I'm only writing this review because of the sheer level of astonishment that people taller than me enjoy this kayak. Maybe my seat is installed backwards but I am super uncomfortable and there is no way I could spend more than a couple hours in this thing. Most of my day was spent with my feet up on top of the outside. I don't see how anyone taller than I am was anywhere near remotely comfortable riding in this kayak.
The other problem I had was when getting up to speed the front end really wants to turn left or right and you end up fighting it. When you give up the fight the whole kayak spins around one way or the other and if you don't lean away from the turn you're likely to capsize. That's how it felt anyway.
Any tips are greatly appreciated as I am clearly a novice.
I've had my Honcho for a little over a year. This is my first whitewater boat and I’m glad I didn’t get a lesser craft. This is a great beginner / intermediate boat, it surfs moderately well, it plays well considering its size and volume and handles extremely well in bigger water. I’d say if you are a big guy looking for a boat that will take you a while to outgrow, then go for the Honcho.