Customer Reviews

I could not be more proud of the great reviews received from my valued customers, 2018 has been a good year as more and more customers benefit from great products and good old fashioned customer care.

Having paddled with Steve and seen what an expert sea kayaker he is, I had no hesitation in trusting his judgement when the time came to replace my paddle. The Celtic paddle he recommended was a perfect match for me, it was delivered quickly and there were no glitches. One v happy customer.

Audrey Wixon

Fantastic service from Steve. I was looking for a new euro paddle. I was able to try one out first – loved it and put an order in soon after. It arrived within a few days and was perfect. Steve spent as much time as I needed to sort out my requirements and I am more than happy to recommend him and his products.

From a very happy customer😊

Mike Holgate

What a lovely way to buy a Sea Kayak. Steve is a super relaxed yet knowledgable chap and happily entertained our 7 month old Bertie whilst mummy checked out her Bright pink Romany Sportive Nigel Dennis Design. Swiftly fitted out, the boat is a dream to paddle. I can absolutely recommend Southern Sea Kayaks great products and you even get a handshake!

Victoria Batty and Bertie

I Just picked up my kayak from Steve after a great job he’s made of touching up the gel coat and fitting a keel Strip.
A really helpful service, and a great guy to deal with.

James Spragg

You could not meet a sea kayaker with more knowledge & experience. He knows as much about the boats he sells as the manufacturers, possibly more!

Definitely no hard sell, lots of friendly help & patience to find the best boat for you and to help you fit it out for comfort & performance.

I’ve always had difficulty with size 11 feet in the lovely NDK sea kayaks, wasting money and time in the past by buying several wrong model boats. I quickly fully trusted Steve. We took the foot rests out, I sat in a few models on that basis and I had a very helpful demo.

I now own a new Latitude composite boat and a plastic Sportive model, both bought from Steve. I fit well in both with personal adaptions he suggested and I love them.

I have no doubt that my sea kayaking will now develop as a result and with less discomfort on longer trips. Thanks only to Steve the best NDK dealer you will find.

Wayne Kayak

Highly recommended for anyone interested in buying a NDK boat. very helpful and great customer service!

Liz Sheridan

New Sportive and some repairs

Great service from Steve Jones

Chas Couchman

Fibreglass repairs & skeg fix to a 20 year old P&H Quest

I bought a NDK Latitude through Steve. Based in Dorset I’m lucky to have such a knowledgeable, experienced & helpful dealer nearby. Having only been kayaking for less than a year I didn’t want to make an expensive mistake in purchasing a kayak. Sitting in the various models he stocks, it was apparent that the Latitude fitted me well except for my big feet. Also while on the demo paddle the seat didn’t quite feel right. Steve suggested not fitting the foot plates but instead having a foam footplate to give a little more width for feet and he suggested I tried the optional bucket seat. Both are great fixes and with the personal fitting out he provides I’ve got a very comfortable boat. When I finally chose the colours (Steve has small colour discs to help), the purchase went smoothly. The quality of the kayak and layup is excellent. I had a slight issue with a wonky name sticker on the side, t’was replaced free of charge. I’d highly recommend both NDK and Steve as a dealer.

Paul Barnett

Great friendly personal service. Very knowledgeable advise to help you select the best boat for you needs.

Keith Wright

Three piece Romany Surf with 50/50 layup

Steve Jones is an amazing guy. Incredibly patient and enthusiastic about kayaking .

No hard sell, just a passion for matching you with your perfect forever kayak.

Ian Hughs

50/50 Romany Classic and a Sport

We found Steve by accident we needed a replacement seat for our Triton tandem kayak. Steve’s patience and service were exemplary. From this experience I decided to buy a Romany sportive for my girlfriend who loved it so much. I tried the sportive and was so impressed I decided to buy a Romany sport RM we are now a matching Orange team. The kayaks are exceedingly seaworthy easy to handle and admired by everybody who sees them.

Lee Freeston

Southern dealer for SEAKAYAKINGUK / Nigel Dennis Kayaks.

Steve Jones always has a good range of demo boats and Celtic paddles but most importantly, he had all the knowledge and experience to make sure you get the right boat and that it’s fitted just for you.

He was a pleasure to deal with and I can’t recommend him highly enough.

A very happy customer!  Mark Spruce

PS. Mark has posted a fabulous review for the Romany surf, you can read Mark’s review on the Romany Surf Page.

