hojo… best wishes to your friend, I genuinely hope he recovers well.
I agree that when you're in the water all of that 10-minute briefing is forgotten.
I guess I have two problems with this whole thing:
One.. you are on Clear Creek during one of the biggest runoff seasons in recent history. Lots of cold water. Very rocky. Class IV. If you don't have it together 100%, you don't belong there.
Two… going on national TV to trash the reputation of a sport that we all know and love. We all know the risks. Most of us know a few people who have lost their lives in whitewater… experienced boaters. Nearly everyone who watched that and has never been in whitewater before was just spoon-fed a negative reputation for whitewater sports.
"Believe me, my young friend, (said the water rat somlemnly), there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing...." -The Wind in the Willows