Can a hiking kayaker paddle a sportier kayak faster that his or her regular sea kayak and, if so, how much? Is achieving a good speed more influenced by the speed of the boat or by the kayaker's own physical ability? We attempted to find the answers to these as well as other questions concerning fast boats with the help of the historical first kayak testing of our magazine.

The 8th Võhandu Marathon took place last Saturday the 20th of April and SeaBird Designs was proud to be part of their sponsoring team. Võhandu Marathon is an international canoeing marathon which is considered to be one of the toughest and most beautiful canoeing marathons in Europe. The marathon is held on Võhandu River and it is for anyone who wish to see wild and virgin nature and spend an active day paddling, it is an excellent opportunity for a paddling experience in Estonia. In one day you have to cross 100 kilometers of interesting and, at times, extreme river. It's an inspiring challenge for all paddling friends.

The biggest Paddling magazine in Denmark "Kano&Kajak" tested SeaBird Designs Salt serie: Salt 59, Salt 55 and Salt 51.

Successful scale-down

Seabird may offer the fully adult polyethylene kayak in a diminished version. Medium-sized paddlers or those who don't need a huge loading capacity may thus enjoy a more suitable boat.

Sport 600 with surfski pedals - When originally SeaBird Sport 600 was produced with Power Pedal Pro, then now it comes standard with the surfski pedals - the high-effective carbon pedals with 3 point locking. Surfski pedals are fully adjustable, one piece curved prepreg carbon plate with flexible pedals. They are stiff to allow full pressure without any unintentional turning, but they flex just enough to give you full steering potential when needed. High friction peel ply surface gives you a secure grip regardless of your footwear.

The biggest "Padling" magazine in Norway tested our Expedition LV. Read the independent opinion of a professional paddler Jan Fjelde about the SeaBird Designs Expedition LV.

For 2013 we proudly introduce our Scott HV, Scott MV, Scott LV kayak models with new updated design and new logo. All three models in all four different constructions have gorgeous Carbon design on the deck of kayaks. New design is already available in our dealer's shops. Check it out with the nearest dealer.

Fylkir Sævarsson is the very successful Icelandic paddler, elite open water swimmer and cyclist, who in 2012 became the Danish National Champion in Ocean Racing and winner of the Tour de Gudenå with his offshore racer SeaBird Sport 600.

The International Paddle Sports Trade Show, Paddle Expo, held at the International Exhibition Centre in Nuremberg, Germany, took place on 18th -20th September this year and once again Seabird Designs of course took part of it also. It is a trade show where you can find everything for paddling – kayaks, canoes, SUP boards, paddles, accessories and many more and this year there were 270 exhibitors in two huge linked halls, everyone from buyers, manufacturers and distributors to wholesalers, press and organisations. Although it is a trade show and not open for the general public, the 3 days were very hectic, interesting and fun!

The biggest fishing magazine in Estonia "Kalastaja" has tested SeaBird Designs' kayak Fisherman 12.

Read the independent opinion of a professional fisherman Endrik Tõnsberg about the Fisherman 12.

Text: Endrik Tõnsberg


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