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Old 06-15-2010   #1
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hey playboaters, don't be so serious!

Have to say, while surfing on my little towns wave, having a grand time despite the water dropping and all, I couldn't help but notice the out of town playboater, who was amazing, ripping it up, staying on the wave for a long long while, shredding it up, pulling all the rad moves, not waiting for anyone to dawdle on up to the wave, getting on there over and over, not waiting for the rest of us to take our time.....never smiling, grimacing and cursing to himself when he didn't pull off whatever radness he felt he should have....don't be so dang serious! Some of us can pull all the moves, some of us are learning and are afraid to even get out there at all, some of us can surf and play and appear to know what we are doing....but really, we're all in it for the fun right? Whether its for adrenaline, camaraderie, coolness, fitness, participation in natural beauty, or just good clean river fun, fundamentally the river should take us to "that happy place" right? So, stop and say hey to the other boaters, be courteous, give the newbies some time on the wave to figure it out, let yourself smile, better yet, let yourself laugh at yourself when you goof the move and have to roll or god forbid even swim, and please......don't be SO cool, it gets in the way of the fun....just have fun and be chill, you guys know who you are.

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Old 06-15-2010   #2
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admins, can you move this post to craigslist "missed connections"


I've never boated before, but I have posted a lot on Mountain Buzz!
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Old 06-16-2010   #3
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It couldn't have been said better. This reminds me of days at the local crag where the "badass' shows up and climbs all the routes without showing any form of enjoyment. The funniest thing about it, for every "badass" out there, there are thousands of better and silent hardcore people that go unnoticed. Great post.
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Old 06-16-2010   #4
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The Agro playboater is kind of an oxymoron.
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Old 06-16-2010   #5
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I play frisbee golf with that guy. He cusses every time he throws. Me? I'm high, maybe a little drunk, got my shirt off, I won't even throw if there's a hot chick rollerblading by....

Relax playboater rad guys. I agree.
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Old 06-16-2010   #6
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Best kayaker in the world? The one who's having the most fun! That also works for skiing, climbing, rafting, and ______....
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Old 06-16-2010   #7
Durango, Colorado
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Maybe this phantom boater just got out of a 3 hour court hearing and only had 45 minutes to paddle before he had to run home...
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Old 06-16-2010   #8
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I guess if he only had 45 minutes, he needed to maximize his A-hole-per-minute efficiency rating.
Totally understandable.

45 minutes to have fun and be cool to others or 45 minutes to make sure everybody thinks he's a d-bag.
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Old 06-16-2010   #9
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Sounds a lot like "softball guy".
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Old 06-16-2010   #10
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this, my friends, is why playboating is gay

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