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Old 09-28-2014   #1
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Jackson Rockstar Series/Playboats

I currently paddle a 2011 Rockstar Medium but am having trouble thowing flat water moves. I have tried out a 2010 Star which is much smaller so I had to move the seat all the way back and it still felt pretty small. Same to be said for the 2014 Rockstar Small.

Does anyone know if the 2011 Rockstar Small was bigger than the 2014? I am looking for a smaller boat than my Medium so I can learn to throw it around more. Advise? I am 5'10" and 140 lbs.

Thanks guys

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Old 09-29-2014   #2
boise, Idaho
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2014 rockstar is 5 gallons less than the previous models. BIG difference!
i just picked one of the 2014s up and its a whole new boat. high parting lines. less volume, inch shorter..... etc..... try one and you'll be amazed at the changes...

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Old 09-29-2014   #3
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The biggest change might be the seat. They moved away from the raised seat and went back to a more conventional height. This will allow more people to fit more comfortable and make the boats easier to roll and paddle down river.

Another trick for you might be to raise the seat in your boat. It would give you more power over your edges and give you more flatwater power. Just a bit harder to roll. The benefit for you would be keeping the volume of the larger boat and more pop.

Throw an inch of foam on top of your seat and paddle it around for a couple of days. See if you like the rise. If you do buy another JK Sweetcheaks 100 and throw it on top of your seat.
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