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Epic V7 Surfski

The club has an Epic V7 Surfski for use on the Thames and for surfing trips.

It is suitable for members from 4’9” to 6’7” and must currently be booked using the racing group email or by contacting Olwen Ross directly. You must have instruction on its use before taking it out. It's more fragile than the normal club boats and should be treated similarly to the race boats.

Rudder precautions

You have to be very careful of the rudder despite it being an over-stern version. There is no string to pull it down, just elastic keeping it in position; so if you hit something while paddling it should move up and back.

The stern will kick up if it hits something, however it won’t do so if you sit in the boat with the rudder touching the ground.
So with the slipway partially covered you must have the stern well out in the water so as not to touch the concrete.

The over-stern rudder is slightly less responsive than an under-stern version, but the boat will turn more quickly than a sea kayak.

It is very quick to adjust the pedals before you get in; ideally sitting on the wooden piles at the lockup.

For details on adjusting the pedals, see this video.


It's a very stable boat running straight across the top of the waves with hardly a movement. Even sitting near the shore with wash doesn’t effect it much. It probably has better stability than the equivalent speed sea kayak. In bumpy  conditions it's faster than a race boat but on calm water it is slower.  Apparently one has been raced down the Liffey.

The weight (23-24kg) means you probably need 2 people to carry it, especially as you will need to put it down gently with the rudder in the water.

Make sure the bung is closed!


If you have the bailer open (pulled towards you) and you are not moving the cockpit will partially fill up with water, lovely Thames water. So only open it when you are moving.  It doesn’t start draining the boat until you get up to speed - probably around 3mph. It is advised in lively water to keep the drain open.


For lights on Thames paddling there is a strong bit of elastic over the rear hatch cover which can be used for a rear light but no where obvious to fix a front light, so you will need a head torch. We've put some red reflective material front and back.

Leg leash

We are strongly advised to use a leg leash in case of capsize, attached to the mid boat handles. This will probably be made obligatory. The boat is so buoyant that should you fall out, it may float off on its own never to be seen again.

Self rescue

This video shows how to get back in the boat.