a revolutionary new approach

Keeping surfskis smaller

Why are we still building shorter SurfSkis?

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The rules say that the resistance is created by the wet surface and the friction of movement. These two factors make the total drag or, in other words, performance . Typically longer skis have more wet surface but usually better friction. 

Even so, we developed a shorter ski with reduced wet surface but with great friction performance as well. This smaller wet surface overcomes a small increase on the friction resistance, resulting in a faster ski.

Less is more

A shorter surfski has lots of benefits

On the other hand, a shorter ski has more advantages that are easier to acknowledge ; being shorter the maneuverability of the ski is better as changing direction and surfing wave becomes easier; the weight can be maintained whilst building a stiffer ski; and as transport regulations becomes stricter the shorter ski can be transported inside the rules on a normal car roof rack.

Nelo’s range of Surfskis has the right length to maintain control, speed and maneuverability of the ski , while being a more practical surfski to handle at all levels.

Improved Maneuverability

Better as changing direction and surfing waves becomes easier.


The weight can be maintained whilst building a stiffer ski.


A shorter surfski can be transported without problem on a normal car roof rack.

A new and different shape

It’s easy to identify the different shape of Nelo Surfskis hull. Not only has the rocker increased( amount of curvature in the bottom of the hull along its length from bow to stern) , but also the position of the seat has been lowered but maintaining the seat to footrest height relation, which created a concavity in the hull. 

Know all advantages BELOW

advantage 1.

Friction Reduction

The rocker increase on the stern, reduces the wet surface and improves water flow on the stern.
See conceptual demonstration below comparing the new Nelo Surfskis with older models.

2020 models

older models

advantage 2.

Hull with more grip on the water

due to the high pressure point in the concavity, which improves stability and direction;

advantage 3.

Improved maneuverability

as the pivoting point of the boat has been moved forward

advantage 4.

Improved stability

due to a lower center of gravity by lowering the seat