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just watch, or shop that has demos?|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Nov-04-13 11:58 AM (EST)
California definitely has a thriving surf ski scene.
paddle fests, clinics etc.|
Posted by: nickjc on Nov-04-13 12:11 PM (EST)
Depends where you are.
Getting more popular|
Posted by: mcimes on Nov-04-13 12:29 PM (EST)
In MN, they are getting more popular. I see people out on the busy paddling lakes with them occasionally. I see them most often at races since they're so fast. Thats a good place to try them out. there seems to be a lot of them in MO cause of the MR340; I find that kinda funny.
Yep, a dealer in Kansas City, MO.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Nov-04-13 1:50 PM (EST)
I bought a V6 from him last summer.
Posted by: kaptynkayak on Nov-04-13 12:56 PM (EST)
Seen a few in the PNW|
Posted by: pikabike on Nov-04-13 1:44 PM (EST)
Just yesterday I saw 2 at the closest beach, and I've seen them occasionally while paddling. They're not as common as regular sea kayaks but they are around. There are always some skis listed in the results from a local annual race.
Used ones come up for sale|
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Nov-04-13 1:53 PM (EST)
often here. I get emails regularly from ski paddlers in my area that are selling there ski's as they upgrade. String, I can keep my eyes open for them if you let me know what you're looking for.
check out elite ocean sports|
Posted by: houseboy on Nov-04-13 3:12 PM (EST)
here is a link:
That and Epic in Charleston, SC|
Posted by: Kocho on Nov-04-13 3:48 PM (EST)
It's not the seeing that's hard|
Posted by: pikabike on Nov-04-13 3:22 PM (EST)
It's renting something unusual in your area that's the tough part. Had that problem with sea kayaks in the Denver area, and now I am wishing I could rent a waveski without having to travel far.
I'll Say it Again|
Posted by: Kudzu on Nov-04-13 3:37 PM (EST)
The east and west coasts of the U.S each need a paddling town; a town where all things paddling are available. Sales and rentals. I think Wilmington, NC should be the east coast town because it's centrally located and close to me.
Check major paddling shops|
Posted by: Celia on Nov-04-13 3:59 PM (EST)
I know that the folks in Wickford RI had a couple of them at some point in the last few years. I bet you could get on the phone and find a serious outfitter shop within range, albeit maybe vacation range, that had one or two.
Perhaps here ?|
Posted by: cliffjrs on Nov-04-13 4:09 PM (EST)
Posted by: jesse59 on Nov-04-13 7:20 PM (EST)
Bay Creek paddling center.
Posted by: TomD on Nov-06-13 11:11 AM (EST)
I've seen some Epic surf skis being paddled on the Erie Canal near Fairport (SE of Rochester). Not much surf to speak of, but only the rowing shells seem faster.
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Nov-05-13 8:39 AM (EST)
Carries surf ski's. All Epic.
Even in Michigan|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Nov-05-13 8:53 AM (EST)
VENTURE SPORTS, BOCA RATON|
Posted by: Scupperfrank on Nov-05-13 5:05 PM (EST)
Now that winter is beghinning to make |
Posted by: string on Nov-05-13 11:34 PM (EST)
an appearance, Boca Raton sounds pretty good.
The closest to you would be Epic |
Posted by: Jackl on Nov-05-13 6:22 PM (EST)
down in Charleston.
Charles River Canoe & Kayak Newton|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Nov-05-13 6:58 PM (EST)
MA, is where I go for surfskis when not in Hawaii. In fact, a surfski (Stellar SEL) I rented from them last Summer, came in 3rd in the women's division of the Blackburn Challenge. Overall, good service, selection and friendly staff.
usa HQ for epic|
Posted by: rick_s on Nov-07-13 12:23 PM (EST)
is Charleston SC...your profile says SC....betting they'd point you in a direction locally.
I have vsited Epic twice. Very nice |
Posted by: string on Nov-07-13 1:47 PM (EST)
people. The V-10 fit me perfectly, while the V-8 cockpit was a couple inches too short.Don't think I want a boat as technical as the V-10.
v10 and 12|
Posted by: rick_s on Nov-07-13 4:27 PM (EST)
are just scary to me...so tender! talk about yer intestinal wobble!