I got a Celtic cranked paddle with carbon blades from Steve to trial and loved it so much I bought it.
I had been suffering from tenosynovitis and Steve knew straight away which paddle I should try. He is so helpful and knowledgeable about anything kayaking related.
Southern Sea Kayaks comes highly recommended. Very happy customer:-)

Stephanie De Ruiter

Massive thanks to Steve for sorting me my NDK Explorer I absolutely love it!, such a friendly knowledgeable chap that really gets you sorted for what you need and will get the boat perfect for you.
Highly recommended if your after a new boat, parts/accessories or repairs give Steve a shout!. Legend!
Cheers!  Mike Parnell

I recently sent my SKUK Pilgrim in for a repair. It was quite a complicated one and Steve did a wonderful job on it. I won’t get into the habit of damaging my boat but if I needed any repairs I would choose Steve every time to do it. It was quick and expertly done. Thank you!

Vix Gillett

Steve is a really helpful and friendly guy, and nothing was to much trouble for him, I totally recommend him and southern sea kayaks.

I’ve just bought a stunning new NDK Echo from Steve, which is now our second boat from Southern Sea Kayaks (Dave my husband bought a Romany). I spent some time paddling to test it out and Dave and I had some fantastic coaching to improve our skills and build confidence in the water. Steve’s knowledge, experience, helpfulness and generosity is second to none and he is just the nicest guy. I can’t recommend him enough and I absolutely love my new Echo. Thanks Steve!

Anna Cheshire

SKUK boats are made to the highest standard. Steve is great and points me in the right direction from time to time. Brilliant

Tom Thorpe

Originally went to Steve with a view to possibly purchasing a sportive. I was very hesitant about it and whilst Steve highlighted the pro’s & con’s of the sportive he was in no way pushy – he would happily have seen me leave having not made a sale. In the end he organised to get me my beautiful red Romany Classic, even travelling at ‘out of office’ hours to collect it. Then when I went to pick it up spent time fitting it out for me. Thank you Steve.

Michael Lanham

I chose to buy my Romany Surf from Steve and I am very pleased with it. Steve is tremendously knowledgeable about kayaks in general and NDK kayaks in particular. He was able to advise me very expertly on the pros and cons. I needed to adjust the seat a bit after my first couple of paddles and Steve offered to do this for me! That’s service! I settled for a bit of advice over the phone and he sent over the necessary parts (for which he did not charge anything). I think it’s important when you’re buying a kayak to have confidence that you’re getting the right one for you. That’s why I went to Steve!

Richard Davison

Fantastic service from Steve. I was looking for a new euro paddle. I was able to try one out first – loved it and put an order in soon after. It arrived within a few days and was perfect. Steve spent as much time as I needed to sort out my requirements and I am more than happy to recommend him and his products.

From a very happy customer😊

Mike Holgate

I purchased my new NDK Latitude several months ago now after a lot of paddling in different conditions l would like give a brief review. Wow what a kayak l have demoed lots of kayaks over the last few years and in my opinion nothing has come close to the latitude it is a fantastic all rounder. Its fast and edging is effortless, for a long sea kayak it turns so easily, rock hopping is absolutely no problem.

From just day trips to week long expeditions it’s great, glassy seas or the rough stuff which by the way it thrives in! Unloaded or fully loaded no difference it paddles great.

My confidence with this kayak has gone through the roof. Final word on rolling the Latitude, well it almost rolls itself. If your into Greenland style this kayak will suit you well. I cannot recommend the latitude highly enough.

I would like to thank southern sea kayaks for their help and advice on the right boat for me, no hard sell from Steve Jones just plenty of sound advice, and the after care has been great, thank you Steve I am yet another very happy paddler now.

Thanks again Steve Jones. 👌

My wife and I contacted Steve earlier this year to try a Romany Classic sea kayak and a Romany Pilgrim. Steve provided the kayaks to try out before we committed to buying. I decided to buy a carbon/Kevlar Romany Classic which Steve already had as I liked the red colour it was finished in so I was able to use it straight away. I have taken it to the Scilly Isles and paddled locally and am very pleased with its performance and lightness. In particular the hatches are completely watertight it handles well in all conditions I have been out in so far and rolls easily. When I had a problem with the skeg not always fully retracting I contacted Steve and he fixed it for me the same day  for the cost of a donation to the RNLI. All in all I am very pleased with the Romany and the excellent  and quick service provided by Steve of Southern Sea Kayaks.

Ian Hayward




Hi Steve,

I would like to thank you for a pleasant experience. Seems less of a financial exchange and more like making a new friend.

