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WILDERNESS SYSTEMS


TSUNAMI 135 PRO (H) www.wildernesssystems.com • $2,099


One of the most popular touring kayaks due to its perfect size for female and small-framed paddlers is now available in the sleek, premium composite PRO series. Excellent for both novice and advanced users, this slim and responsive kayak is one of the most celebrated designs on the market today. A multi-chined, vee- shaped hull fuses tight tracking and stability for outstanding performance. Premium Phase 3 outfitting offers unmatched comfort and adjustability for all-day or all-weekend treks. The gorgeous composite fiberglass construction offers even more paddling efficiency than the standard model, with a glossy, sleek aesthetic that’s sure to turn heads.


Material: Fiberglass | Length: 13’6” | Width: 23” | Cockpit Dimensions: 35” x 18.5” | Capacity: 275 lbs | Weight: 44 lbs


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IMPEX KAYAKS


HATTERAS (A) www.impexkayak.com $3,299–$4,299


The Hatteras is Impex’s most playful design to date. Added rocker, a lower rear deck and a softer chine for confidence in big conditions will allow the Hatteras to surf or explore rock gardens with ease. A larger cockpit will aid re-entries and accommodate larger paddlers. A stable shallow-vee hull, expedition deck rigging and a three-hatch design come standard, separating the Hatteras from other similar designs. Ultimate maneuverability without sacrifice.


Length: 16’ | Width: 22.5” | Cockpit Dimensions: 30.5” x 16.5” | Capacity: 165–260 lbs | Fiberglass: 50 lbs, $3,299 | Kevlar: 47 lbs, $3,824 | K-lite: 41lbs, $4,299


STELLAR KAYAKS


S18R TOURING KAYAK (B) www.stellarkayaksusa.com $2,110–$4,950


The Stellar 18 Race (S18R) was born from a simple desire to go fast. With a fair hull, a longer waterline and narrower beam than the S18, the S18R is a racing machine. A reduced catch and lightweight, yet stiff laminates boost your performance even further. As with the rest of the kayaks at Stellar, the S18R is an uncommon blend of stability and speed. With


the deck rigging and two watertight storage compartments, this boat is also a capable touring kayak as well.


Length: 18’ | Width: 21” | Cockpit Dimensions: 32” x 17” | Capacity: 320 lbs | Sport: Fiberglass, 49 lbs, $2,110 | Advantage: Fiberglass-Core, 39 lbs, $2,680 | Excel: Kevlar, 34 lbs, $3,585 | Ultra: Carbon, 32 lbs, $4,950


STELLAR KAYAKS


SR SURF SKI (C) www.stellarkayaksusa.com $1,820–$4,390


The Stellar Racer (SR) is designed to be stable and fast, with a length of 19 feet, three inches and beam of 19 inches. This boat will be the choice for those looking to transition from a touring kayak or those who want more stability in rough conditions. The SR will surprise you with the top speed of a much longer boat.


Length: 19’2” | Width: 18.9” | Capacity: 295 lbs | Sport: Fiberglass, 33 lbs, $1,820 | Advantage: Fiberglass-Core, 32 lbs, $2,375 | Excel: Kevlar, 25 lbs, $3,290 | Ultra: Carbon, 24 lbs, $4,390


STELLAR KAYAKS


SES SURF SKI (D) www.stellarkayaksusa.com $1,820–$4,390


The Stellar Elite Small (SES) is set to revolutionize the surf ski industry. Finally a


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boat specifically designed for lighter-weight paddlers, where the length, beam, depth and wetted surface fit the paddler. The SES has been optimized in every way to suit the smaller paddler as compared to the competition. At Stellar, they know the importance of the relation between the paddler’s size and the wetted surface area of the boat.


Length: 20’4” | Width: 16.6” | Capacity: 200 lbs | Sport: Fiberglass, 34 lbs, $1,820 | Advantage: Fiberglass-Core, 32 lbs, $2,375 | Excel: Kevlar, 24 lbs, $3,290 | Ultra: Carbon, 22 lbs, $4,390


STELLAR KAYAKS


SEL SURF SKI (E) www.stellarkayaksusa.com $1,820–$4,390


The Stellar Elite Low (SEL) Surf Ski came in response to the paddlers in more sheltered waters looking for reduced windage on the bow deck. Stellar has lowered the bow deck, narrowed the catch and increased the length of the footwell compared to the original SE Surf Ski. With the same hull as the SE, it maintains its stable platform and great speed.


Length: 21’6” | Width: 17.5” | Capacity: 275 lbs | Sport: Fiberglass, 35 lbs, $1,820 | Advantage: Fiberglass-Core, 33 lbs, $2,375 | Excel: Kevlar, 26 lbs, $3,290 | Ultra: Carbon, 24 lbs, $4,390


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