The rise of ocean racing ski paddling has been dramatic in Australia, with the Harbour regularly abuzz with these Formula 1 paddlers on their skinny boats. Thus far the market has been dominated by popular international brands such as Fenn and Epic, but now local surf ski manufacturer OZFlyte has designed and launched a true Aussie racer onto the market.
To launch the R21 in Sydney, my mates at Sydney Harbour Kayaks got together with Blast Paddlers and OZFlyte to hold a demo day down at The Spit where local ski paddlers could put the new ski through its paces against the usual Blast flotilla of Fenns, Epics and Think Unos.
Needless to say the ski boys and girls had a heap of fun testing the new boats and now have a local and affordable alternative to the usual ski range.
The new skis can be tested and ordered from Sydney Harbour Kayaks, so if you’re in the market for a ski, get down to the The Spit for a test paddle. I might even test one myself! Cheers – FP
So, when is the fatpaddler going to move up to a surf ski? Personally, I want to try one some day.
Not sure Pat, still have plenty to learn about my sea kayaking before feeling the need to get on a ski. Mind you, would be interesting to see how I go on this new one. Do you think I’d look strange on a ski with a Greenland paddle??
Those skis look great. I have friends who race that are switching from sea kayaks to skis. I’ve been looking in awe as they literally paddle loops around me. I’ve been very tempted lately. Don’t get on one or you may never turn back.
G’ Day, Info About Ozflyte Or Hayden Stable Spec At 85 years My Balance not the best Been on Ski’s for 25 Years Gulf Of Mexico Fl. u.s. Need a Stable Spec Ski at about 28lbs Looking at Fat Boy or Oz Spec I am 6′ 3″ 170 lb Any used or cost of new Light in weight Ski Shipped to Tampa Fl to pick up.