About Nelo Surfskis

The Nelo lineup of surfskis are the 510, 520, 540, 550, 560 and the 600- double. Nelo is the leading company in top-performance kayaks for World and  Olympic competitions and they bring all their design and manufacturing technology to the state-of-the-art surfski lineup.  In 2017 Oscar Chalupsky joined the Nelo team bringing a lifetime of elite racing experience to the Nelo team!

Nelo Surfski Chart - charts of specs and stability for 510, 520, 540, 550, 560
WWR | SCS | POLY(510)

ML: under 75kg (165lbs)  L: 75kg – 90kg (165 – 200lbs)   XXL: over 90kg (200 lbs)

ML: under 75kg (165lbs)
L: 75kg – 90kg (165 – 200lbs)
XXL: over 90kg (200 lbs)
Constructions: WWR (12kg), SCS(11kg)


Nelo Surfski Price list prices subject to change.  Sales tax and shipping not included.
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Surfski WWR (4)

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Surfski SCS (7)

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Surfski 510

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600 WWR

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Other Boats

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by moving the pivot point forward

by lowering the seat and keeping the “K1” angle

by making a stiffer, more responsive, shorter boat

light and garage-friendly length



560, 550, 540, 520, 510, 600 Double, Viper 46

NELO 560

Nelo 560 Surfski


Sizes available: ML | L | XXL

The 560 is a performance downwinder and a flat-water speed machine for experienced paddlers.

The 560 is our highest performing surfski, a super-fast ski in all conditions. The 560 is an elite surfski that paddles like an ICF boat with great speed and acceleration. The new hull design adds stability without sacrificing speed and is noticeably more stable in ocean conditions.  The 560 is an excellent choice for experienced paddlers who value ergonomics and acceleration.

Boat Length and Width:  560 cm x 45cm (18.3′ by 18″)

Seat to Footrest: .9 to 1.05m (3′ to 3.5′)

ML under 75kg (165 lbs) | L 75kg – 90kg (165 lbs – 200 lbs) | XXL over 90kg (200 lbs)

Constructions | 4-WWR, 12.5 Kg | 7-SCS, 11 Kg
Stability 2
New Nelo Surfski 560

NELO 550

Nelo 550 Surfski
Nelo 550 Side View


Sizes available: ML | L | XXL

The lively 550 is a great all-around performance surfski with stability for all conditions.

The 550 offers an incredibly fun paddling experience in flat water and surf.  The 550 is both maneuverable and fast.  With its ability to hop on a wave quickly, the 500 is an action-packed ride in the surf that catches small waves easily.  In the flats, the 550 is a competitive boat that accelerates quickly and gains ground on the turns with its tight turn radius.

Boat Length and Width:  550 cm x 47cm (18′ by 18.5″)

Seat to Footrest: .9 to 1.05m (3′ to 3.5′)

ML under 75kg (165 lbs) | L 75kg – 90kg (165 lbs – 200 lbs) | XXL over 90kg (200 lbs)

Constructions | 4-WWR, 12.5 Kg | 7-SCS, 11 Kg
Stability 5
Nelo 550 Surfski for racing

This is my go-to boat for training and racing, fast in the flats and a wide range of stability for waves so if it picks up a bit I’m still good. – LC

550 taking a spin around Cape Ann for the Blackburn Challenge!

NELO 540

Nelo 540
Nelo 540


Sizes available: ML | L | XXL

The 540 is a brand new ski model for adventurous paddlers who still want the stability of the 520 but with more acceleration.

The brand new 540 bridges the gap between our most stable surfskis and our fastest surfskis. While almost as stable as the 520, but with a speed boost, it is a perfect way to gain entry into performance surfski paddling and racing.  Experienced paddlers will appreciate the ability to retain a sleek, but more stable hull, for cold weather paddling and unpredictable water conditions.

