Sune Wendleboe is a mad keen Danish paddler living in Oslo, Norway; he's owned 16 surfskis in the 6 years he's been paddling! He's just had the opportunity to try out no fewer than four of the latest, fastest elite level surfskis from around the world. Here's what he found.
[Editor: Author Erik Borgnes recently took delivery of two of Epic Kayaks latest surfskis: a V14 in the Ultra layup and a "New V10" in the sexy black Elite layup. I asked him to give us his impressions of the new skis - it's a great read!]
Know this: I'm a member of Epic's regional racing team and I'm partial to how Epic's skis fit and perform. Although I have paddled and owned Fenns and Thinks in the past, my intention in this article is not to make a comparison between brands but to introduce and parse out the differences between two of Epic’s latest offerings.
The jetlag is still pretty bad; at 6am my body tells me it’s really midnight and I should be deeply unconscious. I reach across for my friend the iPhone (bought a local sim at the airport, HK$88 for 7 day unlimited data plan, awesome!) to check the latest weather forecast for race day…
This video just popped up on Youtube - it's a team Epic Kayaks clip put together to celebrate their achievements (first double; first, second and fifth singles)... Some nice footage, showing what the conditions were like on the day.
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.