Finally got to paddle the 9RL a bit this weekend.
Not sure what to make of it. I had a hard time getting consistent feedback from it. In other words, there were times when I thought it would act a certain way, and then in the next feature it acted completely different. I imagine 99% of that is boater input - trying to figure out how it works and how to drive it, and then interpreting the results. I also did not fiddle much with seat position, so that may have some effect as well.
So here are some thoughts - take it with a huge grain of salt:
1. Yes, it's fast. Both in flat water and through rapids. But it's particularly when flat and in a straight line - I felt it was less fast on angle.
2. It boofs better than any other boat I've tried boofing in.
3. It can't surf at all. I had a really hard time keeping it pointed upriver, both when entering a wave or even when I caught the wave. I usually don't have this problem.
4. It wants to stay straight in current and whitewater; it doesn't seem to like being off angle or sideways in rapids. It gets pushed around from the side, and the edge/deck right at the hip will catch you if you're not paying attention.
5. It's pretty loose with primary stability, but has a lot of secondary stability.
6. It will go up and over just about anything; I'm not sure I ever got the bow wet.
Overall, I would need to spend a lot more time to really figure it out. I love some aspects of it, and did not like others. In that sense, it's hit/miss for me. It's not as versatile as the Karma, Mamba, or even the Zen, which I feel are very good boats in just about any type of water, and do just about everything well.