I am 5'10" 185. I have paddled the Mullet, Braap, Party Braap, and Axiom 8.5. For me the Party Braap is my favorite with the Axiom a close Second. The difference is speed bow rocker. I would paddle the Party Braap on just about anything from Shoshone to Gore to Vallecito. The bow stays on top, the narrow hull allows you excellent edge control, and the squished stern allows super fun squirting, splatting and pivot turns. The Braap is also the fastest.
As a playboater I miss having the planning hull when I get to the wave, and that is why the Axiom would be my second choice. It's initial stability is great and it is pretty loose on a wave. I have not tried to paddle it on anything harder but it obviously squirts well. A planning hull will never be as fast as a displacement hull so you just need to think about your priorities.
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