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Kayaks For Surf Zone/Rock Gardens

I've been searching for a touring kayak for surf zone and rock garden use. Day use only, no overnighters. No sit on tops. I paddle a Mariner Max but I want something that's more lively. The problem I've run up against is because of my weight, which is 220# to 230#, the shorter more manuverable boats tend to ride a little blunt in the bow ... which I think is a sign of overloading. Perhaps this is simply a fact of life for big guys who want to paddle shorter livlier boats, but until I'm convinced otherwise I'm a little leary finalize my selection.

If anybody here has any suggestions as to a suitable boat I'd sure like to hear 'em ... I'm getting desperate!