For the serious ocean paddler, the Elite is unsurpassed. A great ski in all conditions, the Fenn Elite is the leader of the pack. Although designed to be narrower and faster (and consequently slightly less stable), the ski has proved to have very similar stability to the Mako6 and is extremely popular with intermediate level paddlers. Compared with the Mako6, the Elite’s cockpit is slightly further aft, while the rudder has been moved forward – to improve handling in downwind conditions. With less rocker than the ‘6′, the ski is faster on flat water and, according to Dawid Mocke, handles better in waves. “It seems to be less effort to maintain high speed in this ski,” he said.