Originally Posted by lmyers
respect gets respect.
truly! funny to some, maybe. something worth getting heated over? absolutely not. That just makes it more popular. It seems as though the boating community is in a state of confusion (at least online) and perhaps this thread is just what it needs to come back around to what IMO it should be.
Peeps getting awesome, enjoying the awesomeness of rivers, and doing their best to respect everyone else's right to do the same, and help whomever without question if need be. If you as an individual feel you have valuable knowledge/skills to contribute (if not, watch and learn something) to the trip/rapid/incident.
I will say that my boating buddies are pretty much the same as my other shred friends (ski, board, MTB, DBs, SUP, or whatever) the difference I see in some of the sports is that on a resort mountain it's all about ego and assholishness (that's why I ride Monarch, it's where Bob Marley would ride) to others on the hill. If you're not crew, you are enemy...
Unfortunately over the years this attitude has creeped into the boating community and so many peeps are just too cool for school. What can be done about it though besides raise awareness.
With that said these kids throw down and boat nasty. The good news for those offended by their off river behavior is that being a successful pro athlete in the extreme sports world is extremely short lived, so you won't have to endure these shenanigans for too long before someone breaks a spine and can't drop stouts the same ever again. Also giving themselves health complications later in life.
I guess what I'm saying is let Karma work this one out because any of you that are truly boaters know that it is alive and well more so on the river than anywhere.
Oh you stole that sweet kayak, here's your broken spine...