Just wanted to comment on this statement by Rhynocerous: "Contrary to what some people think and feel, there ARE other parts of the sport that I think are more fulfilling than playboating. If you are sitting in one spot throwing tricks, you are missing out on what whitewater can offer."
First, I totally agree, but there is more to playboating than just throwing tricks. Its being out there with fun people, learning and pushing yourself. Just last night I was out surfing with a girlfriend of mine that I love paddling with for this reason. We paddled till we almost swam, laughed the whole time at each other when we got chundered and face surfed trying for the big moves or whatever, cheered each other on when we did something rad, and cheered for everyone else out there. True comradery.
I've spent some time competing in freestyle and met some great people, but its totally different than playboating. I don't care much for freestyle, its PLAYboating and being able to act like a goofy kid that I think are some of the great parts that whitewater has to offer.
On this thread, I should also say that I was in a Star for the past year and totally love it, but I recently got back in my Project45. I love the project and I can throw way bigger moves in it. A lot is personal preference. Nonetheless, I still want a 2010 Star when they come out! That boat looks sick, and I bet there is lots to learn from it including the face surfs and laughs that go along with not taking yourself or your fun too seriously. Kayaking is FUN. Its just that simple. Now get on the river. I'm off to throw big blunts. Ha!
Oh, wait...Caspermike, you really should learn how to spell...maybe tomOrrow.