Nelo is the leading company in top performance kayaks and canoes and their surfskis are state-of-the-art. They are also the major innovator in canoeing, from boat design to services and technology. Nelo leveraged this know-how to expand into new areas because of that Nelo now has a strong footing in all paddle related sports, from surfski to rowing. Nelo is an experienced and versatile design and manufacturing team that also produces strong composite shell equipment under other brands. Nelo is the world’s leading performance kayak and canoe company and a major innovator in boat design. The Nelo surfski concept is to design shorter boats for increased maneuverability, rapid acceleration, and ease of handling. The shorter length allows us to build a stiffer ski without adding weight, our skis are fast and lively. The shorter length also makes it easy to handle, transport, and store off the water. Our paddling position ratio, seat to footrest angle, is based on ICF paddling position allowing for a powerful, efficient catch. Innovation is a big part of our DNA, constantly improving and developing new concepts and ideas and our successful surfski line is proof of our commitment. In 2017, we welcomed Oscar Chalupsky to our surfski team!
The company was created in 1978 by Manuel Ramos, a former paddler himself, and is now located in Vila do Conde, Portugal. In 2015 Oscar Chalupsky joined Nelo as CEO of Surfskis, bringing his long history of success in both surfski racing as well as surfski design and manufacturing. Nelo has offered Surfskis since 2009. While they were very fast with great ergonomics, the low stability allowed only truly elite paddlers to take advantage of their high-end performance. Oscar’s goal is to revamp the Nelo surfski line, designing and producing boats that work with a broader level of paddlers while keeping the Nelo tradition of providing high performance, ergonomic boats. The 560 family was the first Nelo Surfski to be redesigned, followed by the new 520, 600 double, 510, and 550. The addition of the 540 in 2020 is aimed towards stability and speed. Anyone who has paddled the 560 and 520 can testify that Oscar’s work and Nelo’s renewed dedication to the surfski market is definitely on track!