I am looking at getting two kayaks. We live near lakes and rivers where they could be used. But we are actually interested in riding surf along the coast and doing some light coastal kayaking.

My first thought is to get a SOT kayak - easy to bail on and get back up on especially if riding surf. They are also fairly stable and self draining. I do realize that you get more water on you with these but I never have to worry about cockpits filling up on roll overs. I also do not expect to do any long distance touring - typically 2-3 hours max.

Few I have looked at:



Ocean Kayak Frenzy
Sun Dolphin Bali
Cobra Strike
Dagger Kaos

Any thoughts pro or con are appreciated!