THE LONG AWAITED NEW SKI – (It will be named during this week)

The reason that it has taken so long, is that I had to shelve completing the molding midway through, in favor of completing a new lifesaving rescue craft, that was essential to complete important lifesaving orders for the start of this Summer season.

All the R&D work had been done and we already had a prototype on the water for a few months during the Winter. The delay has frustrated the number of paddlers that have tried the prototype and find that it suites their needs perfectly. I did not set about designing a ski to compete against anything out there already, but identified a large category
of paddler that does not have a suitable ski for their ability level at the
moment.

I wanted a ski that 1) novices could move on to once they had spent some time on the beginner ski’s, but not such a small step up that they have to upgrade soon afterwards or a ski that would not enable them to be competitive. 2) For the intermediate up to A grade level of paddler, (excluding elite), that wants a competitive ski that surfs well, but
wants a bit more stability and easier mount or remount in the surf.

There is not a ski in the market that fits that category perfectly at the moment. The one or two slightly shorter 6m long ski’s around at the moment are a very small step up from the beginner ski’s and are found wanting competitively against the full length ski’s in flatter
conditions. The step up is too small. The only other full length  “more Stable” ski in the market, in an effort to make it more stable, has made the ski completely oversized, making it very slow through the water.

The features of the new ski are as
follows:

Full length, 6.4m. It will be competitive on flat water. I will be racing this ski in preference to my previous ski the SYNERGY.

Broad open cockpit for full rotation and leg drive, as well as a very long extensive foot well length. The foot bracket rail area and cable exit points have been blended into the shape of the ski better so that at no stage do you come into contact with either.

The gunwale height has been reduced by 4cm compared to the SYNERGY which was difficult to remount.

The foot well area has been narrowed to the same width as the BULLET, holding less water. This has enabled us to create a platform that can be used to accommodate handles on either side of the cockpit for mounting in the shore break and remounting.

The front deck has been raised slightly and sharpened  to the same shape as the
BULLET, which displaces water very well in surfing conditions.

The tail shape is the same as the SYNERGY, but has been thinned down completely. This shape still gives you the best mix of stabilizing the ski and giving you a flatter back base at the tail of the ski that enables you to get on and stay on the smallest of runs.

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2 Responses to THE LONG AWAITED NEW SKI – (It will be named during this week)

  1. benzev says:

    Sounds wonderful – look forward to seeing the new ski when we visit SA next year.
    Cheers Ben

  2. Nico Redelinghuys says:

    Hi Mark

    I am currently paddling a Robberg Express and fit the description of your design brief. Do you plan a glass vacuum version? Ideally weighing in on the 14kg level with good rigidity under the water line. Any idea of price yet? I hope you will send a demo down to Cape Town, I am desperate, especially when these long ski’s come past me on the flat stretches. Fenn’s chafes my back and are not an option.

    Best,
    Nico
    082 887 2071

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