- Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:17 am
I started out with a 15.5 Kraken, but I aways came in backwards. I always heard that was the way to avoid the telephone pole issue, so that's the way I learned. I'm now using a 2018 outback, and Istill return backwards, again just because it's the way that I learned. I just saw a video of a guy telephone poleing in a 2019 outback, so I guess it could happen in any kayak. I will bet though that the 15.5 (if you surf it in) will have a much greater possibility of telephone poleing than the 13.5. I have been offshore in the 15.5 in some bad conditions, poor judgment on my part, but I had no issues returning to the beach in reverse. So, if you go with the 15.5, I would suggest giving the backwards re-entry a try.
FYI, I would sell my Kraken. If you are interested, let me know and I'll give you some details.