The new Fenn Mako Elite has now been out for, what, 8 months? And, like others, I've been looking for a thorough review of the ski but haven't seen one. So, exercising fiduciary irresponsibility, I went ahead and purchased one before I had seen or paddled it.
Red7 recently sent us one of their new Surf70 Pro skis to try out. I've found it a fast boat with exceptionally good downwind characteristics. After paddling it in two races and about fifteen downwind runs (some in extreme conditions) here's my view from the cockpit...
The Red7 Surf70 Pro in action on a recent Millers Run
Naming a surf-ski after a mass executioner from Bolivia
might seem a bit weird. Once the Cuban revolution was won he ordered the
execution-without-trial of hundreds of prisoners at the La Cabaña
Fortress prison in Havana as Castro's "Supreme Prosecutor". But
almost everyone who celebrates the freedom fighter seems to have forgotten
... So Honcho may as well cash in on Che's famous
Surfski.info last reviewed the Knysna
Kayaks Robberg Express in April 2006 and at the time we had a couple of
reservations about the ski -in particular, in choppy water the cockpit filled
with water. I've spent the last few
weekends paddling the updated model and found it much improved.
It's not often that a totally new ski from a new
manufacturer is released onto the market - but we were lucky enough to lay
hands on just such a one in the form of the Oceans Pro ski from Honcho
Epic lifted the bar by introducing computer aided design and a CNC machined plug for the first V10. The new Ultra skis have lifted it further. The vacuum moulding process and nomex/honeycomb laminate totally eliminates the waviness or "oil canning" which is usually present in GRP products laid up by hand. There is a small amount of waviness remaining in the seams but no doubt somebody will solve this as well in the not too distant future.