Was fortunate to get my hands on a new Waka Tuna and take her for a test run out east this weekend. Coming from a Nomad 8.5, I was excited to jump in a boat with some defined edge and a faster planing hull.
My first day in it I paddled a high water Watauga. High volume creeky feel. Needless to say, I was in over my head. It felt like the boat was too fast for my own good. I spent a day missing lines by longshots and many rolls as I acclimated to the edges.
While my first day in it was unnerving, I spent the next two days on a tamer Wilson Creek. Here I started to figure out the boat a little better, using the speed to my advantage and carving into eddies like it was my job.
I will be interested to get this boat on some steeper creek and drops to see what it is made of! A more in depth review will follow once I know what I am in for!
For anyone wanting to try a Tuna, feel free to jump in it and give it a whirl down at the saint!