Discover the Sport

What is waveski surfing?

Waveski Surfing is a dynamic sport combining the paddle power of a sit on and strap in kayak with the maneuverability and performance of a surfboard. A Waveski resembles a larger surf-board, with a seat, fins, foot straps, and seat belt, enabling the rider to 'eskimo roll' if overturned. The waveski rider or waveski surfer then uses a double ended paddle for motion while seated on the waveski. The origins are obscure, but wave skis have been around for over forty years. Danny Broadhurst, a Long Island, New York, surfer created some early wave skis in the 1970s, although these were heavy, bulky and not particularly maneuverable. The sport experienced its major growth in the 80`s with manufacturers like Macski originally based in South Africa  being a dominant force in the market exporting worldwide to countries like Australia, USA and Europe. Original boards had wooden frames covered in glass fiber then became foam injected and soon custom hand made boards were being shaped and glassed out of Polystyrene foam and epoxy resins. Nowadays boards are shaped in precision CNC machines and weigh around 15 lbs. when completed.

Competitions are run similar to stand up surfing and are judged on the performance of the rider on the waves within a 20min heat. High performance skis weigh about 6 to 8 kg and are custom made, using epoxy resin and EPS foam, which makes the waveski light & strong. The sport provides fun and exercise for beginners through to advanced riders.

There are several kinds of wave skis, which makes the sport accessible to all, at any age with any size and body shape.

A waveski is not to be confused with a surf ski though. Waveskis are designed for surfing ocean waves and surf skis are designed for racing in open water.

Custom-built waveskis from Macski Surf Gear.

Custom-built waveskis from Macski Surf Gear.