Just like Casper, not too many years back, BDP just needs to grow up. And of course Mountainbuzz is a fun place to do it. People rip on these threads and yes, there are too many whiny rafters, but this can actually be a productive place to learn something; Especially for the trigger happy youngsters for which a keyboard is nearly always to close. Bottom line, partying like you're fourteen and using a camera to harass women DOES reflect poorly on the community, not to mention provide a historical record of you making yourselves look like jackasses. The fact that Dagger already spoke to their team members and had them pull their bios from the BDP page confirms they feel the same way.
Max's Dad has a vested interest in this, because his son, as an incredible young paddler minus the bullshit, could find himself pre-judged on the basis of BDP's crassness. These are all good kids, I've met a few of 'em, but when you scream Church all day long and then don't back it up with respect for everything in life, not just the river, then the rivers still got some lessons to teach you. Luckily they've got plenty of time to come to grips with why this shit is offensive. It shows the double edged sword of the internets where kids who haven't paid there dues still have a forum to portray paddling in an asinine adolescent barrage, yet they can (and hopefully will be) humbled by a thread of people calling them out. Church means respect. So show some. I think that's all the community is asking. Nobodys whining, just wondering where the mentors are.
It brings a tear to my eye and I feel like proud Mountainbuzz father watching Casper Mike grow up right in front of our eyes. Not long ago he was spewing far right wing non-sense and fornicating with animals - now he's talking about saving the environment and respecting women in complete sentences! I honestly think, strangely enough, that the buzz played a fairly significant role, obviously alongside some older paddling partners/mentors, and his own personal drive to gain knowledge and just become better dude all around.
Was I acting like this when I was in College? Maybe. The difference is, there was nobody looking at me as a representative of the paddling community, and GoPro's weren't invented yet so you can't prove a damn thing!
P.S. BFTV, if you're reading this I'd recommend pulling your bios as well... just sayin. Your association with this crap on the internet, not the people involved, brings your stock down a notch. You just don't need the headache. Keep doing what you're doing.
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