Surf Skis

One of the fastest growing of all the paddlesports, surf or ocean skis are becoming more accessible, stable, and user friendly. Each of the top brands have a suite of boats crossing the broad genres of Entry Level, Intermediate, and Elite designs, as summarised below. We've quoted the manufacturer's weight, and the pricing based on the varying layups from basic to elite. It's important to remember that as skis get lighter, the acceleration you can achieve is improved, but so too is the buoyancy and 'corkiness' of the feel on the water.

Entry Level Skis

Where once there was just the V8, the genre of entry level designs now encapsulates a broad diversity of niches, with user-friendly stability and sea manners as the overriding quality. Surf skis are designed for moving water, and each of these ski designs have varying degrees of glide and 'run' in the following seas in which they excel, allowing the paddler new to ski paddling the opportunity to get to know the dynamic environment of the ocean.

Carbonology Cruze

Exceptionally well made, stable, reassuring, well priced and light. Probably as good a combination of qualities for either a new ski paddler seeking more stability, or a more experienced paddler looking to enjoy the ocean free of anxiety.

Length 550cm

Width 55cm

Weight 14.5kg

Paddler Weight 60-110kg

$3300 (Glass Epoxy- 14.5kg) $3900 (Hybrid 12.5kg) $4500 (Carbon Foam11.5kg)

Epic V7

The new Epic V7 breaks that mold and sets a new standard for rotomold performance. It is lightweight, extremely efficient, and easy to handle. The V7 is outfitted with the same high quality fittings as every surfski in the Epic lineup, including the carbon fiber footboard and pedals and the hugely popular Epic designed bailer. In addition, it features an aft storage compartment with a lightweight hatch.

Length 520cm

Width 54cm

Weight 20kg

Paddler Weight 65-110kg

$1990

Fenn Bluefin S

A super stable, heavily rockered ski designed to catch waves & run on the sea. If you're looking for the perfect boat to get you out into rough water & actually riding waves, there isn't a better boat on the market to inspire confidence & do what a surfski is supposed to do.

Length 590cm

Width 53cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 75-110kg

$2800 (Fibreglass - 17kg) $3350 (Vac Glass 14kg) $3800 (Hybrid 12.5kg) $4500 (Carbon 10kg)

Think Eze

Unquestionably the best entry level ski on the market for smaller framed paddlers. Short, nimble, light & quick for it's length, with Think's renowned disciplined seating position.

Length 520cm

Width 51cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 50-85kg

$3495 (Performance - 15.5kg) $4595 (Elite 12.5kg)

Think Ace

Along with the V8 the base line ski in the market, designed to be easy to paddle for even the greenest paddler. Features carry handles, and also the lightest ski for the price.

Length 522cm

Width 53cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 75-110kg

$3495 (Performance - 15.5kg) $4595 (Elite 12.5kg)

Epic V8

The ski which single-handedly broadened the sport of surfski when it was introduced a few years ago. Stable, solid on the water, and built to Epic's exacting standards. The easiest surfski to paddle on the market..

Length 549cm

Width 56cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 80-110kg

$3195 (Club - 17.5kg) $3995 (Performance 16kg) $4995 (Ultra 12.5kg)

The Transition Skis

A recent development in the market, skis that have a bit more to burn, yet retain a level of stability the an ambitious beginner can live with.

Think Zen

The latest arrival into the transition genre, more nimble than it's rivals at 5.6m long so an excellent one for garage storage, and designed with stability in mind. This is a ski we're excited about, we think 560cm is a great length for most paddlers ability.

Length 560cm

Width 52cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 65-100kg

$3495 (Performance - 15.5kg) $4595 (Elite 12.5kg)

Carbonology Boost

The Carbonology Boost is welcome addition to the 'ambitious starter' genre. It's 5.95m long, 50.5cm long, super manoeuvrable and predictable in the runs & only $3300 for the 14.5kg layup. If you're getting into ski paddling & wanting to have a crack, or looking to come back down to a design more manageable in the rough stuff, this should be in your list of boats to test.

Length 595cm

Width 50.5cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 60-100kg

$3300 (Glass Epoxy- 14.5kg) $3900 (Hybrid 12.5kg) $4500 (Carbon Foam11.5kg)

Epic V8 Pro

Bridging the gap between entry-level and intermediate, this is Epic's latest ski & it sits on it's own in a sub category.If you've been wondering about a step up from your V8 to the V10S but haven't quite been able to make the leap, then this boat is such a logical step. It feels like a V8 with a lot more glide, and as such requires way less effort to push through the water, and as far as ocean paddling goes it also turns more instinctively. You can read a review & see a cool video of the skji in action HERE.

Length 570cm

Width 50cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 80-110kg

$3195 (Club - 17.5kg) $3995 (Performance 16kg) $4995 (Ultra 12.5kg)

Intermediate Ski

Intermediate level skis by definition should look after a paddler with good technique, allowing them to get the boat out into multidirectional water and enjoy it, rather than dread it. Fast enough to ride ocean runners but without the sheer glide of the elite skis, these are designs that the overwhelming majority of recreational sea paddlers should eventually graduate to.

Fenn Swordfish S

A dynamic, nimble, surfing ocean ski in the Fenn tradition of producing skis that are meant to be in waves. Now with an improved seat & 'hump' position, manufactured in South Africa. The Swordfish is a unique ski, with performance just below the true elite level, whilst maintaining stability to burn.

