16' 2"
Width (in)

Romany Surf Description

A responsive kayak that surfs well for the medium to large sized paddler. The hull design offers high stability and the shaped foredeck allows for large feet up to size 11/12 (Europe 46,5). Designed for rough water and ease of handling in conditions. The kayak has a wider keyhole cockpit than any other British made fibreglass sea kayak and has more volume in the rear compartments than the Romany Classic.

Romany Surf Specs and Features

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

Additional Attributes

  • Front Bulkhead: 36"
  • Footrests: Yakima installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: Kari slider with new composite box

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Romany Surf Reviews

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The extended trip sea kayak I…

Submitted by: Wavespinner on 9/23/2020
The extended trip sea kayak I had performed well in all conditions except one. However, that one kept coming up so I changed to an SKUK Explorer. Its performance has been amazing. Somewhere along the line, I read that boat was somewhat derivative from the Romany, which got me pondering about my rough water sea kayak. I tried out a Romany and a Romany Surf and that was the end of the boat I had. The Romany Surf's maneuverability and predictability make it an excellent rough water boat. The speed is easily on a par with boats of this kind. I haven't had to do a combat roll but practice rolls are almost too easy. The build quality is a shade above average. The skeg works very well and doesn't seem prone to failure. The outfitting in what I've come to expect from boats of this ilk, which is to say spartan. SKUK should take a cue from the Delphin in this area. But, the plus sides eclipse this shortcoming. The boats is a flat out fun ride.

I have the heavy layup and I…

Submitted by: Jkruger on 8/30/2019

I have the heavy layup and I love this kayak. It paddles great in flat water. Surfs great. Highly maneuverable. Easy to roll and very good initial and secondary stability. The best kayak for bumpy waters.


Three years ago I bought an…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 6/19/2018

Three years ago I bought an NDK Romany Surf RM and have paddled it almost 200 times to date. I don't believe I have seen another, although I see Romany Classics from time to time. I have two other sea kayaks and a Necky Manitou 14, but I end up paddling the Romany 80% of the time, because it does everything pretty well. Toward the end of a paddling class, the instructor let me paddle his Romany and I knew I had to have one. For a 16 ft boat, it turns extremely well, due to lots of rocker. Initial and secondary stability are excellent. This boat inspires confidence. If going into rough water, this is the kayak I would take. It is a bit on the heavy side (about 57 lbs), but it is tough and durable. Due to the thick, triple dump, polyethylene construction, it would be hard to hurt this boat. It has been well worth the money.


If you are looking for a…

Submitted by: CharlieE523 on 6/14/2016

If you are looking for a great all-around boat this is it. Not too heavy (I have a standard glass layup), cockpit is easy in and out, and the boat has the same legendary rough water performance NDK/SKUK boats are known for.

The boat tracks great - I have a wire skeg but find I rarely need it. Storage is more than adequate and of ample size for weekend trips. Speed is good for a 16' boat. Handling and maneuvering is outstanding.

Paddle this one and it will be your day to day favorite as it is mine.


A great boat for almost any condition. If you are a…

Submitted by: CharlieE523 on 5/9/2016

A great boat for almost any condition. If you are a larger paddler (I'm 6'3"") this is the boat for you. May not have the capacity for longer trips, but is more than enough for weekend outings. The shorter length (I have an NDK/SKUK Expedition as well) makes it easier to load and move without much loss in speed or handling in rough water.

The construction quality is great and the boat is easily adjusted for leg length to lock yourself in, and the larger cockpit opening makes it easy in and out. (The seat back is, as others have mentioned, not up to the quality of the rest of the boat - the only slight negative I have.)

Easy to keep on line even without the skeg down. The boat paddles easily - perhaps not the fastest boat, but certainly stable and able to absorb a chop without any discomfort. As others have said, this boat excels in confused water.

Paddle others to see for yourself, but you will come back to this one. All in all this one is a 10!


I am 6'1 and 230 lbs. I have been kayaking for…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 5/24/2014

I am 6'1 and 230 lbs. I have been kayaking for several years and am BCU 3* working on 4.

