So, after a morning of testing out some surfskis with the help of the awesome guys from The Paddling Centre (thanks Dawid and Gary), I decided that the Fenn Swordfish was the best fit for me, and ordered one.

Loading up my new Fenn Swordfish at The Paddling Centre
Collecting my new ski at The Paddling Centre

I took it for its maiden voyage at a very windy Sandvlei just to get used to it, and quickly ducked into Marina da Gama to avoid the chop. I have subsequently been for a number of paddles on the ocean, mainly at Fish Hoek Beach, to start clocking some sea miles.

Paired with a split-shaft Orca Inner Glass Shaft paddle, so far I am pretty comfortable with my set-up.

I damaged the standard rudder and decided to try out an elliptical rudder whilst the original was being repaired. The difference is significant, and I recommend anyone tries one to see if they prefer it on their ski. Read more about the Orka Elliptica here…

Here are some specs from the Fenn website:

Ski Level Length Beam Height Weight
Swordfish Intermediate 6.10m 45.00cm 33.00cm 17.50kg
Mako XT Beginner 5.88m 49.00cm 31.00cm 17.00kg
Mako Elite Expert 6.44m 43.00cm 34.00cm 17.00kg

R8600.00 @ The Paddling Centre

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By David

Outdoor adventure enthusiast living on the Garden Route.

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