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This is a place to learn about surfskis, not to sell them. Its purpose is to inform paddlers so they can make good decisions on the type of ski that would best work for the paddler and the conditions they paddle in. Please refrain from sales talk. But we welcome your provision of demos for paddlers and your accumulated wisdom in the process of choosing surfskis.

Choosing Your First Surfski

After you have owned and used a surfski, you should have a much better idea about what you are looking for in any surfski you subsequently purchase. There's no substitute for experience in teaching you what you prefer in performance and fit. But there are some general guidelines to seriously consider for a first surfski:

Mocke Brothers - Never sacrifice stability for speed


Your Next Surfski

Ready for a more advanced surfski? Don't discount more stable boats for bigger water

Design Characteristics

Handling Characteristics

  • primary (or “initial”) stability - initial stability is resistance to upset or tilt (absence of “tippiness”) when more force is applied to one side of the boat than the other side starting from a balanced position. Another way to describe this is a boat's tendency to return to a fully upright position after it is tilted sideways at low angles (<10 degrees). Boats with flat bottoms have more initial stability than boats that are rounded transversely.
  • secondary stability - is the ease to roll back upright from an significantly tilted(heeled) position. Surfskis with good secondary stability can be brought back to upright from fairly side-wise tilted positions with less force than skis with poor secondary stability. Boats with flat bottoms can have more of an edge on their sides and if they are tilted too far onto that edge can have a very strong tendency to continue turning until upside down - demonstrating poorer secondary stability. Outrigger canoes have great primary stability and poor secondary stability.
  • tracking - is the tendency of a boat to stay on a straight line when it has some forward speed. A keel can provide more tendency to track. The shape of the hull can make a difference also. A boat that tracks well typically does not turn as quickly as a boat that has no keel and little tendency to track. Tracking is more generally helpful in flatwater or straight line paddling while ease of turning and agility are critical in slalom racing and can be helpful in downwinding to some extent. Rocker also tends to make turning easier.

Plastic Surfskis

Surfskis

Single skis (from narrowest to widest beam) (* Always pay attention to variations in generations of the same models)

