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Published on October 24th, 2012 | by Peter Svensson

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Fenn Kayaks has launched three new surfski models

Fenn Kayaks has launched three new surfski models. The BlueFin for beginners and the Elite Spark and the Elite Glide for advanced paddlers. The BlueFin will not replace the Fenn XT. The Elite Spark and the Elite Glide will not replace the Elite and Elite SL as long as they are dominating and winning the most international races. Fenn Kayaks has a broader line-up stratetgy to attract more paddlers. More paddlers can now find a suitable Fenn surfski according to the paddlers weight, size and specific needs.

The Elite Glide is an advanced surfski that goes well on the flat and the open sea. It will also have really good downwind abilities. The Glide will be less stable but faster on flat water compared to the Elite but more stable than the SL. It’s fast and accelerate fast according to Dawid Mocke. The Elite Glide has the following specs:
• 36cm Highest point on the front deck
• 38.5cm Seat width
• 42.5cm Width at the widest point
• 644cm Length

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The Fenn Elite Glide. Photo from Fenn, used by permission from Fenn Kayaks.

Fenn Elite Spark is a low volume version of the Elite for paddlers under the 80kg weight range and less than 6ft in height. If Fenn Kayaks has kept the Elite’s great downwind abilities when conforming it into a low volume surfski it will be really interesting to many Fenn paddlers when they are about to make the transitition from the Swordfish. Fenn Elite Spark has the following specs:
• 29cm Highest point on the front deck
• 37cm Seat width
• 42.5cm Width at the widest point
• 644cm Length

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The Fenn Elite Spark. Photo from Fenn, used by permission from Fenn Kayaks.

As reported earlier there is also an entry level surfski, called Fenn BlueFin. The Fenn BlueFin will not replace the Fenn XT. It is a surfski that allows a paddler to surfski immediately, learn balance later. The Fenn XT will be perfect when you have improved your balance and want some more speed. The Fenn BlueFin has the following specs:
• 34cm Highest point on the front deck
• 44cm Seat width
• 53cm Width at the widest point
• 590cm Length

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The Fenn BlueFin. Photo from Fenn, used by permission from Fenn Kayaks.

The complete ocean surfski lineup from Fenn Surfskis:
BlueFin
XT
Swordfish
Elite
Elite Spark
Elite Glide
Elite SL

It is always interesting when the bigger manufacturers launches new surfski models. Fenn Kayaks is dominating the international races at the moment and with these three new models they will put pressure on the other manufacturers to act fast to keep up with Fenn. Carbonology Sports has already presented two new models during the year, the Flash and the Zest. Vajda has launched the Hawx and are working on an intermediate surfski. Allwave has done some great results during the year with their CX model and is now planning on an intermediate model. What will the answer from Epic be? Rumors have circulated for a long time about an updated or new V10 called Epic V10 Pro and a new model called Epic V14.

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