@sing and other waveski / SOT surfers who know Boston water well:
I am in Quincy Massachusetts and REALLY want to get into waveski (wanted that since 10 years ago, but never got a chance to do it till now). Please kindly advise me.
How many days of weekend surf can you catch per year, on average, in Boston waters?
My main problem is that I mostly only have weekends (due to busy work). And I understand long waves are not common in Boston area, except when a winter storm comes.
On my short list of waveski / SOT surf kayaks are:
Used Island waveski EZ model 8’ long 28" wide, 15lbs, for $450, bit about 5 hrs drive for me.
Pyranha (Venture) Surfjet 305 (10’ long, 25" 28lbs sit-on-top surf kayak) for $199 locally.
The Pyranha also seem to have channels while some of the other SOT do not. https://www.sitons.com/kayak-reviews/pyranha/pyranha-surf-jet-305-kayak-review/
Other SOT surf kayaks, such as
Cobra Strike, Dagger Kaos, Perception 5-0 or Ocean Kayak RrrAPIDO weight in at about 40lbs. But not currently available used around me.
Which beginner boat option sounds more suitable for me in Boston waters (no more than 1.5 hrs from Quincy), please?
I would like something slightly challenging, but not too difficult to start with.
I have been doing sea kayaking for some years (no problem in 22" wide 14’-17’ long kayaks), but I crave to ride some waves (flat water bores me). Sit-inside surf kayaks do not appeal to me as much, as I cannot roll well yet and don’t want a kayak filled with water in the surf to hit myself.
I am almost 40yo, 5’9",140 lbs in weight, lean and fit, US medium sized male, 31*31 pants, size 9 feet, have decent sense of balance, but rarely surfed before.
I do need to buy a good 5/4 wetsuit. Currently have a gifted Kokatat Gortex drysuit, but it is one size too large. Already have good neoprene gloves, socks and shoes.
Thank you very much!
PS: I also have, for sale / trade, in Quincy MA, a P&H Capella 166, two carbon fiber canoe paddles, and one kevlar canoe (either Swift Temagami family tripping canoe in good shape or an old Mad River C2 race canoe that needs fiberglass patches, but not both).