San Rafael Bay

Surfskis are the fastest paddlecraft on the water. If you are looking for a great low impact workout that uses all the major muscle groups or a way to get out on the water to enjoy the incredible scenery and wildlife that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer, surfski paddling is a great option. Surfskis can be used for racing or touring. Here at 101 Surf Sports we have partnered with Epic Kayaks, the world's leading manufacturer of surfskis and performance kayaks and we use the V7 surfski in our introductory lesson.

WHEN: Based on mutual availability of you and our instructor. 

WHERE: 101 Surf Sports, 115 3rd Street, San Rafael

COST: $125 includes the PFD, Boat, and paddle.

Wetsuits are not 100% necessary but they can help you feel more comfortable initially. We do rent wetsuits.

If you have already got the basics down we also offer dedicated stroke lessons to get you going farther faster. 

How to schedule? Call us at 415-524-8492 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We also rent Epic Surfski's at $55 for one hour, $75 for two hours, or $100 for the whole day on site. Off site takeaway rentals are $125 for the first day and $75 for each additional day. 

Epic V5 Surfski

A surfski is essentially a sit-on-top kayak that is designed to glide through the water efficiently. You steer using foot pedals so all your effort can be used to propel the kayak forwards, allowing you to cover a lot more distance than a typical kayak. You can use any type of kayak paddle with a surfski but we recommend Epic's Wing paddle. Ultralight and extremely efficient, the wing paddle takes a bit of getting used to, but once mastered, will help you to develop a powerful and efficient forward stroke.

In addition to the forward stroke we will cover safety; how to remount your surfski in the event of a capsize; what clothing to wear for the conditions we experience here in the San Francisco Bay Area; how to tour using a surfski and places to go; training tips and how to prepare for your first race.

LOGISTICS: Sunscreen and Hats are recommended. Please avoid Cotton Attire as its not good on the water. Synthetic fibers like Polyester are ideal. Things like biking clothes, yoga pants, and/or rashguards make for the best on the water wear. All Paddles, Life Jackets, Leashes, and boats will be provided. Bring plenty of water to drink and a picnic lunch for after your lesson.

Questions? Call us at 415-524-8492, email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.