Model Brand Beam(cm)Beam(in)Length(m)Length(ft)L/W RatioRace CatReviews
S1-Z Huki 41 16 6.3 20'10“ 15.37HPK
Surge Fenn 42.5 16.7 5.82 19' 1” 13.69HPK
Vega Kai Wa'a/Ozone 43 16.81 6.4 21' 14.88HPKA. Lipp/B. Putnam 2019
demo/review video
V14 Epic 42.9 16.9 6.4 21' 14.92HPK
Elite S Fenn 43 16.9 6.44 21'1“ 14.98HPK
V11 Epic 43 16.9 5.79 19' 13.47HPK
V12 Epic 43 16.9 6.4 21' 14.88HPK
Nitro 64 NK 43 16.9 6.4 21' 14.88HPK
Uno Think 43 17 6.45 21'2” 15.HPK
Uno Max Think 43 17 6.45 21'2“ 15.HPK
S1-X Huki 43 17 6.4 21' 14.88HPK
S1-X special Huki 43 17 6.4 21' 14.88HPK
Nitro 60 NK 44 17.3 6 19'8” 13.64HPK
Ion Think 44.5 17.5 6.42 21'1“ 14.43HPK
560 Nelo 45 17.7 5.60 18'4” 12.44HPKPerformance Paddlng 2016
Swordfish Fenn 45 17.7 6.1 20' 13.56HPKWesley Echols surfskiracing.org 8/25/2019
Storm 61 NK 45 17.7 6.1 20' 13.56HPK
V10 Epic 45 17.7 6.25 20'6“ 13.89HPK2018 Gen3 Greg Barton
S1-XL Huki 45.7 18 6.4 21' 14.HPK
Vault Carbonology 46 18.1 6.1 19'11” 13.26HPK
Viper 46 Nelo 46 18.1 5.2 17' 11.3HPK
Vega Flex Kai Wa'a/Ozone 46.3 18.25 6.25 20'6“ 13.5HPKM. Wood 2020
550 LNelo 47 18.5 5.5 18' 11.7HPK
Evo Think 47 18.5 6.25 20'6” 13.3HPK
S1-R Huki 47 18.5 6.1 19'11“ 12.98HPK
Mako XT Fenn 48 18.9 5.8 19' 12.08HPK
V10 Sport Epic 48 18.9 6.1 20' 12.71HPK
Zest Carbonology 48 19 6.15 20'2” 12.81HPK
Six Think 48.25 19 6 19'8“ 12.44HPKWesley Echols surfskiracing.org 6/24/2020
Squall 58 NK 49 19.2 5.8 19' 11.84HPK
Squall 54 NK 49 19.3 5.4 17'9” 11.02HPK
V9 Epic 49 19.3 5.79 19' 11.82HPKB. Maynard Next Level Kayaking 2020
540 LNelo 50 19.7 5.4 17'9“ 10.8 FSKWesley Echols surfskiracing.org 5/20/2020
V8 Pro Epic 50.8 20 5.79 19' 11.4HPK
Boost Carbonology 51 20 5.95 19'6” 11.67HPK
Eze (discont.)Think 51 20 5.18 17' 10.16FSK
520 Nelo 52 20.5 5.2 17' 10.FSK
Zen Think 52 20.5 5.6 18'4“ 10.77FSKWesley Echols surfskiracing.org 7/19/2019
Bluefin S Fenn 53 20.9 5.9 19'3” 11.13HPK
RaptorVajda 53 20.9 5.35 17' 7“ 10.09FSK(19.5 kg, 42 lbs) - plastic
V8 Epic 54 21.25 5.48 18' 10.15FSK
V7Epic 54 21.25 5.2 17' 9.63FSK
510Nelo 55 21.6 5.1 16'9” 9.27FSK
AceThink 56 22 5.38 17'8“ 9.61FSK
CruzeCarbonology 56 22 5.5 18' 9.82FSK

Single skis for lighter paddlers or children (from narrowest to widest beam)

Model Brand Beam(cm)Beam(in)Length(m)Length(ft)Max Weight(lbs)L/W RatioRace CatReviews
S1-A Huki 41 16 5.6 18'4” 176 13.66HPK
Spark Fenn 41 16 6.44 21'1“ 176 15.71HPK
V-10L Epic 44 17.3 6.15 21'2” 165 13.98HPK
Pulse Carbonology 44 17.3 6 19'8“ 176 13.64HPK
Storm 57 NK 46.5 18.3 5.7 18'8” 187 12.26HPK
550 ML Nelo 47 18.5 5.5 18' 165 11.7HPK
Jet Think 48 19 5.2 17' 176 10.83FSKWesley Echols surfskiracing.org 2/11/2021
Splash Carbonology 49 19.3 4.85 15'11“ 132 9.9FSK
540 MLNelo 50 19.7 5.4 17'9” 165 10.8FSK

Doubles (from narrowest to widest beam)

Model Brand Beam (cm)Beam (in)Length (m)Length (ft)L/W RatioRace CatReviews
Blast Carbonology 46 18 7.4 24'2“ 16.09HPK
Elite S Fenn 46.5 18.3 7.5 24'7” 16.13HPK
V10 Epic 48 19 7.6 24'11“ 15.83HPK
S2-XM Huki 50 19.75 7.4 24'2” 14.8HPK
Zest Carbonology 50 19.75 7.2 23'7“ 14.4HPK
XT S Fenn 51 20 7.5 24'7” 14.71HPK
Boost Carbonology 52 20.5 7.2 23'7“ 13.85HPK
V8 Epic 57 22.4 6.7 22'7” 11.75FSK
600 Nelo 60 23.6 6 19'8“ 10.FSK

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surfskis.txt · Last modified: 2021/06/15 01:25 by preavley