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In honor of all the paddlers descending on Chattanooga, TN this week for Chattajack 2017, we are having a sale between now and Thursday, October 26 at midnight.  Everything in the store is 15% off.  AND, if you are coming into town for Chattajack, you can save the cost of delivery by meeting Surfski Syndicate at Coolidge Park on Friday, October 27 at 1:30 p.m. (ahead of the Morgan House paddle clinic) to pick up your items.

Use the code chattajack2017 at checkout to save 15%. 

And if you are going to pick up your items on Friday, select "in person" delivery.

Fuel Your Next Paddling Adventure

Surfski Syndicate is now offering Home Roasted Coffee to fuel all your paddling adventures.  After roasting my own coffee for a year and a half, I'm now offering it for others to enjoy.  There are single purchase choices, or subscription choices of 3, 6, 9, or 12 months in various quantities.  A full description of the current offerings are found at http://www.surfskisyndicate.com/order-products/?category=Coffee.

The coffee will arrive freshly roasted in an airtight container to maintain freshness until you use it. It is whole bean.

I've been spoiled by drinking fresh, home roasted coffee.  I hope you will be too!

2017 Think ION --- Game Changer!

Remember the quiet, mousey girl from high-school who after going away to college becomes the next Playmate of the year?

So goes the latest incarnation of the Think Ion that has just hit the shores fresh off the container.

The previous model performed admirably as designed.  Sitting in between the intermediate Evo  and the elite Uno Max, the Ion was designed to be aimed primarily at big water performance. It featured a bulbous high volume prow and steep rocker matched with a svelte 17.5 inch width.

But for some, the boat didn’t quite hit the mark.  Chasing big water here in the states is not nearly as prevalent as in other parts of the world and many also felt that the stability profile leaned a bit too close to the twitchier Uno Max to be comfortable in steeper conditions.

For this reason, paddlers would often either opt for the stability of the Evo or choose to move past the Ion to the faster Uno Max.

This has had the effect of creating somewhat of an opening in the Think line-up, where an option for a faster than intermediate but not quite as demanding as a world-class elite boat was previously unavailable.

What was needed was another everyman’s boat. A privateer racer that could hang with the fastest but handle the biggest, all while being optimized for paddlers that haven’t spent the better portion of their lives sitting in an uber narrow ICF K1 Sprint boat.

My first opportunity to try the new Think Ion came on a cold windy morning with moderately lumpy water.  I was in no mood to take a swim on this day and being familiar with the previous stability profile, felt a bit apprehensive as I walked the boat down the launch.

Any concerns l may have had quickly evaporated the minute I jumped on.  I was immediately struck by the added stability; It was markedly improved over it’s predecessor.   The Ion now felt  more akin to the Evo than it did the Uno Max.  I was stunned!  I paddled out into Charleston Harbor for about three hours. Through the swirling eddy’s at Elliot’s Cut bottleneck, side chop, head winds, the refractory of the Battery, the boat was rock solid through all!

New to the 2017 Ion is the addition of the Debrito adjustable bailer.

New Debrito bailer

New Debrito bailer

Under side of Debrito bailer

Under side of Debrito bailer

Beforehand, I was suspect of the Debrito.  I’m a Venturi fan and didn’t believe the hype on these closable systems, but after testing, I am sold on the Debrito.  With the bailer completely closed, there is a noticeable decrease in drag.  When opened, the water is sucked out in a hurry.  Operating the handle can easily be done with a quick and easy nudge from your foot.  One caveat is that when opened, the bailer seems to create a very slight bit more drag than the Venturi. However, this is addressed and optimized by the very dry ride of the Ion.  After the first hour on the water I closed the drain and spent two more hours on the water with it closed completely.  When I was done, there was very little water in the cockpit.  Not enough to warrant having run with the bailer open. So the Debrito combined with the dry ride of the Ion makes for an unbeatable combination.  

Another change I was initially suspicious of is the reduced hump in the bucket.  I fit in Think boats like hand in glove and was unconvinced that a change here would be beneficial. I cannot clearly say that the reduction made a significant positive or negative difference, but I can say that the connection and power transfer felt at least as good as prior models with the needle tipping towards favorable. Also, on this test paddle, I had intended to stay out for about an hour.  Three hours later I reluctantly decided to call it day, mostly due to hunger.  I take this as a good marker  of true comfort in the bucket.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt that this boat likes to play.

Reduced hump in the cockpit

Reduced hump in the cockpit

The new hull also sees a drastic makeover as well.  The current version sports a noticeable decrease in rocker, along with a decrease of volume in the nose. This combined with the Think brand top-shelf construction, comfortable and slightly wider bucket of the Evo, and lower profile seat hump, gives the Ion a facelift that creates the  overall appearance of a very sexy, sleek fast looking ski.  Vastly set apart from it’s former self.   

