Originally Posted by smauk2
My parents said they were proud of me...
I have a comparison, or at least a thought on the idea of sponsorship.
Lets take Smauk and compare him to Fred Norquist.
DISCLAIMER: I do not know, or pretend to know either of these people. I am just comparing and asking a few questions.
I think Smauk has been sponsored for a few years.
I think Smauk might get a boat or two a year from fluid . I dont know if he has a paddle sponsor or gear sponsors.
It is up to him, to get out, paddle with great boaters get footage and request sponsorship.
Someone might speak highly of him, or help him get noticed or picked up, but it is his hard work that has him standing where he is.
Take Fred Norquist
I think He was a local boater here 10+ years ago and at a young age had local and name brand sponsors.
Great paddler, Pro status.
It is still his hard work and efforts that bring him his billions.
Toyota, Waka, Werner, sweet, etc...
He submitted his videos, he sold his photos, he plugs for what he has.
It seems to me that a Pro/sponsored boater has the same opportunitys and I think it is in the outlook of the individual as to where you can make the money.
I think more money comes from selling the media to Toyota, National geographic etc... than from LL, dagger, Waka, etc...
So the idea of a sponsored boater globe trotting would mean they are managing their own assets and putting themselves where they are today.
Also I KNOW there is a huge gap between Smauk and Fred. But the only difference I see is time and devotion.
What are the differences between Pro and sponsored by the way? How does one achieve pro status?
I dont feel they are cashing checks from dagger, I feel they are cashing checks by selling footage of an awesome location or big drop to NRS or NG