The Nitro is an elite surfski developed for elite/advanced paddlers seeking maximum speed. On flat this boat is as quick as a K1 racer but it is primarily designed to be a surf machine. This ski surfs superbly in downwind conditions with precise steering control. The 2020 model possesses a refined cockpit with even lower bump, more swept back backrest and the most comfortable seat you will ever sit in. The cutouts on the sides are deep and narrow, allowing for a perfectly tight paddle catch. If you ask us, this is as good as it gets.
Compared to the previous model the 2020 version has the cockpit shifted forward to enable the boat to get on the runs easier. The new cockpit bottle cage makes staying hydrated even easier. The bucket accommodates a larger range of paddlers than previously. The cockpit length has also been modified to accommodate even taller paddlers. The footplate has been redesigned for a more relaxed angle and a more solid feel . The footstrap is more solid than ever with a leash attachment point to free up space around the bailer. In addition to the above the 600 has had the hull rounded off a little more to improve the overall speed to more closely match the 640. The constructions…well they have gone to another level.
The construction process- all NK skis are now made with autoclave and prepreg technique, a process often reserved for the aerospace industry and F1 cars. The high pressure (up to 4 x atmospheric pressure) and heat from the autoclave ensure the pre-impregnated fibres bond perfectly with the composite core creating a extra ordinary light but strong construction. This process is far superior to other techniques normally used for kayaks such as vacuum infusion or other hand lay up processes.
Some of the benefits of carbon fibre prepreg autoclaved composites are:
- zero voids – reduce possibility of delaminations and air bubble related issues
- improved ability to conform cores and fabrics to tight curvatures in-mold; again less chance of voids and weak spots
- excellent fatigue resistance
- controlled laminate thickness
In short our skis are lighter, stiffer and stronger than ever. With a polyurethane painted seamless finish to match, the line between sports equipment and a work of art may have been crossed.
- The new foot-controlled deBrito bailer, the most efficient and sought after bailer on the market
- Carbon fibre footrest and selfadjusting lines
- Anchor point for leash on footstrap
- Race rudder (as standard)
- Packing net on aft deck
- Bottle holder with NK sports bottle in cockpit
- NK/deBrito rudder yoke for a wheel type feel when steering
Why two lengths?
We want to be sure that we can provide you with the best surfski for the type of paddling you are doing. Generally, if you are a lighter person you can benefit from a shorter hull and if you are a bigger person you can benefit from a longer hull. But it also comes down to a personal preference; you can decide what what characteristics you prefer? How you want your ski to behave in different conditions? If you are 95kg in weight and 200cm tall, yes your natural option would be the longer hull and if you are 60kg in weight and 160cm tall, you are likely to choose the shorter option. But if you are anywhere in-between then you can make a choice depending on what characteristics you like. Of course, if you are the bigger person choosing the shorter option, the hull will sit slightly deeper in the water and the opposite applies for the lighter person, choosing the longer hull will cause the ski to float slightly higher.
Length: 640 cm
Beam: 43 cm
Cockpit length: 165 – 200 cm
Recommended paddler weight: 70 kg >
Length: 600 cm
Beam: 44 cm
Cockpit length: 155-195 cm
Recommended paddler weight: 50 kg >
Nordic Kayak’s composite surfskis are available in these prepreg heat cured autoclave constructions:
CarbonX Whale Grey: Weight max 9 kg (600 lighter) – 100% UD prepreg carbon construction. Light brushed matte grey paint finish.
CarbonX Stealth Black: Weight max 9 kg (600 lighter) – 100% UD prepreg carbon construction. Light brushed matte black paint finish with clear carbon twill cockpit. Not recommended for hot conditions but some people don’t mind a burnt bum.
CarbonLite: Weight max 10.3 kg (600 lighter) – 100% UD prepreg carbon construction with a high quality foam core. Shinny white polyurethane paint finish.
CarbonLite River: Weight max 11.3 kg (600 lighter) – Composite combination of UD prepreg and twill carbon to create a durable yet light hull enable to flex instead of brake. Designed for river use. Light matte grey paint finish.
Surf, weedless, race and marathon