Submitted: 02-17-2000 by Dennis O'Keefe
I purchased my XL to ride in low to moderate surf. While it is exceptionally stable and great fun to paddle, it is very difficult to manoevre in the surf and I would be looking for a shorter craft, such as the Ocean Kayak "Frenzy", to play in the surf. However, if you just want to be able to get out through the beach break, the bulbous bow makes the task very easy and the craft just crashes through the surf. Paddling around outside the surf line is great. The XL tracks beautifully. Coming back in, the XL will just sit in the wave and you really don't have to worry about it pearling. It's limitation is that it is very difficult to carve in a wave so there is no getting off until you hit the beach.