2nd on the Jackson Hero for a riverrunner/creeker or 4Fun for all around riverrunner/playboat. they are pretty darn stable, great secondary stability (less likely to roll over when on its edge ?)
Jackson's are easier than any other boat i've ever been in to roll. they have simple outfitting (except for the happyfeet footbags which are like a mini Vacuum mattress. not bad if youre taught to use them right.)
and affordable too, the entry level boats are ~$800 for the linear plastic. which is only $200 more then a good used demo boat. Thats coming from someone who's never bought a new boat in 11 years.(Til this summer)I am the proud new owner of a brand new Jackson villain and a used 4fun, and I have never thought any kayak ever fit me right until these boats. I sat in every boat i Could at Paddlefest last month, and literally Nothing fit me right except the jackson boats. granted I have thick legs from skiing and snowboarding most of my life. Also they handle very well on the water. makes you feel like the boats on your side instead of trying to ditch you.
The other boats that were my top choices besides Villain and 4fun, but not quite right (for me) were:
LL Crossriver series
Hope this helps... from an 11th year rookie
PS that perception is WAY outdated (2003) and they dont even make whitewater kayaks anymore(...read the review) also since youre in the SE try and get to one of the schools or festivals to demo different boats..