Kayak Models:

Pace 18

  • The Tiderace Pace 18: Perfect for fitness training, fast lightweight touring and sea kayak racing

The Tiderace Pace 18: Perfect for fitness training, fast lightweight touring and sea kayak racing

Pace Series

Pure science! A fast sea kayak (FSK) is defined by the ratio of its surface waterline length to surface waterline width when it sits 4 inches deep in the water. This 18 foot long kayak takes this measurement ratio as close to the limit as tolerances allow. Minimal mid-section rocker, rounded cross-sections throughout and computer designed to give the lowest possible resistance values at racing speed. The Pace18 is configured with the signature Tiderace cockpit design which allows full boat control in rough or moving water along with an ability to be eskimo rolled. This swede form hull possesses a high sprint speed yet is surprisingly stable for such a pure-bred racing sea kayak and can be an effective lightweight touring kayak for the “Alpinist” style paddler who wants to cover distances quickly.

Model Suitable paddler weight Length
Pace 18
Paddler 80/kayak 22.5kg
70 – 95 kg 548.6 cm overall 53.5cm overall 31.5cm 87 x 49cm
548 cm waterline 48.4cm waterline

Volumes in litres

Model Front Foredeck Day
Rear Cockpit Total litres
Pace 18 110 6 n/a 120 137 373
24cm round 15cm round n/a 44 x 26cm oval

Colourways: .Standard . Forward order only

UK Weights

USA Weights


Stability curve for the Pace 18



What’s it like to paddle the Pace 18? - After 18 months of use, a Pace 18 paddler gives us his thoughts on the kayak Paddling the Pace 18
Pace 18: long term review - Mark Sundin from Expedition Kayaks in Sydney has spent a lot of time in the Pace 18 in a wide range of conditions over the past year. As well as two racing Classics, he's raced the boat in ocean events, paddled in strong downwind conditions & done many training miles. Continue Reading
Tiderace Pace 18 review - The US based Sea Kayaker magazine reviewed the Pace 18 in October 2012. The Bottom Line... “The Pace 18 offers impressive speeds and cuts through waves with incredible efficiency. Its stability was much higher than would be expected, but the Pace 18 is still best suited to more advanced paddlers. Continue Reading
Pace 18 review: fast and stable sea kayak? - Can a sea kayak go fast and be stable in bigger seas? Do you use your kayak for fitness training, fast lightweight touring or sea kayak racing, then you might be interested in reading the review of the Pace 18 in the 'soon to hit the shops' issue of Sea Continue Reading
Hot of the press! Shiny, 18 feet long and very Pacey - The first ever Tiderace Pace 18 arrived in the UK just over a week ago. An excited Aled Williams headed straight for the water. These are his first impressions... "I've paddled the Pace twice now. First was a gentle paddle in the eddies of the Swellies, then  a full on Continue Reading