Ocean Kayak Unveils New Malibu 9.5 and 11.5 | Adventure Kayak Magazine | Rapid Media
Ocean Kayak's Malibu at Paddlesports Retailer 2018 Rapid Media Staff

Three reasons you'll love these playful new sit-on-top kayaks

Ocean Kayak's fun-in-the-sun Malibu series has expanded to welcome the new Malibu 9.5 and Malibu 11.5. Paddling Magazine caught up with Ocean Kayak's Ryan Lily to tour the two new models at Paddlesports Retailer 2018's On-The-Water Demo Day in Oklahoma City.

New for 2019, the playful Malibu 9.5 and 11.5 designs boast easy paddling and good tracking. Lily told us the 9.5 and 11.5 are actually updated versions of Ocean Kayak's Frenzy and the Scrambler, respectively.

“Ocean Kayak decided to take these great boats, give them a facelift and make some improvements while welcoming them to the Malibu name,” says Lily. In both cases, the Frenzy and the Scrambler were reworked by longtime designer Bob McDonough to improve efficiency. “However, the hulls are pretty similar because the designs handled so well in the first place,” says Lily. It's up top where paddlers will see the big changes.

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New features include newly designed molded-in footwells, three cup holders and a splash-resistant QuickStash dry hatch conveniently placed in front of the paddler. The two new Malibus also feature toggle handles at bow and stern and molded-in side handles, as well as a YakLock locking bar at the stern for secure storage. Both models feature an updated seat design, improving on the previous generation's vinyl clip-on seat with a comfortable AirGo fabric seat pad with adjustable AirComfort backrest. The soft seat can also fold back for easy stacking. We anticipate that easy stacking will be especially attractive for outfitting operations.



The new Malibu 9.5 and 11.5 join the Malibu 2, Malibu 2XL and Malibu Pedal in the Ocean Kayak lineup.

Malibu 9.5
Length: 9' 5" | 2.8 m 
Weight Capacity: 325 lb | 147.7 kg 
Seat Width: 22.5 in | 57.2 cm 
Weight: 50 lb | 22.7 kg 
MSRP: $549
Malibu 11.5
Length: 11' 5" | 3.5 m 
Weight Capacity: 360 lb | 163.3 kg 
Seat Width: 22.5 in | 57.2 cm 
Weight: 59 lb | 26.7 kg 
MSRP: $649



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