Published on May 15th, 2013 | by Peter Svensson3
First test of the Vajda Hawx Elite
During the Surfski Spring Camp a couple of weeks ago I tested the Hawx Elite from Vajda for the first time. I tried it on two sessions and I must say that I really liked it from the start. The Hawx felt much more stable than I expected. I could almost put 100% of my power into my forward stroke straight away without feeling to unstable in the Hawx. When I have tried other elite level surfskis before I have felt a lot more insecure and less confident due to the lower initial stability. During the test paddling it was completely flat conditions but I’m perfectly confident that I will feel secure in most conditions in a relativly short period of time.
First impressions of the Vajda Hawx
- Stable to be an elite level surfski
- Good sit comfort, very good actually
- Good paddling ergonomics with a narrow catch
- Reliable Andersen bailer (as an option)
- Easy to manouver and adjust pedals
As a flat water surfski this would be a perfect choice to me at the moment. It’s in these conditions I have tried it so far. Maybe it is perfect for the smaller conditions we have most of the time in Sweden? I almost pulled the trigger but I’m curious how it acts during downwind paddling in bigger conditions . Will the somewhat flat bottom make it more sensitive and twist in bigger waves? It’s definitely good value for the money and if I found out that it acts good in waves it will be really interesting to me when I’m stepping up to the elite level surfskis.
Specs for the Vajda Hawx Elite
- Length: 643,5 cm
- Width: 43,5 cm
- Weight: 11.5 kg (25 lbs) (Hawx Racing 15 kg and Hawx Elite Pro 9,5 kg)