Riot Kayaks Boogie 50 Whitewater Surf Kayak Review

Riot Kayaks Boogie 50 whitewater surf kayak top viewToday, the term recreational kayak has evolved into a catch phrase among kayaking enthusiasts. While most people imagine inflatable river kayaks when the term recreational kayak is mentioned, its definition has come to comprise of sea kayaks, transitional touring kayaks, expedition kayaks and even surf skis. It is therefore important for you to know what to look when looking for the recreational kayak, even if its used.

A recreational kayak should be equipped with a variety of features and accessories designed to meet the needs of water sport enthusiasts. In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to find any number of sports and exercises that offer the range of entertainment recreational kayaking offers.

If you are an adventurous paddler looking to take on kayaking in white water, then the Riot Kayak Boogie 50 whitewater surf sit in kayak is the boat you should consider getting for yourself. Now considered a classic, the boogie is without doubt, the boat of choice for any kayaker looking for a high performance, affordable and carefree surfing boat. But the boogie 50 was not exclusively designed to be a river boat; the kayak’s design also makes it ideal for ripping through ocean waves, thanks to its superior tracking and lateral stability.


The kayak is a sturdy boat thanks to the tough, yet lightweight polyethylene construction that resists impact that would damage a composite kayak. the boat comes in a bright orange color that makes it easily discernible- a good safety measure were you to get separated from other paddlers or when visibility drops.

DimensionsRiot Kayaks Boogie 50 whitewater surf kayak side view

  • Length7 ft 8 in (236cm)
  • Width: 24.7 In (63cm)
  • Capacity: 54 – 91 kg (120 lbs – 200 lbs)
  • Weight: 16 kg (35 lbs)
  • Wrapping up


Measuring 32 inches by 17 inches the cockpit area is quite spacious, for such a small canoe. It allows you to shift, and change position while maneuvering the kayak with ease. The seat is an ergonomic non-slip surfing Powerseat that comes with a cushioned back rest for optimal back support. It is also slightly adjustable thanks to the ratchet micro-adjustment lever located on the side. The lever allows you to make small adjustments in the incline of the back rest to maintain comfort while performing various maneuvers with the kayak.

The thigh braces are cushioned to let you maneuver the boat without feeling uncomfortable.

Ease of Paddling

With a length of 7’8” and weighing only 28 pounds, the Riot Kayaks Boogie 50 sit-in recreational kayak is quick and light. The boat was designed with its wide point slightly moved forward, which allows it to plane sooner and catch more waves. Thanks to its narrow profile, and fast rocker, you can swiftly accelerate to speeds few other kayaks can match without even breaking into a sweat.

The hull was designed with V sections which act with the boat’s subtle double bevel to provide that extra bit of forgiveness required for after spins, floaters, aerial moves, and other maneuvers. The team at Riot gave the boogie 50 a continuous curve and rail profile, which works with the fins to let you execute bottom turns, cutbacks, and other moves recreational kayakers lover pulling off.


This kayak is very stable when flat. The rails were not very sharp which means that you can edge the boat a little without worrying about capsizing. This is thanks to the boats deck profile and volume distribution that makes it very buoyant without compromising its ability to spit oncoming waves and keep you out of trouble.

This kayak is highly recommended for both beginners and experienced kayakers. The no frills approach Riot took to the design means that it offers all the important features a good recreational kayak brand requires, without going overboard.

If you are going to kayak in a storm make sure you play a tune first!