The FUN, Jackson Kayak’s first ever whitewater kayak, is back with a new design! The NEW hull will have high, forgiving, parting lines, lots of leg room for comfort and a sleek style reminiscent of the Fun we’re used to paddling. The bow rocker is nice and high to keep your bow on the surface, while the stern rocker is smooth and subtle giving you better tracking, surfing and maneuverability.This boat is a great transitional kayak for those wanting to spend more time playing than before. Want to learn to surf but find yourself flushing straight through, the hull speed of this kayak will make catching waves a breeze.The Fun is capable of easing beginners into freestyle and is also a great skills developing kayak for intermediates and experts.
This boat spins on a dime and is very quick to move around an obstruction. While it is not advisable, i have spun it around and paddled it upstream on a calmer stretch of river and i could make upriver progress. This boat is a little small for a 6'2" paddler that i am, but thats just a personal space issue i guess, im more used to the comfort of a recreational kayak. I would wish the back lumbar pad sat a little higher, slightly above the hips, but again i think a smaller paddler would find that to be in the proper position. Very easy to maneuver and do flips, if you are of the persuasion to do so intentionally. I would recommend this to anyone looking to do some fun playboating, but for casual river tripping, invest in a larger boat.
It tracked well and handled waves easily and it practically surfed river waves on its own! I took it surfing in the sea and was surprised how easily it got back looped but it's a Jacskon so it's incredibly easy to roll. On the ocean waves it was fantastic fun very very responsive great on edge and recovered from ridiculous angles.
All in all if you want Fun down river get one. However if you're starting out, I'd give it a miss, far too lively you'll find yourself on a steep learning curve if you get a Fun as your first boat.
Final note outfitting: Jackson outfitting is weird. You'll either love it or hate it. Personally, I have grown to love it!