This article is written by Magnus de Brito. For more information about Magnus please visit: http://www.point65.com/Default.asp?page=news&type=news&id=197
In industry as well as in sports competition brings out the best. For example; Sweden is a country with two car manufacturers. Volvo, the safe car brand and SAAB, the brand for people who want to be different. Sweden is also the country with the two truck manufacturers, Volvo and Scania. But what has this to do with surfski? In Sweden we have a surfski manufacturer called Nordic Kayaks and their nice carbon blade Fusion is well known. But that´s only one, in the region there should be two to spur eachother towards perfection. This is one of the drivers for my pet project for the last ten months, so there could be two Swedish surfski manufacturers. Point65 is the brand and XP21 will be the name of the surfski.
The two Swedish surfskis look very different but have some similarities. Both of them are made in prepreg carbon (at least for the moment). Both of them are made to be stable but fast. None of them are copies, but each have a unique design for their respective purpose. The rest is different. Witch is the Volvo and witch is the SAAB?
So today, 1st of Mars 2010, I finally tested the prototype. The wheater was anything but flattering. It was snowing and the water temperature was sub zero but without ice, due to two big propellers in the bottom of the harbor where I was testing it.
A wee bit nervous. Will it float? Photo: Peter Ekström
Yes, indeed it does! It floats! Photo: Peter Ekström
Searching in vain for non existing waves. Photo: Peter Ekström
Safe back home again… Photo: Peter Ekström
This is my third kayak for Point65. Prior models are XP18 and Tequila. With every kayak I develop I try to raise the bar compared to state of the art. The XP21 is not an exception. The list of improvements is long. Every detail in the kayak is designed for performance and at the same time I tried to make it look as good as possible. As soon as the ice melts, we will perform more advanced tests to verify the ideas.
For more information about XP21 visit Richard Öhmans blog: http://richardatpoint65.blogspot.com/
See you on the water,
//Magnus de Brito