Originally Posted by newby89
1-why is that you kayak?
2-what part of kayaking culture is it that you find the most attractive?
3-how long have you been kayaking? and how long do you think that you'll continue to kayak?
4-what area of kayaking do you find to be the most enjoyable( on the river or off the river, creeking or playboating or racing or whatever)?
my 02 -
1 - Kayaking is a great way to explore the world around us, and seeing awesome places in a unique way that most will not get to experience. The feeling of running whitewater is simmilar to the flowy smooth feeling that you get when skiing powder...the movements, self expression, and grace that come from being dialed into a line is quite enjoyable.
2 - i think kayakers are unique comparred to other alternative..non-competative sports in that it is not unusual to kayak with people that you don't know, and strangers will often save you or your shit, and you will find yourself returning the favor to other strangers. (that is, unless you're like the group i saw at gore a couple weekends ago, who just sat on teh bank and blew their whistles, while their own buddy clung to the rock that separates the sneak line from ginger!! - my buddy kevin actually saw this going on, ferried across the river, got out, hiked up to the train tracks, hiked the tracks back up to gore from scissors, and bagged the swimmer...who might still be clinging to that rock if it weren't for kev-O) - in my experience, runs rarely get too crowded from people...as rivers can absorb many more people than ski slopes, rock faces...and maybe mnt bike trails (though i don't know about this last one, since i don't bike)
3 - 6 yrs or so??...who knows - kayak till i die?
4 - the most enjoyable part for me is one of 2 things. 1) right after you pull a line that is scary....and 2) takeout beers, talking shit the bros, road trips, winning rock paper scissors and making someone else drive.