The purists are pussies. Why? (like you really care) Because they're not really purists.
They're just pompous posers...
As I've had to explain before, if you think your kayak or canoe is the real shit then you must either have a seal skinned Inuit kayak or an oak boat that Powell used, because your plastic abomination is no more "real" or "better" than an inflatable kayak. So, I'll bow to the purists when I actually see one.
So, I'll paddle a dorky duckie, or a C1, C2, OC1, OC2, Raft, tube, creature craft, river board, standup paddle board or whatever’s appropriate for your skill and the type of water. Hell.. anyone who's really in love with whitewater should love to get out and swim the swimmer-friendly rapids!
Now, you want to see dorks.. Those people who do that Canoe Poling… they’re just down right evil.
I watched a guy run Gore rapid a number of years ago in a ducky........standing up......with a really long paddle.......and a wooden helmet on his head. It looked kind of dorky.....but very cool at the same time.
So are stand up duckies the next revolution to take over this sport?
Those Alpacas are sweet for carrying into remote areas ,light[4 lbs.or 6 lbs] and compact + huge tubes = forgiving, but I don't know about more maneuverable,they are shorter but donut shaped,and durability is an issue ,no mank the material is too light.That video looked fun ,nice little creek too,but you could see it was hard to keep the boat straight and you get back endered on big pour overs because you sit so far back.It is so buoyant and blunt that you don;t go deep at all.I would say they are 2/3 's ducky one third tube.Are they self bailing?That flimsy skirt would implode in big waves and bathtub the boat,not trying to dog them ,I'd like to have one ,just think their application is limited.Not a good boat for front range mankskateer.
There are big differences among duckies ; bigger tubes and wider equals forgiving,smaller duckies require more skill.The outfitting makes a huge difference a lot of the thigh strap and foot braces are ineffective,the side tube mounted foot braces work a lot better and are more adjustable,the thwarts and thigh straps tend to be back a little too far back,look for ones you can move forward easily.Using displacement/float bags helps a lot too.You start pushing it too far you may as well kayak since you need skills anyway and are more exposed when self rescuing or swimming than when rolling,it is easier to get out of pins and is the easiest boat for others to chase down.Rambling on here I love duckying but admit hardshells are better have been kayaking more often the last couple years ,but can't give up the duck .
Caverdan that sounds like Jeff Snyder striding,no ordinary paddler!!!There are about a half a dozen guys striding class 5 stuff.I think the boards made for stand up paddling are better in general,maybe to run harder stuff you would need the added buoyancy and foot cups ,as stand up gets more popular it is natural people will try to run harder stuff so it[striding] probably will get more popular.