Checking out Braveboat harbor (probably named that for a reason) and the new inlet on Google maps, look similar in setup. I bet braveboat gets a lot more energy coming in because it’s more exposed, while the new inlet has the Cape blocking it a bit more.
I’ve only ever sea kayak “surfed” out at the new inlet, but have gone for swims where the boat has been ripped from my hands by waves towards the beach, and I’ve been carried out in the opposite direction by the current. It’s a terrible experience, but that’s why I don’t go out there alone if there’s energy in the water.
Yeah rescuing a surf kayak in deep water, especially from another surf kayak, would be extremely difficult. They’re not the most stable craft, and don’t have a lot of places to grab them. I have trouble getting in my surf kayak on the beach, I seriously doubt I could get in from another surf kayak, I’d probably just sink both. If there were float bags I think the only thing you could maybe do is dump the water out and try to tow it to shore, if you had a tow system with you. Just towing a swimmer in on the back of your surf boat would be a struggle. Sounds like ditching the boat was the best call for the situation you were in. I would be pissed to loose at least a 1k toy, but if it were sketchy enough to ditch it I might just feel lucky to be on land.
The waveski definitely sounds like the way to go. I’m just physically too large to comfortably fit in surf kayaks, I think they’re designed for folks around 5’7 and 160lbs, and I’m 6’2 with size 13 feet. Not comfortable. I have to shoehorn myself into my current boat.
Where does one park to access the Braveboat harbor?