Working Stiff Goes Kayaking!
I hate to sound like a cynic as I have been mute on the debate about the waterfall record thing... but get ready to lock and load and fire at will.
Wow. Takes a great deal of skill, mental stamina, preparation to do something like this. As a paddler I recognize the factors involved... the cool thing about it is that it highlights some cool geography and adds a paddler to the mix. Very cool.
Yawn. How is this relevant to 99.9% of the greater population and a very small sliver of our paddling population? Sure it is a feat to be recognized but do I think that the mass market media is running with these "stunts" and to the greater population has a misconstrued view of paddling therefore rivers and as a result protecting rivers in general. When I am encouraging co-workers, for example, to write letters about say... the Omnibus Land Act that passed recently and they are asking why? and I explain that it is important for reasons a, b, and c...and because I want to paddle in wild places... I feel like it takes a great deal to explain our sport to a "normal" person. I just think it will become harder the more these "records" become shown in the mainstream. I simply have no control over that. People are still going to "cut this edge" of the sport and the media will still pick up the video feed because it is visually stunning and will leave mouth-breathing couch potatoes mouths open just long enough to make it to commercial.
The future of the sport in not in hucking carcass, in my opinion.
Personally, at the moment, I am far more impressed by this generic story: Working dude/chick who juggles family, home/vehicle/property gets to go paddling and still attempt to push himself and his game. or even... young kid goes out with family on rafting trip and paddles and catches eddies for the first time... or personX works on skills to run class V. I get far more stoke from the dude who quit his job to run lots and lots of the Colorado in its entirety---seems to have more soul, in my opinion.
Kinda pains me to write the latter as I sound like a "hater." But hell...
Where does the heart of the sport lay?