Being asked a question with no good answer can be maddening, especially when you get it all the time. Many paddlers are looking to enjoy all that whitewater kayaking offers with one boat. Here are my thoughts on why you should instead invest in a quiver of boats:
Simply put the range from a medium playboat to a medium creeker is about 3ft in length and 35-45 gallons in volume. With the rebirth of half-slice free-ride boats like the Liquidlogic Braaap, Pyranha Ripper, and Dagger Rewind have begun to be used as jack of all trades for many paddlers. While free-ride boats are fantastically fun for most situations it is important to remember that they are not a creek boat replacement, and are ill-suited for certain scenarios. Similarly, bringing a free-ride boat to a playboat run just makes no sense. Why limit yourself to front surfs instead of working on freestyle moves?