Epic V6 Surfski

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Weight (lb)

Epic V6 Surfski Options

  • Performance

    39 lb
    Fiberglass Composite
  • Ultra

    32 lb
    Kevlar/aramid Composite

    Epic V6 Surfski Description

    The Epic V6 is unique in its class. It has a surfski cockpit with the storage capacity of a touring kayak. Fast, yet extremely stable, this is a surfski/ touring kayak hybrid that almost every paddler should be able master very quickly. By blending speed, high stability and a performance oriented deck & outfitting, the V6 offers new levels of accessibility and opportunity. Touring kayakers looking to make the transition to high performance surfskis for racing in the Sea Kayak class, or looking for a simple, efficient boat with storage capacity for touring, fitness or the freedom of an open cockpit will be well rewarded with the V6.

    Epic V6 Surfski Specs and Features

    • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
    • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
    • Seating Configuration: Solo
    • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
    • Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
    • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
    • Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced

    Additional Attributes

    • Trackmaster Plus kick up rudder system
    • Fully adjustable foot brace
    • Bottle holder
    • Rear deck bungees
    • Bow, stern and side carrying handles

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    Epic V6 Surfski Reviews

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    I happened upon this model…

    Submitted by: Wheresmyhat on 8/22/2022

    I happened upon this model by accident as I was browsing the Epic range. I wanted a boat that could take touring kayak loads but with an open cockpit as I live in a very hot region of the World, and find kayaks way too stifling. I also wanted to fit a sail to it, so needed good forward access to reinforce the deck. I did not want a surf ski with hatches, as I need it to perform with 70lbs of gear on board. I have many years of experience paddling, so I have a pretty good idea of what works well on the water. On my first paddle I sensed it was stable with very good secondary stability, a good feature for a sail. It moves well on the water and has surprisingly good glide and speed, considering its 16ft length. In the surf it’s great fun as its compact size means quicker manoeuvring to get on a bump.The retractable rudder is also super handy when you lay it down on the sand, beats resting it on a skeg, especially with gear on board. The mast stays conveniently marry to the location of the grab rope mounts which means no extra holes needed to be added. I looked at the Stellar S18S as well as this but the Epic won out with its design features….grab rope, large access hatches, retractable rudder, brilliant bailer and the fact that it was deigned specifically to take touring loads helped me through the decision making process. Now it may not be the fastest boat around, but that was not a priority, more importantly was efficiency, and for its size it maintains a good turn of speed at cruising effort. Its shorter length is also a bonus during handling and storage. Overall this is a 5 star boat to me, it’s capable in the surf, balanced with a load, has great stability, is easy to manage and is beautifully built.


    As a long time sea kayaker, I…

    Submitted by: FLXplorer on 5/4/2020
    As a long time sea kayaker, I was interested in trying out something different. I had always been interested in surf skis and the Epic brand. I bought a used V6 as sort of a hybrid model to start out. I immediately loved it. It has great stability, good storage capacity, it's fast and it's comfortable for long paddles. There was no learning curve for me at all. This quickly became my daily boat -- and it still is. This is basically a fast SOT kayak with enough storage for overnight trips if you pack light and smartly. It's easy enough to outpace most sea kayaks and have the ease of a SOT. No need for rolling or difficult recovery techniques -- very simple to remount if you need to. I was also surprised at the comfort of the seating area even without a pad. You will get wet in this kayak, waves will come over the side, but it can handle it with ease. The bailer system works, but it can take a bit of time to drain it. That can make this a tough boat for colder seas, but in Florida, it's perfect. And, like any fiberglass boat, you need to be careful with handling, beach landings, etc -- but I think the boat is pretty durable. And, always watch out for the rudder system -- it isn't as durable as the rest of the boat IMO. To sum it up, if you are looking for a unique, fast SOT with decent storage capacity -- this is a great choice. Hard to find them on the used market, but it's worth checking.

    We did the Everglades…

    Submitted by: paddler236607 on 12/9/2015
    We did the Everglades Traverse (~100 miles from Everglades City to Flamingo last Feb. We spent the first 4 days traversing the islands and the last 2.5 days in the mangroves.

