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"except perhaps exiting a surf break". Any time you are going up OR down any wave that is sufficiently steep the bow will have an impact on performance.
paddling along the coast on a day with some decent wind waves the bow of my Valley Aquanaut has been quite wet much of the time. The real question on bow type is whether it's better to largely push through those waves or somewhat float over them. Plumb bows give a longer waterline for the same overall boat length can be a plus for speed.
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