Whitewater
General
note wave-skiing is a different sport. maybe grab a $100 surfboard at costco and couple that with your playboat
Forum: SurfZone
SHartje
start out catching/riding waves in play oriented plastic boats, and see if you still want to continue down the niche path of high performance surf kayaks, and beyond to waveskis. The inexpensive, high volume foam surfboards have totally changed the face of learning how to board surf, they're cheap, don't require waxing, hold up to abuse and surf quite well, especially in crummy surf.

To answer your question, longer skis have a really nice glide to them, you can paddle them out with some speed, but they can be difficult to handle in steep or dumpy surf. they perform best on fat-shaped waves, as opposed to hollow ones, but skilled paddlers can handle just about any wave style on them. the same is true with longer surf kayaks, but you add all the gear, which putting on and taking off or forgetting a crucial item can be pesky and time consuming, and then the deck gets in the way...

In waveskis when you go below the 8 ft length, they have a steep learning curve, talented waveskiers in this class usually have decades of experience under their belts. learning to surf from square one on a short ski isn't the best idea.

short HP kayaks don't have as steep of a learning curve, but all the different shapes throughout the decades make for a wide variety in ease of rolling, speed, edges, carving etc. there's very little standardization of surf kayaks. A low volume back deck and stern as opposed to a high floaty one can make rolling significantly easier, but then the boat isn't as loose in its turns. if you aggressively playboat in ww you will have a much easier time dealing with all the variables. the Reaction or the UFO line of boats to me seem to offer the most user friendly designs with good performance.

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