I will make this brief, for the moment.
Thank you to all who pointed out the lack of respect and the vandalism of public property at Confluence.
I did not place these 5 gates in the Confluence channel as I am working on getting permanent fixtures with a pulley system and other things in place to make it less attractive to VANDALS, like the two poor decision makers (I want to insert more aggressive language here but will refrain...for now). I want to be one that figures out how to allow all groups to come together and help grow our sport and it's possibilities.
I think that WE as boaters need to start looking at the big picture. We are loosing the chill aspect of the foundations of the sport.
Two things immediately come to mind that we need to create a better awareness as a culture:
Respect and River Stewardship.
Respect is simple.... if someone has gear laying down on the river bank and leaves in error.... post that the gear is lost. Don't try to post it for sale on Craigslist or other places. (yes... I have witnessed this happening).... or tearing down gates in an eddy.
Stewardship is multi-tiered. We are being looked at by the City of Denver and other folks about who we are as a sport and sub culture.
Taking care of our resources and environment in which we are in within ta river corridor. Whether that means not speeding down a dirt road on the way to a put in, to offend the people that own the surrounding land or to perhaps just say :"HI" and "SMILE" as a play boater or non play boaters sits in an eddy next to you. So lets call this a courtesy to eliminate fancy words.
If people continue to see a trend for this unfair and greed based boaters pulling into our put ins tossing butts on the ground and leaving beer cans... ass cheeks out in the open at Golden for families to see.... tearing down slalom gates in an eddy.
These are items that can be easily fixed and help give our sport a better face.
Right now, Kendo, you are the face that is ruining our sport.
Thanks to everyone that had that had positive comments about everyone on the river getting along.
I happen to be a play C1, slalom C1, Wildwater C1, Sprint C1 and a guy that brings many people to these areas to enjoy what we have to people from all over the world.
Oh by the way... there will be a big event this summer in Confluence and Golden <http://whitewaterracing.org/2007juniorolympics.htm> that Confluence kayaks and I have partnered in on hosting. I want to be sure that this event is the reason new people will become involved with paddle sport, increase the resources to our local amenities and improve the knowledge of all sorts of whitewater and flat water sport in canoes and kayaks.
So, Kendo, if you do not like what I have to say, I highly encourage you and your buddy to confront me... US slalom boaters directly.
In our hopes to increase training opportunities in Denver, we will be sure that more gates are available in many different areas.
If gates are placed in eddies out of the way of flow and river features I feel that is all we can do. If something is in your way...... SLIDE IT AWAY FROM YOUR PATH... DO NOT RIP THE THING DOWN.
I will do all I can to be sure that the gates are never in the path of a feature or mid-stream if we are not on it.
Many people all over the planet deal with these things daily... I would expect it from fisherman... not other boaters.
Lets work together!