Elite Ocean Sports|
Posted by: Tecpartner on Nov-24-13 10:16 AM (EST)
Elite Ocean Sports distributes Vadja and Think surf skis. There is one model of the Vadja ski, which is 21' x 17", for elite paddlers, (very pretty). There are 5 models of Think skis in a very nice progression from very stable to very, very fast, and tippy.
Definitely worth a trip there to ...|
Posted by: Kocho on Nov-24-13 11:41 AM (EST)
And Kids 10 and Up Do Fine in Elite Skis|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Nov-25-13 5:50 AM (EST)
As long as their feet reach the pedals. It's their parents and grownups that need coddling. Initially, gals have better balance than boys and learn faster, but the boys catch up fast (I wonder why?).
I'd love to demo the Epic V6|
Posted by: jmyers on Nov-25-13 7:50 AM (EST)
but my local dealer, Jersey Paddler, is no longer offering demo trials until spring. Has anyone paddled the V6?
Only briefly paddled the V6|
Posted by: Kocho on Nov-25-13 10:50 PM (EST)
Paddled it only for a few minutes on flat water. It has a surprisingly lively feel on center. It has excellent secondary stability when you edge it - it builds fast and strong. It should paddle similar to the Epic 16x I presume, but I don't fit in the 16x so I don't know. The seat is a bit different than the V10 and Sport - a bit more square I thought, more like in a sea kayak. Well made. I think it would be a lot of fun on short wind generated waves or just exploring about. If you are smaller, you might also consider the Nelo Ski 55 (or whatever the name is) and the Think Eze. I think they all have somewhat unique personalities and one might work better than the other for a particular situation. I just got the Eze myself and have paddled it only twice so far - a very nice ski, which at 17 feet is both fast enough to enjoy for fitness paddling and short enough for surfing wind chop where my V10 just feels too long to enjoy. I submited my initial review, but seems to take some time to post on the review section for some reason (you can read it and more and see a short video of it in the Think section of the surfski.info forum)
Posted by: Trilobite02 on Nov-28-13 9:54 AM (EST)
Just sold my wife's V-6 to get 'her' a V-8. I agree with Kocho; the V-6 is a nice little boat. I'd think of it more as a fast sea kayak with an open bucket. It feels fairly efficient up to hullspeed, and then it's limited by its length. If you were truly going to surf, the Trackmaster rudder with spring-loaded skeg works well, but its position all the way to the stern does limit it somewhat-no different than any other sea kayak with rudder.
I see them|
Posted by: baldpaddler on Nov-29-13 8:44 AM (EST)
at races. Had one at Normadins' race a few years back.
Posted by: trilobite02 on Dec-01-13 10:12 PM (EST)
While Maine is a distance from your location as per your profile, I can wholeheartedly recommend Chris Laughlin as an Epic and Think rep. Chris is highly respected in the Northeast/New England region, and will gladly work with you on delivery, be it direct from Epic itself, or through a transport company like KAS. He's a good guy.
Posted by: Kocho on Dec-02-13 4:04 PM (EST)
Happy customer here, dealing with him remotely from MD. Very responsive to my questions, helped arrange shipping, was as advertised. I hear his shop is worth a visit if in the area...
From what he said re winter|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-02-13 5:13 PM (EST)
paddling I think his shop is open year round. And right across from a beach.
North Coast Kayaks and Chris|
Posted by: Trilobite02 on Dec-13-13 5:08 PM (EST)
Just took delivery of a new V10 Ultra. Chris literally bent over backwards to assure this customer was a happy one; and I am. Delivery was painless, the boat came in weeks before the anticipated ship date, and he checked in at every step of the way. Highly, highly recommended.
Any Fenn Surfski Dealers Up North?|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Dec-13-13 6:59 PM (EST)
With the exception of one Florida dealer mentioned on this board, I haven't heard of any others, especially in the New England area?
No Fenn Dealers in the NE|
Posted by: trilobite02 on Dec-13-13 8:07 PM (EST)
Thanks for the info.|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Dec-15-13 12:54 AM (EST)