Tiderace Kayaks

Tiderace was formed in 2006 by Dave Felton, who joined forces with sea kayak designer, Aled Williams. Their partnership combined a wealth of experience and knowledge in materials technologies, construction techniques, manufacturing processes, and the use of computer-aided design.


At home in all sea conditions, the Tiderace Touring Series is designed for paddlers who demand efficiency, precise control, and generous load carrying capacity. Whether  exploring the shoreline or traveling far from land, these boats easy to load for expeditions of a few nights to several weeks.

Tiderace Xplore being paddled past mermaid statue


These are seaworthy expedition kayaks that are also fun to paddle on day trips. Computer designed hulls are honed to provide efficient cruising above 4 knots. Speed, coupled with generous load carrying capacity, have made the Xplore a favorite with adventurers all over the world. Cockpit foredecks are relatively high, enabling a dynamic and commanding paddling position. The Xplore’s ability to accelerate quickly to catch a wave, along with its precise edging control, make it well suited for the accomplished kayaker.

Sizes & Recommended Paddler Weights:

  • S: LOA 17’4”; Width 20”; Paddler 130-185 lbs.
  • M: LOA 17’4”; Width 21.25”; Paddler 165-210 lbs.
  • L: LOA 18’; Width 21.25”; Paddler 175-220 lbs.
  • X: LOA 18’; Width 24”; Paddler 185-240 lbs.
Tiderace Xcape being paddled past island


The Xcape is designed to take the hard work out of expeditioning, while capably managing challenging conditions. These boats are highly stable, efficient touring kayaks. Hull shape provides ease of tracking and predictable control in wind. The lower, smoother deck creates a sleek profile.

Sizes & Recommended Paddler Weights:

  • S: LOA 16’10”; Width 21.25”; Paddler 130-185 lbs.
  • Standard: LOA 17’9” Width 21.5” Paddler 165-210 lbs.
  • X: LOA 17’7”; Width 22.5”; Paddler 185-230 lbs.


The Tiderace Play Series boats exhibit everything from rough water stability, maneuverability for rock-hopping, surfing waves and swell, to redefining what’s possible.

Tiderace Xcite in surf zone


The Xcite is Tiderace’s original playboat for the sea. It surfs; it carves; it edges. The boat’s composure in rough water is legendary, giving paddlers a feeling of security and invincibility rarely found in other designs. Easily capable of light touring, the Xcite’s maneuverability coupled with stability make it a go-anywhere,  take-on-anything sea kayak. The Xcite has ample speed to get you where you want to go, while its seaworthy design lets you enjoy the rough-stuff along the way. The cockpit ergonomics transfer a wealth of feedback back to the paddler. The smaller size of the Xcite S makes it an excellent rolling kayak; in the right hands, this boat is capable of performing all the competition Greenland rolls.

Sizes & Recommended Paddler Weights:

  • S: LOA 16’5” Width 19.5”; Paddler 120-175 lbs.
  • Standard: LOA 17’5”; Width 21.25”; Paddler 165-210 lbs.
Tiderace Xtra HV and seal


The Xtra is a shorter, nimble, yet stable sea kayak designed for surf and rock hopping. It’s hull has a hard chined midsection for outstanding surfing. Plenty of rocker adds to boat control. This forward thinking design results in quick acceleration for bursting through the eddyline or initiating a surf, excellent stability for carving bottom turns, and loose ends for quick cut-backs. Like all Tiderace sea kayaks, the Xtra is designed to keep pace with the group on a day trip. Or load up your camping kit and paddle to your favorite remote play spot. The Xtra easily handles the sea in all conditions.

Sizes & Recommended Paddler Weights:

  • Standard: LOA 16’7”; Width 22”; Paddler 140-200 lbs.
  • HV: LOA 16’7”; Width 22.25”; Paddler 175-220 lbs.

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