howdy, I've paddled both boats and both are great. I am 6'1" and about 210lbs. The kingpin will out loop the g-ride (out cartwheel and all other tricks as well) but I sold my kinpin and kept my g-ride. Don't get me wrong the 'pin is a better play boat but the the g-ride is a GREAT runner/player, and yes the g-ride will loop big, it's just harder to do. If you are looking for a big guy playboat I would look around at all the options and than don't worry so much about the price of the boat you want. If you pick the right boat it will treat you well for several seasons if you pick the wrong boat it will treat you baddly for a few months till you buy the boat you should have gotten in the first place. For freestyle I have been paddling a Bliss-stik Rad 185 for almost two years and I plan on paddling it for at least one more. Happy hunting...