What's The Low-down On Modern Playboats?
I loved playboating when I started kayaking about 10 years ago. I bought a Pyranha 420 and I'd take it to the Ocoee, or the New, or the Cheoah, and I'd surf my way down any run. I was never any good but it made me a better paddler.
Eventually, I bought my first creek boat and never looked back. I sold the playboat to make room for all the welded creek boats in my college apartment.
Now, in my old age of 27, I decided to get back into playboating, mainly to improve my overall river-running skills.
That being said, it's been almost a decade since I bought a playboat. What are the good hole/wave riders on the market these days? I'm 6'2" and 180 lbs. What would fit me? I'm not looking to go to the Whitewater Grand Prix, but I'd like to dust off the cartwheel cobwebs (do people still cartwheel?) and dial-in my loop, which I've only successfully pulled off once.
What boat should I buy? What do you paddle? Do you like it? Are modern playboats easier or harder to throw tricks with?
I might just say "screw it" and buy an OC1. I think I can better identify with the open boater crowd than the Red Bull-slamming freestyle scene.