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Old 07-31-2013   #1
 
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Another "which boat?" Thread

Hey thanks for bearing with me on this. Trying to decide on a boat that would best suit my needs.
I am 5' 10" 170 lbs, size 11.5 shoe.
Im about to move to NC next month and looking for a boat i can play around in. My uses for the boat will be surfing the North Carolina beaches, some whitewater/play boating. I would like to do some creeking as well, but only once in a while.
Anyone have a suggestion on a kayak that surfs and plays well but will survive the occasional trips inland to the creeks?

Thanks for answering the question that I'm sure gets asked 500 x's a day.

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Old 07-31-2013   #2
 
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How much "creeking" are you going to be doing? As far as wave boats go the project x 56, jitsu 5.9, and the new allstar are pretty sick. I don't like the allstar as much because it is wider than the others. The project x is a pretty sweet down river boat as well, I'm comfortable running class IV in it but you gotta remember it's still a play boat, you might be able to pick one up for less here soon because wavesport is coming out with the mobius. All of those are still pretty good in holes too.

My 2 cents

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Old 07-31-2013   #3
 
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How much "creeking" are you going to be doing? As far as wave boats go the project x 56, jitsu 5.9, and the new allstar are pretty sick. I don't like the allstar as much because it is wider than the others. The project x is a pretty sweet down river boat as well, I'm comfortable running class IV in it but you gotta remember it's still a play boat, you might be able to pick one up for less here soon because wavesport is coming out with the mobius. All of those are still pretty good in holes too.

My 2 cents

I'm 5'9 175
Thanks for the reply. Honestly probably only a few times a year I'll be doing any creeking. I'm moving to the coast and from what I've seen it's a good drive to get to the good spots so that's why I'll probably be in the surf more than anything. Just can't justify buying a straight creeker for only a few times a year. That's why I just want something that would make it the couple of times I get out there.
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Old 07-31-2013   #4
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Get a surfboard. Learn to surf.
Get a creek boat. Drive to creeks.
Problem solved.
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Get a surfboard. Learn to surf.
Get a creek boat. Drive to creeks.
Problem solved.
Got one. Thanks.
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Fuse or fun would be on my list to check out. They can hit most play moves with some creekability. If you are only surfing, blunting, and spining then a hero would be nice because you'd get more creekablity and still a surfing machine. But if you are a cartwheelin-looping-space case then you need a real play boat plus a creeker.
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Old 07-31-2013   #7
 
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That Pyranah Nano looks great for play and creeking but I have no experience with it.

Where on the coast will you be? If you are in or near Wilmington, you are looking at about 300 miles or so to the closest quality creeks. That's not too bad at all for a weekend trip. I drive about 3.5 hours one way to Wilson and Watauga.
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That Pyranah Nano looks great for play and creeking but I have no experience with it.

Where on the coast will you be? If you are in or near Wilmington, you are looking at about 300 miles or so to the closest quality creeks. That's not too bad at all for a weekend trip. I drive about 3.5 hours one way to Wilson and Watauga.
Probably going to end up in Hampstead actually.
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You want a slicey stern for ocean surf

Dagger Axiom would be a blast in the ocean, fun on most river runs and is a good occasional creeker. It is not a park and play boat at all however.

Pyranha Loki would also be a blast in the ocean, can pull off the freestyle moves that most of us do (although it doesn't loop too well, it cartwheels great; better than the spud boats) and would be OK on a low consequence creek (careful here, as it looks as if it might pin pretty easily).
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Sounds like you are going to need two boats..

But if you had to settle on one, I might recommend a Jackson Zen.

Two boats would allow you to pick up a creeker and a playboat. In general, the boat you want for the ocean/surfing might be a lot different than what you would want for creeking/whitewater.
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