When I was younger, I loved bouncing over waves in the ocean on a ski. Now that I'm older, I prefer nice flat smooth water. I live in an area that makes both fresh water lakes and the ocean easily accessible, but I rarely take my ski to the ocean any more. Not only do I not care for the constant bounce, but I don't like the extra hassle of cleaning and flushing the ski after a ride in the salt.
I think there are 3 classes of water to ride in.
1. Smooth which is calm water with maybe just some very light chop or ripples........what I prefer just cruising around.
2. Moderately rough, which is lots of wave action where you are being constantly bounced all over the place.............least fun to ride in IMO. This is found in both lakes and in the ocean. These conditions just beat the heck out of you after a while.
3. Big swells or waves spaced fairly far apart, with fairly smooth water in between. These can be fun to catch some air as long as your back and knees can handle it. Only see this in the ocean, or behind a big boat in the lake. My second favorite ride, at least for a short while.
For the majority of the time, give me a nice flat lake or river.
2008 Yamaha FX HO Cruiser
2010 Hurricane Sundeck 2100