Nelo Surfskis

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!

NELO
SURFSKI
CONCEPT

Less is more!

A shorter surfski has lots of benefits

We developed a shorter ski with a reduced wet surface but with great friction performance as well resulting in a faster ski. Our agile skis are more maneuverable for changing direction and catching waves.  Since they are shorter we can make them stiff and responsive while maintaining a lightweight ski. Improved stability due to a lower center of gravity from lowering the seat means you can apply power. The preferred seat-to-footrest posture you expect from Nelo. Easy to transport and store, Nelo surf skis are built for performance and ease.

IMPROVED MANEUVERABILITY
by moving the pivot point forward

IMPROVED STABILITY
by lowering the seat and keeping the “K1” angle

WEIGHT IS REDUCED
by making a stiffer, more responsive, shorter boat

NELO SURFSKI OVERVIEW

510 | All-Around Fun

Stability 10
Nelo 520 L Surfski

520 | Get In and Go

Stability 8

540 | Entry Level

Stability 6
Nelo 550 Surfski

550 | High Level Fun

Stability 5

560 | Hi-Performance

Stability 2
Nelo 600 Double

600 | Double Up

Stability 8

Kids | Many Models

Stability 8
Viper 46

VIPER 46 SKI | Sleek

Stability 4

PRICING FOR ALL SKIS

Prices subject to change.  Sales tax and shipping not included.

Surfski WWR (4)

$3,495
  • + sales tax and shipping

Surfski SCS (7)

$4,395
  • + sales tax and shipping

Surfski 510

$1,595
  • + sales tax and shipping

Surfski 600 WWR

$4,395
  • + sales tax and shipping

Other Boats

$contact
  • + sales tax and shipping

Shipping Options

NELO SURFSKI ADVANTAGE

  • 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.  More details below!

NELO SURFSKI DETAILS

500 Series, Double, Viper 46, Youth Skis

NELO 560

Nelo 560 Surfski

PERFORMANCE CRAFT

Sizes available: ML | L | XXL

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

Constructions | 4-WWR, 12.5 Kg | 7-SCS, 11 Kg
Stability 2
SPECSMLLXXL
Boat Length x Width 5.6 x .45 m 5.6 x .45 m 5.6 x .45 m
Seat Inner Width41cm41.5cm42cm
Seat to Footrests0.9 – 1.05 m0.9 – 1.05 m0.9 – 1.05 m
Athletes< 75 Kg75 – 90 Kg> 90 Kg

NELO 550

Nelo 550 Surfski
Nelo 550 Side View

HIGH LEVEL FUN

Sizes available: ML | L | XXL

The lively 550 is a great all-around performance surfksi 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 turn 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.

Constructions | 4-WWR, 12.5 Kg | 7-SCS, 11 Kg
Stability 5
SPECSMLLXXL
Boat Length x Width 5.5 x .47 m5.5 x .47 m5.5 x .47 m
Seat Inner Widthcoming soon41.3 cmcoming soon
Seat to Footrests0.9 – 1.05 m0.9 – 1.05 m0.9 – 1.05 m
Athletes< 75 Kg75 – 90 Kg> 90 Kg

NELO 540

Nelo 540
Nelo 540

ENTRY LEVEL PERFORMANCE

Sizes available: L (ML and XXL coming soon)

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 surfski 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 surfski paddling.  A great fit for experienced paddlers looking for speed, balance in small waves, and easy transport.

Constructions | 4-WWR, 12.5 Kg | 7-SCS, 11 Kg
Stability 6
SPECSMLLXXL
Boat Length x Widthcoming soon5.4 x .5 mcoming soon
Seat Inner Widthna40 cmna
Seat to Footrestsna0.9 – 1.05 mna
Athletes< 75 Kg75 – 90 Kg> 90 Kg

NELO 520

Nelo 520
Nelo 520

GET IN AND GO

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.

Constructions | 4-WWR, 12.5 Kg | 7-SCS, 11 Kg
Stability 8
SPECSMLLXXL
Boat Length x Width 5.2 x .52 m 5.2 x .52 m 5.2 x .52 m
Seat Inner Width41 cm41 cm42 cm
Seat to Footrests0.77 – .99 m0.9 – 1.07 m0.9 – 1.07 m
Athletes< 75 Kg75 – 90 Kg> 90 Kg

NELO 510

FUN FOR ALL IN AN ECO-FRIENDLY SURFSKI

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.

• Stable design for beginners of all ages
• Durable plastic construction
• Front and back handles for easy carrying
• Extra comfortable seat

The 510 is suitable for children and adults. The 510 can be converted into one amazing OC1, or adapted with the new Micro Kayak from Future Kids. The 2020 is eco-friendly as we use 50% of recycled material for construction.

FastPaddler Comments

Available colors:

Nelo 510

Nelo 510

Constructions | P 22 Kg g
Stability 10
SPECSOne Size
Boat Length x Width 5.1 x .55 m
Seat Inner WidthNA
Seat to Footrests0.86 – 1.03 m
AthletesAll Sizes

NELO 600

Nelo 600 Double
Nelo 600 Double

DOUBLE FUN AND STEER FRONT OR BACK

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.

Constructions | 4-WWR, 16 Kg | 7-SCS, 14 Kg
Stability 8
SPECSOne Size
Boat Length x Width 6 x 0.6 m
Seat Inner WidthNA
Seat to Footrests0.9 – 1.0 m
AthletesAll Sizes

VIPER 46 SKI

Viper 46
Viper 46

SEAWORTHY AND VERSATILE TRAINING

Sizes Available: L | XXL

For paddlers looking for the best that surfski and K1 offer.

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 as the Viper 46 matched with our ergonomic ski cockpits, resulting in a perfect combination. The Viper 46 Ski is probably the most versatile boat in our range from flat, to bumpy to proper ocean paddling. With a 4 stability level, it is for non-professional, but expert ocean paddler, or for those that aim to improve their ability.

Constructions | 4-WWR, 12 Kg | 7-SCS, 11 Kg
Stability 4
SPECSLXXL
Boat Length x Width 5.2 x .46 m 5.2 x .46 m
Seat Inner Widthnana
Seat to Footrestsnana
Athletes< 90 Kg> 90 Kg

FutureKids Ski

YOUTH SIZES FOR SURFSKI

Sizes Available:

Nelo makes a youth version of all their boats from surfskis to K1’s! Three sizes of youth surfskis, an OC, and a mini Viper.

Constructions | Check exact specs on Nelo Site

CONSTRUCTION INFO

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.