Two new Stellar surf ski / sit-on-top kayaks arrived at River Bear Racing this week: one, an S16S Multi-Sport, is headed to a customer. The other, one of the new S18Sx Excel models, is in stock for purchase. Both of these kayaks are outstanding boats, and worthy of consideration if you’re in the market.
The S16S is considered by some to be one of the very best “all around” kayaks. Light, fast, very maneuverable, but also very stable and easy to enter and exit, this is a kayak that has very broad appeal. Almost anyone can successfully paddle an S16S, but it also has the performance to run away from most traditional 18′ sea kayaks. In the Multi-Sport layup, it’s also very rugged and designed to shrug off those rocks, logs, and other such hazards that lurk beneath the surface of the water.
The new S18Sx Excel is the epitome of the performance sea kayak; very possibly the fastest kayak in the USCA Sea Kayak Class, it’s also an excellent fitness and touring kayak. Since most kayakers interested in racing and fitness aren’t inclined to carry a lot of gear, the S18Sx does away with the hatches of the standard S18S (now renamed S18S Exp) and saves approximately 5 lbs in the process. This makes for a very light and lively performance kayak – and one that will run with a lot of intermediate-level surf skis! Our newly arrived boat also comes with the unique Apex trim scheme, adding to the character of an already enticing craft. Be sure to check it out, and let us know if you’re interested in making this boat your own.