I have tested the Fenn Swordfish. The Swordfish is the newest surfski from Fenn. When I was working in Stockholm last week I had the opportunity to borrow a Fenn Swordfish. I just had a short trip in very calm conditions but it gave me a great feeling and I’m eager to try it more. Compared to my surfski, a Fenn XT, it felt a lot faster, less stable but still very stable. I tried the Fenn Mako 6 earlier last week and the Swordfish is much more stable. In the Mako 6 I had to use brace strokes many times (more wind and waves) but in the Swordfish I felt safe and could focus on getting forward. The sit comfort wasn’t great but that was proberbly due to the seat was padded on both sides. I will try the Swordfish even more sometime in the next coming weeks. Then I will give a more detailed report.
Jens is paddling his Fenn Swordfish in Stockholm city.
It is time to register to the Surfski Spring Camp 2012 in Sweden. It will take place the 10 to 13 of may at Barnens Ö, about 100 km north of Stockholm. I was there last year and it was the first time I tried Surfski paddling. It was really great and I can highly recommend it. I’m going back this year. One of the best surfski paddlers, Dawid Mocke, is attending this year and will be holding classes.
Barnens Ö is located close to the Stockholm International Airport, only 80 km, if you are interested in attending.
Dawid Mocke in Norway, during the ASKR 2011.
The program contains:
- Beginners courses
- Downwind paddling
- Paddling technique
- Re-mounting technique
- Paddling classes with the elite paddlers for input and advices
- Surfski Safety
- How to choose the right Surfski
More information is found at globalsurfski.com.
A year ago I went iceskating in the Archipelago. This year is the Winter late and the sea is still open. That’s perfect. More time for kayaking. 🙂
Today I went for a short trip chasing the ferries in the Archipelago. Nobody else on the water these days.
The Braca wing paddle for sea kayaking works out really fine.
A soft weekend at Valö in Göteborg Archipelago. Good friends, wine, food, some paddling, relaxing and just having a good time! And obviously too much time…
Trent, Patric and I paddled to Valö today. It was quite hard because we had both the wind and the current against us! I have started to test a drysuit from Ursuit. It feels really good to have a drysuit when it is getting colder in the water.
Trent is heading home and it is getting dark.
Ursuit makes drysuits for paddling and sailing
Last week has been really long because I have been longing to paddle my new surfski. The forecast was really good for surfski paddling today with winds from north about 10 m/s (37 km/h or 20 knots). Trent Victor and I decided to paddle downwind from Göteborg. My friend Maria was really nice and agreed to pick us up about 20 km south of Göteborg. When we arrived at the harbour the were hardly any wind at all. We changed our plans and went searching for waves from the bigger boats in the archipelago instead.
Trent Victor in the harbour after the paddle trip. I forgot to bring the camera today. This is taken with my iPhone.
We got some really nice runs from the waves produced of a couple of boats. My top speed was 19,4 km/h (12.1 miles/h). New record to me! 🙂 It is getting colder in the water. The temperatures is still ok but pretty soon the wet suit I’m using will be to thin. Trent is using a dry suit from Ursuit that looks really nice for surfski paddling. I have ordered a different drysuit from Ursuit that I think is more suitable both for seakayaking and surfski paddling.
I have bought a new kayak, a surfski. After testing a number of surfskis recently, it’s a process in choosing a surfski, I decided for a surfski from Fenn Kayaks, the Mako XT. I really like the mix of stability, the speed and the sit comfort in the Mako XT. Surfsking is a new way of kayaking for me. I’m turning 39 next year and this is a part to prepare myself before my mid-life crisis start. Some people buy a fancy car or a HD. I bought a surfski! 🙂
My new Fenn Mako XT (Photo: Jens Webster)
Jens Webster in his Fenn Elite SL. I bought my Fenn Mako XT from Fenn.no. Jens is the Swedish distributor to Fenn.no. Thanks for all the help and support! 🙂
In beautiful Vesterålen, Norway, the Arctic Sea Kayak Race has been ongoing for a week with different activities. Today was the final day with the ICF World Cup Surfski race as the main event.
Last year’s winner Sean Rice together with Dawid Mocke and Joep van Bakel was the favourites for todays race. Sean reported to be ill for some day and had some concerns but he felt much better this morning.
Straight from the start Dawid, Sean and Joep took the top three positions. Today Sean was the strongest. Sean was really happy after the finish. His plan and tactic worked out very well.
Sean Rice 1.49.46
Dawid Mocke 1.53.27
Joep Van Bakel 1.53.51
Gleb Greben 2.02.14
Fredrik Ness 2.05.06
Joep van Bakel
The start at the ASKR Surfski race
Audun Sletten from Norway in his Nelo Ski.
Gleb from Oslo is born in Russia
Fredrik from Norway finished at 5th place.
Joe and Mike from Minnesota, USA.
Gunnar from Norway in a Stellar Surfski
Sean Rice sprints
A happy winner
The three stars in surfski Dawid Mocke, Joep van Bakel and Sean Rice has all arrived and will compete tomorrow in the ICF surfski event in the Vesterålen, Norway. The surfski race is a part of the Arctic Sea Kayak Race held here every year during the last week in July. Since last year has the Surfski race in Västerålen world cup status. The preparation before the race is following the normal routine before a race but it is hard to get used to the bright nights, says Dawid Mocke. It is almost daylight for 24 hours. The surroundings are really beautifulhere and hopefully will the weather be as good as it today.
These two surf-ski paddlers are opponents in tomorrow’s surfski race. Dawid Mock and Joep van Bakel are enjoying the sun in Skipnes, Norway. Both Dawid and Joep are very humble. Someone will win tomorrow, Joep replies on the question on who will win. I’m looking forward for the race tomorrow and hopefully I will get some nice shots from the race.
I’m having a day off from paddling today and are enjoying the preperation in Skipnes before the race tomorrow.
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Kayak orienteering is an annual event and will take place on the 4 June in the archipelago outside Fjällbacka, Grebbestad and Hamburgsund in Sweden. The track will have a length of 20 km. It will consist of three to four orienterring routes, with control markers on land. Route choice between control markers is free and the idea is that participants will be brought to navigation and routing problems. I have been kayaking in Fjällbacka archipelago several times and it is beautiful.
Paddle for the planet
A world wide challenge to unite the paddlers around the world for a one day relay in effort to raise environmental awareness. It’s a great initiative from Dawid Mocke. The magazine Paddling is organizing a paddling event on the 5 june.
Seamasters will take place on the 27 August in Arkösund/Oxelösund, Swedish east coast, Baltic sea and is a 25 km long Ocean race open for Surf ski, Outrigger, Stand Up and Sea kayak paddlers. I’ve never been in the area before, so it might be a trip to the East coast in August. More information will be found at Seamasters.se but is not updated but you will find information about last years race. You will find more information at globalsurfski.com and surfski.info.
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