    I used a new Epic V6 Tourer. I choose it because it's built for efficiency and self bails like a sit-on-top kayak. The boat was smooth and efficient and the rudder was excellent. Of course, there are some trade-offs. There is not enough back support for touring. I'm 150 lbs and pretty strong. I have no idea how anyone is expected to paddle in these for many hours. I used my life jacket for back support, which worked but raised my center of gravity and made the boat more tippy. If there was waves, I needed to be fully down in the cockpit anyway, so it all worked out. Not sure what I would have done if we had full days of big wind and waves. I also used a carbon fiber wing'd paddle, which is really nice, except it can drip a lot of water into the boat. I fixed that by making sweep-ish paddles and increasing the paddling frequency. Not very efficient by I didn't want to go faster than the other folks I was with anyway. They rented 17.5 ft boats that worked well, except for worrying about flipping in high waves...I don't see how someone rolls with 100 lbs of gear anyway.

    One comment on the self bailing: I had a hard time getting it to bail crossing Oyster Bay. We had 20 kn headwinds with breaking waves. I couldn't paddle the boat fast enough for the water to flush out. So I kept the valve closed and bailed water every once in a while. This worked fine and I still like the design (it value worked fine in other conditions).


    Last week I rented the V6…

    Submitted by: paddler236190 on 4/20/2015
    Last week I rented the V6 Epic surf ski/SOT from Naples Kayak company in South Naples Florida. I was looking to experience a performance SOT, and something I wouldn't struggle to cartop. I never paddled a surf ski before and was a little hesitant when I first sat on the V6, but the secondary stability was realized in a few minutes. Over the week I paddled some 45 miles of mangroves, open water and the gulf.

    She was fast and tracked as straight as an arrow, the skeg type rudder with its top of the foot peddle adjustment was ingenious. She was effortless to paddle even straight into a 15 knot breeze and chop. The light weight was amazing while other fellow SOT paddlers struggled to haul their boats on and off their cars, the V6 was a one arm carry and with ease to mount on the roof.

    The only complaint I have was the minimal space I had to store anything, etc. Water bottle, chart or binoculars. I think Epic would do very well if they designed a true SOT, say 26 inches wide, staying with performance but adding a little stability. The kayak would appeal to many SOT enthusiasts, breaking there backs lugging 70 lbs and better.


    Bought a V6 for my girlfriend…

    Submitted by: paddler235588 on 6/16/2014
    Bought a V6 for my girlfriend to use for club sea trips. Have ended up very taken with the boat myself and often steal it away for paddles myself. Build quality appears to be excellent throughout,the seams and bulkheads are very neat, finish is excellent and all fittings appear to be well attached. The seat bucket is very comfortable and the footplate easily adjustable, however Epic doesn't really cater for shorter paddlers - at 5'6" with short legs I can only just touch the pedals and my girlfriend at 5'2" has to use a couple of pads behind her.

    On the water the boat is easily edged, while having reassuringly solid secondary stability - you can get the side of the bucket under water before the boat shows any sign of going over.

    The boat feels very easily driven, not sure of actual speeds but my girlfriend now outpaces most of the standard 16' sea kayaks even though her paddle fitness is a bit lacking...

    With the rudder down the boat tracks really well. I'm not sure whether it's due to the construction of the rudder system on the Epics (with articulating hull section), but the rudder is fairly stiff. For touring this is perhaps better as the boat doesn't twitch around when driving with the feet as skis with more sensitive rudders can.

    Rudder up and the boat becomes incredibly manouvreable, does take concentration to keep it running straight.

    Hatches appear to be watertight and the 'cam' closing mechanism seems very solid. The hatches do have to be located just right for all the cams to close.

    Weight is approx 16-17kg with nomex core in the hull. Makes it a lovely light boat but whether you'd want to go rockhopping in big conditions is perhaps a bit questionable!

    Only real bugbear (hence the 9) with the boat is the setup and location of the rudder uphaul line and cleat. It's just behind the left hip which isn't a very ergonomic position to pull from. The cleat is also recessed in such a way that the rudder line does not re-cleat automatically - the line needs to be pushed down into the cleat for the teeth to bite. This turns the rudder raising into a two-handed operation - which could be a bit of a pain if facing a bumpy landing and wanting to keep one hand in control of the paddle at all times.

    In conclusion this is a great boat if you are looking for a fast, capable ski/sit-on style boat. Stable enough for a beginner to paddle on flat water but with handling to reward the experienced paddler.

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