Length 610cm

Width 45cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 75-110kg

$2800 (Fibreglass - 17kg) $3350 (Vac Glass 14kg) $3800 (Hybrid 12.5kg) $4500 (Carbon 10kg)

Think Evo

Probably the fastest intermediate ski, with almost universally approval for the intermediate paddler looking to progress to the ocean. Blessed with above-average glide, and all of the extras that come as standard on Think surfskis. HERE'S a short video of the Evo running along in Botany Bay.

Length 625cm

Width 48cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 75-110kg

$3495 (Performance - 15.5kg) $4595 (Elite 12.5kg)

Epic V10 Sport

Like the V8, a trailblazer into intermediate skis when originally it was an elite ski or nothing. Now even more stable, big & buoyant & as reassuring in the rough stuff as any design ever was.

Length 600cm

Width 48cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 75-110kg

$3195 (Club - 17.5kg) $3995 (Performance 16kg) $4995 (Ultra 12.5kg)

Elite Skis

As the classification suggests, elite skis for paddlers with an elite attitude to developing & maintaining their rough water skills. Nowadays almost universally stable enough for an average paddler to handle on dead flat water, but require dedication to master on moving water, let alone in the dynamic environment of the sea.

 

Fenn Spark

An elite ski for lighter paddlers. Mates who handle this ski well in the ocean are unstoppable, it's got very little in the way of hull resistance & has some genuine speed.

Length 635cm

Width 42cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 55-85kg

$2800 (Fibreglass - 17kg) $3350 (Vac Glass 14kg) $3800 (Hybrid 12.5kg) $4500 (Carbon 10kg)

Fenn Elite S

A surprisingly stable elite ski with the well documented Fenn surf ability exemplified by a narrower hull and longer waterline. The seat is further forward making the ski sit flatter in the water. The rudder is further forward making the ski even more maneuverable than the older Elite. The hump between the seat and footwell has been reduced and the footwell is lower. There is some volume taken out of the nose.
In essence the Elite S has all the re-known surfing characteristics of the Elite while bringing in the flat-water qualities that the Glide offer and lower volume Spark offer.The head-turner at the moment at the pointy end of the sport.

Length 640cm

Width 45cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 75-110kg

$2800 (Fibreglass - 17kg) $3350 (Vac Glass 14kg) $3800 (Hybrid 12.5kg) $4500 (Carbon 10kg)

Think Uno Max

You only have to sit in the Uno Max to appreciate the pinpoint ergonomics, this boat just feels fast. As stable as any of the elite designs, with an incredibly disciplined feel on the water. Sea Rice's craft of choice as he powered his way to the World Championship.

Length 645cm

Width 43cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 75-110kg

$3495 (Performance - 15.5kg) $4595 (Elite 12.5kg)

Think Uno

The Uno is the elite ski for the taller or smaller paddler that does not need the volume of the Uno Max. The new Uno is designed with lighter paddlers in mind.

Length 642cm

Width 44cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 55-85kg

$3495 (Performance - 15.5kg) $4595 (Elite 12.5kg)

Think Ion

A buoyant and dynamic ski which feels light on the water & accelerates beautifully. Sits with the Epic V10 just below the stability & ability of the true elite skis, re-released in 2016 with more stability.

Length 642cm

Width 44cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 75-110kg

$3495 (Performance - 15.5kg) $4595 (Elite 12.5kg)

Epic V10L

A stable elite ski for lighter paddlers, reconfigured to drop off the wetted area & increase the capacity to accelerate. A very different animal to the original V10L.

Length 615cm

Width 44cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 50-85kg

$3195 (Club - 16.5kg) $3995 (Performance 14.5kg) $4995 (Ultra 12kg)

Epic V10

The ski which popularised the ocean racing genre, with plenty of glide, predictable, stable for it's minimal beam & designed for the rough stuff. An icon with a new configuration, bailer, and shape.

Length 650cm

Width 43cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 75-110kg

$3195 (Club - 17kg) $3995 (Performance 15.5kg) $4995 (Ultra 12.5kg)

Epic V11

Continuing the trend recently to shorter, more nimble surfskis, the V11 irepresents a real break from Epic's tried & tested models. The V11 at 5.79m has been designed to carefully balance length and stability with boat volume, to optimize this boat’s proven surf characteristics and not lose its racing edge. The V11 cockpit and seat design continues the Epic tradition of optimizing comfort and leg drive. This is not a small person's ski.

Length 640cm

Width 43cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 75-110kg

$3995 (Performance - 15kg) $4995 (Ultra 12kg) $5995 (Elite 11kg)

Epic V12

Revamped in 2016 to overcome the previous model's shortcomings in cross chop handling, the new V12 is a downwind ski if ever there was one. In big water, buoyancy is your friend & this ski has it in spades, with plenty of stability for papers with above-average skills in the rough stuff.

Length 640cm

Width 43cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 75-110kg

$3995 (Performance - 15kg) $4995 (Ultra 12kg) $5995 (Elite 11kg)

Epic V14

Along with the Think Uno Max a true elite ski for elite paddlers. Used to great effect in flat water races like the Hawkesbury Classic where it can generate K1 speeds with higher comparable stability, but in the purest form an ocean racing performance beast for paddlers with advanced skills.

Length 640cm

Width 43cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 75-110kg

$3995 (Performance - 15kg) $4995 (Ultra 12kg) $5995 (Elite 11kg)