Boat Length and Width:  540 cm x 50cm (17.7 feet by 19.7 inches)

Seat to Footrest: .9 to 1.05m (3′ to 3.5′)

ML under 75kg (165 lbs) | L 75kg – 90kg (165 lbs – 200 lbs) | XXL over 90kg (200 lbs)

Constructions | 4-WWR, 12.5 Kg | 7-SCS, 11 Kg
Stability 6

Nelo 540 Instant Review

NELO 520

Nelo 520
Nelo 520


Sizes available: ML | L | XXL

The 520 offers a stable and lively surfski for paddlers who want to explore the sport of surfski with confidence.

The 520 surfski is a crowd-pleaser suited for a wide range of conditions and abilities. The 520 is our most stable surfski in carbon constructions.  Paddlers who are new to surfski will enjoy learning to surf in a boat that is fun and easy to remount. Experienced paddlers will appreciate the steady balance that lets them apply power in a variety of conditions. With front and back handles and newly improved side handles, the 520 is easy to handle and transport.

Boat Length and Width:  520 cm x 52cm (17′ by 20.5″)

Seat to Footrest: ML .8 – 1m (2.6′ to 3.3′) | L, XXL .9 to 1.05m (3′ to 3.5′)

ML under 75kg (165 lbs) | L 75kg – 90kg (165 lbs – 200 lbs) | XXL over 90kg (200 lbs)

Constructions | 4-WWR, 12.5 Kg | 7-SCS, 11 Kg
Stability 8

Millers Run on the Nelo 520

Nelo 520

NELO 510


Available in One Size

The 510 is the perfect entry-level boat for new paddlers. The 510 is easy to handle, super durable, and very stable.

The 510 and the 520 are both all-around stable designs for beginners. The design of the 510 is the same shape as the popular 520 but is constructed with plastic polyethylene making the 510 a fun, durable option for any age.

  • Extra comfortable seat
  • Front and back handles for easy carrying
  • Durable plastic construction of 50% recycled materials, eco-friendly

Boat Length and Width:  510 cm x 55cm (16.5′ by 21.5″)

Seat to Footrest: .9 to 1.03m (2.8′ to 3.4′)

Constructions | P 22 Kg g
Stability 10

NELO 600

Nelo 600 Double
Nelo 600 Double


Available in One Size

The Nelo 600 is a double surfski with high stability and comfortable buckets.

The Nelo 600 is a popular choice for paddlers to team up for fun in the surf or for doubles racing. The 600 is a very stable double surfski and makes a great teaching ski. An added advantage, the steering can be controlled from either the front seat or the backseat foot peddles. At 600 cm long (under 20 feet)  it is an easily handled surfski both on and off the water and lighter than comparable doubles.

Boat Length and Width:  600 cm x 60 cm (19.5′ by 24″)

Seat to Footrest: .9 to 1.05m (3′ to 3.5′)

Constructions | 4-WWR, 16 Kg | 7-SCS, 14 Kg
Stability 8

Miller's Run on Nelo 600 with Oscar Chalupsky


Viper 46
Viper 46


Sizes Available: L | XXL

For paddlers looking for a K1 style fitness boat with the seaworthiness and remounting of a surfski.

All paddlers dream of a model that can perform in many various water conditions, re-mountable but with the feel of an ICF. The Viper 46 was so popular that we decided to make a sit-on-top version that makes it seaworthy, safer, and more comfortable. The new model keeps the same hull design as the Viper 46 matched with our ergonomic ski cockpit, resulting in a unique combination. The Viper 46 Ski is a versatile boat, comfortable in flat to bumpy to choppy ocean paddling. With a 4 stability level and K1 styling, this is primarily a flatwater fitness boat.  With the extra protection of remounting, more experienced paddlers could venture into larger, choppier water than they might for a standard K1.

