I get what you're saying or trying to get at. Yeah, yeah, the perfect boat is the one that fits you, but the original poster tossed this out for discussion.
In my circles it seems like a lot of people are talking about the Tiderace line and it seems to be the hot boat line right now.
I think there are more companies playing with thermoform and that material is picking up speed.
I think companies are finally taking paddler feed back seriously and are putting more effort into multi-sized boats and producing HV and LV versions of classic designs. Along with kayak design you're also seeing companies who are building on the success of the PH dolphin and you're seeing medium length boats with rocker and more bow volume to surf and play in rocks and tideraces.
I think that Greenland paddles are hotter now, but overall interest in Greenland style, Tulik hard core paddling has peeked. I think people making their own Greenland paddles is picking up steam. It still has it's hard core niche groups, but I see more people using modern boats and gear with Greenland paddles. Just my two cents.
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