Results by tag: review

Review update: Paddling a Carbon Fenn Mako 6

Monday, 19 June 2006 22:47 |

ImageI recently bought a Carbon (vacuum bag lay-up) Fenn Mako 6.  I’ve had my new ski for nearly five weeks now and have paddled it in a variety of conditions.


I’m astonished at the improvement to my paddling – both in terms of race results and sheer enjoyment.


Review: Kayak Centre V10

Sunday, 18 June 2006 22:31 |

ImageOne of the perks of writing for is that I sometimes get the opportunity to test drive new skis... and the latest was the Kayak Centre V10. 


Kayak Centre, in Durban, have a license to manufacture the Epic skis for the South African market and the first production units arrived in Cape Town at the end of May.  I went in to (the all new refitted and snazzy) Brian's Kayaks and Sports to have a look at the skis (they had a V10 Sport there too) and the following weekend I took the V10 for a paddle in Hout Bay.


Review: Huki S1-X

Friday, 19 May 2006 19:32 |

I'll start out my review of the Huki S1-X with my perspective of the recent past regarding surfskis here in Northern California.  I think this will provide some good background info for the popularity of the S1-X here on the mainland US.

Surfski Shootout

Wednesday, 26 April 2006 22:44 |

ImageWhat's the fastest ski on the market?

Ask any six paddlers and you’ll likely get six different answers… And you can bet that the answer will likely be: “the ski that I own”!

A group of Cape paddlers got together on Sunday to try to answer the question objectively. This article describes the method used, the results and conclusions…

Review: Epic V12 Ultra

Saturday, 15 May 2010 20:55 |

I have had the opportunity to spend some time with an Epic V12 this spring.  The following is a review of that ski plus additional uninvited and personally biased commentary.

Review: Garmin Forerunner 305

Wednesday, 25 January 2006 09:46 |

 (by Rob Mousley)

Garmin Forerunner 305 
 Forerunner 305

The Garmin Forerunner series of GPS units proved an instant hit with paddlers when they were released a year ago. Garmin has just released the next generation of units in the form of the 205/305 series.

I was fortunate enough to lay my hands on a Forerunner 305 for a weekend. In what I'm told is the first independent public review worldwide of the Forerunner 305, here’s what I found…


Review: Fenn Mako 6

Wednesday, 12 April 2006 14:21 |

ImageEarly in 2005 an outspoken manufacturer told me, “90% of paddlers can’t cope with top-end skis and shouldn’t be on them.” He was referring to the then current crop of tippy high-end surf skis.

Then the Epic V10 burst onto the scene – and here was a fast, fun, top-end ski that could be handled by paddlers with less than perfect balance.  (Click here for our review.)

And last week a demo Fenn Mako 6 arrived in Cape Town. Reports from Durban and East London spoke of its speed and stability.

How would it compare with the other new skis? Would it be as stable; as fast; as comfortable? Could it be even better?

To my delight, I got hold of it last Saturday, and this review is the result…


Review: Epic V10 Surf Ski

Wednesday, 07 December 2005 14:34 |

The Epic V10 has been in production since the beginning of 2005 and has generated huge interest both in South Africa and the rest of the world.  

Its fundamental characteristics are:

  • Length: 21'4  (6.5 m)
  • Width:  17-1/8"  (43.5 cm)
  • Weight:  33 lbs  (15 kg)  Ultra Carbon 28 lbs.  (13 kg)

Review: Icon Surf Ski

Sunday, 27 November 2005 17:51 |
The Custom Kayaks Icon surf ski is a relative newcomer to the market having been in production since early 2004.

The fundamental characteristics are:
  • Length: 6.42m (21ft)
  • Construction: glassfibre sandwich or composite carbon/glassfibre
  • Weight (glassfibre, average): 15kg

First Looks: Knysna Kayaks' Robberg Express

Saturday, 01 April 2006 16:15 |

ImageTowards the end of 2005 a distinctly different ski made its appearance in Hout Bay in the hands of Tom Thring, and it made an immediate positive difference to his race results… Knysna Kayaks, the ski’s manufacturer, is known more for their river craft, but they seem to have scored a hit with this design.

It’s been a long time in the making. The design was started in the late 1980’s by the late Daniel Conradie but was shelved when he died. Hubby Sandberg took it on and the final result is the culmination of years of iterative prototyping and testing.


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