlier in this thread.  On flat days I’m going to take the Storm.

Mike

 

 

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Thanks Mike, I really appreciathe the extra feedback.  I have ordered a Storm through your Australian distributor. I was a bit concerned as most of my paddling is done in flat water, this makes me much more comfortable I’ve made the right choice.

Cant wait for my Storm to arrive!

 

Cheers