Thank you for all your help and advice. I was delighted to get home in the wind and rain  and be able to take my new Romany classic off the roof and on to my shoulder in one movement. And then balance the boat in mid air, on my arm [and my arms are not that strong] to tip the water out. That balance in the design is exactly what I hoped it would allow me to do.

Best regards

I got a Celtic cranked paddle with carbon blades from Steve to trial and loved it so much I bought it.

I had been suffering from tenosynovitis and Steve knew straight away which paddle I should try. He is so helpful and knowledgeable about anything kayaking related.

Southern Sea Kayaks comes highly recommended. Very happy customer:-)

Stephanie De Ruiter

When I first emailed Steve to arrange a test paddle he replied quickly and was friendly, professional and enthusiastic. We discussed which kayak would best suit my needs and before long I was paddling one of Steve’s Romany classics out to Brownsea island. Steve was very flexible about the time and date for my demo-day and was happy to let my wife come along for a paddle too.

My many questions about outfitting, handling and colours were answered with patience and enthusiasm and Steve even took the time to give us a rescue and rolling session after we’d polished off his tea and biscuits!

I’m now the proud owner of my own Romany Classic with custom fitted bucket seat which, thanks to Steve’s extensive knowledge and skill, fits me like a glove.

My wife and I are delighted to have met Steve and would not hesitate to recommend his services, whether you’re interested in a new boat or some first class coaching. We will be back down to paddle the Jurassic coast with him in the near future.

Dave Cheshire

Hi Steve,

Have today received my expedition trolley along with hand written covering note from Ronnie at KCS. Very pleased with the trolley and no problems getting wheels into rear hatch of boat.

Many thanks for your help in obtaining trolley and such a rapid and friendly service.

I hope to be able to do business with you again soon and will certainly recommend you to others.

Best wishes

Ben Wall

Great coaching from an excellent paddler – was able to give really focused advice in a great setting.

Michael Luis Garcia

Kayaks suitable for my size, amazing choice of colours, plenty of options and great build quality. Steve was able to let me demo the boat I was interested in and had lots of hints and tips on how to get the best out of it. My dream kayak built to order. Very happy!

Sue Varley

I bought my Romany Surf from Steve after he recommended it to me when I visited his place near Blandford. We went out for a paddle so that I could get the feel of it. Steve’s knowledge and experience is second to none. He was extremely helpful and gave me the confidence to know that I was buying what was best for me. Having just spent the last week in the Scillies with my new Romany I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I love it! I couldn’t be happier with the service Steve gave and the beautiful boat I have bought.

Mark Galliver

I purchased a Romany Classic from Steve and can’t thank him enough for taking the time and trouble to make sure everything was a perfect fit for me. Certainly to be highly recommended, and a pleasure to deal with. Cup of tea wasn’t too shabby either! thanks

Mark Beaumont

Steve is very knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble. It took me a while to decide as I was torn between the Romany classic and surf. Several visits, numerous emails and messages, testing fit, demo and final fitting of my new surf, throughout Steve’s service was exceptional. Thanks for your help and patience.

Paul Brain

Steve has a somewhat un-rivalled passion for sea kayaking (could say obsession really!) I have purchased THREE boats through Steve and he has always been professional, courteous and helpful. He has a wealth of knowledge in and around the Jurassic coastline should you wish to be guided by SSK, Always a pleasure to meet up and paddle with Steve and you will certainly be coming away with more than just new skills, maybe a new NDK boat!!

John Brooks

Southern Sea Kayaks is small outlet for obtaining a great sea kayak and paddles etc to take your skills that little bit further and your journey in life that extra mile.

Steve Jones is very helpful and is more than happy to share his wealth of knowledge and experience to point his customers in the right direction.

I personally found Steve very helpful and nothing is too much trouble to keep me afloat.

He did a fantastic job on fitting a keel strip on my new Romany, quality …

Richard Ballantine

Steve provided excellent advice and service when I was choosing and purchasing a new Celtic pro paddle; nothing was too much trouble & and it’s great having someone with that friendly expertise ‘on the doorstep’. Now looking forward to trying and hopefully buying the new Romany LV Sport !

David Powell

I ordered a composite Romany Surf in Sept 2016 through Southern Sea Kayaks, great service, great boat, a pleasure to deal with.

Couldn’t recommend the dealer, the brand or the boats anymore highly.

Demo some, place an order, and you could find your happy place too!

Rich Holt

I bought a Romany Sport and Steve was a great help in ensuring that I fitted the boat properly. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he has subsequent been great with advice regarding keel strips-a top man

Chris K