Sunday, 10 May 2009 01:51

Surfski.info Review: Fenn Mako Elite

When I lost my beloved carbon Fenn Mako6 at the end of a disastrous downwind, I took the opportunity to order a new carbon Mako Elite from Keith Fenn.  Hearing of my dire ski-less condition he delivered a new one very rapidly and I've been paddling it for the last couple of months.

Published in Surfskis
Friday, 10 April 2009 02:31

More on the Nordic Kayaks Fusion

Fredrik Lindström of Nordic Kayaks shared with us some of the thinking behind their new Fusion surf ski.  Following sea trials of the hull, the design has been finalized and the plug is being machined even as I write this.

Published in Product Reviews
Tuesday, 31 March 2009 16:00

First looks: the Fenn Mako Elite Triple

Most of us know the sadness and despair of breaking a ski, and usually the pieces are consigned to a dumpster.   But when Dale "T-bone King" Lippstreu smashed his new Fenn Mako Elite Double recently at the end of a downwind paddle, he met the challenge full on.

Published in Surfskis
Sunday, 22 March 2009 03:35

Doubles Comparison: Elite v Apex

[Three weeks ago, Dale Lippstreu and I did back-to-back Millers Runs in two different double skis: the Fenn Mako Elite Double and the Custom Kayaks Apex.  Dale was the driver in both cases.]

Published in Product Reviews
Sunday, 08 March 2009 14:30

Review: Fenn Mako Elite double

[Editor: Dale Lippstreu recently bought a new Fenn Elite Double to race the doubles season here in Cape Town, South Africa. Here’s what he found.]

Published in Surfskis
Monday, 02 March 2009 13:50

Surfski.info Review – Epic V10 Ultra

It has been my good fortune to have an Epic V10 Ultra to paddle for the last month - and it's been a treat. 

Published in Surfskis
Saturday, 28 February 2009 00:16

First Glimpse - Think Uno

"A superfast ski... stable for accomplished paddlers."  That's how Think CEO Daryl Remmler describes the new kid on the Think Kayaks block - the Think Uno.

Published in Surfskis

"We're taking the team up to Mauritius to test the new boat," said Epic Kayaks CEO Charles Brand. "Would you like to come?" 

And so three days ago I found myself on an Air Mauritius flight from Cape Town, heading towards the tropical paradise of the "Ile Maurice".

Published in Product Reviews
Sunday, 09 November 2008 06:34

Surfski.info Review: Custom Kayaks Synergy

During September I was lucky enough to have a brand new Custom Kayaks Synergy surfski to play with while its owner Billy Harker was overseas.  Thanks Billy!  This is what I found.

Published in Product Reviews
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 02:17

Ski Review: Custom Kayaks Apex Double

A New Generation Double: The Custom Kayaks Apex

With time we will look back on the decade from the mid nineties to the mid noughties as a time when new boat design was caught up in an indecent flurry, aggravated by the scrapping of the ICF kayak width rule. In a drive to be faster and cooler, boats became thinner - and dramatically less stable. However as Dave Macleod found after testing the new Custom Kayaks double ski, it is time to enjoy the new age where speed comes with stability.

Published in Surfskis
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