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.

Vajda Raptor (ABS Plastic)

An entry level ski made from a tough, durable & incredibly stiff thermo-formed ABS plastic known as Styrolite. A flat planing hull provides stability, while the narrow forward section of the boat provides a close catch & excellent ergonomics. Features the same durable snap closing KajakSport hatches that feature on Rockpool & Tiderace expedition kayaks, ensuring a rear hatch seal with integrity, and enough capacity for a long weekend away camping. Suited to slightly lighter paddlers, with a weight range up to about 95kg.

Length 534cm

Width 53cm

Weight 20kg

Paddler Weight 55-95kg

$2290

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

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)

Vajda Hawx 52

A cut above the pure entry level skis, but one you're not likely to grow out of as you improve. The fastest of the stable boats, with Vajda's excellent carry strap system & peerless European build.

Length 553cm

Width 51cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 75-110kg

$3490 (Racing - 14kg) $4690 (Elite 11kg)

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)

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

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 II

A n extremely well reviewed surfski, with almost universally approval for the intermediate paddler looking to progress to the ocean. Considered to be as fast an any in the genre with excellent glide, and all of the extras that come as standard on Think surfskis.

Length 625cm

Width 48cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 75-110kg

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

Vajda Hawx 46

Alone as an intermediate ski for the lighter paddler, and a logical step up for smaller framed paddlers from a design like the Think Eze. Stable even for top heavy blokes, and proven to be among the very fastest of the intermediate skis on the flat.

Length 588cm

Width 46cm

Weight See Below

Paddler Weight 55-90kg

$3490 (Racing - 14kg) $4690 (Elite 11kg)

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 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 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 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 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.

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 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)