Designer: Björn Thomasson
Product developer: Len Ystmark
Wave 5.5 is a stable, comfortable surfski with a surprising speed potential, for beginners or intermediate paddlers. With medium rocker and very high secondary stability, it is intended for general touring in most conditions, training ski for intermediate paddlers in rough conditions or racing for newcomers to surfski racing.
The design specifications for the new Wave surfskis from Seabird Designs may look like most competitive new surfskis specs: fast, fast, fast…
But then again we tried to make it a little more forgiving than most comparable surfskis, believing that feeling secure in confused seas may unleash the true capacity of more paddlers. We also focused more on efficient speed than on just top speed (efficient speed is that, where a pasta lunch buys you the most mileage) – meaning long distances in less time and with less effort. To cope with longer distances we worked a lot on comfort: a comfy seat and a competitive seating position, allowing for relaxed but efficient stroke geometry. The cockpit perimeter with a sloping aft end makes re-entry from the water easy, while keeping waves out.
So on second thought the design specifications are not all that standard-like. The Wave surfskis are pushing the envelope.
|Length||555 cm (18´3´´)|
|Width||55 cm (21.7´´)|
|Depth||35 cm (13.8´´)|
|Weight Club||21 kg (46 lbs)|
|Weight Advantage||20 kg (44 lbs)|
|Weight Pro||19 kg (42 lbs)|
|Stability in Waves||7|
|Paddler weight||70 – 90 kg (154 – 198 lbs)|
|Capacity||120 kg (265 lbs)|
|Features||Surfski pedals | Racing rudder | Carbon/Kevlar inside seam |
Day hatch | Handles
|Colors||White hull/deck with black, red or blue сolor design|