Boat Length and Width:  520 cm x 46cm (17′ by 18″)

L under 90kg (200 lbs) | XXL over 90kg (200 lbs)

Constructions | 4-WWR, 12 Kg | 7-SCS, 11 Kg
Stability 4


  • Designed for Performance –  All Nelo Surfskis follow the long heritage of performance products that Nelo has been bringing to the market for over 40 years.  Whether you are looking at the race-bred 560 or the entry 510, all of the skis have similar performance characteristics – with the main difference being increased stability for a slightly less top-end speed as you move down in the line from 560 to 520.
  • Ergonomic Paddling Position – Nelo has always been know for putting a very strong emphasis on ergonomics, and the new Nelo surfskis continue to reflect this trait. The bucket is positioned with the bottom of the seat slightly higher than the bottom of the bucket where your heels sit,  giving you a “K1′ like position that facilitates better rotation and less strain on your lower back.  The shape of the back of the bucket provides just enough support without impeding rotation, and the footwell is just wide enough to allow movement without restriction.
  • Narrow Catch – All the Nelo Surfskis, like their world champion K1s, provide very narrow catches allowing the blade to enter closer to the centerline of the boat maximizing the all-important catch phase of the stroke.  Also, the angle of the hull at the top of the gunnel near the catch is angled properly to allow setting the blade very close to the hull at the start of the stroke.
  • Shorter Length – All Nelo Surfskis are shorter than the traditional surfskis.   Nelo has extensive experience with creating the highest performance K1s at 520cm (17′), gaining an incredible knowledge of length vs drag (created by wetted surface).   The shorter length allows for faster accelerations, easier transport, and better maneuverability on waves.   Another benefit is the ability to create a better, overall constructed product while keeping the weight down (due to less material required).  This allows for a very strong, stiff, durable SCS construction at 10.5kgs (23lbs) and WWR construction at 11.5kgs (25.5lbs) that would weigh approx 15% more if they were the typical length of 640cm (21′).
  • Adjustable Footplate – The new Nelo Surfski footplate offers comfort, performance, and flexibility.  3 different footplate angles, easy precise adjustment, and included solid pull bar with GoPro mount (soft strap optional).  Click to see Oscars showing the adjustability of the new footplate.
  • Easy Remounting – All the Nelo Surfskis are some of the easiest to remount in the industry, primarily due to the low gunwales at the bucket.  While lower gunwales do create for a wetter ride, a bow waveguard and very fast draining bailer keep the bucket empty.  Check out Leslie’s easy remount of the 520.
  • De Brito Bailer – Designed by Magnus De Brito from Sweden, this closeable bailer empties the cockpit within a few strokes even at low speeds. Foot operation makes it easy and intuitive to open and close in all conditions.  Also very maintainable and easy to repair/replace if needed.  Nelo also includes 2 inserts: Race and Standard.
  • Color / Graphics – Last but not least, Nelo offers the most colorful combinations with customization graphics.  Why settle for the same looking surfski as other folks on the water.  Custom Design Nelo


All Nelo Surfskis are constructed with “UNICO” technology, which has no seams that have been traditionally used to connect the hull to the deck.  Nelo first started using seamless construction in the previous generation of surfskis, the OceanSki, and VintageSki and has carried it over to the current new models,  providing the stiffest boats possible while eliminating the chance of a failure at the seam.  If you notice in the 560M below, you will see a cosmetic edge that transitions the deck to the hull, but no seam.  This line fades as you get to the bow.

SCS/7: “No.7” build, SCS, utilizes an all-carbon epoxy vacuum technology.   It is Nelo’s stiffest surfski construction with an approximate weight range of 10 – 11 kg (22 – 24lbs) in the 560 class surfski. A heavier paddler (85kg plus) who is very experienced may notice the extra stiffness difference between the SCS and WWR when the boat is under hard acceleration or fighting upwind chop, but otherwise, the stiffness difference over the WWR is very hard to decipher. Certainly, both builds are very stiff and light. The other difference is the SCS/7 includes custom colors and design graphics included in the price.

WWR/4: “No.4” build, WWR, utilizes a carbon carbon-Kevlar vacuum technology. It comes in standard colors with basic graphics and is around the 11kg- 12kg (24 – 26.5lb) weight range.

A1/2: “No.2” build utilizes a fiberglass epoxy technology providing very good performance at an economic price.  Currently, only the 600 Double is available in A1.

Constructions | 4-WWR, 12.5 Kg | 7-SCS, 11 Kg