Fenn Spark Elite Feedback

7 years 5 months ago #15065 by MP7061
I was just wondering if anyone has any feedback after trying the new Fenn Spark Elite? I am interested to hear about the stability of this boat in comparison to the Elite and Swordfish. Your input would be much appreciated.

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7 years 5 months ago #15075 by Ric
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small review on The Paddling Centre website...

www.thepaddlingcentre.com/blog_page.php?blog=253
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7 years 5 months ago #15078 by GSPT
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Four weeks before they get to Perth.

Greg Smith
Level 2 PT and surf coach
Paddling Technician
S.Africa marathon 79, 81, 83

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6 years 10 months ago #18325 by Richie
Any updated feedback on the stability fenn elite v spark for those in the 70kg range? The low volume sounds like a great idea but not at the expense of stability.

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6 years 10 months ago - 6 years 10 months ago #18330 by Oskar
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The Elite and Spark have a very similar feel to them, both surfing and in the flat. They are my two favourite skis, the Spark in smaller conditions and the Elite in big conditions. I'm 80kg and under certain conditions the Spark starts getting a bit wet.
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6 years 10 months ago #18358 by AndyN
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Hey mate, yea I've had my Spark for around 3 months.
Stability wise similar to the Elite, and nothing like the swordy which is in my opinion much more stable.
I weigh 70kg and would say it's about perfect for that weight.

Interestingly I always get dead legs when paddling an Elite or the SL but with the Spark i've had no such problems.
I went from a V12 to the spark and performance wise in the flat it's similar to the V12 which is high praise but in bumps with a small paddler I would say it feels like I have much more control and as a result move faster and enjoy the experience more.

Overall, great ski and really happy with my purchase.

Cheers

Andy

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6 years 10 months ago #18359 by Metro
Replied by Metro on topic Fenn Spark Elite Feedback
I did a fairly detailed write up of the Spark on this site a few months back - undoubtedly you will find it if you search with "Spark" in the header. If you are a smaller paddler with good balance, it is a marvelous boat. I have had mine for a while now and am convinced that it is the perfect small-person's downwind boat. It is an elite level ski, but I find it relatively stable because it is so low volume that us lightweights can push it fully into the water - meaning, no corking around. As I think I said in my original review, in terms of stability it certainly is not a Swordfish (and not meant to be), but it also is not a death trap. I think Fenn killed it with this boat.

On a different but related topic, I recently spent some time paddling a Nelo Ocean M. Another great boat for smaller paddlers.
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6 years 10 months ago #18361 by Kayaker Greg
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