The fit is very good for my size. It could definitely take someone a little taller and a little heavier. The knee bumps make the boat very comfortable. I did not love the seat band so I replaced it with a foam block.

Handling is fantastic in terms of edging. I do not find the boat slow even though it is around 16 ft. I have a Cetus HV and this boat has no problem staying up with it when my son is in it. It rolls quite easily. I also have an Explorer HV and find this boat more stable in terms of initial stability. I dare say it compares to the Cetus with regard to confidence building.

In terms of surfing, the boat does well in that it is a bit easier to turn and catch a wave as compared to the Explorer or Cetus. While it will eventually broach it comes out of it fairly quickly. My Explorer or Cetus tend to stay in the bongo slide longer. Mine has the recessed fittings that don't screw out but have a bar running through them which the deck line and bungees go under. I thought this was going to be a major pain because I didn't like the bungee stringing pattern and wanted to change it to match the Cetus and the Explorer (which I changed). It was actually easier not having to unscrew the fittings. The bungees went under the bar and passed beside the deck lines with no problem. So now I am a fan of those fittings.

Finish on the boat is very good, but not as good as Cetus. The only real gripe I think I will have is the coaming edge. P&H coamings are thicker and rounded on the edge and thus a little easier on the spray skirts. Not a big issue, but the rest of the boat is great, why not just make the coaming a little nicer. Oh yeah, one more thing that is easy to correct is that the hatches are not secured by a teather. Not a big deal, but when you pay that much for a boat, why not finish it off right. Fix those 2 items and I would give it a 10. Performance wise, for what it is designed to do I do, give it a 10, It is a pleasure to paddle. I give it a 9+ due to the finish items pointed out.

I have had the boat out in flat, confused heavy chop, and 3 - 5 foot surf both spilling and dumping. I love it. While I love my Cetus, and like the Explorer, If I had bought this boat first, I may never have bought the explorer. The boat is extremely versatile.


I was looking for a plastic…

Submitted by: schlippg on 9/14/2010
I was looking for a plastic kayak to complement my Explorer HV because I live in central PA and sometimes paddle rivers that in late summer-fall months have low water height. The are a lot of big boulders and at times you scrape the bottom. Even though my Explorer is as bomb proof as a fiberglass kayak can get, I wanted the piece of mind that comes with plastic. I wanted something that handled like an NDK. I tried the usual range of kayaks that dealers carry, Wilderness, Necky, Perception, etc. but they don't even come close to the NDK feel I was looking for. I kind of figured a P&H, Valley, and plastic NDK would be best. It is hard to test out any of them with the Valley being near impossible to locate a dealer nearby. The Capella 166 RM was kind of slow and not real great tracking. I located a few used NDK Surf RMs, tried one out, liked it and bought it.

I have the triple dump one which is 3 layers to make it stiffer and less prone to the plastic's oil canning. For a 21 inch or so kayak it is very stable. I am not great a rolling but easily managed 3 in a row. It tracks great, surfs well and is an over-all really fun boat to paddle. Edging and steering are very good, too. No leaks so far. My cousin and I took a paddle with me in the Explorer and him in the Surf RM, then switching off. I paddled with the same effort in both kayaks while he compensated. He felt that it required about a 1/4 more effort to keep up with me in the Explorer which has 20 more inches in length and is fiberglass but he could keep up.

I don't know if I would be as happy if I had to pay full price. Buying an almost new kayak at a used price of $1050 makes it a really great boat that I would be happy to have as my only kayak. New price is like $1900 vs. fiberglass list for $3400. I guess you don't see more Brit plastic kayaks because of the lower price the larger companies have using Chinese kayaks. You can get a new Wilderness Tsunami or Zephyr under $1400 and although they are good boats, they just don't handle the same.

I gave it a 10 based on comparison to other plastic 16 ft. sea kayaks, it would be a less if it you compared it to the range of kayaks a fiberglass Romany is in.