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.
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.
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.
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.