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First Looks: Fenn Mako Elite

Saturday, 21 June 2008 14:10 |

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. 

Fenn Mako Elite
Fenn Mako Elite (pic:

Surfski Review: Think Legend

Sunday, 27 April 2008 04:28 |

[Editor: Adventurer, writer and highly experienced paddler Brandon Nelson wrote this review of the Think Legend surfski. Their blog is at]

Heather and Brandon Nelson
Heather and Brandon Nelson (Pic: Ski Review: Red7 Surf70Pro

Wednesday, 06 February 2008 03:29 |

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...

Red7 Surf70 Pro Surfski in action

The Red7 Surf70 Pro in action on a recent Millers Run

Review: Honcho Guevara

Sunday, 04 November 2007 09:06 |

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 that.

... So Honcho may as well cash in on Che's famous mugshot-in-a-beret too.

Honcho Logo 

Review: Updated Robberg Express

Wednesday, 05 September 2007 17:07 | 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.

New Robberg Express Logo


Review: Think Evo Surf Ski

Friday, 03 August 2007 20:00 |

Image[Editor: Canadian Chris Nagle sent us this review of the Think Evo ski.  Think Kayaks is based in Vancouver, Canada, while the skis are manufactured in China.

Many thanks to Chris for the review.]

Red7 Surf70 Pro – First Glimpse

Friday, 20 July 2007 17:00 |

ImageRed7 brought the first examples of an all-new surf ski design to Durban for the 2007 ARB World Cup.  Red7 CEO Peter Mote asked me not to take any photos as the skis were not production grade... 

But I received a selection of images via email today - the secret is out!  Here they are along with some video shot of Tommy Woodruff paddling the ski in Durban.

Surf Ski First Looks: Honcho Oceans Pro

Sunday, 17 June 2007 17:59 |

ImageIt'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 Surfskis. 

Here's what we found.

Surfski Shootout Down Under (The Big Kayak Test)

Saturday, 10 March 2007 05:58 |
ImageIn July 2006, Rapid Ascent (one of Australia's leading Adventure Racing organisations) undertook a massive evaluation of different categories of kayak – including surf skis. Review: V10L

Tuesday, 12 September 2006 20:45 |


Finish and appearance

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.


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