First of all What is a Surf Ski ? It is usually a long, narrow open cockpit kayak that was originally designed for riding waves in the ocean. Due to their speed and ease of entry, they have found much favor with us “in-landers” for use in flat-water adventure racing on lakes and rivers. Surf skis can be very versatile too, often being used in cold weather for touring, camping, and recreation. I stock a variety of Surf Skis ranging from the very stable and fun S14S to the new SEA , a 20 foot unlimited racing whip.
Let’s look at the S16S. These are Composite boats, which simply means each one is hand laid up using a variety materials ranging from conventional Fiberglass to Advanced Carbon or Kevlar combinations. Each one has its advantages, but all are lightweight compared to common plastic kayaks. More info on layups can be found at StellarkayaksUSA.com
SPEED: Nearly as fast as the narrower 18 foot boats, you will have more stability and occasionally more speed in rough conditions.
STABILITY : You can’t attain a decent speed in boat in which you are not comfortably stable. Most reasonably fit paddlers will find this to be a boat which is an easy adjustment from other kayaks. In fact a majority of paddlers can climb aboard an s16s and just go even if they have never paddled a surf ski before.
STORAGE: This is another area where Stellar outshines the competition . Lots of storage under hatches for camping or survival gear in the front or rear. This has made the S16S a great choice for extended races like the Missouri River 340.
The Stellar 16′ Surf Ski (S16S) is a transitional sit-on-top, stable enough for entry level and intermediate paddlers to feel comfortable, but fast enough for fitness paddling and racing! The open cockpit, rounded seat and 3-point footboard is very comfortable and responsive, keeping you on track to where you want to go. Two water tight hatches allow for modest storage for day tripping and overnight adventures. In the ocean, the S16S is a blast, easily catching waves and carving on the waves. The S16S’s light weight makes it responsive to your power on the water and with its cockpit handles, it is a breeze to carry and car-top.
Beam: 22.9″ / 58.1 cm
Paddler: 5′ – 6′ 6″ / 1.5 – 2m
Weight: 35.3 lbs / 16 kg
Description: Great combination of weight, stiffness, durability and cost. Gelcoat finished heat cured infused epoxy Fiberglass and Soric® core laminate is very tough and resists against punctures. A great race boat on a tight budget. The Advantage hits the mark for price to weight ratio for most kayak paddlers.