Just bought a V8 this weekend, and have taken it out on 2 short paddles so far just to get the hang of it. Very stable, not at all what I expected.
I'm 5' 9", 165 pounds, short legs. I've got the foot rest where I can fit a fist under my knees, which seems to be the general rule of thumb.
The cockpit fits well, but I've managed to find some (very few, and not detailed) comments about padding out to improve contact points. I know how to do this on a sea kayak, with a deck.
What about a surfski?
This is all new to me. I'm not sliding around, but have be on flat water with just boat wake. I can feel muscle soreness in places I haven't before, but it kind of reminds me of what you get when you paddle a sea kayak that does not quit fit or has not been padded out, and you need to use a lot more leg muscles to edge.
Any recommendations? What kinds of things should a newbie think about?