Custom Kayaks recently released a new entry in the beginner’s surfski market – the Horizon. The name was inspired by the idea of novice paddlers expanding their “horizons”… So, does this ski lend itself to doing just that?
We frequently receive emails from readers asking about beginner's surfskis, and until recently we haven't been able to reply with the benefit of personal experience...but in the last couple of weeks I've had the opportunity to paddle some new skis aimed directly at the beginner's end of the market.
(All photos by Rob Mousley, www.surfski.info, unless otherwise indicated)
We had the unique opportunity to compare two identical skis - identical that is except for the layup.One is a stiff carbon ski; the other has a cork composite layup.How does the stiffness of the skis compare - and what difference does it make to the stability of the ski?
I finally got my hands on one of the new Think Unos this spring. Because Wisconsin is sort of in the middle of nowhere relative to the commercial transport routes, it seemed like I was about the last person in the world to actually lay my eyes on the ski and I had to bear with the initial reports coming in from Australia, Washington, Rhode Island and elsewhere.