The new Ion feels almost as stable as the Evo, but as fast as the Uno Max. Think have hit a homerun with this redesign.  They have found their 63’ Corvette.  This boat will likely go down as one of the Iconic “must-have” surfski models and it will raise the bar for others in it’s league.   



All Vaikobi clothing is 25% off.  We have men's and women's paddle shorts, women's paddle leggings, and men's paddle shirts.  Use the code "endofsummer" at checkout for the discount.  You can shop by going here.  As always, if you have any troubles, contact us at info@surfskisyndicate.com

Women's shorts

Women's shorts

Men's Shorts

Men's Shorts

Paddle Shirt

Paddle Shirt

Paddle Shirt

Paddle Shirt

Women's Leggings

Women's Leggings


Today, Saturday, June 25 through Saturday, July 9, Surfski Syndicate is celebrating summer by having a sale on Vaikobi gear!  

For this two week period you can get 10% off your Vaikobi order, PLUS GET A VAIKOBI VISOR FREE!



FREE VISOR Chose black or white

FREE VISOR Chose black or white

At checkout, use the codes SUMMERFUN for 10% off and FREEVISOR for your free visor.

As always, if you have any trouble, shoot us an email at info@surfskisyndicate.com


Super excited to have two time World Surfski Champion  Sean Rice coming to Chattanooga this April. We will have him for one night on Wednesday April the 13th from 5 pm - 8 pm - mitigated cost will be $85. This session will cover a good deal of material over the three hour session and having previously attended his workshop, I can definitely say, it is worth every penny!  Sign up here to save your spot now!

The Chattanooga workshop, because of our land-locked location will omit the practical applications of surf training and instead focus on all aspects of technique and boat set-up, allowing time for questions and some general surfing overview.

The session will be conveniently located downtown at Coolidge Park.

For Sean, bringing his PaddleLife tour off the beaten path and away from a beach is a real departure. So let’s show him and others that Chattanooga is ready to host top athletes and keep this ball rolling!

Keep checking in for updates.  It looks to be a great time! 
See you there! 


All 2015 models skis and SUP remaining are $100 off.  And if you buy a G'Power Galaxy II (small or medium), you get a Deluxe Paddle Bag for FREE*.                Ask us for details.  

Currently the 2015 inventory includes an Ace Performance layup, an Evo II Elite layup, a 14' XOR SUP, and the XOi Inflatable SUP.

Additionally we have a few Demo Models at deep discount:

Think Eze Performance Layup.  MSRP $2695, Demo price $1795---Get an advantage over other stable skis. This boat is fast and compact!  Perfect for smaller paddlers looking for a great fitness or racing boat. 17 foot length by 20 inch width makes storage and portaging easy, while a slightly flattened and widened aft hull will enhance your surfing enjoyment.  Excellent at picking up smaller set swell  found in lakes.
Think EVO II River Layup-  Yes! We have this beautiful, unique, versatile boat in stock! Contact us today to take it for a paddle. The river layup is perfect for the privateer: strong, light, and ready for whatever you can throw at it!  Carbon kevlar weave hull is light, but also strong enough to handle downriver hits.Distributor weighed at 31 lbs. Just above elite weight. Very reasonable for racing.  Side grab handle makes it easy for portaging and offers added safety in rough conditions.Under stern and Smart Track kick up rudder ready.  MSRP $3195 or $3345 including smart track rudder, Demo price $2695 or $2795 including smart track rudder.
Think Uno Max River Layup- This is the ONLY river layup Think Uno Max currently available in the United States. You can have one of the fastest boats in the world in a unique and versatile layup.  It goes where you go---fast!  MSRP $3195 or $3345 including smart track rudder, Demo Price $2695 or $2795 including smart track rudder.

And remember, financing is available through Nextep Funding.  Check it out and see how low your monthly payments will be.


Have you been wanting a SUP but you simply don't have the storage space?  Check out our inflatable SUP.  It is the answer to your dilemma.  The Think XOR SUP is a recreational SUP, measuring 12'6" x 31".  It comes with a pump, a leash, and a convenient carry bag.  It is designed for paddlers wanting a stable, fun, recreational board in an easily transportable and store-able inflatable platform.  It sells for $995.  And with qualification through our partner, Nextep Funding, you can get out on the water NOW for as little as $100 a month.  So, give yourself an early Christmas present.  Call us and try it out!

GET INTO A NEW SURFSKI TODAY -- New funding option at Surfski Syndicate!


We are happy to announce that we have partnered with NEXTEP Funding to provide you a choice that may make buying a surfski fit more easily into your monthly budget.  NEXTEP Funding is a company that provides a lease to own plan with monthly payments to get you into a ski more easily and affordably.  You can go to  https://nextepfunding.com/Account/Register?HardRetailerId=5bb88be5-3591-40ec-a2df-929cb97b74bd to see if this option is right for you!