The entire review is available as a PDF and includes sea-trial reports, stability graphs, cross-section drawing, speed/resistance figures and the response from the designer.
The Stellar 18’ Surf Ski (S18S) is an entry-level surf ski with the incredible top-end speed and stability you have come to associate with a Stellar. With two dry storage compartments, the innovative S18S is not only a surf ski, but also a capable touring kayak. The standard under-stern rudder helps you easily navigate a variety of rough conditions and the hull is designed to effortlessly catch runs. The open cockpit allows quick and efficient draining through the venturi drain in the footwell and the peaked bow deck helps deflect water. As a standard feature, the S18S is outfitted to accept a kick-up rudder for those who paddle in shallow areas. Since its launch, the S18S has been making waves in the USCA Fast Sea Kayak division, winning races and setting course records as the new benchmark for performance in that category.
–David Thomas, Stellar Kayaks & Surf Skis R&D and Co-Owner of Stellar Kayaks USA
Length overall: 18' 0"
Volume: 12.6 cu. ft. (includes cockpit recess volume)
Cockpit width: 17 1⁄2"
Height of seat: 1 1⁄4"
Weight: 38 1⁄4 lbs.