- Type: OC1 (1- man outrigger canoe)
- Length: 20′ 8″
- Width: 16″
- Hull Weight: 18 lbs. (Pro Model = 16 lbs.)
- Manufacturer: Outrigger Zone (Ozone)
- Standard Model Price: $4300 USD + local tax and handling
- Pro Model Price: $5000 USD + local tax and handling
The Ehukai (meaning sea spray in Hawaiian) is the next generation in OC1 innovation. In addition to its novel features and striking design, Puakea Designs has teamed with Ozone to take advantage of the most sophisticated manufacturing technologies available. The Ehukai is a super strong yet light canoe that has been described by many as zippy and effortless to paddle.
A very narrow bow and low volume allow for easy pick up and jump over of bumps. So while it picks up swell easily, it also maintains max speed while on the swell. This design enables quick acceleration and maneuverability on swells, with great glide in the flat. Its narrow foot well allows blade entry closer to the canoe, giving better leverage with each stroke. The Ehukai also comes with a foot well cover. In the surf, the cover keeps the water from filling the foot wells and weighing the boat down. In the flat, the foot well drains can be plugged to keep cold water away from your feet.
Whereas conventional canoe manufacturing methods use vacuum bagging technology, Ozone’s pre-preg one-piece bladder mould and autoclave technologies enable superior material strength. Unidirectional pre-impregnated carbon composite fibers around core-cell foam create an ideal resin-to-fiber ratio for a cleaner lamination with less material waste, while the autoclave uses atmospheric pressure and high heat (220 degrees) to create a stronger material bond with greater PSI. This strong bond also minimizes lamination distortion from the heat and sun over time.
Every few years in the world of outrigger, a new OC1 comes on to the market that changes the course of OC1 design throughout the industry. These designs are quickly noticed by other designers and the entire industry gravitates to similar designs.
The first such design was the Hurricane. It was revolutionary in acceleration and speed for an OC1. Another such design was the original Pueo. It took downwind surfing on an OC1 to a whole new level. The next revolution in OC1 design is John Puakea’s Ehukai.
The new Ehukai seamlessly blends a canoe with flat water speed and downwind surfing excellence.
The Ehukai’s major strength is it jumps waves easily and carries its speed much further then previous designs. This leads the Ehukai to really excel in the small to medium waves found in Hawaii and California. My flat water speeds are noticeably better in short burst and over long distances. In big surf the canoe continuously wants to accelerate down and across the wave you are riding on, making paddling across the waves much easier and more rewarding then before.
The quality of production is as impressive as the design of the canoe. The new manufacturing process is second to none. The boat is noticeably stiffer, and more durable then pervious canoes. For those of us that use their canoes often, or load and unload off our vehicle often are very grateful.
The new Ehukai is an amazing new design in the OC1 market. Its construction alone makes it far better than anything else I have ever paddled. The stiffness, rigidity, and awesome light weight make it one of the fastest and most user-friendly boats. It catches bumps so easily and has really good maneuverability, allowing you to be able to jump from bump to bump. Its sleek design allows it to travel fast in the flat. And the foot cover helps keep the water out of the footwells, keeping the boat light and fast. All in all, Johnny has done it again with a great product that I would recommend for everyone: women, men, and kids. This boat is great.