I paddled the Astro all spring as a kayak and loved it. if you are looking for an excellent no compromise playboat that does all the new stuff while at the same time is comfy and runs down-rivers well…the Astro is the boat for you!
We just so happen to have a demo left in Minden which you should test out on the water to make up your own mind!
Great boat. Of all the big-wave boats that I have paddled, the Astro is the best small-feature boat of the bunch. It cartwheels like a much longer boat – controlled and very balanced from stern to bow. It’s very forgiving on faster features, which also means that it doesn’t have a very hard carving edge. It definitly benefits from putting the fins on when wave surfing. My only beef is the lack of hull-speed, compared to the Crazy 88.
Go for it, I am a devout Riot fan ,I had issues concerning their D5 outfitting wich sucked in the year 2004, my favorite beeing the Air 55 ever since it came out but last fall I got an Astro and have been paddling it ever since ,an excellent playboat and river runner.The outfitting is great, very comfortable and sturdy, spins like a dream, very fast, excellent in holes.
Fun on the Gull ,great on the Ottawa .