My friend Tomas Wilkening (amazing kayak instructor) says the JK Hero is the absolute best boat to put beginners in. It is stable, turns easily, rolls easily, extremely maneuverable, and inspires confidence. I agree, if I were to put an adventurous friend in a boat for their very first time to hit the local class 2/3 run, I would put him in a Hero series boat. Extremely forgiving. There isn't a more stable whitewater kayak.
The 2011 design boofs amazingly well. For playboaters that want to get into creeking, this boat excels as the hull design and shorter length makes it a smoother transition. This boat absolutely is NOT "hole bait." While you're reading this, please check BoaterTalk: BoaterTalk - surfs great actually
for Clay Wright's excellent description of what makes a boat hole bait and how the Hero is NOT it.
The boat is small so it is easy to travel with but has a large enough stern for your creeking expeditions.
Every boat has pros and cons. The Hero's many strong points make it a really great boat in my honest opinion.