My paddling buddy has one and it's a great entry level playboat, suited to playing 'normal ' river features. Modern playboats have held him back from learing the 'double pump' and cartwheeling because the nose and tail are so stubby and slow at surfing. The extra length on the Varun gives it more edges to slice the water and has let him progress with cartwheeling and stern squirts.
The Loki is another in the same vein of 'retro' river boats. Worth checking out also...