Unlike most surf-focused models, the SCX features an open design closer to a deck boat than a traditional bowrider. Given that surfing often includes a crowd (and benefits from the weight), it works. Seating wraps the cockpit perimeter, from the squared-off bow to the length of the port side, and culminates with an aft bench. Its backrest, shared with an aft seat facing the swim platform, flattens completely to form a generous sun pad. Overall, the freeboard is deep, giving passengers added confidence when crossing those sizable surf wakes. As to performance, a Volvo Penta 5.3 pushed the hull on plane in 4.8 seconds, en route to a 46.5 mph top speed. Aiding that top speed? Something missing from an inboard: a sterndrive’s ability to trim — no matter where its prop is mounted.